“The Fabelmans” Alina Brace Discusses Her Role In the Film

Alina Brace attends as Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment presents the AFI Premiere of THE FABELMANS at the TCL Chinese Theatre on November 06, 2022 in Hollywood, CA.(photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Steven Spielberg’s newest film, “The Fabelmans”, tells the story of a young boy named Sammy Fabelman who is inspired to take up film making after going to see a movie with his parents. Sammy’s passion for film making leads him down a road of self-discovery and unraveling family secrets. The film, released in theaters on November 11, 2022, has been met with critical success, having received a whopping five Golden Globe Nominations, including Best Motion Picture-Drama and Best Director for Spielberg.

“The Fabelmans” features a talented cast, including Paul Dano, Michelle Williams, and Seth Rogen. Amongst these veteran actors is a rising young talent named Alina Brace, who plays young Natalie Fabelman. Although just six years old, Alina has an impressive resume. In addition to The Fabelmans, in 2020, Alina co-starred in the Netflix-produced drama “Sweet Magnolias”.

POP Style TV recently spoke with Alina to discuss “The Fabelmans” and other topics relating to her acting career. What do you think about her red carpet look? Here are some great ideas for a similar look  including Amy Byer Knit Skater Skirt with Foldover Waist

Alina Brace

Alina Brace attends as Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment presents the AFI Premiere of THE FABELMANS at the TCL Chinese Theatre on November 06, 2022 in Hollywood, CA. (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)


Karly B:

Alina, thank you for taking time to speak to Pop Style TV. Our readers are curious about your role as Natalie in “The Fabelmans”. Can you briefly describe your character?

Alina Brace:

Thank you so much for having me. I play the role of younger Natalie Fabelman, the middle sister of Sammy Fabelman. Natalie is based on Steven Spielberg’s sister Sue.

Karly B.:

What was the audition process like for you, and when did you first discover you got the role of Natalie?

Alina Brace:

I got an audition for an untitled Amblin project. My mom and I recorded an audition and sent in the tape. We heard back from our agent several weeks later that Steven really wanted me to play Natalie. That’s when and how we found out that it would be a movie produced and directed by Steven Spielberg.

Karly B.:

As a young actress, can you tell us what you learned from working alongside veteran actors such as Paul Dano and Michelle Williams?

Alina Brace:

I learned a lot by watching Paul and Michelle on set. They were always prepared. I also learned to be confident in making and giving different choices.

Karly B.:

Every scene in “The Fabelmans” is beautifully portrayed. What’s your favorite scene that you were a part of in the film?

Alina Brace:

My favorite scenes were scenes we filmed with Mateo and Birdie as we played, improvised, and had fun. One of the scenes that you can see in the movie is the scene where Sammy blindfolds us and takes us into a dark closet. When we take our blindfolds off, a scary skeleton hops out and we scream. This scene wasn’t initially in the script, so we didn’t know what to expect and were truly surprised and scared.

Karly B.:

We can imagine how exciting it was for you to work with the great Steven Spielberg! Please tell us what did you learn from his direction?

Alina Brace:

Steven Spielberg was so kind and patient. He let us improvise a lot and wanted us to have fun and be ourselves.

Karly B.:

“The Fabelmans” has received rave reviews by audiences and critics alike. What’s it like to hear that a film you’ve been in has been received so well?

Alina Brace:

I am so excited that people are liking the movie. It is such a special movie and I know that everyone worked so hard on it. It means so much to see and hear the positive reactions.

Karly B.:

“The Fabelmans” takes place during post World War II. If you could go back in time to live in a different era, would you?

Alina Brace:

It’s interesting to learn about historic events and I would have loved to see the dinosaurs in real life. But I would say, I would rather stay right here, right now as I love my family and friends so much and that is where I am supposed to be.

Karly B.:

What’s one word you would use to describe “The Fabelmans” film?

Alina Brace:


Karly B.:

What inspired you to begin acting, and is acting your long-term goal? If not, what are your future plans?

Alina Brace:

I wanted to be an actress since I was 4 years old. I was watching Frozen and asked my mom how do people get to be on TV and if they were real? She explained to me that they are real people called actors playing or voicing these different characters. So, I asked if she can sign me up for acting classes.  I would love to continue doing acting. I wish to win an Oscar one day.

Karly B.:

Finally, for anyone who hasn’t seen “The Fabelmans”, can you please tell them why they should see it?

Alina Brace:

The Fabelmans is based on Steven Spielberg’s life. It is a story about his love for the movies and his family.  If you love movies and you have dreams, then you must see this beautiful film.

Thank you to Alina Brace and her management team for the interview. We wish her well in all her future endeavors. Be sure to watch “The Fabelmans” on demand.

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Karly is a USA based Entertainment journalist.
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