AP Bio is NBC’s newest primetime comedy and people are loving it. Sari Arambulo plays Grace, a quiet and sweet kid in the A.P. Biology class. We got to talk with Arambulo about her role, what she thinks it is that has viewers coming back for more, and what is coming up next.
KRISTIN: You are young and making a great mark on your career right now. What made you want to become an actress?
SARI: I had always been a curious, outgoing child. I got my start in dance classes and musical theatre at my school. From there, I took voice lessons, participated in Hip-Hop dance competitions, and began taking acting classes. My first time on set for a commercial was with a bunch of kids and I had a blast; that’s how I fell in love with acting and really solidified my desire to become an actress.
KRISTIN: You can currently be seen in NBC’s new comedy A.P. Bio. How did you come to be part of this project?
SARI: When I first read the script, I got so excited about the writing and humor. It really resonated with me. I had the opportunity to audition, and it was such a quick process! Which is pretty rare. I went in once, and the next day I found out I booked it! I was filming on set 3 days later.
KRISTIN: Tell us about your character and where she falls in the story.
SARI: Grace is a cute, sweet, kind girl in Jack Griffin’s A.P. Biology class. She’s just happy to be with her friends and go with the flow. She is very book smart, but her street smarts could definitely be improved. She gets swept up in all the adventures and antics of Jack Griffin, and Grace just tags along for the ride!
KRISTIN: You get to work with a lot of fantastic actors on this project. What has that experience been like for you?
SARI: Absolutely incredible. Not a day went by where I wasn’t dying of laughter, I learned a lot from them. Table readings were always one of my favorites because we got to see the entire ensemble and catch up. I also loved seeing the script come to life! The best part of this whole experience was how sweet everyone was and how we all got along so well.
KRISTIN: What do you think it is about A.P. Bio that people enjoy?
SARI: I think what people enjoy about “A.P. Bio” is how it pushes the comedic envelope. It’s not the typical cookie-cutter storyline of a wholesome teacher imparting his knowledge on his students. Instead, I find in a lot of ways his students help Jack grow as a person. Also, fans of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” will love Glenn in this role.
KRISTIN: What can we expect from the rest of this season? Any teasers?
SARI: I don’t know how much I can give away – but I will say that the adventures just get better and better. You can expect more craziness and laughs from the upcoming episodes.
KRISTIN: On top of acting, you are also in school at University of Southern California. How do you hope to use your degree when finished and intertwine that with your acting?
SARI: Yes, Fight On Go Trojans! I am studying Communications, French, and Cinematic Arts. I hope to use my degree to explore other aspects of the entertainment industry, like producing and writing. I would like to delve into producing my own content, so that’s how my degree would intertwine with my acting career. I believe my education will make me a more knowledgeable, well-rounded actor/individual.
KRISTIN: What do you think you would do if acting was not an option?
SARI: Being at USC has given me opportunities and exposure to fields other than acting. I have interned at the French Consulate, StubHub, and Showtime. I have had the opportunity to visit companies like the NBA, The Food Network, and YouTube. I would want to work in a creative environment in marketing or advertising – a place where I can collaborate with innovative and forward-thinking individuals. I would also love to work for Spotify, I’m obsessed with the streaming platform, specifically in their playlist curation sector.
KRISTIN: Aside from AP Bio and college, do you have any other projects you are working on?
SARI: I just filmed an ABC/eBay commercial, and I am in the works to produce / write a short film.
KRISTIN: Where can we keep up with you online? Facebook/Twitter/Instagram?
Sari Arambulo can be watched every Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Make sure to follow Arambulo on her above listed social media profiles. Also stay tuned from more from her. We are expecting big things.