Newcomer Harley Quinn Smith is stepping into the spotlight in a major way.
The 16-year-old actress is one of the stars of her father Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers, which garnered a ton of buzz around the Sundance Film Festival ahead of its Sunday premiere. The film was honored at the 2016 Spotlight Initiative Gala Awards Dinner on Sunday night, and Harley was all smiles as she talked to us about her excitement about the project and Sundance.
“I’m just so happy to be here with my family and my friends,” she said. “I’m so honored to be able to partake in something that’s so widely renowned and so respected in the movie industry.”
Harley told us it’s been a thrilling experience to not only have a film at Sundance, but to check out the films at the festival and get inspiration from filmmakers from all walks of life. She also couldn’t help but gush about her co-star (and BFF) Lily-Rose Depp as well.
“We’ve been best friends since kindergarten. We’ve been pretty tight for a long time,” she told us. “But, being with her every day, we obviously got to hang out even more. So [we got even closer].”
In addition to Depp and Kevin’s involvement in the film, working on set was kind of like a mini-family reunion for Smith, which made it an even more meaningful experience for her. “To work so closely with my dad and not even just my dad, my mom was in the movie, my grandparents were in the movie, my best friend was in the movie,” she continued. “To work so closely with so many people that I love was so special, especially because it was my first movie, so it’s like such a cool introduction to the movie world and everything. It was a really smooth transition into what I hope to carry on forever.”
As she’s made her transition into the spotlight, Harley has also learned some life lessons along the way. As for one piece of advice she would give to other girls in the business or not, Smith said: "Never let anybody get you down. Never give in to people who say nasty things on the Internet. Work to represent women in the best way possible because even though, respect and equality for women has progressed over time, it’s still not in the place that it should be.”