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“Tall Woman” Star Ava Michelle on How She Realized to Embrace Her Top for Her Netflix Position

Sure, 17-year-old Ava Michelle is definitely tall.

Like her character Jodi, the star of Netflix’s latest teen rom-com Tall Woman (out September 13) clocks in at six toes one inch and 1 / 4 (or a half — “Relies on who’s asking,” Ava jokes with Teen Vogue). So it’s protected to say Ava resonates with a lot of what Jodi goes by within the movie, whether or not it’s being the punchline of weather-related jokes or assembly somebody whereas sitting down solely to shock them if you arise.

However the level of Tall Woman isn’t simply to say that tall women can have a troublesome go of it, and the film isn’t just for ladies over six toes tall. As an alternative, it’s an acknowledgment that at any age, our insecurities can really feel so outsize, so insurmountable, that we grow to be satisfied they’re the one factor individuals see. Tall Woman reminds viewers that regardless of these emotions, it’s nonetheless extraordinarily doable to make superior associates, fall in love, and perhaps even come to some form of association with the self-deprecating voices in our heads.

“My technology wants this film to know that they’ll love themselves, and that the issues individuals say do not outline them,” Ava says. “We would not like these items [about ourselves], however they’re what make us completely different and particular.”

In Tall Woman, Ava’s Jodi is the tallest particular person in her household, particularly in comparison with her magnificence queen older sister, performed by Sabrina Carpenter. Jodi is clearly self-conscious about her top, although she’s surrounded by two associates, Fareeda (Anjelika Washington) and Dunkleman (Griffin Gluck), who alternately defend her and construct her up. Dunkleman clearly has a crush on Jodi, although she’s half a foot taller than he’s, however Jodi shrugs him off, caught up within the concept she ought to date somebody tall — and bemoaning the shortage of choices at her faculty. Enter Stig (Luke Eisner), a Swedish change pupil who steals the hearts of all the ladies, however particularly Jodi’s.

The ensuing love triangle helps set Jodi on her path towards self-discovery as she learns, like all tall women should be taught, to personal her top. It’s a journey that on some stage mirrors Ava’s personal rise as knowledgeable dancer and, now, along with her foray into appearing.

Followers of the sequence Dance Mothers know Ava isn’t a stranger to indicate enterprise, even when she’s simply starting her profession as an actor. She appeared in seasons three and 4 of the present as a part of the Broadway Dance Academy studio in Fenton, Michigan, which is owned by her mother. All through her preteen and teenage years, Ava has racked up quite a few awards for her dancing, and she or he even competed on the present So You Suppose You Can Dance in 2016. As a dancer, she wasn’t resistant to feedback about her top.

“My top was actually laborious for me rising up. Like, I used to be 5-foot-10 at 13. I used to be actually, actually tall,” Ava says. “Within the enterprise that I used to be in, and even simply being in class, I used to be made enjoyable of, and it was actually tough. However satirically, I acquired my first large [acting gig] partly due to the factor I hated about myself for therefore lengthy.”

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