Ashley Brooke reveals ‘A Little Light’ shows ‘how important it is to be a light for others’ (EXCLUSIVE)


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a little light follows the true story of mip jeesthe woman who helped hide Otto Frank and his family from the Nazis during WWII. Ashley Brooke as the stars margot frankOtto’s eldest daughter and edith frank, HollywoodLife Margot spoke exclusively with Ashley about diving into the world of Frank.

“Part of my research was starting from ground zero. I tried to find as much as I could. I re-read Anne’s diary. I think the reason I don’t remember much about Margot is that like —As time goes by, you tend to forget some things, which is why I think this kind of project is so important to remind us of history and what’s happened,” Ashley said. “But for my research , I first read my Miep’s account, remember anne frank, because I knew that was the approach we were taking. Then I read the diary again, and to be honest, I just fell in love with Margot, and I fell in love with her little quirks. She is the exact opposite of Anna’s personality, and she was more quiet and reserved. She’s always wanted to follow the rules, and I think it’s really interesting that she was called to report to a German concentration camp when they were breaking the law and hiding. I think it was really scary for her, especially as a 16 year old girl.

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Ashley Brooke as Margot Frank. (National Geographic)

Margot’s deportation order from the Gestapo was the catalyst for the Frank family going into hiding. With Miep’s help, the Frank family lives in a secret contract over Otto’s business. “I think that Tony [Phelan] And zone [Rater] Do a great job portraying Margot as a normal 16-year-old girl who fights with her sister, but she’s also in such scary times. I think when I first read the script, you could really tell how relatable these characters are and how much you can relate to them. I think over the course of this series, you get to see the side of a normal 16-year-old girl, but then being a Jew in the Holocaust and how scary and how sad they were.

Ashley noted mark holmesthe set designer a little lightdid an “incredible job” in recreating the annex feel. They put so much detail into it that it was actually a replica of the one we visited when we visited the Anne Frank Museum but just built in Prague. I think The steps helped in that claustrophobic experience. I remember when I was in the museum, there was someone walking on us, just one person, but you could hear their footsteps so loud. It made me think forced how quiet they really should have been. But also how Miep, when she visited him, was the only time they could really talk openly.”

She continued, “Miep was such a hope and was bringing that light saying that it would all be okay. I think the relationship between Miep and the family is really special because he was really there for everyone on the outside.” She was a beacon of hope when she told a story, and I think everyone just kind of clings on because she’s the light for everyone.”

a little light being released at a critical time as extremists attempt to galvanize Holocaust deniers and states like Florida are pulling material about anne frank from schools. Ashley revealed that she hopes the show will encourage people to stand up for what’s right.

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Ashley Brooke at the premiere of ‘A Small Light’. (Anthony Behr / Picturegroup for National Geographic / Shutterstock)

“I think Miep was a modern woman in a non-modern world, and she was going through things that we all feel. She was falling out of love. She was having problems with friends and family. She is so relatable that we can all see a little bit of ourselves in her. She was fearless, and despite all the fear, she chose justice over the right path,” Ashley explained HollywoodLife, “It’s very inspiring to me. I also think it’s very relevant today, because unfortunately, we’re dealing with a lot of hatred towards certain groups of people. The patterns of history can always start repeating themselves.” And that’s very unfortunate.”

She added, “Also, Anne’s diary is being pulled from some schools in the United States, which is terrible. We are the last generation of Holocaust survivors, so we need to find new ways to tell the stories of the Holocaust.” i think it’s nothing a little light, I think the story is very relevant, especially as young adults because you want to stand up for what’s right, even if it scares us. I think we will continue to stand up, and I think we will continue to support others. But projects like this show how important it is to be a light for others.”

Ashley is currently doing double duty studying acting and film at the University of Southern California. The actress explained how she got the role while trying to decide about college. “This role came at a very interesting time because it was college decision month. I did a network test for this project right in the middle of the month, and we told them I had a certain amount of time to tell the universities. I needed to know. It was really surprising because when I did the network test, I found out the next day that I got it. It was great, but then we also had to deal with trying to go to school. How do I do this while doing it? We hit it off, and I postponed my enrollment for a semester so I could film the project. It was definitely a crazy time. I remember it being nerve-wracking too Was,” she said. a little light Premieres May 1 on National Geographic.