Get to know ‘A Loud House Christmas’ stars the Allan Twins
The Allan Twins have an increasingly impressive resume despite starting their career a mere 10 years ago. Starting their career together at just six months old, this dynamic duo has had recurring and series regular roles on such shows as FX’s Sons of Anarchy, ABC’s Single Parents, NBC’s Parenthood, CBS’s Young Sheldon and The CW’s Jane the Virgin, to name a few.
In 2021, Ella and Mia Allan are preparing to star in the live action version of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series The Loud House. The newest installment of the series takes on the holidays in A Loud House Christmas streaming on Paramount + starting this coming Friday, November 26th.
We were lucky enough to get a few moments with the twins and ask them about their young yet illustrious careers and where they see themselves headed in the future.
Tell us about your history in acting. How did you start your journey?
Our acting career started at six months old on a show called Sons of Anarchy on FX for season 4 where we switched off playing “Baby Thomas Teller”. After that we booked Parenthood on NBC. We first got to play actual twins on CW’s Jane the Virgin and as series regulars on ABC’s show Single Parents. All that led us to playing twin sisters Lola and Lana Loud on Nickelodeon’s The Loud House Christmas.
Who are your artistic influences?
We have always been inspired by Dakota Fanning. It could also be said everyone we have worked with has been so kind and taken us under wing. It’s easy to be influenced by the actors we have come in contact with on all of our jobs.
Was there one movie that you saw that made you want to go into acting?
We were so young when it started we weren’t really watching movies! The older we got the more it just seemed like a natural part of our life. Now we do love watching movies and shows of all types.
How was working on A Loud House Christmas?
It’s always a bonus to be able to work as twin sisters. We really related to our characters and it was so fun to see how we could bring them to life. Also everyone on the cast got along really well so being sisters in the movie felt very real because the cast had bonded so well. And let’s be honest we got to film a Christmas Movie! It couldn’t get any better than that.
What did you learn from the experience?
There’s always a lot to learn but I would say a good take away would be having to learn to stay versatile and be able to roll with anything that you are presented with.
Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Is there one that is always on at home during the holidays?
Loud House Christmas of course lol. Honestly, there are so many classics we could watch all throughout the year to keep that Christmas Spirit.
What was working on Single Parents like?
It was a blessing. Number one we got to work as twin sisters. Two, we were very grateful to film with other kids about our age. We also couldn’t have asked for better producers, cast, and crew. Everyone seemed to be in sync with each other. Since it was a comedy at one time or another each one of us would break character because someone would improv and we could not stop laughing.
Do you like playing twins in productions, or do you prefer working together to play one role?
In our previous experience we have switched out playing the same role and we have worked together as twin sisters. Switching off always created competition between us where we both wanted to go on. So at least at this point we would prefer to work together. There are very few roles where identical twins play twins and we have been fortunate to have that experience and would love to continue on that path.
How is the process of working on a movie different from working on a TV series?
This was our first movie so we don’t have a lot to compare it to. The process with the movie seemed to move very fast and in a series it takes about 5-7 days to film.
Talk us through your creative process. What tips do you have for actors looking to break in?
Our creative process is basically using whatever experience we have had and do our best to implement that into the characters. Usually we will read the script or (sides) given to us and if there is a character description to gain some perspective into this person.
We read the script in context and try to put ourselves in the shoes of the character which usually brings up some kind of realistic emotion, happy, sad, angry, confused, etc. We will go over it a few times then begin to memorize the script as if it’s a story, not just lines on a page.
The only tips we really have are to stay encouraged and have people around you that support you and can give you honest or constructive feedback. Always remain teachable and remember failure is ok. Lastly, don’t compare yourself with someone else’s journey.
What part of acting do you geek out about the most?
As far as “Geeking Out” we love to watch behind the scenes footage. When you see how things are filmed, it’s incredible to see the actors so deep into the scene and character that you forget there is a camera right in their face.
If you could each only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?
That’s a trick question… The Loud House Christmas lol. Other than that, probably Elf or Dumb and Dumber.
What has been your biggest failure?
Unrealistically having a fear of failing.
What has been your biggest success?
Working as twins on our last 3 projects!
What’s your next project?
We don’t have anything planned as of yet but we are constantly learning and very hopeful.
What’s your five-year plan?
We would love to book another movie or two as twins. We would love to travel, or on some kind of twin branding/brand, and we want to work on a project together with our brother Justin who is also a really good actor.
What do you love to do outside of acting?
We love anything with makeup! We have really been into collecting squishmallows and we love riding our horse Chili. We are taking singing lessons and dance lessons which are pretty fun. We also love jumping on our trampoline and swimming.
What music inspires you?
We both like a lot of the same music. Most of the time modern pop music music (as long as it is the clean version) Contemporary music and we usually have Christian music on when we go to sleep.
What other Nickelodeon roles would you like to see the twins play next? Let us know in the comments!