Ella Hunt is taking on New York — and she’s ready to face the music.
The British actress recently moved to Brooklyn Heights and is starring in her first big-screen film, the recently released “Anna and the Apocalypse,” a quirky tale about a zombie invasion during Christmas, which currently has an 82 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Hunt, 20, plays the titular high-school senior who has to slash legions of the undead in order to make it out alive … while singing. Improbably, the buzzy movie is a musical.
She liked the fact that her character isn’t your typical damsel in distress.
“[Anna] goes from a woman who’s unsure of herself to somebody who can survive a zombie apocalypse,” Hunt said. “We’re both very aspirational.”
Indeed, her glamorous new career is a far cry from her former rural country life in Devon, England. She comes from a family of creatives: Hunt’s mom is a sculptor and her father is an art dealer. Even as a little girl, she knew she wanted to go into acting.
“From a very young age I was dancing around the house putting on performances, and it was pretty clear what I wanted to do,” she said.
At age 11 she was scouted by an agent during one of her school plays, and she has since gone on to supporting roles in films like “Les Misérables” and “Intruders.”
She had an “intense” time trying to balance her schoolwork and acting.
“At 15 I was meeting with casting directors. One day I was filming opposite Ben Kingsley and the next day I was taking the GCSE,” she said, referring to the test that British high schoolers have to tak to go on to college.
She’s still juggling. Hunt has been busy promoting the film and shooting a TV series, which leaves her little time to enjoy New York City.
“There’s just so many different people living in this relatively tiny space,” she said.
But she has taken up yoga since moving here, which she admitted is very “millennial” of her.
While the actress is single, she has caught the eye of Chanel. The French fashion house has been dressing Hunt for most of her red-carpet appearances.
Zombies and all, she said, “it’s a total dream come true.”
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