Character Interview: Lauren & Emma Avery

Last week I interviewed Nathan and Levi, the main pair of brothers from… Brothers. This week I’m interviewing the female lead, Lauren, and one of her sisters. As with Nathan and Levi, I don’t actually know these characters very well yet, but figuring out characters through their interviews is a lot of fun, so we’re gonna do this anyway. I do know that Lauren is extremely optimistic and hopeful, no matter the circumstances, and her whole family is strongly Christian. Aside from that, we’re gonna find out. :)

Lauren: *comes in and takes a seat, offering a bright smile to the interviewer* Hello.

Interviewer: *returns the smile* Hello.

Emma: *skips in after her sister with a grin and climbs into her seat* Hi!

Interviewer: Hello there! How are you?

Emma: Good!

Interviewer: Are you ladies ready to get started?

Lauren & Emma: *nod*

Interviewer: What are your names?

Lauren: Lauren Marie Avery.

Emma: Emma Nicole Avery. *grins, proud of herself*

Interviewer: How old are you?

Lauren: Sixteen.

Emma: Five. *holds up a hand, fingers spread wide*

Interviewer: Five? You’re practically a grown up!

Emma: *giggles*

Interviewer: Do you two have any other siblings?

Emma: *starts counting on her fingers*

Lauren: *smiles at Emma and lets her finish*

Emma: Four. Grace, Benjamin, Ethan, and Owen.

Interviewer: What order do you go in?

Lauren: Owen’s the oldest, then me, then Ethan, then Benjamin and Grace, then Emma.

Interviewer: *to Emma* Do you like being the youngest?

Emma: *nods* I get lots of cuddles. *grins*

Lauren: *chuckles*

Interviewer: *to Lauren* Do you have a job?

Lauren: Not at the moment. I was a Starbucks barista, but after the bombings we had to leave, so I’m obviously not working there anymore. *chuckles* I loved it, though. I hope that I can find a similar job when we get somewhere safe. *smiles and rubs Emma’s arm reassuringly*

Interviewer: So you and your family are on the move?

Lauren: *nods* Us and three people from the military base by our house.

Interviewer: Is it uncomfortable being stuck in close quarters with strangers?

Lauren: *shrugs* Not especially. They needed our help, and I’m glad we could help them. Nathan and Levi are really sweet, and they’re really just like us. Lacy’s a little bit intimidating sometimes, but we know she means well, too. And if she doesn’t Dad and Owen are more than able to protect us. So no, it’s not especially uncomfortable.

Emma: *nods*

Interviewer: Are you introverts or extroverts?

Emma: *looks up at Lauren for an explanation*

Lauren: That means do you like being around people more or being by yourself?

Emma: Oh! *grins at the interviewer* People, definitely!

Lauren: I think I’m an extrovert, too. I definitely value alone time, especially with so many siblings *chuckles*, but I generally get energy from being around other people and seeing them happy and that kind of thing. *smiles*

Interviewer: Do either of you have a favorite food?

Emma: Pancakes!

Lauren: Hm… I like apples.

Interviewer: How about a favorite color?

Emma: Purple!

Lauren: *nods* Purple is a good color. I also like sunset colors. They’re some of my favorites. *smiles*

Interviewer: Do you prefer movies or books?

Lauren: Movies.

Emma: Books.

Interviewer: Do you have any favorites?

Lauren: Anything by Marvel or Disney. *laughs*

Emma: All Together Now.

Interviewer: I don’t think I know that one. Who’s it by?

Emma: *shrugs*

Lauren: I think it’s… Anita someone? I don’t remember.

Interviewer: Who are your favorite Disney Princesses?

Lauren: Cinderella.

Emma: Jasmine. She has a pet tiger!

Interviewer: If you had a pet would you pick a tiger?

Emma: *thinks a minute* I don’t know. I think it would be too big for me. A smaller cat might be better. One of the small cats that kinda looks like a tiger.

Lauren: An orange tabby?

Emma: *nods* One of those.

Interviewer: *to Lauren* How about you? What pet would you pick?

Lauren: A husky puppy.

Interviewer: What are some of your hobbies?

Lauren: Watching movies, singing, playing guitar, sometimes reading. It depends on the book.

Emma: I like reading and singing a lot. And listening to music.

Interviewer: Do you have a favorite music genre?

Lauren: I really like contemporary Christian music from the 80s and 90s and early 2000s. Not so much a lot of the more recent stuff, but there are still a handful of artists I like on the radio. MercyMe, Britt Nicole, tobyMac, Hollyn, artists like that.

Emma: *nods* Me too.

Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Emma: Bravery.

Lauren: Kindness.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Emma: *carefully pronounces the syllables* Selflessness.

Lauren: *nods* Selflessness.

Interviewer: What’s something you can’t leave home without?

Lauren: My phone. So I can call home in case of an emergency.

Emma: I don’t usually take anything with me.

Interviewer: Any final thoughts?

Emma: Can I give you a hug?

Interviewer: *nods*

Emma: *hugs the interviewer* Thank you. *pulls away with a smile*

Lauren: Thank you for the interview. *smiles* *takes Emma’s hand and heads out of the studio*

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