Sammi Hanratty can be seen in a bunch of films and TV shows. Her latest film is a comedy called “Moms’ Night Out.” She co-stars with Sarah Drew and Patricia Heaton. Sammi plays Heaton’s teenage daughter Zoe, who is the pastor’s daughter who comes to her mom’s aid when she and her friends end up in jail after a crazy night out.
Sammi stars in the Crackle web series “Chosen” with Milo Ventimiglia and Chad Michael Murray. She is also in the very popular TV show “Salem.” As you can see Sammi is very busy. Even with a busy schedule she makes time for others. She has worked closely with Smile Train, an organization that teaches doctors in developing countries how to fix cleft palates in newborn babies and is an ambassador for the Starlight Foundation.
Art Eddy: You star in the film “Moms’ Night Out” with Sarah Drew and Patricia Heaton. Tell me a bit about the film and your role?
Sammi Hanratty: “Mom’s Night Out” is a family comedy. I play Patricia Heaton’s daughter, Zoe. My character is rebellious because she feels so much pressure to be the perfect child. She’s the preacher’s kid and expected to behave a certain way. Her mom greets every church member with a smile and knows everything about each one of them and just seems so perfect. Too much pressure!! Ha-ha.
Towards the end of the movie, you learn that Patricia’s character isn’t perfect at all. She’s human, we all make mistakes. We are all perfectly perfect in our imperfect way!
AE: What was your initial reaction to the film when you read the script?
SH: I really liked the script when I read it. It’s funny and it celebrates moms, what else can you ask for? Each character has their own issues that they’re going through. I think anyone who sees this movie can relate to at least one of the characters. We all feel pressures to be a certain way, but in the end it seems like we put the pressures on ourselves more than society does.
AE: You are also on the show “Salem.” This show is very cool. You play Dollie Trask. What is it like to work on this show? It must be ridiculous I am guessing.
SH: I’m so happy to be a part of “Salem.” I fell in love with the script early on when I originally auditioned for a different role. The writers are so incredibly talented and I can’t wait to get my new script each episode! I’m just as excited as the fans are to find out what’s happening next. And what about this cast? I mean seriously, the talent I get to work with is insane. It makes me strive to be a better actor.
AE: Are you happy with the audience’s reaction to “Salem?”
SH: I’m so glad that the audience is responding so positively! I knew they’d like it, but the reaction exceeds what I even imagined. It’s amazing!
Everyone on the show works really hard and it’s so great to see the fans are loving it. I think we’re all dying to find out what happens next with Mary and John!! This cast is crazy talented. Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Elise Eberle, Seth Gabel. I could name them all.
AE: If that wasn’t enough you are also on the web series “Chosen” with Milo Ventimiglia and Chad Michael Murray. What is that show about and can you tell me a bit about your character?
SH: I love this project! It’s a total mind game. How far would you go to save your loved one? A box shows up at your door with your name engraved on the outside. When you open it, there’s a gun and photo inside. It’s a photo of a person with the time and an expiration date on it. Basically you have to kill the person in the photo in the timeframe you’re given.
You keep receiving warnings as the time is ticking down. If you try and ignore what you’re supposed to do or try getting out of doing it, one of your loved ones will be taken and held until you kill your target. It’s one of those shows that you become addicted to and you have to know what’s happening next.
My character first appears in Season 3. I play Megan and my mom is Josie, played by Rose McGowan. Megan was previously kidnapped to force Josie into playing the game. This has made her extremely paranoid and afraid of everything. However, as things unfold throughout the season, you see my character completely evolve. I can’t wait to get the word of a Season 4 pick up so I can go kick some major butt.
AE: Ha-ha, nice I hope you guys get another season. You have a big following on Twitter. Do you interact with your fans while your shows are on?
SH: Yes, I do tweet about my upcoming projects. I like to let them know where they can watch me and interact with them as much as possible while it’s airing. It’s great to get their feedback and to keep them up to date as to what I’m doing.
AE: Do you get a lot of feedback from fans about your current roles on TV?
SH: My movie “Zoe Gone” just premiered on Lifetime. I’ve gotten a ton of great feedback on that and the fans really seemed to like it. I’ve played so many different types of characters on all of the shows I’ve done, so I like hearing from my fans and seeing what characters they respond to.
AE: Are there any other projects that you are currently working on?
SH: “Salem” is keeping me pretty busy right now. I travel back and forth from Los Angeles to Shreveport. I have an episode of “Perception” coming out soon on TNT. It was so great working alongside Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Scott Wolf. Not only did I get to be in scenes with Eric, but he also directed my episode as well! The cast and crew are some of the best I’ve ever worked with. They treat everyone so welcoming!
AE: When you do find some days to yourself what are you doing to relax?
SH: I really cherish my down-time. I love hanging with my friends. It doesn’t matter what we are doing, we will always be laughing and having such a great time.