If you don't know Brittany's name, you will soon. The 24-year-old actress plays the main role in the new series from Apple TV + Little voiceand if she doesn't steal your heart with her acting skills, her beautiful singing voice will. The show, which was produced by Sara Bareilles, Jessie Nelson and JJ Abrams as Executive Producer, follows a young songwriter named Bess (O & # 39; Grady) who navigates NYC through love, family and friendship and tries to find her voice .
Like her character, music was a big part of O & # 39; Grady's life. In addition to the leading role in the Fox music series starShe plays music and sings since her youth. "My father played instruments and played in bands all his life, so music was always something that was in my life," the Virginia-born American told POPSUGAR. "We saw musicals together as a family and saw musicals at the Kennedy Center. I grew up with piano and saxophone and did musicals in the DC area. It wasn't until I got older that I realized I really was I wanted to be professional acting and knew that singing would be an instrument to get there. I never expected the roles I would play to be so strongly related to music, but I'm really, really grateful for that because I think it opened so many doors and I love music and love to sing. "
Aside from the singing aspect, O & # 39; Grady said that she resonated with Bess on a personal level. "I just fell in love with the figure because it was so easy to relate to," she said. "I felt like I could connect with her in so many ways. She is a person who has her heart on her sleeve and she is very authentic to what she is. If you have your heart on your sleeve, Rejection and all these different experiences It can be very painful to express yourself, I think I feel very similar when I wear my heart on my sleeve and enjoy doing what I do, and I try to be as honest as possible to do. "
When she tried to shape Bess 'character, O' Grady really relied on Nelson and Bareilles. "We were connected so quickly and I think we really understood each other and worked very well together to create this character," she said. "And the writing is just so good. I just wanted to know more about it. It was so much fun to play it." She added that Bareilles was especially helpful with the music scenes after he wrote the songs for the show. "She was very gentle with me," she said. "I have had experience recording music and people have not been patient or have not confirmed me as a singer and that was really hard to go through. Sara was just super, super nice and gave so much encouragement and guidance and closed it a lot easier. She says, "Just come from an honest place if you sing and connect with the lyrics and don't worry about how you sound." It came from a very soulful place and she allowed me to do that really use. "
In fact, part of Bess's story was inspired by Bareilles. The title of the series is not only named after the singer's breakout album 2007 Little voiceBut her personal struggles as an aspiring artist are also highlighted on the show when Bess tries to get a record deal. "When she auditioned for labels, almost everyone rejected her and they said to her: & # 39; you have a beautiful voice, you are a great writer, but we do not know what to do, how to advertise you "said O & # 39; Grady. "Much of the commentary in the seventh episode that Bess auditioned for all of these labels is (the commentary) Sara Bareilles has received since the beginning of her career."
"I hope that people feel confirmed or find that this is not a direct way to find your voice.
Just like Bareilles did with her own career, Bess finally finds her inner confidence and can control who she is as an artist in the first season. Throughout the story, O & # 39; Grady hopes that her character will inspire fans to use their own little voice in their daily lives. "I hope people feel confirmed or find that this is not a direct way to find your voice," she said. "People go through a lot of rejection, they go through a lot of self-doubt, they hit a bathroom door and get hit in the face and feel ashamed. It's normal. It is normal to have those embarrassing moments and feel so depressed and it doesn't have to define you. I hope that people can identify with this trip to find your true self and feel okay, be it in your family life, in the arts (or) in American companies. "