When most young actors break into the film industry they’re expected to smile, keep quiet and just be happy that they’re caught up in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. But not Isabela Moner.
Despite being just 17-years-old, Moner has two million followers on Instagram and her box office receipts already total over £710 million. Transformers: The Last Knight and Sicario: Day Of The Soldado preceded her most recent release, Instant Family, which revolves around Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne adopting three troubled young children, the eldest of whom, 15-year-old Lizzy, Moner portrays.
When Instant Family was released in cinemas, it met with critical acclaim from respected publications, such as this one, that said it was: “a serious-minded, often tear-jerking message movie dressed in oversize clown shoes.”
But in its marketing, it was the comedy elements that were emphasised over its social message.
“It seemed like a completely different movie and honestly, I was a little disappointed in how the put together the previews for the movie,” Moner says.
“It just didn’t capture the heart of it all. It seemed like just another family comedy. It didn’t look as though it took the whole foster adoption care process seriously.”