Jackie Evancho Walks Red Carpet at Toronto International Film Festival

The Pine-Richland resident plays Robert Redford's daughter in 'The Company You Keep'.

In a shimmering blue dress that complemented her big blue eyes, Jackie Evancho walked the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival Sunday evening for the screening of The Company You Keep.

The Pine-Richland singer/actress plays the daughter of Robert Redford, who directed and produced the action thriller.

"The 12-year-old singer looked lovely in a flowing sapphire sleeveless mini dress which had an embroidered round collar. Wearing her blonde hair back in one (pony tail), the Dream With Me performer teamed her dress with a pair of transparent opened toe kitten heels," a dailymail.co.uk article states.

In the film based on Neil Gordon's novel of the same name, Redford plays Jim Grant, a Vietnam-era fugitive wanted on murder charges for a robbery that went wrong in 1974. When a young newspaper reporter (Shia LaBeouf) starts pursuing the story, Grant goes on the run with his daughter, Isabel, in tow.

“Fundamentally, the film is about what a man will do for his child, what a man will do to have the love of his daughter preserved,” Redford was quoted as saying in an article by The Hollywood Reporter

"Jackie Evancho showed she's more than a singing prodigy with her earnest sweetness as the daughter of Robert Redford's character-on-the-run in Company," John Weisman wrote in his blog, The Vote With Jon Weisman.

The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival a few days prior to the TIFF screening. 

In a video posted on YouTube, Jackie steps up to the camera at the red carpet event with a big smile and "Hi" as reporters are directed to group together to ask her questions.

Q: What's the biggest favor you been ever asked to do?

Jackie: Actually, my biggest favor would be this movie ... and it's something I really loved.

Q: It was a big favor? They asked you and said we really want you in the film?

A: Yes.

Q: Excellent. What do you do for free time?

A: I jump on a trampoline with my family. I sew dresses and pillows and I play with my pets and my friends. And also I do school, plenty of that.

Q: What's next on your to-do list?

A: What's next on my to-do list is touring and I'm going to be releasing very soon a new CD called Songs From the Silver Screen and I'm very excited about that. 

Q: And a producer you want to work with next for music?

A: I don't know. (Said with a smile and a giggle.)

Q: So many, you've worked with all the top. You going to find some new young fresh one, right?

A: I guess. (She laughs.)

Q: What's your most memorable part of working on the film?

A: Whenever it was really, really cold and rainy, we'd huddle together to stay warm.

Q: Did you get to see any parts of Vancouver?

A: I got to see the museum and it was really, really, really cute because there's tons of seals.

Q: How was Robert (Redford) as a dad on the set?

A: A great dad, actually. He's very sweet and nice.

Q: Did he give you any advice for acting or dealing with red carpets?

A: All I can say is that his advice was very, very helpful and something I will never forget.

For a photo gallery about the event on Jackie Evancho's website, click here.

For more red carpet photos for the TIFF premiere, click here.


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