Emilia McCarthy

Emilia McCarthy
Born (1997-08-29) August 29, 1997 (age 23)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Actress
  • dancer
  • writer
Years active 2006–present

Emilia McCarthy (born August 28, 1997) is a Canadian and Mexican actress, dancer and writer. She played one of Sheriff Sworn's twin daughters, Alyssa Sworn, in the Netflix television series Hemlock Grove. McCarthy also played Taylor Dean in the Disney Channel Original Movie Zapped. In 2018, she portrayed the role of Lacey in the Disney Channel Original Movie Zombies and reprised the role in Zombies 2

In July 2013, she began working on the film Maps to the Stars playing Kayla. The film premiered on April 14, 2014 at various festivals and generated positive reviews. McCarthy plays the role of Abby Ackerman on Max & Shred, her first lead role in a television series. It is produced by YTV and also aired on Nickelodeon.

Early life

McCarthy was born on August 28, 1997 in London, Ontario, where she was raised. She is the daughter of Margarita De Antuñano, Director of the Canada-Mexico Cultural Exchange Centre and a Spanish teacher and Barry McCarthy a retired Vice-principal. McCarthy has Mexican and Irish ancestry; her mother is Mexican Canadian and father of Irish origin[citation needed].[1] She is fluent in English, Spanish, and French. McCarthy discovered her passion for acting since she was a child. She is passionate about acting, dancing and modelling and vigorously pursues "her call in life ,". As her grandmother Beatriz Carrillo has said "Emilia is a born artist who acts and dances, I think she was born with this gift".

McCarthy took acting classes at Armstrong Acting Studios, in Toronto.[2] She stated in a 2013 interview that:

"I was about seven and literally woke up one day and said, Mom, Dad, I want to be an actress".[3]

Then in 2006 she landed her first role as Elle Fanning's photo double in the film Babel starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. The movie was directed by Oscar winner, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu.


2007–12: Early career

At eight years-old, McCarthy had the opportunity to perform with Cate Blanchett and Gael García Bernal as daughter Cate-- a role she shared with Elle Fanning-- in the Golden Globe-winning film Babel.

With her father's help, McCarthy published a book entitled Baby's Wish when she was only eight years old. The book was inspired by a dream McCarthy had.

In 2007, at the age of nine, McCarthy landed the role of Laura Westover for the TV movie: Booky & the Secret Santa. In 2009, at age 11, she was hired again to resume the role of Laura Westover in the movie Booky's Crush being the last film in the series.

McCarthy made a special appearance in the episode "All In" on the CW-Ranked Beauty & the Beast as Cena. The episode was released on October 25, 2012.[4]

McCarthy has performed in several theatre productions like Hairspray and Tarantella Cabaret, also made stage appearances in works such as Aida and Seussical Jr.[5]

2013–present: Movies and Max & Shred

McCarthy auditioned in Toronto for Eli Roth, director / producer of the series. In April, Netflix premiered the series Hemlock Grove of 13 episodes. Emilia appeared in 9 episodes as Alyssa Sworn in the series.[6][7]

McCarthy was the star of the web series Unlikely Heroes and Kid's Town in 2013. That same year McCarthy landed the female lead role in the film Bunks, a film original Disney XD. Where Lauren plays a camp counselor, who wants the rules are followed by campers.

McCarthy was part of the main cast of the film Zapped, she plays Taylor Dean, the antagonist of Zendaya's character. The film premiered on June 27, 2014 in the United States and United Kingdom and America premiered on August 10, 2014.[8]

The July 15, 2013 it was confirmed that McCarthy would be part of the cast of the film Maps to the Stars. She played the character of Kayla. Production began in July 2013. EOne introduced the film with his other films in state post-production in 2013 at the Toronto Film Festival. On April 14, 2014, the first preview of the film that was released. The film premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and the performances of the cast were praised.[9]

McCarthy plays the role of Abby Ackerman in the new YTV series Max & Shred, which also will be transmitted by Nickelodeon. The series had a release date of October 6, 2014 in the United States.[10]



McCarthy's main influences are Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. In 2014, she said in an interview, "Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are my inspiration. They were also born in London, Ontario. So if they can do it, why not me?".[11] In another interview she stated, "I am a big fan of Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, as they are both from London, Ontario, which is where I was born and raised. Rachel McAdams went to the same drama school as me. Not only that, but both are amazing actors and knowing that they came from the same place I came from, is crazy".[12]



Emilia McCarthy is also a published writer. At the age of eight, along with her father, she published her book Baby's Wish. There is a copy of the book in the London, Ontario Central Library.[13]

Personal life

In 2014, McCarthy graduated from Westdale Secondary School. Other notable Westdale alumni include Eugene Levy and Martin Short. In 2015, she began attending Ryerson University in parallel with her acting career, majoring in film studies and minoring in psychology.



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Maps to the Stars Kayla Secondary role
2016 Jane Cinematographer and editor
Wilt Director
Sadie's Last Days on Earth Robin Secondary role
2017 Love Coinky Dink Sharon Phelp Short
2019 Dance Together Tia Co-lead role
2020 Psyche Chippy Post-production
Honey! Melissa Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Booky and the Secret Santa Laura Westover TV film
2009 Booky's Crush Laura Westover TV film
2012 Beauty and the Beast Cena "All In" (Season 1, Episode 3)
2013 Wild Kratts Yi/Nina/Patricia Recurring role
Hemlock Grove Alyssa Sworn Recurring role (9 episodes)
Bunks Lauren TV film
2014 Zapped Taylor Dean Television film; Disney Channel Original Movie
2014–2016 Max & Shred Abby Ackerman Main role
2017 Dark Haven High TBA Main role
2018 Zombies Lacey Disney Channel Original Movie
Let's Go Luna! Silvia Voice role (Guest star)
2020 October Faction Heather Recurring role
Zombies 2 Lacey Disney Channel Original Movie


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Kid's Town Beth Pilly Regular role (7 episodes)
Unlikely Heroes Cheryllyn Lead role


  • Baby's Wish (2006)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Category Result Ref.
2015 Young Artist Award Zapped Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries, Special or Pilot - Young Actress Won [14]
Max & Shred Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actress Nominated
The Joey Awards Best Actress in a TV Comedy or Action Leading Role Age 16-21 Nominated [15]
Best Young Ensemble in a TV Series (shared with Jonny Gray, Saara Chaudry and Jake Goodman) Nominated
2016 Young Artist Award Best Performance In a TV Series Leading Young Actress (14 – 21) Nominated [16]
The Joey Awards Best Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series Leading Role 16-21 Years Won [17]
2017 Young Artist Award Best Performance In a TV Series Leading Teen Actress Nominated [18]

See also


  1. ^ Meet Hamilton’s budding new star: Emilia McCarthy .Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  2. ^ A Chat with Actress Emilia McCarthy of Netflix's Hemlock Grove and Disney's Zapped! .Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  3. ^ Emilia McCarthy: Young, Blond, Mexican-Mayan and Hails from Canada! .Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  4. ^ Beauty and the Beast: Season 1, Episode 3 All In .Retrieved October 25
  5. ^ Bunks the Movie: Emilia McCarthy Archived November 1, 2014, at the Wayback Machine .Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  6. ^ Meet 'Hemlock Grove' Resident Emilia McCarthy .Retrieved April 19, 2013.
  7. ^ McCarthy en Hemlock Grove Hemlock Grove (2013– ) IMDb.com
  8. ^ EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: EMILIA MCCARTHY ON 'ZAPPED!' Archived November 2, 2014, at the Wayback Machine .Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  9. ^ Emilia McCarthy, Jayne Heitmeyer Join David Cronenberg's 'Maps to the Stars' .Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  10. ^ Fanlala Exclusive: New Nickelodeon Show 'Max & Shred' Coming in October! Archived October 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine .Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  11. ^ Get To Know Zapped’s Emilia McCarthy! Archived September 24, 2015, at the Wayback Machine .Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  12. ^ "EMILIA McCARTHY: ACTRESS / AUTHOR / ALL AROUND SUPERSTAR: "I LOVE JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE. HE'S MY SECRET HUSBAND"". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  13. ^ Emilia McCarthy: Young, Blond, Mexican-Mayan and Hails from Canada! .Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  14. ^ 36th Young Artist Awards - Nominations / Special Awards Archived April 18, 2015, at the Wayback Machine youngartistawards.org
  15. ^ The Joey Awards JoeyAwards.com
  16. ^ Congrats to @EmiliaaMcCarthy for her @YoungArtistAwds nomination!! @MaxandShred @ytv Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  17. ^ Joey Awards JoeyAwards.com
  18. ^ Congratulations to @EmiliaaMcCarthy the #YAA2017 Nominee for Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading #Teen #Actress in #MaxandShred #YAA Retrieved January 28, 2017.

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