Today at YEM, we have an exclusive interview with actress Keeley Karsten. Keeley co-stars in the highly anticipated coming-of-age drama The Fablemans. The Fablemans is set to be released in theaters on November 27. In the drama, Keeley plays Natalie Fableman. Alongside her in the film are many famous faces, such as Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, and Seth Rogan. The film was directed and co-written by legendary director Steven Spielberg.
YEM recently had the chance to sit down with Keeley during her busy promotional schedule to discuss The Fablemans and other intriguing topics about her budding young acting career. But first, read ahead to learn more about The Fablemans, the stellar cast and crew, and Keeley Karsten’s backstory.
The Fablemans is set in the mid-20th century during post-World War II. The drama tells the story of an average Jewish family residing in different parts of the country. The clash between one’s artistic desire and filial responsibility, secrecy, and deceit, in addition to the hidden depths of creative expression and contentment, is at the heart of Steven Spielberg’s gripping film centered around this complex family.
Michelle William’s plays a retired concert pianist named Mitzi who has taken a reluctant setback from the spotlight to raise her family. She works part-time, teaching students how to play the piano. Mitzi’s husband, Burt, is played by Paul Dano. Burt is a genius who is gainfully employed in the IT industry. In his spare time, Burt delights in capturing his family on film. The family’s lives are upended on one fateful night when the pair takes their son Sammy, played by Mateo Zoryon Francis-DeFord, to see “The Greatest Show On Earth”.
Sammy comes away from the film enthralled, particularly with the film’s depictions of trains. In an attempt to recreate the train sequences he observed on the big screen, Mitzi encourages Sammy to take up his father’s filmmaking hobby, much to the chagrin of Burt who feels their son’s time and talents are better spent elsewhere. To the family’s amazement, Sammy takes to filmmaking like a duck to water and captures beautiful moments on film. Later in the film, the family moves to California to foster Sammy’s talent.
At first glance, The Fablemans appears to relay the tale about a child who is already skilled in his craft and improves upon it. However, it is much deeper than that. The film also touches on the challenges of marriage, child-rearing, and growing up’s trials and tribulations. It’s also about the wonders of artistic temperament and talent, a concept explored by the main characters Sammy, Mitzi, Burt, and other supporting characters in the film.
Keeley Karsten plays the role of Natalie Fableman in the film. Natalie is the film prodigy Sammy’s third younger sister.
In real life, Keeley is a 12-year-old actress who divides her time between New York and Los Angeles as she fulfills her aspirations of being an actress. In addition to acting, Keeley is also an accomplished singer and writer. Like Sammy in The Fablemans, Keeley comes from an artistic family. She got her first big break in the 2020 original amazon tv series The Hunters starring veteran actor Al Pachino.
In her interview with YEM, Keeley discussed many topics about The Fablemans, including insight into her character, acting career, and more.
Keeley started the interview by answering the most pressing question audiences had in mind: what was it like working with director Steven Speilberg? Keeley relayed that it was a dream come true to work with him and an honor to bring a project that mimics his upbringing to life on the big screen. She also described Speilberg’s excitement whenever he was on set, which was an infectious feeling that she and the rest of the cast shared. Keeley also named her favorite Speilberg movie and why it’s so near and dear to her heart. So remember to watch the interview to find out her response. Find out what the audition process was like for Keeley and her reaction to getting the role in the video. YEM also was curious about her character Natalie in The Fablemans. Keeley gave us a glimpse into the complexity of her role and also how hard she worked on set to bring her to life. Keeley also relayed her interactions with the cast and shared some interesting behind-the-scenes moments you’ll want to hear.