Thirteen-year-old Toronto-based actress Simone Miller is starring in the brand-new digital original series Detention Adventure, which is set to air on CBC Gem this spring. Detention Adventure follows a motley crew of sixth graders who purposely get themselves thrown into detention after discovering the entrance to a labyrinth of tunnels, laden with traps and riddles, protecting a long lost secret.

Miller plays Raign Westbrook, the leader of the team. As one of the school’s top students, she’s used to being the best at everything she does. Check out the trailer here.

The young actress is also set to star in the biopic The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel, produced by Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott. The Clark Sisters traces the group’s story, from their humble beginnings in Detroit and tackling and overcoming ensuing family issues, and other challenges to becoming the highest-selling female gospel group in history. Miller plays Young Dorinda.

We caught up with her this week.

SDTC: When and where do you feel most content/at ease? 

SM: When I am listening to music and when I am learning new songs. I love losing myself in melodies, tapping along to different rhythms and uncovering stories behind lyrics. 

What dish always satisfies you? 

I love a good plate of pasta with some GOOD tomato sauce! 

What film/show has recently wowed you? 

The film Breakthrough. It is based on a true story of a boy who drowns in ice broken freezing water and is rescued and lives despite all medical odds. It is a true miracle and a film based on faith and how God can get us through anything! 

What Toronto spaces do you truly love? 

Well, this is an outdoor Toronto space, but I love the bike trails along the Lakeshore. My dad and I make time to have father/daughter days and do thirty-kilometre rides, enjoying the atmosphere and getting in some exercise. 

What are you dying to see? 

I am dying to see Disneyland! I am a huge Disney fan and always have been. I would love to visit Cinderella’s castle, goof around with Goofy, and try some butter beer at Universal.

Your go-to coping mechanism/self-care?

I definitely work out to cope! Anything active helps me release any kind of negativity. It helps me get out of my head. I take kickboxing, jump on my trampoline and bike ride. 

What five things would you want if you were deserted on an island? 

A pot to boil water, my guitar, an inflatable boat to get off the island, a paddle so I can paddle to freedom, and a flashlight. 

What’s the funniest thing you’ve experienced in recent memory? 

My best friend, Sky, and I recently went to watch a movie, and during one of the saddest scenes despite everyone around us that was crying, her and I couldn’t stop laughing at some puppets that were in the background of the scene. It was so dumb, but we just couldn’t control ourselves. 

What life philosophy or motto is currently helping to guide your journey? 

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present,” Master Oogway – Kung Fu Panda

One skill you’d love to learn/nurture/improve this year? 

I would love to learn the aerial silks. I love how beautiful they are and how effortless it looks when performed, although it is very difficult to do many of the skills and takes great strength and flexibility. This would challenge me, and I am always looking for a new challenge. 

What’s a piece of career advice that has served you well? 

Always think outside of the box in that audition room. This will make them remember you!

What outfit makes you feel the most you? 

Leggings and a T-shirt! 

Goal(s) for 2019? 

To be more organized, keep my room clean and to be less clumsy!