Lilla Crawford, a Brazilian-American dual citizen, can be seen now on The Who Was? Show, streaming on Netflix. This laugh-out-loud kids and family sketch comedy explores the lives of famous historical figures and is based on the New York Times best-selling book series. Lilla portrays Queen Elizabeth, Susan B. Anthony, Marie Antoinette, William Shakespeare, and a multitude of other historical figures.
Lilla is also currently voicing the lead role of Sunny in Nickelodeon's pre-school animated musical series, Sunny Day.
Lilla recently appeared at the Concert for America, which also included Brian Stokes Mitchell and Bebe Neuwirth. She has been an integral part of Broadway for Orlando, helping to raise money for the victims of the June 2016 nightclub shooting. She is also part of the Broadway Sings concert series, Broadway Sings Billy Joel, where she earned the distinction of being the youngest performer in the history of Broadway Sings.
In the Summer of 2016, Lilla starred alongside the Radio City Rockettes in the New York Spectacular at the world famous Radio City Music Hall.
Lilla also recently performed at Broadway Unlocked’s #giveback concert, a livestreamed, interactive event that raises funds for survivors of violence.
Lilla was recently a guest star on the hit CBS series Blue Bloods.
She appeared as Little Red Riding Hood in Disney's film adaptation Into the Woods alongside Academy Award winner Meryl Streep and box office sensation Johnny Depp. The adaptation was written by Broadway legends James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim based on their hit musical, and it was directed by Academy Award nominee Rob Marshall (Chicago).
Lilla learned she had landed the big role of Little Red Riding Hood while filming the independent movie Little Miss Perfect. She quickly packed her bags for London, where she worked around the clock in rehearsals to learn all of her famous character's blocking, lines, and songs in under a week. The creative dream team and iconic cast members were so supportive that Lilla instantly felt at home. Reflecting on her whirlwind shoot, Lilla said, "Working with the most amazing group of people, I quickly realized that I was the luckiest girl ever for being given such an incredible opportunity to learn from watching the best in the business!"
Before appearing on the big screen, Lilla made her Broadway debut starring as Debbie in the Tony Award-Winning musical Billy Elliot, directed by Stephen Daldry. Then, in 2012, she was cast from a nationwide search of over 5,000 young performers in the title role of the 35th Anniversary Broadway revival of Annie, directed by James Lapine. She garnered award nominations from the Drama League, the Outer Critics Circle, and Broadway.com's Choice Awards for her portrayal of the famous red-headed orphan.
Lille has performed in numerous readings and benefit concerts, including The New York Philharmonic's One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch; the musical Home, directed by Stafford Arima, written by Scott Alan, and co-starring Dianne Ladd; and Ragtime at Avery Fisher Hall co-starring Broadway stars Tyne Daly, Norm Lewis, Lea Salonga, and Patina Miller.
Lilla is no newcomer to show business. She has been acting professionally since she was six years old. From the age of 10, Lilla has wanted to produce her own creative projects and package them as starring vehicles. She studied digital filmmaking at The New York Film Academy, and she is currently developing several projects, including a spoof talk show and a television series in which the setting is New York City.
Lilla loves making movies but she also has many other aspirations. On top of studying dance, singing, and gymnastics, her other pursuits include archery, cooking classes, guitar, piano, and baking. She is passionately involved with several non-profit organizations including Room To Grow, New York Stage and Film, and The New York Foundling. Her favorite causes are Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, GLSEN, and dog rescue organizations.
Lilla's ultimate aspiration is to use her acting platform to support her peers and inspire other girls to follow their passion and not get derailed from their dreams. She participates as a mentor in vocal and audition workshops to help other kids succeed in the Broadway audition process. She has worked with New York City's top vocal coach. In 2015, she mentored Marymount's Middle Schools' girls who were performing a production of Into The Woods, and she led a workshop at the Marymount Drama Camp. Lilla also mentors her sister, Savvy Crawford, and provides guidance for her thriving acting career.