Local teen stars in Netflix’s ‘The Social Dilemma’


BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) — On Thursday afternoon, FOX31’s Aimee Lewis sat down with teenage actress Sophia Hammons and her father at their home in Boulder. 

Sophia plays the role of Isla, a fictional character who shows the audience what it’s like to be a teenager in today’s social media run world. Sophia started her acting career at a young age and was part of many stage and theater productions in the Boulder area.

Sophia turns 14 in November.

“It definitely freaked me out,” said Sophia. “I grew up with social media and I knew this was a very important topic.”

Sophia plays a major role in the eye-opening Netflix film “The Social Dilemma,” a documentary-drama hybrid that explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations. Netflix also describes the movie as a discovery to what’s hiding on the other side of your screen.

“I can relate to it, and I was so honored to be one of the younger voices in it.”

In the movie, Isla struggles with online bullying, depression and the anxieties that accompany the desire to appear perfect online.

“I used to be very self-conscious and I struggled with social media use,” said Sophia. “I thought back to how I felt then, and that helped me play Isla.”

Just prior to “The Social Dilemma,” Sophia appeared in two short films: “Extra Ordinary,” a sci-fi adventure set in the 1950s, and “Rumor,” a contemporary Western. Next year, she will appear in the feature film “Keyhole Garden,” a romantic drama set on the U.S.-Mexico border, alongside Zoe Saldana and Garrett Hedlund.

Sophia said since appearing in “The Social Dilemma” she’s been getting several calls from directors about acting opportunities. Her dream role, however, would be staring in a Wes Anderson film someday.

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