Naomi Scott is about to have a busy fall. The 22-year-old British actress and musician, who got her start on the Disney Channel in the United Kingdom, will soon appear on the big screen in The Martian alongside Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and will open in theaters October 2. Scott then stars in The 33, based on the 2010 Chilean mining disaster that left 33 miners trapped for 69 days, which will be released in the U.S. on November 13. She’s also releasing her sophomore EP later this year, following up her debut from last year. Here, she answers our pithy quiz, finished off with her dream signature sandwich.
What’s your favorite planet?
Unfortunately, I don’t have a profound answer for this other than I’ve always liked Saturn because it has a ring around it [laughs].
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Oh, gosh, there are so many places. But I’ve always wanted to go to New Zealand, because after watching Lord of the Rings, who doesn’t? Also, I feel as though Russia is such a mystery, and I’d love to go and just see what’s going on there.
Favorite Disney movie?
Wow, again, so hard! Lion King is up there, and Mulan is a badass. But for me, the finale in Pocahontas makes me cry every time! It’s so powerful and epic, and I also secretly want to be her.
What is the best song to jam out to?
Well, if the definition of “jam out” is to chill, maybe sitting on a train going through the countryside, then I’d say anything John Mayer. A specific song would have to be Michael Kiwanuka’s “Tell Me a Tale.” This guy sounds like he came straight out of the ’60s.
Who are your musical inspirations?
Kate Bush for sure. I love female artists who are creative, independent, strong and unique. Kate Bush definitely embodies all of those things. I actually grew up listening to gospel music, so voices like Kim Burrell and Mary Mary definitely got me “trying to riff” at an early age. [Laughs.] More recently, artists like Kimbra, Florence + the Machine, Oh Land, Haim and Banks. Notice they’re are all women. [Laughs.] I think I like the fact that they are all different flavors but are all sophisticated, interesting and they all drive their own ship.
Who would you love to see perform live?
I mean, if you’re asking for a wish list, they don’t have to be living, right? In that case, I would’ve loved to see MJ [Michael Jackson].
What is your favorite book?
Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice — I’m really bad at giving one answer, eh?
What is your favorite season?
It’s gotta be summer, just because I genuinely think in general, people are happier. Let me rephrase that. People who don’t catch the Underground tube in London to work are happier.
What show are you currently binge-watching?
The Amazing Race! My husband got me into it. It’s very American, and a bit cheesy, but it’s amazing (no pun intended). Ten couples go on a race around the world to win 1 million dollars, and they have 10 legs of the race. It’s so addictive.
What fictional character would you bring to life?
Easy, Aslan from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He kills two birds with one stone, because on the one hand, he’s a lion and could protect me wherever I went, but he’s also full of wisdom and knowledge, so he’d be like my lion mentor.
What would your signature sandwich consist of?
Tuna and apple. All I’d say is, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.