The 21-year-old actress suddenly finds herself being noticed by women she had long admired. “Taylor Swift has seen my face. Cool! Sick!”
NY TIMES – Diana Silvers has been seen in just three movies in her short career, but she has quickly ascended from a bit part in the superhero thriller “Glass” earlier this year to major roles putting her on thousands of screens this weekend: she plays a high school love interest in the female-centric comedy “Booksmart,” and the main teenager menaced by Octavia Spencer’s psycho in the horror tale “Ma.”
The name Diana Silvers may suggest a golden age of Hollywood starlet, but she is as au courant as they come. Discovered as a model on Instagram, she’s beginning her film career in the #MeToo era. “I feel lucky to be entering the industry at this time because people are being held accountable,” the 21-year-old said over orange juice at a downtown Manhattan hotel recently. “I just feel safe. I’m not anxious about anything, except maybe saying something stupid in an interview. And so far, I’ve been extremely lucky.”
W MAGAZINE – Diana Silvers is afraid of heights. She mentions this casually, as she poses next to floor-to-ceiling windows on the 39th floor of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. But before you get a chance to process that, she’s moved on to her next thought. “Let’s take a picture with the phone,” she declares, heading over to pick up the receiver of a desktop phone sitting nearby. “Hello, Hollywood? Hold please.” She’s joking—and, yet, she’s not entirely incorrect.
In the span of the next seven days, the 21-year-old actress will star in her two biggest films to date—the Blumhouse horror film Ma, in theaters next Friday, and Olivia Wilde’s high school comedy Booksmart—marking a rapid ascent for the actress who, until recently, was a true newcomer to the industry. “When I step outside and think of the caliber of actors I’ve had the privilege of working with, it just blows my mind,” she said. “I’m brand new, and even my first, first thing, which was Cheerleader no. 2 in Glass, my scene was with James McAvoy. Bruce Willis, like, nodded at me! After the first time we filmed something, M. Night Shymalan pulled me aside and said, ‘You have such a magnetic presence on camera.’ And I’m like, ‘Me? I’m just Cheerleader #21.’”
A tennis champ and accomplished photographer, Diana Silvers’s it-factor is multifaceted. While her onscreen presence was limited prior to January’s Glass, it’s poised to triple by year’s end thanks to back-to-back appearances in Ma, Booksmart and Eve. “People tell me everything’s going to change and to be careful, but you can’t worry about what might happen or you’d just go insane,” Silvers says. “When the Ma trailer came out, [it made me] super, super anxious. But then I realized that, at the end of the day, you’re still yourself. As long as you’re happy with that person, it doesn’t matter what anybody thinks.”