Isaac put his music to the side after being accepted to the famed Juilliard School's acting program.

While a student there, he worked on one of his first films, All About the Benjamins (2002).

Whereas similar shows about flawed and empowered characters thrived during the relatively progressive atmosphere of the Obama administration, the conversation has shifted since Trump’s election.

“I started to realize how important it was to make this show, which in large part is about taking ownership of your life, at this time,” says Robertson, who suddenly finds herself compelled to attend marches and call representatives daily to defend freedoms previously taken for granted.

(She bears the faintest resemblance to a young Julia Roberts, whose daughter she played in the late Garry Marshall’s 2016 film , the new Netflix series in which she stars, is finally worth the hype.

“Every time I do something,” says the 26-year-old actress, “someone says to me, ‘Are you ready to be the biggest star ever? “Yeah, I’m so ready.” During her 14 years in the business, Robertson has appeared in countless projects—CBS’s , a Nicholas Sparks joint—yet she would probably forgive you for not quite being able to place her.

She recalls that Frankie Muniz and Hilary Duff “ruled the school” at the time—she once got to sit in the driver’s seat of Muniz’s sports car—but it did not make her particularly eager for the fast track to fame. “That always terrified me, the disaster of what that could bring to your life.”Robertson eventually entered the Disney orbit in 2015’s ) with a production budget of $180 million, the sci-fi fantasy looked to be the role that would catapult her to household-name status; instead, it was a box-office bomb. Sometimes people see them, sometimes people don’t.”At last, though, she has the honor, and the burden, of carrying a project.

“That’s the thing about working for so long,” says Robertson, unfazed by the topic. ( requires her to appear in almost every scene.) Amoruso and her fictionalized counterpart broke the ice by going on a shopping spree at Nasty Gal’s since-shuttered brick-and-mortar store.

While her résumé is dominated by family-friendly heroines, Robertson excels at playing complicated baddies in smaller films like (2014).

“Most of the time when I’m reading [scripts] I’m not like, ‘The woman character sucks,’” she says.

Nonetheless she was drawn to Amoruso, especially as screenwriter Kay Cannon adapted her book for the script.

“She’s all the things that make you human: wise and stupid and dramatic and super weird,” says Robertson.

Isaac graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City, where he was part of the Drama Division's Group 34 (2001–2005).