TX Voices: Four-Year-Old Actress EmmaRain Welling Tackles the Big Screen with Cuteness, Kindness and Candy

by Bob Valleau on January 11, 2023 in Entertainment,

Everyone who has the honor to appear on screen with four-year-old child actress EmmaRain Welling says she leaves a lasting impression…and being the lead character in a three-part action-adventure film series called The 80’s Kid: Chronicles of Agent Rain Moss, they say her career in the entertainment industry is off to a great start.


EmmaRain is cute and kind, funny and smart and adds a lot of spark to every scene when she appears. Her godfather, legendary actor and Texas resident Lee Majors (Six Million Dollar Man/Big Valley/Fall Guy), says, “For having just turned four years old, she is far beyond a lot of grown up actors I have worked with. EmmaRain is exceptionally talented with a bright future.” 

Acting comes naturally for EmmaRain. Photo courtesy Welling Films.

EmmaRain’s father, multiple award-winning (over 100 awards) cinematographer and director Shawn Welling, couldn’t be more proud of his young daughter. We interviewed Shawn in January 2021. Now, a couple of years later, Shawn is pleased to introduce talented EmmaRain to the world of “lights, camera, action.” 

The 80’s Kid: Chronicles of Agent Rain Moss is EmmaRain’s acting debut as Agent Rain Moss. The series follows a young girl, who is a secret agent, through adventures as she stumbles upon iconic movie scenarios from the 1980s. She climbs mountains and fights villains, all in the name of justice. Her friends include Indiana Jones, Colonel Steve Austin and ET. Besides Lee Majors and a cast of over 50 supporting actors, it also co-stars Tom Vera (If I Could Ride/Narco Sub-The Shipment), who plays Doctor Jones, and award-winning teen actress Alexis Arnold (If I Could Ride/Narco Sub-The Shipment/The Last Astronaut), who plays EmmaRain’s sister, Jackie. The three-piece action-adventure is set to premiere at the Houston International Film Festival (WorldFest), April 25-30, 2023, Cinemark Memorial City. We recently had a chance to talk to EmmaRain about her acting experience and about her life in general.


EmmaRain makes her acting debut in The 80’s Kid: Chronicles of Agent Rain Moss set to premier in April. Photo courtesy Welling Films.

The 80’s Kid: Chronicles of Agent Rain Moss

The 80’s Kid is a series of three films lasting approximately 80 minutes each. Episode 1 is called “Mission From Outer Space.” The other two episodes are currently in production. EmmaRain’s character is kind of a James Bond/Ethan Hunt mix that is entangled with 1980’s iconic film characters. EmmaRain describes the show and her character with mystery and a-matter-of-fact: “It’s about secret agents with old stuff like cassette tapes and old movie heroes. I drive a white jeep and get to save the world…and everything is secret – top secret.” She says the best part of filming is at the end of every scene when she is rewarded with candy – M&Ms specifically.

 Dad the Director

 According to EmmaRain her father makes movies, but he does more than just that. He directs, writes, and produces award-winning cinematography masterpieces. He is also a husband to author/photographer wife, Michelle, and a devoted dad to another precious young daughter, two-year-old LillySky. Shawn is a former professional dancer/choreographer whose work has been seen on NFL/NHL Championship half-time shows, Cirque du Soleil, Broadway and MTV. Even though he liked the dancing spotlight, he loves being behind the camera and bringing stories to life with interesting characters. Some of his films have included, The Great American Action Hero (2023), If I Could Ride (2022), Narco Sub-The Shipment (2021), and The Last Astronaut (2019).

 Acting Adventure

 Acting for EmmaRain comes naturally. For her, it has become a fun adventure where she gets to be around a lot of people whom she gets to know and love. Although she plays a secret agent in The 80’s Kid, she fantasizes sometimes about being a superhero. She says her first superhero of choice to be, of course, is Superman because he can fly. She would call herself, “EmmaRain Super Strong, Healthy, Big and Very Fast.” If she could not be Superman, then she would like to have the superpower of another superhero – the strength of Captain America.

EmmaRain was gracious to answer our questions about her acting abilities, but she was ready to move on, so we switched it up by asking her some rapid-fire questions.


EmmaRain enjoys acting but says the best part is getting rewarded with M&M’s after filming her scenes. Photo courtesy Welling Films.

Getting to Know  EmmaRain

Would you rather be as fast as a leopard, or as strong as an ox?

As fast as a leopard.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Avocado and Mustard together when I was two.

What’s the best thing about your parents?

Taking me to the park and taking me to school.

If you made the rules at home, what would be your first new rule?

Candy for breakfast.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?


If your favorite toy could talk, what would it say?

Elsa doll, “Let it go, let it go…”

What do you think is the best thing about being a grown-up?

Doing stuff by yourself.

If you had $100, what would you spend it on?

100 candies.

If you could design a t-shirt, what would you draw on it?

Elsa and dinosaurs.

What made you smile today?

A gingerbread house.

What’s your favorite part of the day?

Playing “Agent Rain Moss” for sure.

If you could live in outer space or underwater, which would you prefer?

Outer space

What do you think Santa does for the rest of the year when it’s not Christmas?

Makes toys with elves and feeds his reindeer.

What’s your favorite game to play with your parents?

Hide and seek.

Do you think your birthday or Christmas is the better day?


Pizza or ice cream?

Ice cream, but I really like pizza.

Favorite color?

Red, but Dad’s is ocean blue.

Cats or dogs?

Dogs. My dog’s name is Ranger.

Favorite cartoon?





Houston’s WorldFest


Cover photo courtesy Welling Films

Bob Valleau is a freelance writer living in McKinney, Texas