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August Maturo Launches Onto the Big Screen

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As an actor, being able to successfully shift between dramatic and comedic roles can take years. However, a vast emotional acting range is something 13-year-old actor August Maturo developed early in his life. Since the age of 3, Maturo has been captivating audiences and casting directors with his ability to bring a story to life. Starring in renowned and beloved films and television shows of various genres, Maturo has become a star in his own right. 

Audiences in the United States would recognize Maturo for his role as Auggie Matthews on the hit Disney Channel Original Series Girl Meets World. He also starred in the wildly successful horror movie The Nun as Daniel. Critics worldwide have taken notice of his incredible acting range. Maturo’s latest film Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog is set to release in select US Theaters this Memorial Day Weekend! Based on the novel The Jewish Dog by Asher Kravitz and written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Lynn Roth, the film follows Kaleb, a beloved German Shepherd, who is separated from his original master ‘Joshua’ (Maturo) and his Jewish family when the Nuremberg Laws are enacted in World War II Berlin. 

Later this year, Maturo is set to star as the lead in the upcoming horror/thriller Slapface. Slapface follows the story of a young boy Lucas (Maturo), who deals with the death of his parents and the physical and emotional abuse of being bullied by creating a dangerous relationship with a monster. The film recently premiered at Cinequest Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Thriller/Horror. As he continues to make his mark on the film industry, we chatted with August Maturo to discuss his blossoming career, upcoming projects, and much more! 

Cliché: What made you want to become an actor? 

Maturo: When I was very little everyone that would meet me would tell my mom “your kid should be an actor.” She didn’t think much about it until I was 3 years old, and I was in a church play. When it was over, and I had to get off the stage I got really upset and told my mom I wanted to be back up there. She decided then to get me an agent and I started working right away. I guess it was meant to be!

What is a special memory you have from your time playing Auggie Matthews on Girl Meets World

My favorite memories were filming in front of a live audience. Those nights were so exciting. It’s so cool to hear an immediate reaction to your performance as you do it. That’s the great thing about filming live. It’s instant gratification as a performer. 

Tell us about your film Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog.

Shepherd is about a young boy named Joshua and his dog Kaleb during the Holocaust. I play Joshua. I filmed Shepherd shortly after I finished Girl Meets World. It was my first film role. I was 10 years old at the time and I had to travel to Budapest to film it. It’s finally releasing in the US this Memorial Day weekend in select theaters, and I can’t wait for people to see it! It was supposed to be released last year but got postponed because of Covid. I’m so glad theaters are opening back up and people can see it on the big screen the way it was meant to be seen. If you love history and you love dogs, you’ll love this film! And don’t worry, the boy and the dog don’t die!

August MaturoYou’ve starred in some very intense and dramatic films in your career. What draws you to those kinds of roles?

I love them because it challenges me as an actor. I always want to try difficult things. The longer you are an actor, the more you want to push yourself to see what you can do. Most people know me as the character ‘Auggie’ from Girl Meets World. I’m really excited for people to get to know me as different characters now.

Another film you have coming out this year is Slapface. What can you tell us about the film and your character Lucas?

I am so proud of Slapface! Ever since my role, playing Daniel in The Nun, I’ve been obsessed with horror. It was my dream to play a lead role in one, so when I got the offer for Slapface I was so excited. The film is about a boy named Lucas who is abused and bullied by everyone around him, so he ends up befriending a monster that lives in the woods. The monster becomes obsessed with him, so as you can imagine things start to get a little crazy. Slapface will be out this fall, and the plan is to be in theaters. You just never know how things are going to go because of Covid.

Is there a role or film genre you would love to play? 

Since I love to try new things, I’d love to be in an action film. That would be exciting. But I think my dream role would be to mix my background in comedy and horror and do a horror/comedy, like the movie Shaun of the Dead or the show What We Do in the Shadows.

When you aren’t working, what are some things you do to relax and have fun?

Over quarantine, I started to ride my bike a lot. I created a small pod of friends that I like to hang out with, and we love to ride together. I also draw, A LOT. If I’m not doing school work, I’m probably drawing. I’ve also recently gotten back into Pokémon Go again and love to ride my bike around and catch them.

What can fans expect next from you?

I do have something exciting in the works, but I can’t talk about it just yet. In the meantime, I hope that everyone goes to watch Shepherd & Slapface and enjoys them as much as I did making them. As an actor, that’s all you could hope for! 

 

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‘Kim Possible’ Returns as a Live-Action Movie with Christy Carlson Romano and Patton Oswalt

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Aside from churning out superhero film after superhero film, it seems like Hollywood is all about resurrecting old television shows, movies and cult classics lately. Just when you thought that this nostalgic phenomenon was going to stop, it gains momentum! Recently, we have seen announcements for reboots, prequels, and sequels in nearly every genre. For example, we have the impending sequel to the classic 80s film Top Gun and the prequel to The Sandlot slated for 2019 release. There seems to be a never-ending onslaught of these sort of projects. Whether you’re excited by it, annoyed by it, or simply indifferent, it’s hard not to notice that film companies and networks are jumping on board. And, it would seem that the Disney Channel is no different.

Just When You Thought it Was Impossible. Think Again. ‘Kim Possible’ Returns as a Live-Action Movie

'Kim Possible' Returns as a Live-Action Movie

Kim Possible, Ron Stoppable and Rufus. Photo Credit: Disney, Digital Spy

Rather, it’s Kim Possible. Yeah, you haven’t misread anything or imagined this one, folks. There is a live-action Kim Possible film on the way to the Disney Channel in 2019.

In case you need a refresher, Kim Possible aired on the network from 2002 to 2007. We followed the title character, Kim Possible, as she dealt with everyday life in high school, growing pains and, of course, her ongoing quest to save the world from villains. The animated series was immensely popular and even received an Emmy nomination in 2003. Ask any young adult who watched Disney through the early 2000s about their TV habits and they will probably mention Kim Possible.

Christy Carlson Romano and Patton Oswalt to Star in the Live-Action ‘Kim Possible’

Because Kim Possible is so well-remembered amongst the fans, it’s only right that the casting is done with care. Christy Carlson Romano, the original voice of Kim Possible, will appear in the film in a cameo role. It wouldn’t be Kim Possible without her. Patton Oswalt is reprising his original role, the villainous Professor Dementor. The movie will also host some newcomers to the Kim Possible cast. Taking the role of Kim is Sadie Stanley and co-starring as her sidekick, Ron Stoppable, is Sean Giambrone. The live-action film is written by the original Kim Possible creators Mark McCorkle and Robert Schooley, as well as Josh Cagan. If you want to catch the live-action movie, keep up to date on the Disney Channel release.

 

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‘Kim Possible’ Returns as a Live-Action Movie with Christy Carlson Romano and Patton Oswalt. Featured Photo Credit: Getty Images, Disney

Ethan Wacker Talks “Bizaardvark” Season 3, Sports, and Planning for the Future

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Growing up in idyllic Hawaii, Ethan Wacker excelled in both acting and sports. The 16-year-old Bizaardvark star has a particular interest in basketball, an affinity reflected on his YouTube channel, where he can often be seen casually hanging with basketball’s biggest pros. Despite having over 2 million followers on Instagram alone, Ethan remains grounded, setting his sights on earning a college degree. Beyond acting, political science, economics, and business are of interest to him. He wants to have plenty of options for a potential future career, even if his dream of basketball stardom stays just out of reach…literally.

 

Cliché: What was your first acting gig? When did you first discover your love of acting?
Ethan Wacker: My first acting gig was an appearance in a Jimmy Kimmel skit about Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. It was really fun. I knew I loved to act when I was in To Kill A Mockingbird as Dill at the Diamond Head Theatre in Hawaii.

What was your childhood like in Hawaii? Do you think your time there inspired your passion for sports?
Hawaii definitely inspires a passion for sports. The weather is beautiful year-round so I’m always outdoors. Kids, in general, are always outside running around, starting with recess and PE. I like to swim, hike, bike, play tennis, flag football, archery, ride ATVs. My favorite thing right now is playing pick-up basketball with my friends. I also love to ski; that’s how I broke my ankle in two spots earlier this year. Spoiler – they wrote into the Season 3 episodes.

While we’re on the topic, you play so many different sports and have even hung out with some of the pros in football and basketball. Who is your biggest sports idol and why?
I have many sports idols. If I had to pick one, I’d pick Donovan Mitchell, an NBA player on the Utah Jazz team. This rookie made his mark on the NBA league as a point guard and shooting guard. He went to a lower profile team (the Jazz) and played his heart out and brought it up. He is a good team player and I really respect that he takes care of his family and he is only 21!

If you had to pick one sport to play professionally, which would you pick?
Basketball but I’m a little challenged height-wise. Hah! It’s the most action packed and fun. And the players get paid a ton. But we all know that this is not happening. I love interviewing and hanging with the players though.

How are you and Bernie alike? How are you different?
I’m like Bernie in that he tries hard at things and can be goofy sometimes. He is a good friend and kind and is never really out to hurt anyone, even though he is a little clueless. I’m probably more athletic than the character and hopefully less vain about my biceps! Hah! And I’m usually outside where most of the scenes for the show are inside!

You have over 2 million Instagram followers! How did you go about cultivating such a massive social media following? In your opinion, what’s the key to producing good content?
When Jake Paul was on the show we hung out all day most days; he taught me a lot about social media so I owe a lot of my fast rise to him. I think that it is important to constantly evolve the content and test out what your fan base likes and give it to them.

Many young actors decide not to go to college, but you’ve said that you want to go to university. Why is earning a degree so important to you?
I think everyone has to do their best to build options for the future. I love acting but no one knows what will happen. My goal is to make the best decision when I hopefully have options to choose from. Right now, one of my school programs is Stanford OHS. I really appreciate the challenging curriculum and the teachers are crazy good and smart. I’d love to get accepted into a college program of that caliber.

You’ve expressed interest in potentially studying political science, economics or business. What sparked your interest in those fields?
Just a little brainstorm to answer that–

Political science – I LOVE to debate and have interesting conversations

Economics – I love money! Just kidding. It’s a fascinating subject that combines everything going on in the world and all the impacts on an economy. It combines the art of facts with speculating as to why something happened and what will happen.

Business – for me business knowledge is a good fundamental skill to have. But I would say I’m interested in business as it applies to something, like running a show, or running a large company, not just business for the sake of business.

If you weren’t an actor, what would your dream job be?
If I wasn’t an actor, my dream job would be a sports announcer, lawyer, or basketball player. One of those is unlikely but I have enjoyed working with the NBA and NFL.

Tell us about what’s happening in Bizaardvark season 3!
Well, in Season 3, the group moves to a beach house in Malibu for the summer. There are 3 new characters, who are all eleven, named Willow, Zane and Rodney on the show. They are fun to work with and funny on the show. I broke my ankle and they had to write it in so there are some funny moments related to that. Lots more physical comedy from Bernie. Lots of friendship stories from Paige and Frankie. Amelia switches to imperfectly imperfect from perfection and she’s really funny. Overall, good cast and great episodes.

 

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Ethan Wacker Talks “Bizaardvark” Season 3, Sports, and Planning for the Future. Photo Credit: Ryan Daly.

Anneliese van der Pol On ‘Raven’s Home’ and Friendship With Raven-Symoné

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Anneliese van der Pol’s character Chelsea was a big part of the childhoods of many ‘90s kids. She was the lovable and goofy best friend of Raven Baxter on the Disney Channel show That’s So Raven. She was loyal, funny, and always willing to help Raven with one of her schemes to make sure that her visions did or didn’t come true. However, Anneliese is much more than the character she brought to life during our childhoods. She is a great singer and stage/theater actress. Ten years after That’s So Raven’s end, Anneliese is back as Chelsea, reminding us why she is one of pop culture’s favorite best friends, making us feel nostalgic and genuinely laugh again. Now that she’s back on our TV screens every week, we couldn’t be happier about it.

 

Anneliese van der Pol loves Raven-Symoné as much as her character Chelsea Daniels from That’s So Raven loved Raven Baxter. In fact, that love and lasting friendship is the reason they came together to return to their Disney roots and co-star in the new reboot Raven’s Home, which follows Raven’s twins and Chelsea’s son as they navigate psychic visions and childhood, all while Chelsea and Raven navigate being divorcees and parenting.

Long before she was Chelsea, Anneliese belonged to the theater. She played Lucy in a production of The Good Times Are Killing Me. The role granted her an equity card at the age of 9 and her love of theater has only grown stronger since.

“I would say what I love most about the theater is both the live performance aspect and how much traveling it can allow, especially if you book a tour. In those instances, you can travel all over the world,” she says. “But lastly, it is the people. I like leading a large cast. It is a powerful feeling without having to bear too much of the power. I have met some of the funniest people I have ever met while being involved in the theater.”

Anneliese is also a wonderful singer, a fact many readers may know from the song “Over It” featured on the soundtrack for Disney Channel’s original movie Stuck in the Suburbs. Though the song was released in 2004, Anneliese has lent her vocal talents to many places since then in her turn as Belle on Broadway’s Beauty and The Beast, as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and more. Though she says she isn’t sure if singing has helped her with her acting, the reverse is true.

“When approaching music or a particular song, you have to come at it as you would with any scene or monologue, of course, by figuring out what you want and what is standing in your way,” she explains. “For example, where the character is coming from and how that relays to his or her sound quality, as well as phrasing.”

Viewers of Raven’s Home haven’t heard Anneliese sing yet on the show, but many ‘90s kids and fans of That’s So Raven have. Who could forget the episode where Raven and Chelsea were booked for the same spot in the talent show in “A Fight at The Opera” and while Raven sang about shopping at the mall, Chelsea sang about dying trees. The episode, despite its comedic nature, showed off Anneliese’s vocal ability.

The show itself, in tandem with its comedic stylings, touched on serious issues during its run. There was the episode when Chelsea helped Raven expose racism via the shopping store manager who refused to hire black people. There were identity and body image episodes, and episodes about family; the kind we create and the kind we are born into. That was the magic of That’s So Raven, the ability to perfectly blend comedy and real-life issues. Anneliese agrees. In her opinion, what stuck with viewers about the show was that Raven and the cast were funny and there were subtle, yet poignant messages. Not to mention the diverse casting made the show special.

She hopes that this rings true for viewers of Raven’s Home, which she says has the same amount of faith in its viewers, comedic magic, great writing, actors, and care for the subject matter. One of the biggest issues surrounding children’s programming now is the lack of attention paid to plot, idea, and writing. Anneliese believes that, in part, it is a result of laziness and because someone gave the green light. There is a lack of finesse in the programming because children often watch whatever you put in front of them, causing networks to become lazy. Raven’s Home hopes to change the landscape of children’s programing.

No one will break our unit. That goes for our characters as well as Raven-Symoné and Anneliese van der Pol.

Though the show is only in its first season, it is clear that the change is taking place. Raven’s Home stands on its own; it takes the children of the show and the adults seriously while still keeping the intended comedy of the show. Raven’s Home picks up with Raven and her two children, twins Booker (Issac Brown) and Nia (Navia Robinson), Chelsea and her son Levi (Jason Maybaum), and their next-door neighbor, Tess (Sky Katz) when Booker discovers that he has psychic visions and sees a vision where his sister gets hurt. Instead of confiding in his mother “who couldn’t possibly understand” his new powers, he entrusts Levi with his plan to help his sister, and hijinks ensue.

According to Anneliese, playing Chelsea then and coming back 10 years later has been a dream come true. She says making anyone laugh is a great comfort to her and she loves the fact that she gets to work with her best friend and make money while doing so. She also assured us that both fans of That’s So Raven and Raven’s Home will enjoy Raven’s iconic physical comedy. On Raven’s Home, Raven and Chelsea are as close as ever, and although Anneliese kept mum about who from the That’s So Raven cast might be popping up, she had this to say about her co-star Raven and their bond: “We never stop believing in each other. And we never take both eyes off each other’s backs. It is the only way. No one will break our unit. That goes for our characters as well as Raven-Symoné and Anneliese van der Pol.”

When she isn’t on set, Anneliese enjoys eating and sharing the best #TBTs Instagram has seen. We’ll get to hear more of her music in the near future because outside of the show, she is busy recording new music. If her past work is any indication of her new work, we can’t wait to hear it and see more of what trouble Chelsea and Raven can get into.

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Anneliese van der Pol On ‘Raven’s Home’ and Friendship With Raven-Symoné: photos courtesy of  Bobby Quillard 

Landry Bender Talks ‘Best Friends Whenever’ And What’s Next

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As a bright-eyed and impressionable child, it is everyone’s dream to have his or her very own show on Disney Channel. In my day, we all wanted to visit the Tipton Hotel in Boston while hanging out with Zack and Cody. Now, times have changed and we have some fresh, radiant stars to admire. One of those newcomers is none other than Landry Bender. As bubbly and girly as can be in real life, Bender stars as Cyd on Disney Channel’s Best Friends Whenever. From the normal things like getting into trouble with your best friend all the way to time traveling with your best friend, Bender leads a normal teenage life. Here, we get to know her a little better.

 
Cliché: You have been a part of several big productions, such as The Sitter and Best Friends Whenever. What has been your favorite role thus far and why?
Landry Bender: I always go to The Sitter first because it was my first role. To have that experience and be able to work with Jonah Hill while everything was so fresh made it my favorite role thus far. Jonah was a mentor and an example to me as to how to handle myself on set and in this business overall. I’m forever grateful to that.
Do you have a favorite actor?
There are so many! First, I really like Betty White because she was my age when she started her career and has maintained longevity. I love Audrey Hepburn, of course, because she’s classy and very iconic. Also Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote Hamilton on Broadway.
Is it true that people called you Laundry Blender when you were in second grade?
I was having a conversation with my agent about it and we decided it was funny to put it as my bio on Twitter. It was just a joke between second graders. I would always laugh it off. It was all in good fun. [Laughs]
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What is the best part about being an actress?
I just love the atmosphere on set and I feel so lucky being able to grow up in it. After a while, people really do become a family. It’s super cliché. [Laughs] Everyone says that, but it’s true. I love the atmosphere and the people.
You have done some voice-overs on Lost in Oz and the upcoming season of The Lion Guard. What is the hardest part about doing voice-overs?
I don’t know if I like it better because being in front of the camera is my main love. The hardest part is that it’s almost like doing theatre. Because they can’t see you, you almost have to be even more animated with it. I’m always using my hands and arms to get into character.
You’re only 16 and you have been very successful thus far. With so much potential, what is your dream role?
I have actually been thinking about this lately and I don’t know if I have a dream role. If I had to choose, I would choose someone strong and empowering like a Disney princess or a superhero—something for young kids to look up to would be a dream role.

I just love the atmosphere on set and I feel so lucky being able to grow up in it. After a while, people really do become a family.

In your spare time, what is your favorite thing to do with your real best friends?
It’s so funny when I get asked this because I’m very average. My friends and I watch movies, we go shopping, and we do everything regular teens do. But my life is also unique in that a lot of my friends are also actors, so we oftentimes find ourselves bonding at work and at events for charities we are involved in.
How are you similar or different to your character Cyd in Best Friends Whenever?
It’s cool because I initially auditioned for both parts of Cyd and Shelby. I’m split down the middle. It’s kind of like an “opposites attract” kind of thing. I’m very bubbly and girly while Cyd can be more dark and tomboy-ish. I want to play roles that are unlike myself. What I love about my character is that she’s a go-getter and sets a very good example.
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Landry Bender Talks ‘Best Friends Whenever’ And What’s Next: Photographed by Russell Baer. Hair and makeup by Chechel Joson at Dew Beauty Agency

Skai Jackson Talks Disney Channel and Social Media

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Skai Jackson has a face you know, but a name you might not recognize. At just 14 years old, she is one of the most notable young actresses of color and has one of the most recognizable faces on the Disney Channel. We first got to know her as Zuri Ross on Jessie at the tender age of 9, and now we get to watch her every week on the spin-off show Bunk’d. Jackson is much more than the characters she plays. She is a champion of social media and sharing her opinions on the platforms, and it didn’t take long for fans new and old alike to love her for who she is.
Cliché: What do you love most about acting?
Skai Jackson: This is something I really love to do. I have always wanted to do acting since I was 4 years old or younger. Also, just being around great people, people who are warm and nice in a great environment, makes it so much better. It is so much better when you can do something that you love and have people who work with you and you guys are like a family together.

IMG_8359WebWhat is something the craft has taught you that you will keep forever?
I would definitely say just to stay humble. Don’t let anything get to your head, and if you really love something, go for it. The main thing that anyone has told me on set is to just stay humble and stay true to who you are.
If you weren’t acting, what would you love to do?
If I wasn’t acting, I would probably want to be doing something in fashion. When I was 5 years old, I remember I would grab my Barbie dolls and make dresses from ribbons or cotton balls. My mom definitely saw that at a young age I had a passion for fashion. If I wasn’t acting, I’d love to work in the fashion industry.
At just 14, you are one of the most notable faces on the Disney Channel, first in Jessie and now in Bunk’d. You grew up right alongside your characters. Have any of the lessons they learned helped you in any way?
Most definitely. Starting off with Jessie, I was only 9 years old, and I went from that to Bunk’d when I was 13. I also think that it was a maturing for me and my characters because people assume that I am a little girl with pigtails who wears tutus like my character did when I was 9 years old. Now, people are seeing Zuri in a different light, and me, too. It is like we are both bringing our maturities together.
As one of the few diverse faces on the Disney Channel, do you put pressure on yourself to be a role model for the black girls watching you now and dreaming of being where you are one day?
I definitely have a little bit of pressure on me. Even when I am out in public, people say, “Thank you so much.” Even if it comes to my hair, they’re like, “We love that you keep it natural. We love this, we love that.” So I definitely think that there is a little pressure on me especially because I am one of the few faces who are African American on the Disney Channel, but I am just being who I am and people admire me and call me their role model, which is unbelievable and awesome.
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You’re very active on social media and very opinionated. How has it changed your relationship with your fans? Has it changed the general public’s perception of you?
I would definitely say that social media has changed my relationship with my fans because when I first started Jessie, I just turned 9 and I didn’t have Instagram, Twitter, or anything, so it was a little bit harder for me to connect with my fans. I would see them once in a blue moon if I was at the mall. A few months after starting Jessie, I joined social media and got to interact with my fans in a different way. I can easily message them back on Twitter or Instagram or even like their pictures.
For a while, people only thought of me as just a girl on Disney Channel who was “Ms. Perfect” and whatever else they thought about me, but now that I do have social media and especially with all the things that are going on now, I have a voice and I have been speaking out on it and people do have a different perspective of me. They think that I am way more mature than they ever thought that I would be.
Have you started thinking about your acting career post-Disney? Or do you feel that there is still a lot more you want to do with the channel?
I have been thinking about my acting career outside of Disney. I have already been doing voice-over stuff and when I am done with Disney, I definitely want to get into more serious movies, scary movies, and maybe a network TV show. [I’m also interested in] directing and producing. That’s something that I have always wanted to do. I don’t want to take a break from acting; I want to do both. You don’t only have to do one thing at a time.
What projects are you working on? What is coming up next for you?
Right now, I am working on my voice-over show for DreamWorks. I just started that and I can’t talk too much about it because it hasn’t been announced yet. I think you guys will really like it and I think you guys will like my character. It is a little bit different from my character as you would see on TV or even my other voice-overs.
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Skai Jackson Talks Disney Channel and Social Media: Photographed by Quavondo / Makeup by Adam Christopher

Veronica Dunne Interview

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Veronica Dunne, daughter of former Blues Brothers member Murphy Dunne, is more than just crazy beautiful. Having been born into a very talented and creative family, there is no doubt that this young woman was born to be a star. This month, we chat with Dunne about how she landed the role of Maritsa on Disney Channel’s hit series K.C. Undercover, and what inspired her to become an actress in the first place.

Cliché: Have you ever felt pressured to be successful because your dad was a member of the Blues Brothers?
Veronica Dunne: I don’t really think I have ever felt pressured, especially because he is so encouraging and wonderful. But he definitely inspired me; he is so talented and hilarious. Yeah, I didn’t feel pressured—I was more excited than anything.

While growing up, were there any actors/actresses that inspired you?
Yes, I am a huge Lucille Ball fan. I love I Love Lucy; you can say it inspired my type of comedy. As a child, my mom bought me DVDs of I Love Lucy and sometimes I would pretend to be sick so I could stay home from school, lay in bed all day, and watch them.

What was the first role you landed, and did you know from then on that you wanted to pursue a career in acting?
One of the first lead roles I played was Winifred from Once Upon a Mattress, which is the musical version of The Princess and the Pea. It was just fantastic. I knew from a young age that I wanted to be an actress, especially after playing a lead role like that one.

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For those who haven’t had a chance to see K.C. Undercover yet, can you give us a quick synopsis on it and your role in the series?
K.C. Undercover is about a teenage girl who discovers that her family are spies and that she has to join the family business. I play Maritsa, K.C.’s best friend. Maritsa is high energy, outgoing, the life of the party, and boy-crazy. She is a really exciting and perky character to play.

Can you tell us what the audition process was like?
I have been auditioning for Disney for many years and getting to the ends of many projects. This one, however, was a bit nerve-racking. I went in for a casting and read a few lines, then I met up with the creator of the series, Rob Lotterstein, and we spoke for a good 20 to 30 minutes. I had visited the network a couple of times and I screen-tested it, and then they narrowed it down to three girls. Then, the next morning, they called me back in and we screen-tested again and they narrowed it down to two girls, but yeah, it was a really long and thrilling process.

I also read that, at the same time, you were also offered the position of Sophie in Mamma Mia. Was it tough for you to decide which one to choose?
Yes, it was a very difficult decision because to be a lead on Broadway at my age was an unbelievable offer, but being on a Disney Channel TV series was a dream of mine, too. It was really hard, but I knew I would always be able to go back and perform in a show on Broadway someday, but being a regular character on a Disney Channel TV series is a once in a lifetime thing, especially when your time is limited. You can only play a teenage girl for so long.

If you were not an actress, where would you see yourself today?
If I wasn’t an actress, I would love to be a musical theater teacher to kids because I love musical theater and I love kids.

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Veronica Dunne Interview: Photographer: Geoff Mau, Photo Assist: Aldo Carrera and Matt Wong, Makeup: Paloma Alcantar, Hair: Bethy Mireles, Stylist: Yesina Cuevas

Olivia Holt Interview

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If you have ever encountered anyone aged 10 to 20, you’ve probably heard of Olivia Holt. Newly 18, the recent high school graduate is a regular on red carpets, working on her debut album with Hollywood Records and, most impressively, starring in her own Disney Channel show.
Raised from a humble background in Mississippi, Holt says that she’s always had an affinity for Disney. “Lizzie McGuire was a must; I couldn’t miss an episode,” she gushes, as we chat about the iconic show of the early 2000s.  “And That’s So Raven, along with Phil of the Future. It’s a dream having had watched those shows as a kid and now having my own.”
Her show, I Didn’t Do It, is now in its second season thanks to its devoted fan following. For those unfamiliar with the teen comedy, the show centers around a set of fraternal twins (played by Holt and her co-star Austin North) and their friends as they attempt to navigate high school.  “We’re both young and kind of still growing into our own skin,” Holt says, speaking to the similarities she sees between herself and her character Lindy. “We’re figuring out life with our friends and staying passionate about what we believe in.”
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For Holt, two of those passions include singing and acting. “It’s nothing I really went looking for. I kind of fell into it by accident,” she admits. Growing up, Holt starred in numerous theatre productions for her local community before moving to L.A., which is where she landed her three-season run with the role of Kim on Disney XD’s Kickin’ It. Reflecting on her start, she says, “Singing was my first love, but I have fallen equally in love with acting as well. I don’t know if I could choose one over the other.”

Girl Meets World Season 2 Premiere

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When Disney Channel announced last year that they would be rebooting Boy Meets World with a spin off series that centered around Cory and Topanga’s children, I was skeptical. Could Ben Savage still pull off Cory Matthews? Could the writers recapture the magic of the original series? Would it be funny like it’s predecessor or cheesy and overdone like most current Disney shows? If the pilot taught us anything, it’s that the answer to all of those questions was yes.

The first season gifted us with the reunion of Cory and Shawn, the return of Stewart Minkus, and an all grown up bully Harley Kiner’s uttering the words “baboon.” Now, twenty episodes later and two months after its debut season ended, Girl Meets World is already back for its sophomore year. Micheal Jacobs, the creator and show-runner of both series, said on his twitter that the first season was about getting to know ‘the girls world’ and teased that the second will be about merging the two worlds — which I have dubbed “Girl Meets Nostalgia.”
As part of its premiere week, Disney chose to air the first five episodes of the new season every night, which include a couple more familiar faces that are sure to set our 90s hearts a-flutter. In tonight’s episode, titled “Girl Meets Pluto,” the gang sneak into Mr. Feeny’s back years to dig up a time capsule that Cory, Shawn, and Topanga had buried years ago. Shall we take this moment to appreciate the fact that after fifteen years, we’re heading back to Philly? The last time these characters were all together on screen was during the final scene of Boy Meets World, which I often times refer to as an emotional sucker punch.

When the first promotions were released about this reunion episode, I thought to myself “this is it, nothing can top this moment.” Then, the next episode’s promotions were released and I learned that it was “Girl Meets Plays With Squirrels.”
Yes, that’s right ladies and gentleman: Eric Matthews and his alter ego ‘Plays With Squirrels’ are about to make an epic comeback and introduce themselves to the next generation. According to reports, this episode centers around a horrible fight between Maya (the new Shawn) and Riley (Cory’s daughter). Unsure of what to do to help mend their relationship, Cory calls in his older brother Eric to come hash out some wisdom — which he seemingly does in very Eric fashion.
And, if that’s not enough, various tweets tell us that this season also promises the return of Angela More, Mr. Turner (who apparently following his motorcycle accident has not been in a coma all of this time), and Shawn’s deceased father Chet. You can catch Girl Meets World every night for “What In The World Is Happening?” premiere on Disney Channel at 8:30/7:30c and then at it’s regular time slot on Friday’s. TGIF is back.

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Girl Meets World Season 2 Premiere: Photographs courtesy of Disney Channel

Laura Marano Interview

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Here at Cliché, we like to keep it all in the family. Back in February of 2014, we had Switched at Birth’s stunning Vanessa Marano as our cover girl. We dished about her career, her hobbies, and even her younger sister, who she referred to as her “best friend.” Now we’re lucky enough to have the equally beautiful and equally talented Laura Marano gracing our cover this month. While the two lovely actresses sound and look almost identical, they can easily be distinguished by their unique and distinct personalities.
Laura Marano is one big ball of positive energy. She’s nothing if not infectiously bubbly and a firm believer that once you put your mind to something, you will undoubtedly do it. After learning to act, she decided she wanted to sing—and so she did. After learning to play the piano, she decided she wanted to play the guitar—and so she inevitably will. When it comes to Laura Marano, the word “no” simply isn’t in her vocabulary (if you don’t believe us, just ask her mom, who tried to deter her from becoming an actress). It’s rare to find a talent that is always looking for the bigger and the better, but that’s our cover girl.
At 19 years old, the young actress has accrued plenty of television titles under her belt. While her recurring roles on series such as Without a Trace, Back to You, and The Sarah Silverman Program have all been great, we love her as the singer/songwriter Ally Dawson on Disney’s Austin & Ally. Perhaps it’s because we get to see her sing and dance in addition to her expert comedic performance episode after episode. Now, the talented actress is finally taking her talents to the big screen! We can’t wait to see what she does in her two upcoming films, A Sort of Homecoming and Bad Hair Day, due out in 2015. There’s never a dull moment for this girl, who is always bursting at the seams with creative energy. Whether it’s reaching new goals in singing, dancing, acting, or something else entirely, Laura Marano will undoubtedly never say never.
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Cliché: You’ve been in the theatre since you were five years old. At what point did you decide that you would make acting a career as opposed to a hobby?
Laura Marano: I actually grew up in my mom’s theater since I was a baby. It was literally my home away from home. After my very persistent sister begged my mom for two years to be an actress, my mom finally agreed to bring us to an agent (well, my sister to an agent—I tagged along because I was five). After my sister went in, the agents called my mom in, and I obviously followed like the energetic, outgoing five-year-old that I was. They said they wanted to take my sister, and I was like, “Well, I don’t have an agent,” and they said, “Oh, honey, we’ll take you, too.” My mom, who didn’t even want my sister to act, basically had a heart attack.
When did you begin songwriting and who or what inspired you to do so?
I was always singing—like, always. I obviously would sing along to songs I knew sometimes, but I actually would mostly just sing random songs that I wrote. When I was doing homework, visiting family, or just chilling in my room, I was always making up songs. Whether they were actually good songs is a whole other conversation. Honestly, writing songs was just something I felt like I needed to do; it felt more unnatural to not write songs. When I turned twelve years old, I realized that music was something I really wanted to pursue. I started going to voice lessons and writing with people more aggressively because I knew if I really wanted it, I had to work really hard at it. I really wanted (and still want) it.
Your role on Austin & Ally enables you to do both singing and acting. In your personal life, do you prefer one over the other?
Honestly, I’ve always loved both. I started professionally acting before I started professionally pursuing music, but music was still a big part of my life. I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to do both on Austin & Ally. It’s so much fun!
Your character experienced severe stage fright in the earlier seasons of the show. Being in the business for so long, was that something that you were able to relate to?
Since I started acting pretty early, I was lucky enough to be pretty outgoing when it came to acting. With music, though, I definitely struggled with performance anxiety. Even now, I still get nervous when I perform.

Girl Meets World First Official Trailer!

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OH-EM-GEE. Disney Channel just released the first official trailer for the highly anticipated Boy Meets World spin-off, Girl Meets World.
Watch the trailer here!
As a self proclaimed Boy Meets World super fan, I was ecstatic to hear that there was going to be a spin-off of the wildly popular 90’s sitcom. For those of you who have never seen an episode of Boy Meets World, stop everything you’re doing and go watch it right now. Even though I was only a baby when the show initially aired, I grew up watching re-runs and grew to love it.
Girl Meets World is set to air on Disney Channel and focuses on the children of 90’s power couple, Cory and Topanga Matthews. Rowan Blanchard is set to play their daughter and Eonline reports that some familiar faces such as Will Friedle (Eric Matthews), Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter), and William Daniels (Mr. Feeny!) will make cameos throughout the show. (Eonline)
Disney has not announced an official premiere date, but it’s set to debut this summer!
Now time for the Feeny call…FEE-HEE-HEENAY!

– by Amanda Sikoral

(Photo & Video courtesy of Eonline)