M recently chatted with Ryan McCartan all about his upcoming movie Summer Forever and what it was like working with his co-star Alyson Stoner. If you recall, Ryan EXCLUSIVELY admitted to us that he was actually a little starstruck by Alyson, having grown up watching her on TV. Now, in our EXCLUSIVE interview with Alyson, the former Camp Rock star is responding to Ryan’s “starstruck” comment.
“Yes, he was starstruck, but what really happened was that he went around singing Mike’s Super-Short Show on set all day long and asking me to do the hand signal,” Alyson reveals. “And I never did it for him, I refused. Lovingly refused.”
And we just had to ask: Has Alyson done the Mike’s Super Short Show hand signal since the Disney Channel mini show ended?
“Nope. I retired the hand signal in 2000-negative-17,” she admits.
Aside from working with Ryan, she is also starring in the upcoming movie The A-List.
“My character Lacey is the voice of reason, the moral backbone. She is supportive to Eric throughout his entire journey when he’s popular and unpopular,” she dishes. “And she’s more of the spiritual speaker type, constantly looking inward for an answer before judging or assuming. So she’s like the girl that you’d want to be best friends with growing up. And she’s sort of like bohemian in her style. She probably does yoga…”
You might know Alyson Stoner from her role in the Cheaper By the Dozen movies, her voice work on Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, or her recent Missy Elliott tribute video that’s racked up 13 million views on YouTube. We recently spoke with Alyson to find out all about three upcoming movies, her new song, and everything that makes Alyson tick!
If you could eat any meal right this second, what would it be?
1. Aw man! I’m going to get a little funky here. I’m such a health cereal person, so I’d have Smart Start cereal paired with chocolate fudge brownie marshmallow fancy gourmet ice cream.
Who is your biggest inspiration as a dancer?
2. To be completely honest, it’s not one person. It’s actually the underground freestyle community. 2 years ago that I discovered the underground freestyle world, where I felt a purse connection of a body to music and learned about true storytelling. It’s transformed my ability to perform and create as a choreographer.
Do you have any weird phobias?
3. I’m afraid of stickers. I just remember being about 4 years old going to the doctor for a checkup and them offering me a sticker at the end of my visit and me sticking my hand in their face and saying absolutely not! I thought they were trying to hurt me and poke me with another needle.
What makeup product could you not live with without? Specific brand, if possible?
4. I try and wear as little makeup as possible to let my skin breathe, but I have a mineral spray and a great moisturizer from Oxygenetix. It’s an all-natural moisturizer that doesn’t clog your pores before you put your makeup on top of it.
If you could swap lives with any Disney character, who would it be?
5. I would like to be the genie in Aladdin. I’d love to hear what people wish for.
What is your spirit animal?
6. My spirit animal is an Australian animal called a quokka. They are notoriously happy and I like to think that underneath all my sarcasm, there’s a cute little quokka.
Do you have any secret talents that nobody knows about?
7. I feel like I’ve disclosed so many secrets over the years! But growing up, I was a pretty good gymnast, great at the uneven bars and balance beam.
What’s the last song you had stuck in your head?
8. It’s called “Say My Name” by ODESZA. It’s sort of a house, bright, upbeat song. It goes “I wanna dance, I wanna dance dance, with you!” It’s great.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure movie?
9. A fun fact about me: I don’t watch movies or TV. I don’t even know what’s out in theaters. Couldn’t tell ya.
Alyson Stoner chats with Backstage about balancing her singing, acting, and dancing careers, the importance of self-expression, and her first film as an adult—“The A-List”—coming to VOD May 12.
On filming teen comedy “The A-List.” Stoner’s filmography may be longer than most adults’, but “The A-List” marked the 21-year-old star’s first experience filming without a guardian. “It felt like it was my entrance into real adulthood. And the cast, everyone was young, so the camaraderie and the senses of humor and everything just blended together really nicely,” she says. “Will Bigham [the director] had just gotten done with the Fox reality show ‘On the Lot’ from Steven Spielberg, so it was his first film; everyone was fresh and excited at what the future held, and that sort of set the tone for the set. We got into a lot of antics!”
On being a triple threat. Stoner more or less defines the term; a professional dancer since age 3, her dancing, singing, and acting careers have intersected with films like “Camp Rock,” the “Step Up” franchise, and the upcoming TV Movie “Sugar Babies,” for which her single “Pretty Girls” is the opening song. “I think what’s important, as an artist who wants to be multi-dimensional, is learning how to shape shift into those different paths fluidly and frequently. They each have their own techniques, states of being, and you have strengths and weaknesses in all of them, so it’s a lot to hold onto. It creates a full plate but it’s worthwhile when you love each of them!”
On finding balance. “I talk to a mentor about this regularly, because it’s a huge struggle,” Stoner admits. “What we’ve arrived at is the concept of spontaneous organization. It’s learning how to react to a constantly moving and shifting schedule. I may be on set acting, I may be in the studio recording, I might be teaching dance class all in the same day—so how can I manage all of those needs, prepare for all of those things, and still grow and train in all of them? The best you can do is when you’re focusing on one, be there and be present.”
On the importance of dance. Stoner’s star rose earlier this year when her “Missy Elliot Tribute” dance video went viral on social media. The performer shares the meaning of dance in her life (and it may not be what you expect).
“Dance continues to be a very vivid tool for my personal growth. It’s anything from overcoming fear and learning how to be vulnerable and expressive in movement, to shifting from my technical background and experimenting with the abstract world of freestyle. I find that with dance—and with the arts in general—because I want to grow in my performance, I have to come face to face with my own personal challenges. It gives me an outlet to explore new parts of myself while still having the structure and the goal of the performance, the meaning of the show. Honestly, without art and dance I think I would be a very safe, black-and-white thinker. I wouldn’t dare to take any risks, or see so much of the world in myself and other people!”
On why everyone can—and should—dance. “What’s silly is that we’ve popularized dance moves, and we’ve made distinctions about who can and cannot do them, when really dance is free! It’s something we’ve been doing since the first human beings walked the earth. It’s a form of expression; if you’re being yourself while you’re doing it, there’s no right or wrong—it’s simply who you are.”
Check out Alyson’s interview with Fanlala where she talks about her character Liv in her upcoming movie Summer Forever.
Alyson, who plays Liv, the confident and queen bee of high school has a few insecurities about herself. Worrying that her best days are behind her, Liv must battle her inner-self and prove she is worth having a brighter future.
Alyson Stoner looks over at a super adorable couple in this exclusive clip from her upcoming film, The A-List.
The flick centers on Eric Schultz (Hudson Thames), who is the coolest student at Lake Odell High School. He has the looks, the girl, and the popularity. Even the school newspaper has turned into a gossip blog about his personal life.
His guidance counselor, Sylvia Martin (Elizabeth Bond), is just as in awe of him as everyone else is. Being a nerd back in her day, Sylvia has always wished she could have done the things that come so easily to Eric.
When she discovers he is missing one class to graduate, she makes a deal with him. If Eric completes a list of 5 things she always wanted to do in High School (like date the quarterback and be a cheerleader) she will fudge his transcript and allow him to graduate!
Alyson attended the NYLON Magazine And BCBGeneration Annual May Young Hollywood Issue Party in Los Angeles last night. I added to the gallery over 20 high quality photos of Alyson on the red carpet. She looked so beautiful and classy! Also, I added a video of Alyson getting photographed on the red carpet. Check it out! Happy Friday!
Mingle Media TV and our Red Carpet Report team with host, Amy Long, were on set, on the beach in Malibu, CA for the filming of the new movie from Relativity Media, Summer Forever coming out this August.
Performing at YouTube’s Brandcast at Madison Square Garden
First off, big round of applause for Alyson. This past Wednesday, Alyson performed at one of the worlds biggest arenas – Madison Square Garden. Alyson was joined by her dancer friends to perform at Youtube’s anniversary event in New York City where they performed a phenomenal tribute to Missy Elliot. I added to the gallery 2 medium quality photos of Alyson on stage performing. I also added 8 photos of Alyson with friends and family in the Gif/Photobooth. Looks like Alyson had an amazing time! So proud!!
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