The #TeenBeach2Event was so much fun! Not only did I try to learn choreography, but I also had time to sit and chat with two of the stars from the HIT movie Teen Beach and the upcoming sequel Teen Beach 2. They were a treat! Simply adorable and both had so much passion for what they do. Plus, the TALENT! Acting, singing, and dancing. True triple threats, but don’t just take my word for it. Check out the interview below:
Q: Tell Us your dance backgrounds. Did you start as Singers and then get into dancing or did you do both at once?
Chrissie: Well I am not a Professional Dancer, although Ten Beach 2 makes me look like one. [LAUGHS] I am Cuban. So I grew up in a household where we were dancing Salsa, Meringue and you know it was (a) dance kind of loving family. I was a Singer and then I became an Actress so I don’t really have a dance background. I think I learned the most doing Teen Beach Movie and I appreciate it so much. I’m in awe of these guys.
Jordan: It’s a different kind of dynamic. You know you walk into a rehearsal full of a bunch of people that you watch on So You Think You Can Dance and incredible choreographers and incredible dancersn. Yeah I’m an Actor. I walk in I’m like, “Okay here we go.
“Let’s get this going.” I had a crush on a girl in the 5th grade who joined the Drama Club and so I loved that, joining the Drama Club. I started acting and singing and dancing all on the same day and like when I was 10.
Chrissie: That’s so crazy ‘cause I guess my acting story is similar to yours because in 5th grade this Spanish Teacher was doing this production and it was a just like a gypsy kind of dance, singing kinda’ thing and only 6th graders can go. My crush was a 6th grader and I was like, “I need to be in this show.” [LAUGHS] And I’m like, “Fall in love with me.” So I went to the Teacher, Ms. Sanchez. And I‘m like, “Ms. Sanchez can I be in the show?” She’s like, “No.” She’s like, “Um you’re a 5th grader?” “No” and also there’s no roles. So I went home and my neighbor was in the show and I told her, “Can I see the script?” I read it and I noticed there wasn’t a bad girl in it. I said, “Well there has to be a bad girl.” So I went the next day and I said, “Can I play a bad girl?”
I pitched her an idea. I don’t know if she felt like sorry for me or she like was like impressed that I took this initiative and she put me in the show. The guy didn’t fall in love with me. [LAUGHS] I know, but I fell I love with acting.
Chrissie then chats about wearing a hair piece this time around.
Chrissie: It actually was (harder to move around). More so than the first time when it was all my actual hair and because you know I was doing my BUBBA-BUBBA and like feeling that thing go BOOOM-BOOM [LAUGHS] it was kind of distracting a little bit. It was definitely like a lot better for my hair.All that teasing and stuff. Ultimately your hair kind of stays in that shape. With the piece it would kind of like go all over the place. I felt like it was more maintenance. We have to get that beehive going again then I probably would do my hair again.
Q: What kind of advice you have for an aspiring Musician, Artist, Dancer?
Jordan: There are a lot of people that come out to, to L.A. and move to New York with the idea of becoming famous. Typically those people don’t find success in their field because their passion is driven from a very different place in these people that really they do what they do because they love it that tend to find success. People gravitate towards people that all have their like-minded you know what I mean? So understand why you’re doing it firstly. Secondly, God it’s cliché and you’re gonna’ hear it at times, but I just don’t take no for an answer. One of my favorite Song Writers of all time her name is Diane Warren. And if you don’t know who she is you, you absolutely shoul. Her discography’s ridiculous. She’s written with everybody from Cher to Beyonce. She wrote If I Can turn Back time. She has not had to write a song for anybody for 20 years and she’s made more money than you could ever even dream of, but she’s still does. She pitches. She writes songs every day. She does what she does because she loves it.
That hustle started. She’s a pitch queen and that hustle started when she was 17. At that time there weren’t MP3’s, there weren’t you know CD’s. She would deliver her songs. That hustle started then and it never stopped. The reason being is because she loved doing what she did. She couldn’t imagine a life where she wasn’t writing songs and making music. That her into a multi-billion dollar crazy incredible Song Writer that you know doesn’t have to work a day for the rest of in her life, but will until the day she dies. Those are the people that find success and it’s also true in like minded people.
Chrissie: I would also say that kind of world it’s not like a sprint, it’s a marathon. Have patience, educate yourself. Not just with you know the craft that you wanna’ do. Like the acting, dance and music and also you should really like try in school. So much of my like artistic and the choices that I’ve made have come through the education arts .So really apply yourself, give everything you do 100% because then it’s more likely that the thing that you invest the most time in you’ll give 110%. Don’t give up. Keep it up.
Some characters are too real to stay on the screen. But with the movie collapsing, is Mack and Brady’s world next? Find out during Teen Beach 2, premiering June 26 at 8p on Disney Channel! Rated: TV-G
***Disclosure: I attending #TeenBeachEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***