EXCLUSIVE Interview with CODY SIMPSON

By: Alexandria McLean | @itbalexandria 

Cody Simpson | Alexandria McLean

Fans were first introduced to Cody Simpson when he released his breakout song iYiYi back in 2010. Now, four years later, fans have been able to watch Cody grow and mature as a person and an artist. Recently, Cody has taken to Twitter to talk about his journey into musical self-discovery.

Having recently left his label, Cody has assured fans he has a new sound on the way. Canadians got a sample of this new sound at Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Concert. Picking up a guitar and heading on stage with only his band, Cody showed concert attenders a preview of what is yet to come.

While in Toronto for Big Ticket Summer, The Magazine got the chance to talk with Cody. He told us all about his musical transition and a collaboration project with Justin Bieber.

The Magazine: You have been tweeting a lot lately about the new direction you want your music to go in. What can your fans expect from that?

Cody: You know it’s great because I am going through a little bit of a musical transition in my career. A little bit of an epiphany almost. I just ended my relationship with my record label. It was my decision, it kind of took me like six months to be able to kind of get out of my deal and finally convince them to let me go. I was kind of like stuck in this position where they weren’t, I just wanted to be out of it and be free. I wanted to be creatively free. I am moving over to a team that kind of has the same vision for myself that I do, and that mangers like Matt and Scooter have for me as well. I am just really excited because now I get to just take control of everything and really be the artist I want to be. I have come up to the age where I discovered that and figured that out. It’s tough because I got signed when I was thirteen. There is a massive difference from when you are thirteen years old, and eighteen years old. Those five years are like the biggest learning period in someone’s life. It is kind of where they figure out stuff, and try different things because they might think it’s cool and then they realize it’s not. Metaphorically, they try and play basketball but really they are the best at baseball. I was kind of musically trying to play basketball even though I am the best baseball player. So, it was kind of that that made me realize what I needed to be doing and how I needed to be doing it. I am just excited for the future now. I am becoming an adult and I am able to really kick start my career and do it they way I want to do it.

The Magazine: You also tweeted that you stayed up late watching concert DVDs of U2, Jack Johnson and John Mayor. Will we see any inspiration from these artists in your new music? 

Cody: Oh, of course! I mean they are like artists and bands that I have been listening to since I was a little boy. When you are fourteen or fifteen and all your friends are listen to like Kayne, and stuff and you are like “Oh, cool,” and join in and stuff. You kind of forget for a moment, almost lose touch with what you know you are going to come back around to when you are finally old enough. You know what I mean? So, I mean there are artists that you just named; there are artists like Jack and John, and those singer songwriter guitarists that are what inspires me. Tonight, is going to be, I think it started to be a little surprising to people what I am doing on stage. I now have taken away production; I am not really dancing, but kind of just really focusing on my guitar. I have a little bit different versions of some songs that I kind of still have to keep relevant for the fans while I am going through a little bit of that transition.

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The Magazine: You have also been posting pictures with Justin Bieber. Is there going to be a collaboration coming up with him?

Cody: Yup, yeah. There will be. He saw some clips I posted of me playing my guitar in rehearsal and on stage or something. I cannot remember. I posted a couple different ones of me soloing or finger picking or whatever. He was like “Man, you are getting really really good!” I was actually in rehearsal at this time, and he told me I was getting really really good. I have been a friend of his for a while. We are definitely very different people, but he was like I would love to write with you. I went in and we ended up actually being in the studio till six in the morning. Next night, next night, next night…we ended up writing like twelve songs. So, you will hear, it is nice that I kind of got to play all the guitar and really kind of be the guitar man behind the project. We got to write all the songs together. You will be hearing a little more than one song from us.

The Magazine: You performed in Halifax last night, how was that?

Cody: It was good. I have never been there before. It was nice to go there. The fans were great. It wasn’t as big as tonight is going to be but it is always nice to see new places. The fans are always more excited when I have never been there before because it’s their first experience. They are always like another level of struck.

The Magazine: You have been all over Canada now. Do you have a favourite Canadian city that you have been to?

Cody: Umm, Vancouver is one of my favourites. There are a lot of Aussies over there. It’s on the west and it’s kind of closer to L.A. I live in L.A. so I go there all the time, well not all the time. I have been there three times. I have been to Toronto the most out of any Canadian city and I really enjoy it every time I come. It is good fun.

Cody Simpson | Alexandria McLean

The Magazine: You also did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge…but kind of with a rude awakening.

Cody: Yeah, I got, I had a bunch of nominations from people, and a couple people asked me to do it. I was just procrastinating with it a little bit. This guy, and my tour manager somehow got a key to my room at six in the morning and we had to get up for a flight. I wasn’t waking up so they threw ice on me! It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t pretty!

The Magazine: If that happened, there must be other pranks that get pulled on tour! 

Cody: Umm, sometimes. The whole crew is just hilarious and the band is as well. We all just get along so well and it’s just so easy for us to play. We always all go out together and party together after the shows and stuff. We get some pranks. You know, we had this mouse, it looked like a real mouse, and they had it in the fruit platter and I freaked out! Someone put that there today, still haven’t found out who that was yet. We keep it lighthearted and stuff. We take the shows very seriously but off stage it is just fun.

Thanks Cody! 

Be sure to follow Cody on Twitter for updates on his new music!

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EXCLUSIVE Interview with BIG TICKET SUMMER CONCERT Host, CALUM WORTHY

By: Alexandria McLean | @itbalexandria 

Calum Worthy | Alexandria McLean

You may know Calum Worthy best for his role as Dez on Disney’s Austin & Ally, but this year Calum took the stage as Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Concert host. Full of energy, and connecting with the crowd, Calum was the perfect person to string the most anticipated concert of the summer amongst youth together.

The Magazine was lucky enough to sit down with Canadian native Calum Worthy. Goofy, super sincere and crazy talented, Calum told us all about life on set of Austin & Ally, and gave us a little glimpse on some upcoming Disney projects.

The Magazine: How did you go about preparing to host Big Ticket Summer?

Calum: Oh, I didn’t prepare anything. I am just going to wing it out there. Uh, no, I just watched last year’s Big Ticket Summer Concert. I knew a lot about it because Ross and R5 have done it before, and he raved about it. He said it was the best concert he has ever done. I was really excited when I heard about it! Yeah, I just watched a lot of YouTube videos of good hosts, and tried to replicate that.

The Magazine: You are Canadian, which is awesome! What do you miss the most about Canada when you are not here?

Calum: Honestly it’s my best friends! We have been best friends since kindergarten and I really miss them whenever I am away. They are my guys. We always hang out. I try to bring them down to L.A as much as possible, or if I go on a trip, or film a movie somewhere, they usually fly out to set and stuff like that.

Calum Worthy | Alexandria McLean

The Magazine: If we had to move from Canada, we would miss Tim Horton’s! What is your favourite thing to order at Tim Horton’s?

Calum: Oh, Tim Horton’s! Tim Bits obviously. A double double is awesome. Also the muffins! The chocolate chip muffins are so good. It has the sugar on the top. Aw man, I could eat those all day! You know what? I am getting one after this. Also, Canadians. I just love Canadians. Don’t tell the Americans this, but Canadians are honestly the best people in the entire world.

The Magazine: There will be a fourth season of Austin & Ally! What are you most excited for about going into Season 4?

Calum: Season 4 is going to be really cool! It’s going to be a really big change, because towards the end of Season 3 you are going to see a huge arch happen. There will be a lot of changes within the characters. Actually, it ends on a cliffhanger! I remember reading the script and we were like what’s going to happen! This is crazy! How are we going to start Season 4? I was in the writer’s room because I got to be a staff writer last year, so I popped into the writer’s room before I came up here and there are going to be some awesome storylines. I think people are really going to like it.

Calum Worthy | Alexandria McLean

The Magazine: We actually get our episodes here later than you do in the USA…

Calum: So Austin is dead. I don’t know if you knew that.

The Magazine: Aha! So we just say the Eggs & Extraterrestrials episode, which you wrote! How was that, how was writing? 

Calum: I wrote it yeah! Oh it was so much fun, and I have been trying for a long time to write on the show. We have the best writers on the planet, so I wanted to spend as much time with them, and hang out with them, and work with them because I really wanted to learn from them. I spent all of Season 2, each day, in the writer’s room just interning and being a fly on the wall and watching what happens. Just before Season 3, after I did the Copper Top Flop Show, which Disney responded well to and I got to write that. Then they said yeah let’s bring you on as a staff writer!

The Magazine: Was it weird to see Ross, Laura, Raini and yourself act out the things you wrote?

Calum: Yeah! It also wasn’t good when I wrote the joke and it bombs! So it was my joke, and I also wasn’t delivering it right. I would say a joke and then the director would be like “Uhh, I think you got the line wrong,” then I am like…oh yeah, I didn’t say that right. It’s like you are in two different mindsets, you are either the actor or the writer.

The Magazine: Maybe not everyone knows you write for the show, so that may be a hidden talent! But, do you have any other talents people might not know about?

Calum: Okay, I can levitate. Trust me. I cannot show you right now because I don’t have enough room but I can levitate.

The Magazine: There are also a lot of bloopers from different seasons of Austin & Ally, and they are hilarious! How is it on set?

Calum: It is exactly what you think it. Actually, it is more fun than you think it is. That is what happens when we are filming, but that goes back to the dressing rooms, and the hair and makeup rooms. Or like after work, we would go to a movie. So that fun, and that excitement, and that creativity, where everyone is laughing all the time, that happens non-stop! I mean, we are very serious about the work, because usually the first hour before we go into work each day, we spend in the dressing room running off lines just making sure we are prepared for when we go on set. We are very serious up to that point, but as soon as we are ready to go to set, it’s game over. We are just laughing and being silly.

The Magazine: You play Dez, who is the funny goofball of the show. Can you give us your best joke on the spot?

Calum: My best joke right on the spot? Okay, I sent this joke to Laura because she really loves bad jokes. She thinks the worse jokes are amazing. I am like you think any joke is funny, even this joke. I was like “How do nuts sneeze?” She was like “I donno?” I was like “Cashew.” She was laughing for two days straight. I was like that is the worst joke, how did you find that funny?

The Magazine: You also posted a picture of you with the caption “Last day in the writer’s room before we go to camera tomorrow on our new Disney XD Show!!!” Can you tell us about that?

Calum: I cannot tell you too much about it. It is going to be really really fun. I wish I could though, because I am so proud of this project. I was really proud of Copper Top and this, I am just as proud about this. It’s really going to be fun, I think it’s a 30 Rock type vibe and it is kind of a variety show, there are a bunch of different elements in it. I think people are really going to like it.

The Magazine: There used to be a kid’s variety show called All That, will it be like that in anyway?

Calum: A little bit. There is a little bit of that in it. There is another project I might be doing with Disney that is a lot like All That. I wish I could tell you guys all about these projects! We really have a huge amount of projects lined up, and I think people are going to love them.

The Magazine: You are hosting, so you won’t be performing. You will definitely be backstage jamming out to the songs. What is your go-to dance move?

Calum: My go-to dance move? Uh, I like the shimmy!

The Magazine: Do you have any last messages you want to say to your Canadian fans?

Calum: Actually, I just want to say that I love my Canadian fans! I see on Twitter, people think do you actually ready your mentions? I always read my mentions. I wish I could respond to every single person because they are so awesome but I see so many of them saying they are from Canada! That really means a lot because I am from here, and all my work before I went on Austin & Ally was based out of Vancouver and Toronto. So, I love it when I see my Canadian fans!

Thanks Calum!

Be sure to catch Calum Worthy on Austin & Ally! Check out family.ca for scheduling details.

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EXCLUSIVE Interview with Family Channel’s BIG TICKET SUMMER CONCERT Performer, MEGAN NICOLE

By: Alexandria McLean

Megan Nicole | Alexandria McLean

With over two million subscribers on YouTube, Megan Nicole is a YouTube artist that you should have in your subscription box. Posting covers of some of the most popular songs, Megan Nicole has grown as a YouTube artist since 2009. Megan has been able to travel and share her music on worldwide tours. This summer Megan Nicole made three stops in Canada, performing at Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Concert!

While in Toronto, The Magazine got the chance to sit down with Megan Nicole. We got the inside scoop on her new EP Escape which is set to release October 14th! Megan even gave our readers some great advice for anyone wanting to start their own YouTube Channel.

The Magazine: What first made you decide to start posting to YouTube?

Megan Nicole: My dad was actually the one who encouraged me to post my very first video. Before that, I was just out performing at restaurants, and malls, and open mics. He was like “Hey, have you seen people using this platform to share their covers?” So, I gave it a try and you know definitely put in some hard work of just continually posting and kind of getting those first few comments and taking their requests. It became a slow build because the fans who discovered me, they were the ones who would watch and share the videos and brought me to where I am today. Here, in Toronto!

The Magazine: Any advice for people wanting to start a YouTube channel to showcase their musical talents?

MN: It is so funny to me when kids come up to me and say they want to be a YouTube star! The fact that’s a thing, and I am considered a part of this community as well is pretty insane. I never had the intensions of posting a video to become a YouTube star, but it was more so an outlet to share my music with people. I am very blessed to have the opportunity to tour and travel the world because of it. My biggest advice is to first of all, and I always say this, but no matter how many times I say it, it still rings true, be yourself. Whatever it is that you are doing, whatever kind of videos you are posting, just stay true to who you are because I think people come to that and relate to that. I think if you are putting on a front as well, people will see through it and it would become tiring to be someone you are not all the time. My other advice would be, besides trying to do the YouTube thing, I would encourage them to find those opportunities to do open mics, and sign up for talent shows in your school, because there is nothing like getting up in front of people and performing.

Megan Nicole | Alexandria McLean

The Magazine: Do you have a favourite cover you have done to date?

MN: I think one of my favourite covers that I have done would have to be, I have done so many, I have done a lot of them…I really like the You Da One, Rihanna rendition I did. I kind of like putting my own twist on that one. Video wise, I did a little parody of The Lazy Song and that one was really fun to make because I had my friends and my sister in the video. We had to do it in one take so it was pretty crazy and fun to make.

The Magazine: How do you choose which song you are going to cover?

MN: I think first of all I look to see what is hot on the Billboard, and the iTunes chart. I did that even more so in the beginning because that is how people were even able to discover my channel because they were searching for these songs and happened to come across my cover. From there, I would just find a song I connect and relate to. Most of the time it is an artist I really like. I saw a comment the other day, “I feel like you do so many Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Maroon 5 covers,” and well I really like those artists so I think it naturally just happens because I connect with those songs and enjoy them.

The Magazine: What was it like recording and creating your EP?

MN: Yes, I recorded an EP and it is coming out in the fall, October 14th! It’s called Escape and I am super excited about that. I am actually announcing to my fans next week that it is coming out. I have been kind of hinting at it. This will be really the first original body of music that I am putting out for them. I have put out singles here and there, but this one is really special to me. I had a lot of songs recorded, and I was with a major label for a while, and unfortunately, it just wasn’t the right fit and a lot of those songs I lost and I had to start from scratch recently. Honestly, it was kind of a blessing in a sense, because I have been able to discover music that I want to create and that in itself has been an incredible journey and I hope the fans can relate and connect to the new music.

The Magazine: You co-wrote your new song Electrified. What is your song writing process like?

MN: It was just me and this other guy named Tom. Tom is the one who produced all these songs on the new EP. I co-wrote Electrified with him, and pretty much, yeah, all the songs on the new EP. It was just a really fun process. I have been working with Tom since I was sixteen. He actually did a lot of songs on the old record, which people unfortunately never got to hear. What I really like about Tom is, he was the one who really understood the direction I wanted to take the music in and he is also very patient in the sense of giving me a chance when we are writing to give me a second, and pull things out of me. Where other times, the people just go really fast, especially when you are co-writing with two other people who have written together before and they are just bouncing back an forth. Of course at the end of the day, it always reflects me walking out of that room in a writing session. This album even more so I feel like it reflects me even more because a lot of those words are words I am saying and want to communicate. I think that is the reason that this piece is special to me.

Megan Nicole | Alexandria McLean

The Magazine: You have been posting a lot of pictures on social media from your Electrified music video. Any spoilers on what we can expect from the music video?

MN: The music video just think 80’s aerobic. That’s basically it. That’s the video. My videos are very quirky, that’s for sure. I always encourage people not to take themselves to seriously.

The Magazine: What are you most excited for with performing at Big Ticket Summer?

MN: This whole experience has just been incredible. These are some of the largest crowds that I have performed in front of before. The energy of the kids and teens out there is just insane. When I walked out for the first time in Halifax, for the first show of the series, I could hear all the screams and I got chills all of a sudden. This is real! I am here! These people are supporting me and my music, and it’s wonderful to be here in this moment!

Thanks Megan Nicole!

Be sure to subscribe to Megan Nicole’s YouTube Channel and check out all her amazing covers!

Megan Nicole | Alexandria McLean

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EXCLUSIVE Interview with MARISSA DATTOLI from CRYSTALYNE

By: Alexandria McLean | @itbalexandria 

Crystalyne's front-woman Marissa Dattoli | Alexandria McLean

Crystalyne, made up of Josh Given, Justin Niece, Scott Blake, and front-woman Marissa Dattoli, are Toronto’s next big thing! Having performed with the likes of Marianas Trench, and Carly Rae Jepsen, Crystalyne made a Toronto-only performance at this year’s Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Concert that fans won’t forget! Singing original songs, and a cover of 5 Seconds of Summer’s She Looks So Perfect, Crystalyne was the perfect start to the most anticipated concert of the summer!

The Magazine got the chance to sit down with lead singer Marissa Dattoli before the big show! She told us all about how Crystalyne became a band, and fangirling over Hayley Williams!

The Magazine: How did Crystalyne first become a band?

Marissa: The band sort of formed, we met through a mutual friend. The guys, the three of them are from St. Catherine’s/The Niagara Falls region, and I am from Toronto. We have a friend that actually moved to Toronto and I met, who knew the guys and he was like “You know, if you guys are looking to put a band together, there’s these really cool people and you should really meet up with them and jam.” We worked on a couple covers, just to kind of vibe each other out and obviously to meet each other. We literally just kind of fell in love with each other on our first session and went from there. We got offered a cross-Canada four-month tour about two weeks after. We were like let’s do this! Let’s be a band! It was really fast, but it just felt so natural. That is kind of how everything started and spiraled from there.

Crystalyne - Josh Given | Alexandria McLean

The Magazine: How would you describe your sound?

Marissa: I guess we just try and to be truthful to who we are. It is kind of like if we are feeling angry we will write a more aggressive song. If we are happy and carefree, we will go for that direction. But we really just try and embody emotion and tell stories through our music, so however that kind of translates instrumentally, it just is. We are not kind of like “Okay, we are pop-punk,” it is just kind of however we feel it becomes the songs.

The Magazine: Who are your musical inspirations?

Marissa: For us as a band, there are two bands that really inspire us as musicians and people, Blink 182 is huge for us, just because they were a really essential part of our music growing up and who we really listened to. As well, as Paramore who is really doing a similar thing to us, being female-fronted and not just being about Hayley Williams, it is about the band. I think that is kind of what Crystalyne is trying to do as well, just you know not so much we want to fit into that Paramore pocket, we want to be our own musicians. Do our own thing, but kind of follow a similar path. Those two bands inspire us as people and musicians and kind of on our journey to become whoever we want to be.

Crystalyne - Scott Blake | Alexandria McLean

The Magazine: In an earlier interview you mentioned you would cry if you got to meet Paramore, and then you met Hayley Williams! How was that? 

Marissa: It was amazing! I honestly didn’t know it was going to happen. I was literally sleeping and woke up, and have gotten a tweet from one of our fans who became a friend of ours. He was like “Do you want to meet Paramore?” and I was like is this guy joking, this isn’t real! He told me he had extra tickets to their meet and greet and you guys were the first people I thought of, and if you can come, I really want you to come! We were just like “Yeah! Of course we want to come!” So it was just so surreal, I touched them! I was in the same vicinity as them! Now that I met them, initially I was so afraid, I didn’t know what to say, it was so fast! Hopefully, it happens again in a different environment. Maybe at a show environment where I can actually talk to them and build a relationship, and ask them questions about things like their career, and what they are listening to and really find out who they are as people. I feel like musicians, even the musician to fan relationship, it is about connection and I think music is a really big part of that. It would be really cool to be able to have another in-depth relationship for sure.

Crystalyne's front-woman Marissa Dattoli | Alexandria McLean

The Magazine: What was going through your head when you found out you would be performing at the Molson Amphitheatre?

Marissa: Honestly, I thought it was a joke. We found out we were being considered for it at our Canadian Music Week showcase. We were approached by Live Nation and they said they loved our show! I thought that this can’t be real! This is a joke! They were really sincere, and they sent us the offer, and we were like yes! One-hundred percent, we were going to play this show! It’s the biggest show we have played in our hometown so we are really excited and Family Channel has been amazing through this whole experience. They are constantly communicating with us and really helping to promote us as a band. It is so great with the support we are receiving from them and Live Nation as well. It has been an amazing experience! It is so surreal. I never would have thought this would happen!

The Magazine: Another surreal thing is we have seen photos of your record in Japan! Can you tell us about that?

Marissa: We basically got an offer from a couple Japanese labels, but we decided to go with Kick Rock Invasion. We combined the Navigate and The Remedy EP into one sort of The Remedy record to release over there to sort of give fans over there a full idea of who we were. We didn’t just want to release one or the other, so we combined everything and worked together with the label. I think it is doing really well so far. The first couple months we had it out there the sales have been great! It is crazy to think that our record is in music stores in somewhere across the world! It is so cool. We always see tweets of the displays and I save them on my phone and refer back to them if I am having a bad day. I am like, it’s okay, there is a display in Japanese of our band! It’s so cool, so so cool!

Crystalyne - Justin Niece | Alexandria McLean

The Magazine: You also recently started a YouTube Channel for beauty, are the boys of Crystalyne maybe going to join in? Maybe see a band mates do my make-up video?

Marissa: Oh for sure! Justin has already openly communicated with me the second I posted the first video being like “Can I be in a video!” He loves fashion and stuff so he is on top of that already! I think that is a great idea! I think I actually might let them do my make-up one day and see what happens. I think that would be a great video.

Thanks Marissa!

Crystalyne will be heading out on tour to Japan later this month! Be sure to check out their super-fun new music video for Let It Go!

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EXCLUSIVE Interview with BIG TICKET SUMMER CONCERT Performer SABRINA CARPENTER

By: Alexandria McLean | @itbalexandria 

Sabrina Carpenter | Alexandria McLean

At only fifteen, Sabrina Carpenter has guest starred on Austin & Ally, released a debut EP and currently stars in the new hit Disney show Girl Meets World as Maya Hart.

Sabrina visited Canada back in August while she was a performer at Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Concert. Playing in an arena for the first time, Sabrina showed fans just how talented she is! Singing original songs and the theme song of Girl Meets World, Sabrina had the whole crowd clapping and swaying along to the beat.

The Magazine got the chance to sit down with Sabrina while she was in Canada to talk about Girl Meets World and the approaching release of her full-length album. She even told us about the pranks she pulled on set!

The Magazine: How would you describe your sound?

Sabrina: I would describe my sound as like, it sounds weird but probably as more of an organic pop, right now to begin with. I mean we are trying new things and I think that is the cool thing about music, there is no limits or boundaries to what you can do with it. Now that I am writing my own music, I like to put a lot of my influences into it. I love Christina Aguilera and I love Adele. It is kind of just my sound mixed with my influences.

The Magazine: Your album is coming out soon, what can people expect?

Sabrina: You can expect a lot of original material by me. I wrote half of the album, and I am very excited for the single especially because we found this amazing song that kind of just really speaks to what I want my genre to be right now.

The Magazine: The Middle Of Starting Over lyric video came out recently. What was it like shooting that?

Sabrina: It was fun! We had a great day. We kind of just went out in L.A with a camera like idiots but it was great! We recently did something else for Middle Of Starting Over too, which will be out soon.

The Magazine: Dream collaboration?

Sabrina: Oooh, probably my dream collaboration would be with Adele. Hmm, and if it were a boy I would say Bruno Mars or Michael Buble.

Sabrina Carpenter | Alexandria McLean

The Magazine: You performed in Halifax last night? How was that?

Sabrina: That was amazing! That was my first time performing in an arena, and the crowd response was something I’ve never seen before. It was really a great experience. It’s also a learning experience. I think the first time you do your first concert on tour, there is definitely little mess-ups that you learn from and can use for the next show. I guess it was kind of like our test show for today.

The Magazine: Is this your first time coming to Canada?

Sabrina: Actually, this is my third time in Toronto and I have been to Vancouver before. I love Canada!

The Magazine: Do you have any favourite things that you have done in Canada?

Sabrina: Oooh, that’s hard! Oooh, I got my first pair of heels here! As a girl, that’s a pretty big deal! I have done lots of fun things in Canada. I filmed in Vancouver and when I filmed there, it was beautiful. We did a lot of filming in the forest, which was cool. I love the weather here! It’s perfect. In L.A it’s too hot for me. I’d rather be cold, and wear a jacket with tights and stuff than have to be hot and wear shorts and stuff!

The Magazine: Congratulations on getting picked up for Season 2 of Girl Meets World! What’s it like working on the show?

Sabrina: Thanks! It’s been amazing! Honestly the first whole season has been one big learning experience. We learned so much as people and as actors. We worked with amazing writers, an amazing producer, and an amazing cast. We have so many of the original Boy Meets World cast, and throughout the season we had more of the original Boy Meets World cast come and guest star. We got to do some crazy things and test out the waters with our characters and learn more about them, and grow with our characters. It will be really fun to see what’s in store for season two.

Sabrina Carpenter | Alexandria McLean

The Magazine: You play Maya on the show; can you tell me about your character?

Sabrina: My character is Maya Hart. She is the troublemaker of life. The cool thing about her is she has got this guard around her. She has got this force field around her and I think that is why she has this tough sarcastic humor. She kind of uses that to hide over her family life. It’s cool and she is a really dimensional character, and she is really fun to play.

The Magazine: Are you similar or different to Maya in anyway?

Sabrina: Similar because we are both sarcastic and I think that is what helped me be comfortable in the role. It was just like playing myself aside from the part that she has not-the-best put together family. I have a great family, so that is kind of how we are different. But I think our humor…we have the same face too. We share that in common.

The Magazine: One of the best things about the show is that the chemistry is so clear to see. What is it like working with the cast?

Sabrina: It’s amazing! I can’t believe how fast we became a family in the past year. We spend way too much time together on and off set. I really have gotten to know them as people and I think that is really important in having really good chemistry. I think the shows that do have the best chemistry tend to go a little further and do a little better and I hope that helps us.

The Magazine: We got to speak with Rowan recently, and she told us that you and her pull pranks on set. What are some pranks you have pulled on set?

Sabrina: For Valentine’s Day we pulled this big prank on Ben, who plays Cory. We are always playing pranks on Ben. You know those funny Valentine’s Day cards? We printed out hundreds of those and stuck them all over his dressing room wall and there are still paper marks all over his wall when he was trying to get them off since we glued them. We did that and oh, I had this big prank war going on with Payton who plays Lucas. I kind of forget how it started, we are just kids so I think we just decided to start a prank war!

The Magazine: You were also on an episode of Austin and Ally where you played Lucy. How was that?

Sabrina: That was amazing! I had my hair temporarily red in that because I had just finished shooting a movie in Vancouver. When I came back I still had the red hair, and I got Austin & Ally. That was really cool! That was my first time ever on a Disney set, Disney show, so that was a great experience to work with the cast too! They are such a nice cast, and they are so professional on set which makes it really easy to work with them.

The Magazine: How was it reuniting with Calum?

Sabrina: Oh, it’s fun! He is always so funny. It is like no time passes when I am with him. It’s really cool.

The Magazine: Is there anything you would like to say to your Canadian fans?

Sabrina: Thank you so much for having me. I am so excited to meet everybody and I love you!

Thanks Sabrina!

Tune into Family Channel tonight at 5:00PM for a special Girl Meets World marathon hosted by the cast! Catch an all-new episode at 7:00PM!
Sabrina Carpenter | Alexandria McLean

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EXCLUSIVE Interview with TREVOR TORDJMAN, BRITTANY RAYMOND and JORDAN CLARK, Cast Members of THE NEXT STEP

By: Alexandria McLean | @itbalexandria 

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The Next Step fans get ready because today marks the premiere of the second half of Season 2! The first half of Season 2 left off on a serious cliffhanger! With A-Troupe dancers having quit the team, and Elite trying to take The Next Step down from the inside, the dancers need to come together with nationals fast approaching. The rest of Season 2 will be sure to have even more drama and great dancing!

The cast of The Next Step showed off some of those dancing skills at this year’s Big Ticket Summer Concert, and fans could not have been more excited! Screams filled Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre as the cast showcased their skills on stage.

Before all the screaming and cheering, The Magazine got the chance to sit down with Trevor Tordjman, Brittany Raymond and Jordan Clark, who play James, Riley and Giselle respectfully. These A-Troupe dancers told us all about what to expect from the second half of Season 2, and even gave some advice on what it takes to reach your dreams.

The Magazine: What can we expect to see in the second half of season two?

Trevor: Oooh!

Jordan: The most drama! The most drama possible!

Trevor: Oh, yeah!

Jordan: That’s about it. Can’t give too much away. More fantastic dancing!

Brittany: Yes, a lot more dancing in the second half, and I think the drama is more intense and I think it does get a little lighter.

Trevor: Yeah, there is some relief though. There is some comedic relief for sure in the second season. No matter what though, I think the fans will love it. The second half of season two, for me at least, some of my favourite episodes are right in there.

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The Magazine: What has been your favourite episode to shoot so far?

Brittany: I liked the beach episode, because we were outside for once. Since we are usually inside all summer long. I also liked the fashion episode from Season 2.

Jordan: Oh, that one was so much fun just because we got to be so fierce in it.

Trevor: It is really hard to choose now that I am thinking about all of them. There are so many good ones. Anytime she names one, I am like “Ooooh, that one!” I really liked the Battle of the Seeds, also all the regional episodes are amazing as well.

Jordan: One of my favourites is the episode with Lamar, West and I, and it is just a very competitive scenario, and the popcorn scene is probably my favourite.

Trevor: Oh, that scene was hilarious!

Jordan: The fashion show is right up there with it.

Trevor: The fashion show was pretty sweet!

The Magazine: Season three is currently in the works, is there anything you hope to see happen?

Trevor: I think it would be cool to collaborate with some other artists in some way.

Jordan: It would be cool to have two shows come together.

Trevor: Yeah, maybe have another show. I think that would be really cool.

The Magazine: Is there any particular show you have in mind?

Trevor: Oh, definitely Phineas and Ferb! Haha, kidding! Honestly anybody to work with. It is so nice to meet new people.

Brittany: Even when we come to do stuff like this at Big Ticket Summer, it’s nice to meet all these other Family stars. They are all so amazing and cool and down to earth. It’s really nice.

Jordan: It’s really nice to see the other people that are on the channel as well. It’s really fun finding out who they really are as people.

The Magazine: You will be shooting an episode with a live fan audience. What are you most excited for about that?

Trevor: That’s what we are excited for. I am really excited to see the fans. Normally it is just extras.

Jordan: The nerves are there already.

Brittany: Just thinking about it, I get butterflies.

Trevor: I am excited; I don’t know what you guys are talking about. They will give us the best reaction. Since they want to be there, I think it will really show. That helps us while we are dancing. When the audience is crazy, we are crazy.

The Magazine: How much time goes into rehearsals before filming an episode?

Brittany: We actually do a month of rehearsals before we film and we learn as many dances as we can. Throughout filming, whenever we are not filming a scene, we are in rehearsals.

Trevor: It gets hard because not everyone is together all the time. A lot of it for us is like crunch time. We are just getting it together before we go on stage. I think we have gotten good at that, we have gotten used to it. We work really well with each other.

Jordan: We know what each other’s strengths are so we can get it done (or down?) as fast as possible so we can learn more. On Wednesday we just finished a dance that is getting filmed next week. You know what I mean? It’s like let’s go, let’s go, let’s go! So this week coming up is crunch time and we are going to have to rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.

The Magazine: You have fans all over the world! Did you ever think the show would be this big?

Jordan: Not at all!

Brittany: I remember filming Season 1 and thinking that this was such a cool show and I hope it does well, it will just be in Canada but still that is so awesome. Now it’s worldwide!

Trevor: It’s crazy! It’s insane to interact with fans across the world.

Jordan: It is just strange that people write to us on Instagram in different languages. It is quite amazing. We are very fortunate to know that everybody is watching the show and we are just happy. Just really happy about it!

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The Magazine: A fan favourite is definitely Jiley! If you got to ship yourself with anyone, who would it be?

Trevor: We talked about this the other day!

Brittany: We did! I think my pick would be Ryan Gosling. Just because you know, it’s Ryan Gosling.

Jordan: Mine was Chris Hemsworth.

Trevor: I have so many! Let me just choose. This week’s…I think I said Blake Lively. Ooh, or what is that girl from Modern Family?

Jordan: Sophia Vergara?

Trevor: Yes! Her!

Jordan: Don’t kill me!

Brittany: She is so funny!

The Magazine: This is your third year doing Big Ticket Summer, and you went out east to Halifax for the first time. How was that?

Brittany: That was so much fun!

Trevor: Halifax was so crazy.

Jordan: I think I just exploded with excitement. I was on the speaker dancing! We just all went crazy!

Brittany: We just all didn’t have much sleep the night before, so I was pretty tired during the day. As soon as the show came, we got so pumped and I got so much energy from the fans. Literally right after we performed we were so pumped, and then got on the plane and just knocked out.

Trevor: Also, Brittany and I got to go to Calgary last year and it was crazy. Also, I don’t think I expected Halifax to be as big as it was! It was massive. It was sold out crazy, so many people there! We loved that.

Jordan: The fans were extraordinary. Amazing!

The Magazine: You are all from Toronto, or around Toronto. What are your favourite things to do in the city?

Brittany: Starbucks! I like Starbucks.

Jordan: She loves the Starbucks.

Brittany: Sushi! Sushi! As well as shopping!

Trevor: I went to a restaurant the other day in Yorkville that was amazing! It was called Sassafraz. Oh, and in Mississauga, I went to this trampoline place, I forgot what it was called, but it was crazy!

The Next Step - GiselleThe Magazine: What advice do you have for children to go into this field?

Brittany: I think the biggest thing would be confidence in what you bring to the table. Especially with dance, I know that if you train and have great technique, even if you are not as strong in one area, just focus on the areas you are strong in and show what you can do. Just be confident in that.

Jordan: If you have the drive and the passion to do it, I think it is totally achievable. I think if you know, some people say “Oh I want to do this” and kind of relax and not really take it seriously. If you truly want to do something, and really put the effort in I think that it is absolutely possible.

Trevor: It takes a lot of hard work for sure, but if you have enough passion, nothing is impossible.

The Magazine: Anything you would like to say to The Magazine readers?

Trevor: Oh we love them!

Brittany: We love you guys! Thank you so much. None of this would be possible without any of you, so thank you all.

Jordan: Thank you for the support!

Trevor: (blows a kiss) I blew a kiss!

Jordan: All of us just kisses!

Thanks Jordan, Trevor and Brittany!

Tune into Family Channel tonight at 7:30PM for the premiere of the second half of Season 2! We know we’ll be watching!

The Next Step - James & Riley | Alexandria McLean

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EXCLUSIVE Interview with GIRL MEETS WORLD Stars Ben Savage and Rowan Blanchard

By: Alexandria McLean | @itbalexandria 

AUGUST MATURO, DANIELLE FISHEL, BEN SAVAGE, ROWAN BLANCHARDCory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence, characters on Boy Meets World, had the teens of the 90’s tuning into the show week after week for seven seasons! Now, the youth of today can also fall in love with Cory and Topanga and a whole new set of characters on Girl Meets World. A spin off series of Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World takes place a decade later and follows the life of Cory and Topanga’s daughter Riley Matthews.

The series airs on Family Channel and is a must-see! Girl Meets World showcases Riley Matthews along with her best friend Maya and their friends Lucas and Farkle as they take on the world! Facing challenges Riley discovers how to make the world her own with her parents, Cory and Topanga, always there for guidance.

The Magazine got the chance to catch up with Rowan Blanchard who plays Riley, and “Meets World” veteran Ben Savage who plays Cory Matthews. They told us all about the show and why you should tune in every Friday night!

PEYTON MEYER, AUGUST MATURO, BEN SAVAGE, ROWAN BLANCHARD, DANIELLE FISHEL, SABRINA CARPENTER, COREY FOGELMANIS

The Magazine: Boy Meets World has such a large and dedicated fandom. Did you feel any pressure as the premiere of Girl Meets World neared?

Ben: Yes, I mean I don’t know about Rowan, but I certainly did because you know it is impossible to compare one or two episodes of the series to seven years!

Rowan: Seven seasons!

Ben: Which has had a 20-year legacy at this point. There is a lot of pressure, but I think we have kind of asked our fans to give the new show a chance and to bear with us. I think that if they give us an honest look, I think they will start to really love the show and really enjoy it.

The Magazine: Why should The Magazine readers watch Girl Meets World?

Rowan: I think the reason why people should watch Girl Meets World is because I feel like there is a character for everybody, you know whether you can relate to Riley or Topanga or Cory I feel like we kind of cover every different type of person within the show. This means there is definitely a character you can relate with or see yourself in.

The Magazine: Rowan, what is your character Riley like?

Rowan: Riley is obviously the daughter of Cory and Topanga. Riley is very quirky and very academic. I think my favourite quality of Riley’s is how she values loyalty in her family.

The Magazine: Ben, how has Cory grown since he was last seen in Boy Meets World?

Ben: I think that the character is still very similar. He is still very quirky, still very sweet and still funny. I think the main difference is that he has two kids now and is a teacher. He is very very focused on his kids and setting a good example for his students and setting a good example for his children. Other than that I think it is pretty much the same character, he is just a little older and he lives in New York now.

The Magazine: Ben, how was it like going back to Cory Matthews after just over a decade?

Ben: I think that initially I was a little hesitant because I was kind of wondering how to play the character, an older version of the character. I think the first few days on set were a little confusing, but eventually I really started to enjoy it. I really started to enjoy playing this character, but from a different perspective, as a father, as a teacher and it has been a really really fun experience and we are really proud of the show at this point.

The Magazine: What’s your favourite thing about playing Riley and Cory respectfully?

Rowan: I think my favourite thing about playing Riley I guess would be, this going to sound cheesy, but it is really the people I get to work with. I feel like as we went through the season all our characters got stronger and stronger and it was really cool to kind of find where you know each character would be each week. I think for this entire series the challenges grow more week-by-week; certain episodes call for more specific directions. As an actor it is really challenging and I admire that.

Ben: I don’t know if there is a favourite thing, I think it has been fun reconnecting with a lot of my old friends from the original series. It has been fun working with the same people again and I think the most fun thing has been seeing the response from our fans and from the audience. They have just been so heart warming and they have been so positive and supportive of the new show. I think that the best e-mails and messages that we have gotten from our fans who say they grew up with Boy Meets World and are looking forward to watching this new show with their own kids. So it is really kind of a passing of the torch to the next generation. That is not often that you could do something like that.

The Magazine: Rowan, Ben, and Danielle who plays Topanga, have done this before. Was there any advice he gave you before going into filming?

Rowan: Absolutely! I think it is much easier coming to this with people who were child actors and who obviously came out great. It is comforting knowing that I can go to them because they have been through the same situations. Definitely, I think there was lots of talk on how to stay humble. You know I am not saying it was easier in the 90’s, but I am saying I feel like there is a lot more social media. You can go online and read bad stuff about yourself and I think that Ben and Danielle have really made a point to kind of keep us away from the bad side of things and you know to keep it positive.

BEN SAVAGE, DANIELLE FISHEL, ROWAN BLANCHARD, SABRINA CARPENTER

The Magazine: Watching the episodes it clear to see the great chemistry between everyone. What is it like on set?

Rowan: Everyday when I am working I get to work with my best friends and I think that is so important. It is really important to us that we built these true cast relationships and we weren’t just not friends when the director yelled cut. We really made a point to get to know each other and I think that really paid off. Since we had such a big amount of time between filming the pilot and filming the series, we made sure that during that pilot we got to know each other, we got to really become friends. It does read on screen and I think that is what makes are show very special.

The Magazine: Is there anyone on set who pulls any pranks or is constantly cracking jokes?

Rowan: Me! Ben can tell you. I tee-peed his room twice, single handily. I guess Sabrina and I are the main pranksters.

The Magazine: Girl Meets World just got renewed for a second season. Congratulations! Is there any storyline you would like to see continue on? Or any issue you would like to see addressed?

Rowan: Oh, gosh! One relationship that I would love to see go on, which you will see in some of the episodes that you will see in season one, is the Shawn and Maya relationship. I think that is something that is so special especially for Boy Meets World viewers.

Ben: I think that we write based on what is happening so I think it will be interesting to see how as the characters and the kids get older and grow up how we cater episodes to what’s going on in their own lives. I am just interested to see what happens! It’s kind of a fun roller-coaster and its always exciting to see what the episodes are going to be.

The Magazine: Is there anything you would like to say to your Canadian fans?

Ben: Thanks for watching the show! We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy making it. I think that you are really going to enjoy that show!

Thanks Ben and Rowan!

Catch Girl Meets World on Family Channel every Friday at 7:00PM! Tune in Friday September 12th for a special Girl Meets World marathon. Hosted by the cast, the marathon starts at 5:30PM and airs an all-new episode at 7:00PM!

EXCLUSIVE Interview with China Anne McClain Star of HOW TO BUILD A BETTER BOY

By: Alexandria McLean | @itbalexandria 

CHINA ANNE MCCLAINFifteen-year-old China Anne McClain is a triple threat. She can sing, she can dance, and she can act. So far this summer China has been performing along-side her sisters in their group McClain. The A.N.T Farm star takes a break from singing, as she gets ready for the premiere of How To Build A Better Boy on Family Channel.

Playing Gabby Harrison, a super smart computer whiz, China could not be more excited that fans finally get to watch the film! We couldn’t be more excited either seeing as the movie was shot in our very own country, Canada!

The Magazine got the chance to chat with China about her character Gabby, and how she ended up getting soaked on her visit to Niagara Falls! 

What can viewers expect to see in How To Build A Better Boy?

They can expect to see a whole lot of action definitely, which is something I love about the movie. It is something that both boys and girls can enjoy. It’s a whole lot of action and also a lot of focus on Gabby and Mae and their friendship other than the “better” boys.  It’s a lot going on in the film but it’s all very interesting, and it’s all very fun. I like it because it’s a universal movie that I think an entire family can sit down and everyone can enjoy.

CHINA ANNE MCCLAIN, MARSHALL WILLIAMSHow would you describe your character Gabby?

Gabby is very very independent. She loves her best friend Mae so much and she thinks together they can concur the world. That was something I just loved about the character from the very beginning. Reading the script I was like okay, she is a very very strong and independent character and I want to play her and I want to bring her to life. That is a really cool aspect of the character that I always loved.

Are you similar or different to Gabby in anyway?

Yes! I am not tech savvy at all! We actually both have two totally different styles as well. She is a lot more colourful than I am and I am a little darker when it comes to clothing and stuff like that. I don’t really wear anything other than neutral coloured clothes and she is all pink and purple and stuff like that. We are totally different when it comes to that but we are totally similar when it comes to our personalities. We are both independent and I want to focus on my career before I jump into boys and stuff like that. We are similar when it comes to how we look at relationships and boys and all that.

If you could design your dream boy, what would he look like and what would his personality be like?

Oh my gosh, that’s a great question! I think he would be funny. He would be honest and respectful of me and his family and just a nice person in general to everyone. What would he look like? That’s a good one. He would definitely look like Justin Timberlake in his N’Sync days.

CHINA ANNE MCCLAIN, KELLI BERGLUND, RON LEAWhat was it like filming in Canada?

It was so much fun. Everybody in Canada was so nice and they were such cool people that I just really enjoyed being around everyone there, whether it was the crew or just random people I just met on the street. Everyone was just so cool. That was definitely the difference of working in Canada than working in LA. Everybody here is like “OMG HOW YA DOIN!” That was definitely my favourite part. Oh, Kelli and I had a blast exploring the street that we were on and where our hotel was. There were so many places to shop and eat and we all went to Niagara Falls as well, so it was so great shooting in Canada. So much fun!

What was the coolest/most exciting thing you did while you were here?

Like I said, going to Niagara Falls with the entire cast was a blast. We all went there on this huge party bus. We were all really loud and it was just fun being on that bus with everybody. By the time we got there we were all just running around and looking at Niagara Falls and exploring everything and learning different things about it. It was so much fun doing it all together!

Did you have a chance to go on the boat that takes you right beside the falls?

Yes! We actually did and it was so much fun. I had the little plastic hoodie on, and I was like “I haven’t got wet this whole time, let me take this off,” and right when I took it off, all this water blasted all over me. I was like “great timing China!” That was very interesting, and very fun as well.

Thanks China!

Make sure to tune into Family Channel at 8:00PM on August 15th to catch China as Gabby in How To Build A Better Boy.

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EXCLUSIVE Interview with How To Build A Better Boy Star KELLI BERGLUND!

By: Alexandria McLean | @itbalexandria 

KELLI BERGLUND, MARSHALL WILLIAMS, CHINA ANNE MCCLAINGet ready because on August 15th the all-new Original Disney Channel Movie HOW TO BUILD A BETTER BOY will be premiering on Family Channel.

What lengths would you go to prove a point? After being embarrassed by Nevah (Ashley Argota) – the most popular girl in school – about not having a homecoming date, Mae Hartley (Kelli Berglund) creates a robotic boyfriend with the help of her friend Gabby Harrison (China Anne McClain). Using Mae’s father’s “video game software” the duo create Albert, the perfect boy for Mae. When Albert shows up at school the next day, Mae could not be more pleased. Albert is perfect; he sings, he’s well liked and kind, and he is even really great at sports. With a perfect boy on her arm, Albert brings Mae popularity but this new found status starts to create a divide between Mae and Gabby.  Things worsen when Gabby finds out that Albert wasn’t actually created using video game software, but instead government defense programming!

If you enjoyed Zapped, which premiered earlier in the summer, you are sure to love How To Build A Better Boy!

The Magazine got the chance to talk with Lab Rats star Kelli Berglund who told us all about the film and what it was like being on set!

KELLI BERGLUNDThe Mag: In the movie you play Mae. How would you describe her?

Kelli: I like to think of her as this geeky-chic kind of girl. She is very intelligent, and she is very tech-savvy. She does have this kind of insecure side to her. She doesn’t have a lot of self-confidence and it kind of isolates her from the rest of the world, but she does have her best friend Gabby. Both of them are also very stylish in their own way. They have a cute little vintage style about them. She is a girl that is just really trying to find happiness. Even though she loves school and that’s her strong suite, she wants to find something else that brings her happiness. She thinks that by creating this perfect boyfriend and eventually kind of having this perfect life of popularity but that actually ends up making her a little bit unhappy because what truly brings her happiness is her friendship with Gabby. A barrier between them is created once this new boy steps in. It’s kind of a learning lesson for her throughout the movie, she kind of realizes that what is true and what is real, and where she can find happiness is within her friendship and within the true things in life. She is a girl who is just kind of learning these lessons throughout the movie and finding out who she truly is.

The Mag: What makes How To Build A Better Boy different from other Disney Channel movies?

Kelli: All Disney Channel movies have a great message that they send at the end of the movie and in How To Build A Better Boy that’s exactly that. What’s a little different is that each character is so important in their own way. They each have their own little quirk about them. It’s not just a typical nerd, it’s not just a typical quarterback of a football team and it’s not just a typical mean girl at school. Everyone has their own insecurities about them that eventually show throughout the movie. It’s a little bit deeper than just that and what their character may seem. My character is not just a typical nerd. She has these hopes and dreams that finally kind of come to her and it usually doesn’t happen like that.  Everyone kind of experiences their own thing throughout the movie, and I think because of that everyone who is watching the movie can relate to it in their own way, boys and girls, it doesn’t matter who. I think that is what makes this movie a little bit different.

KELLI BERGLUND, CHINA ANNE MCCLAIN, ASHLEY ARGOTA

The Mag: A lot of Disney stars were featured in the film. What was it like working with the cast?

Kelli: It was so great! I can honestly not even tell you enough how awesome everyone was. There was not one person who didn’t fit in with all of us. We all got along so well and we all actually hung out off set as well as on set, just because we all just really loved spending time together. Everyone is just so awesome in their own way and just such great people. To be able to film with such a great cast just adds to the real chemistry. If you have to fake chemistry with the people you’re supposed to be working with that play you play best friends with, it’s kind of weird. It was actually true chemistry. Everything that you see in the movie, and the way China [Anne McClain] and I interact, and the way me and Matt [Shively] interact is just so real which is awesome.

The Mag: In the film Mae’s father is a computer genius that creates the technology to create a person. If you had the ability to create any piece of technology what would it be?

Kelli: The first thing that comes to my mind is a time machine. If I could create that…first of all that would be awesome and I would tell everyone about it, “Guess what I made! I made a time machine guys!” I would probably use it to…actually I don’t know if I would want to go to into the future because I kind of want that to be a surprise but I would want to travel back to either the fifties or the eighties. Just to see what life was like back then. I would bring maybe three of my friends with me and just spend a couple days in that era and just see what happens. I think that would be so cool.

KELLI BERGLUND, MARSHALL WILLIAMS

The Mag: Matt Shively tweeted “A year ago I was filming How To Build A Better Boy with an amazing cast. It premiers in 5 days!” Is there one moment on set that still stands out in your mind even after a year?

Kelli: There is one memory that kind of sticks out in my brain every time I think of when we were filming. It was actually outside of the sound stages because it was supposed to look like we were on the football field because the camera was placed in the middle of us in the middle of a football huddle where we would all come in and say our side of the story. Instead of filming it on a football field, we were actually up on this platform literally on the outskirts of this soundstage and it looked like it was nighttime and we were on a football field. In between filming that, a majority of us were pretty musical people on set so Marshall [Williams] who plays Albert in the movie, the robot, he was actually on Canadian Idol which I had no idea! He is an awesome singer and he plays guitar and Noah [Centineo] who plays Jayden in the movie also plays guitar and me, Ashley [Argota] and China are all singers. So they literally just started breaking out the guitars and we all just started singing along and it was just so much fun and we would just go from one song to the next and it was just a really fun moment. I have it on video and it was just really fun and a cool bonding experience between all of us I guess.

Thanks Kelli! We cannot wait to watch the premiere of How To Build A Better Boy.

Make sure to catch the premiere August 15th at 8:00PM on Family Channel.

EXCLUSIVE Interview With IF I STAY Star Chloë Grace Moretz

By: Alexandria McLean | @itbalexandria 

_DSC1737.JPGThe tears have finally dried after John Green’s FAULT IN OUR STARS, but it’s time for the waterworks again. On August 22nd, get your box of tissues ready for IF I STAY. Based off the book of the same name by Gayle Forman, Chloë Grace Mortez stars in the film as the talented young cellist, Mia Hall.

IF I STAY follows the journey of Mia Hall who is left in a coma after getting into a serious car accident with her family. The coma causes Mia to have an out of body experience where she is left to choose her own fate, if she stays or if she goes. IF I STAY flashes back between the past and present, and is a definite must see movie to end off the summer.

THE MAGAZINE got the chance to sit down with Chloë while she was in Canada for the MuchMusic Video Awards to talk about her upcoming film.

THE MAG: If I Stay is a very emotional movie, how did you get into the mindset for that?

CHLOË GRACE MORETZ: It was hard everyday.  One day I was learning that my mom died and the next day it was my brother had died, and then another day it was my dad. Every moment of everyday was a hard day. It was always a really tough acting day, but it was worth it. Mia was worth it. You know what I mean? She was worth going into that emotion for and not many characters are worth that. But, music helps me a lot. I listen to a lot of music to stay in character. I just try to feel it out. We were also shooting in an old insane asylum so the atmosphere on set was pretty heavy already. So it wasn’t actually that hard to kind of just do it.

THE MAG: Mia got a new perspective on life in the film. Did you get a new perspective on life by being a part of this film?

CGM: I think yeah. I think in different ways. I think you always get a new perspective being in every film you are in. I did a play at the beginning of the year and I think I got a new perspective from that. Also, I am young so I think every month is a new perspective on life and I think I learn something huge and fundamental to my growth. I think with Mia, I really loved her innocence in a way. I think she was actually a genuinely innocent character and she was naive a little bit, but not dumb or foolish or anything. She just kind of lived her life by her cello and when she gets that cello taken away from her its kind of a culture shock. You know? I kind of like that. I liked playing that character. It was interesting.

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THE MAG: What was your favourite moment on set?

CGM: My favourite moment on set…probably the scene, we literally filmed this super fast, the scene where we are on the boat docks and it’s raining and we’re on the skateboards and stuff. We shot that for 45 minutes and we weren’t supposed to shoot that that day. It was right before lunch and we were so tired. We just had this skateboard and they told us to do something stupid. So we reenacted Titanic on a skateboard. I was like Jack and he [Jamie Blackley] was like Rose. It was so weird. It was just typical Jamie and I doing stupid things. That was probably my favourite moment.

Thanks Chloë!

Make sure to catch IF I STAY in theatres August 22nd. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a box of tissues!