The 20-year-old actress caught up with JJJ to chat about JONAS, the JoBros and a crazy-manic fish named Bea. Check it out:
JJJ: What is your favorite thing about the Jonas Brothers?
CS: It’s pretty cool that I get to go to work with three guys my age who don’t suck to look at (laughs). They’re cute and they’re fun and we have a great time together. They love to make people laugh and make them feel comfortable. It’s really nice to be able to go to work and know that I’m doing my job and doing what I love. I’m there with peers and people that I can relate to because we’re all close to the same age. It’s awesome.
JJJ: Out of the episodes that you’ve filmed, do you have a favorite episode?
CS: 21 episodes in the can ready to go. It’s different because most shows will start airing what they filmed half way through filming [the season]; start putting it out there and start getting a response, but we finished a whole season and no one has seen any of it yet. Hopefully they like it!
There are a bunch that are my favorite. We had such a great time making the show. In one episode, my character Stella enters a beauty pageant. The boys are judging the contest and Joe tells Stella that she’s not the “pageant type.” Those are fighting words for a girl. She ends up finding a way into the pageant to compete while the boys are judging her. It’s really funny and of course, it was a great episode. I had a great time with it.
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JJJ: What’s your favorite thing about your character, Stella Malone?
CS: My favorite part of Stella is that she’s the only girl not affected by how famous the Jonas/Lucas Brothers have become. She’s grown up with these boys. They actually make a reference back to knowing each other since they were five years old. She doesn’t care that they’re famous — they’re her best friends so she picks on them, gives them girl advice and they rough house with each other. They’re best friends. And she’s completely honest all the time, probably to a fault.
JJJ: Do you personally listen to the Jonas Brothers’ music? What’s your favorite song?
CS: Oh yes, I definitely listen to their music. My favorite…from the first album was “Inseparable.” And the second album, probably “Love Bug.” When I first met the Jonas Brothers, it was auditioning for the pilot episode two years ago and I remember that they had a Baby Bottle Pop commercial to their name and Year 3000 was on the radio and they hadn’t even released their first album, gone on tour with Miley [Cyrus] or any big tours for that matter. They didn’t have that Rolling Stone cover, obviously. So, when I first met them, I remember when we were filming, we actually sat in the green room one day and they played “S.O.S.” on their computer for me, saying, ‘We’re gonna release this as our first single.’ I loved it. The first concert I went to was in Arizona at the Marquee. There were maybe 200 girls there. I bought my ticket at the door the day of the show. To watch their climb and see how popular their music has become…I bought their first album in Salt Lake City, Utah, while I was filming Minutemen and I remember playing it for the cast. I remember saying, ‘These guys are going to be huge, I promise you.’ Now they’re everywhere and it’s really cool. When I first got the show, I was like, ‘Oh, I’m doing a show with the Jonas Brothers’ and people were like, ‘Oh, I’ll have to check them out.’ And now, I tell anyone, especially my little cousins that I’m doing a show with the Jonas Brothers and squeals ensue.
JJJ: How much fun is it working with your real life best friend, Nicole Anderson?
CS: It’s really cool. Nicole and I met each other five years ago in an acting class. We hit it off right away because we’re both the same age and we’re both in the same situation where we left our home states (hers being Georgia, mine Arizona) with our moms, living in a one-bedroom apartment pursuing our dream which was amazing but it’s hard too. We were missing friends and families, prom and high school. So, we really hit it off and it was nice to have someone going through the same things. About two years ago, we both auditioned for Stella. It came down to me, Nicole and Demi Lovato for the role of Stella. I booked it and I was so thrilled and it was also bittersweet because my friend lost out and that was hard feeling like you’re celebrating when you know your friend is hurting. Then a year ago, when we started filming the first season, the producers came to me and said that they really wanted to write in a best friend for Stella and they were thinking of casting Nicole. It was perfect. It was full circle and we were able to do the show together. Also, both starting out in the same acting class, going through auditions together to now seeing our names on the call sheet of a series as a regular character. It was cool to go through this experience together because we both know how much it means to us. We’ve had a lot of moments on set where we just stop and look at each other and go, ‘I can’t believe we did this. This is so awesome.’
JJJ: You took a trip to Paris for New Year’s. What was your best memory from the trip?
CS: I fell in love with Paris. It was so incredible, I don’t even have words. We were only there for five days, and we fit in so much. I don’t think we slept at all. I went with my two best girl friends, which was incredible. I read a quote a long time ago from Gwyneth Paltrow’s dad [Bruce Paltow] saying, ‘I want you to go to Paris for the first time with me, because I want to be with someone who will always love you and love you no matter what.’ That quote was what I went by when I went with my two girl friends. This was such a perfect city, I never want it ruined. So I went with people who I know I’m going to love forever. We walked around the city, we saw all the sights that we wanted to. Everything from the Eiffel Tower to Musee del’Orangerie and the Siene River. But my favorite moments, I think, were sitting in the little cafes and meeting the people. We managed to met a professional tennis team, I don’t know how. We ran across these guys who were speaking English, which was a relief for us because we don’t speak a lot of French. They had attended schools in the states and were back in France attending tournaments and we hit it off with them. They showed us parts of the city that we probably wouldn’t have seen because we weren’t locals. It was incredible. Everything from the food to the people to the sights. We had a blast. The coffee, the crepes. We stayed in this one hotel where the little guy who rant he front desk — his name was Jean-Oui — every night we would come back home and we’re three young girls who were trying to be frugal [save] with our money. Every night we would come back to the hotel and ask us if we’ve eaten, which most times we hadn’t. He’d go, ‘Wait, wait, wait…’ and he’d run across the street to the bakery and bring us about 10 hot croissants and a bottle of water. We didn’t ask him to do it, but every day he would bring us that to make sure we were fed and taking care of ourselves because he knew we were young girls who were traveling without our parents and probably not being responsible. He definitely kept us alive on that trip (laughs).
I had heard that the French people were rude and wouldn’t want us around because we were American, but I found it to be just the opposite. People were inviting us into their homes and wanting us to meet them for dinner and bringing us food. We spent New Year’s on the Champs-Ã‰lysÃ©es with 20,000 people and it was incredible.
JJJ: What city or country would you love to visit but haven’t had a chance to?
CS: I really want to go to Greece. I really want to spend some time in San Torini. Right now, my friends and I are trying to find a way to get there. My good friends, Carla and Roger; Carla is the girl I stayed with when I went to Argentina. I met them when they came for the DC Games. They both work for Disney Channel Mexico. They’re going to Greece this summer and have invited me to come with them so if I’m able to get away, I’d love it.
JJJ: You appeared in the FunnyorDie.com video with Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. How much fun was that to film?
CS: It was so much fun. It was really crazy too. I actually didn’t know what to expect. I’ve known Zac and Vanessa for a while. I got a phone call that they were having a pool party and maybe filming a little skit for FunnyOrDie.com, would I want to stop by? I was like, ‘Sure, I’ll stop by.’ I got over there and there was a whole crew set up and it’s Nicole Richie and Lance Bass. Queen Latifah walked by me and Carmen Electra was coming by and dancing with me. The whole time I was like, ‘How did this happen? Where did this come from?’ We had a great time making the video. It was a lot of fun.
JJJ: Are there any new projects that you’re working on?
CS: I’ve been working on a couple little things. I’ve been working on a new cartoon pilot for Disney. Hopefully, it will get picked up. It’s been fun, it’s my first time voicing a character so to watch my voice coming out of a fish is different. There are some other things that I’m working on and keeping my fingers crossed and seeing what happens with JONAS. It’s going to be an interesting month ahead of me.
JONAS premieres TOMORROW, May 2 @ 8PM ET/PT on Disney Channel. Are you excited???