Brenda Song Gets a Boogie Town Break

Brenda Song Gets a Boogie Town Break

Brenda Song recently sat down to chat with Scholastic magazine to dish on her Disney Channel series, The Suite Life on Deck, her hushed awards and break-dancing in Boogie Town. Check out what the 21-year-old actress had to say:

On being mean girl, London Tipton, on The Suite Life on Deck: “It’s actually really funny. London was actually just the mean girl. And I was like, ‘I don’t want to be the mean girl forever.’ So I watched Legally Blonde, I bought Paris Hilton’s book, I watched Megan Mullally [from Will & Grace], and I was like, ‘I’d rather be dumb than mean. I’d rather be oblivious.’”

On learning to dance on the Boogie Town set: “Five Styles and Shane Sparks choreographed this movie and they are amazing dancers. Marques Houston has been dancing his whole life. He’s the lead guy. I’m his love interest. So let me tell you, it is so amazing to go see the rehearsals and they do this whole dance number and Marques already picked it all up. And I’m like, ‘Hold on a second! Hold on!’ I don’t have to do a lot of dancing, thank goodness, but I have a new found respect for dancers. It’s so amazing. There’s wire works. It’s going to be really, really fun. We’re actually not done shooting it yet. We had to put it on hold because of On Deck, so we’ll have to finish shooting it, but hopefully soon.

On her favorite books to read: “A Wrinkle in Time. I love that book. Twilight, because who shouldn’t read that book? Literally, I can go to a bookstore and pick up a book and read it. I really feel like there are no bad books out there. Everybody has a story to tell and I want to give everybody that chance.”

On representing other Asian actresses in Hollywood: “It’s been sobering to hear the response because for me it was really difficult growing up, going into auditions. I didn’t see a lot of Asian-Americans growing up besides Jackie Chan, and I wasn’t a boy! So it was really tough…It’s not even about being an Asian-American actress. It’s not about what you look like, but it’s about what you do …and so I think that’s where people get kind of mixed up. It’s that you’re putting yourself in a label. You have to let it go and just say, ‘No, it’s not about that. It’s about what’s in here.’ God made us different for a reason. Half the time, you do it yourself and you hold yourself back because of course it’s hard, because sometimes I’ll go, ‘Ah! They’re not looking for an Asian actress!’ But if I always thought that way, I wouldn’t even [want to audition]…You don’t realize how much it is you hold yourself back when you put yourself in a mindset…it’s all about a change of attitude. And that’s how I feel in everything in life. It’s all about perspective.”

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  • danielle

    Wow. I didn’t know a lot about her, but she seems really admirable. A good role model, but not in that boring, politcally correct, censored way. Just honest. I like her so much more now! Also, I love how she linked Paris’ book as an inspiration to be dumb! Hahaha. Brillz!

  • Sam

    FIRST! :D
    She’s amazing! Talented and a brilliant ROLE MODEL!
    I can’t wait for Boogie Town release! Selena Gomez and her are the best Disney stars in my opinion.

  • Karlie

    I love Brenda! Shes cool!

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  • gen

    “So I watched Legally Blonde, I bought Paris Hiltons book, and I was like, Id rather be dumb than mean. Id rather be oblivious”

    …. LOL she called paris dumb

  • mine

    I CAN’T WAIT FOR BOOGIE TOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sandy

    I adore Brenda! She is truly amazing, poised and charming!!! I love her so much.

  • Lily

    :D brenda is really gorgeous, i love her show and who knew that LOndon was originally just the mean girl, brenda changed her to dumb, it proves how amazing of an actress she is, brenda performs every role amazingly. HAIL QUEEN B!

  • Leyton

    she has the most beautiful eyes.

  • kate

    Very prettyyyyyy. =]
    I can’t wait for Boogie Town
    and SEASON 2 of SLOD

  • Karma Couture

    Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful. Brenda is gorgeous. She is beautiful in the inside and outside.

  • Jenna

    Stunning. Thank you Jared. I LOVE BRENDA SONG FOREVER!

  • paramorefan

    Brenda is an amazing woman. :)

  • mine

    i love her

  • katrina


  • briley

    she is great

  • mine

    Brenda has been through so much and so little time, she deserves everything she has it was so hard for her growing up, being an Asian American.

  • tamara

    i think she’s the only disney girl that has almost no haters

  • Jojo


  • la la land

    i love herr

  • heather

    i think she’s awesome. do any of
    you guys know when boogie town
    comes out

  • emma

    nice diss on paris hilton haha!

  • jorenda

    @tamara: go on oceanup and breathe the hatred in the air, also see the racism in the past brenda posts.

  • mine

    LOL she just dissed paris.. RIGHT ON, QUEEN B!

  • white

    brenda is a true inspiration to me

  • kate

    Love ya, Queen B

  • Kayley

    How can anyone hate Brenda? She has never done anything bad to anyone and she works so hard why hate her? she ahsn’t stole nick jonas from anyone lol

  • jiley


  • lily

    i luuuuuuuuuv her

  • Fanny Price


    Selena didn’t steal Nick from Miley. They were on a break then so I don’t see anything wrong with Sel going out with Nick. Besides what are you fretting about? Miley and Nick are back together now, aren’t they?

  • taylor

    brenda is so freakin awesome

  • leah

    I love Brenda because she represents us Asian people I love her<3

  • jorendaluvver


  • heather

    what does <3 mean

  • jojo

    awww she is so pretty

  • hanni

    I love brenda song !

  • sean84

    well shes beautifull lol

  • Hales

    <3 shes gorgeous!! <3 her comedy movies

  • Holly

    she look cute better body than V and bren is definitely a great role model. She reads, cooks, and does everything, shes is really down to earth unlike angelina jolie.

  • the fray

    **whistles** Bren is looking HOT!!! :-)

  • JorendaLove

    it’s her turn to be taken seriously as an actress, its gonna be amazing

  • mine

    I wonder when BT will be released.. it was supposed to be released THIS MONTH! but thanx to SLOD, its not finished yet.

  • BB

    in person she’s sooooo tiny. its shocking. she has a big heart.

  • greta

    ^^ i’m glad that London isn’t just the really mean girl, im glad thta Brenda changed her into the funny, heiress girl. It’s better this way, the writers originally made London the mean girl but Brenda changed her into the funny Paris Hilton heiress. BTW, Brenda and Paris have met several times. Paris is ok with it.

  • lindsey

    Gorgeous face

  • brendaselfan

    LOVE HER!! Gorgeous as always.

  • Dalal

    Brenda Song is an amazing role model for girls.
    She’d def. be a better role model then miley.

  • Kelenafan

    i love Brenda

  • heaven

    this is awesome! can’t wait for Boogie Town!

  • mine

    She is a great role model