Chelsea Kane may be working on projects outside of the Disney Channel but she’s hardly moving on!
The 22-year-old Fish Hooks actress dished to Parade magazine about her experience on Dancing With the Stars, how she handles being a Disney star, and what it was like meeting boyfriend Stephen Colletti for the first time.
On not taking her time at the Disney Channel for granted: Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“I feel like a lot of it was luck. I fell into the Disney channel at an age when I had already gotten a lot of my growing and my experimenting and mistake making out of the way before I had kids looking up to me. I started on Disney at 19, so I had all of my high school years behind me. I think itĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s the combination of that and being very close to my family and knowing that IĂ˘â‚¬â„˘m really blessed to be working. A lot of kids with Disney sometimes feel like it comes really easy because theyĂ˘â‚¬â„˘re making a lot of money at a really young age and people are letting them do whatever they want. At this point, IĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ve spent five years paying my dues, really knowing what it felt like to not get a job. So once I was there, I cherished it and I was going to take care of it.Ă˘â‚¬Âť
On staying true to her roots: Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“I love my Disney fans. A lot of the kids want to grow up and push away from that image, but I donĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t feel that way at all. These kids have supported me and had my back from day one. They tuned into our show and voted for me on Dancing With the Stars, and IĂ˘â‚¬â„˘m going to do my best to continue to pick projects that they can watch with their family and enjoy, and we can all grow up together.Ă˘â‚¬Âť
On dating Stephen, whom she had a crush on during his Laguna Beach days:
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“At this point, IĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ve been able to get to know him so well that I forget itĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s the same person. But I do have my surreal moments. The first night I met him, it was definitely a rush. HeĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s really an amazing support, especially through DWTS. I donĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t know what I would have done without that rock through the entire thing.Ă˘â‚¬Âť
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