We can’t get enough of Nickelodeon’s new show School of Rock!
The show follows a group of rule-abiding students — Zack (Lance Lim), Lawrence (Aidan Miner), Freddy (Ricardo Hurtado), Summer Summer (Jade Pettyjohn) and Tomika (Breanna Yde) — who learn to take risks and reach new heights thanks to substitute teacher Dewey Finn (Tony Cavalero), a down-on-his-luck musician who uses the language of rock ânâ roll to inspire his class to form a secret band.
Throughout the school year, these middle-school classmates find themselves navigating relationships, discovering their unknown talents and learning lessons on loyalty and friendships.
We recently caught up with Breanna and Jade at Nickeleodeon’s #BuzzTracks concert and here’s what they told us:
School of Rock airs Saturdays @ 8:30PM on Nickelodeon!
JustJaredJr: What were you doing/where were you when you found out you got the role on School of Rock?
Breanna Yde: I was in San Diego going to get lunch when I found out I got the role in Nickelodeon’s School Of Rock.
Jade Pettyjohn: Oh this is a funny story. I was at school in class and my teacher came up and told me that I needed to call my mom right away, which isnât normal, so I was already thinking that something was wrong. When I stepped out to call her she said âJade Elizabeth Pettyjohnâ and who doesnât freak out thinking they are in trouble when their mom uses your middle name? My heart was pounding wondering what I did and there was this long silence until she finally said âYOU BOOKED IT!â
Click inside to read the rest of our interview with the girls…
JJJ: What’s your go-to-karaoke song?
BY: “American Pie.”
JP: “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne! CLASSIC!
JJJ: What is your preferred instrument to play? Is there one instrument you want to try?
BY: I donât have a preference of instruments because theyâre all unique and super fun! Right I’m really enjoying learning the bass guitar and the drums.
JP: I love singing and playing guitar; those are my two favorite instruments to play. I think the instrument that I am most fearful of are the drums but hey, face your fears, right?
JJJ: Name one band or singer people may be surprised to hear you really like!
BY: One artist people would be surprised that I like would be Jimi Hendrix.
PJ: I have been listening to a lot of Son House lately. I really love Jack White and White Stripes.
JJJ: What song can’t you help but sing along to and dance?
BY: “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon!
PJ: “8 Days a Week” by the Beatles. I know itâs random and old, but you just canât help it to dance around and sing to that when itâs on.
JJJ: What goes into preparing to do a performance in the show? (How long does it take to rehearse/etc.)
BY: There is a lot of preparation before we perform a song on Nickelodeon’s School Of Rock. We first practice each part by ourselves and then try it together as band.
JP: Our weeks are pretty jam packed when we are filming. We get the script and rehearse for two days, then record the music and then film for three days. Itâs a tight schedule, but so much fun when you get to work with such a rockinâ cast and crew doing what you love.
JJJ: What is your favorite song that was performed on the show?
BY: My favorite song from the show that we performed was “Lips Are Movin’” because it was my first time singing on the show and I love that song!
JP: – I am going to have to say “Shut Up and Dance.” It was the last song that we performed on the show and I feel like we had reached that tight band-family feeling as we like to call it. Band+Family= Band-amily.
JJJ: What is your favorite episode of the show?
BY: The finale!
JP: Oh thatâs a tough one! I would have to say shooting the finale. It was a fun and crazy episode to shoot! I canât wait for people to see that one.
JJJ: What was the most challenging part of shooting about Season 1?
BY: The most challenging part about filming School of Rock was not laughing when something funny happens.
JP: As an actress, in the past, I did films and recurring and guest starring roles. Those took about two to six weeks of work at a time. So being a series regular is its own thing all together. Rather than a sprint it is a marathon. I love it! It is such a fun experience. You get so much more time developing your character and bonding with the cast and crew.
JJJ: What would be the name of your own album?
BY: The name of my album would probably be Breazy Fresh.
JJJ: Which musical artist are you dying to have on the show?
BY: Jimmy Page or Ed Sheeran!
School of Rock airs every Saturday @ 8:30PM on Nickelodeon.