Shot by Francis Bertrand inside Harry Morton’s Pink Taco Sunset Strip, we had the amazing opportunity to get personal with guest star Ally Maki where she dished about her character, working alongside the cool Shake It Up cast and more. Check it:
JJJ: Tell us about your character in Shake It Up: Made in Japan
AM: My character’s name is Keiko Ishizuka. Keiko is a budding young businesswoman who works for Watanabe Global, the company that is heading the big interactive dance video game that Rocky and Cece are starring in. She takes Rocky and Cece under her wing when they go to Japan, acting as a sort of pseudo manager there. As the story unfolds though, you begin to see what Keiko is really all about! You guys will just have to wait and see!!! 8 PM tonight on Disney!
JJJ: How much fun did you have on set?
AM: I had such a blast. The whole cast and crew were super welcoming and everyone had a TON of energy!! On performance days there were groups of dancers in crazy outfits running around and practicing combos or doing flips. The creative energy was insane! Our director Joel Zwick constantly joked around and had everyone laughing in between takes. Bella and Zendaya were so sweet to work with and just insanely STUNNING in real life. I kept thinking ‘Geez, when I was 14, I was so the opposite of that.’ Braces, no makeup, funny clothes, just awkward.
JJJ: Have you watched the show in the past? What surprised you most about the set?
AM: I have watched the show in the past, basically because I am still such a kid at heart! Bella and Zendaya have such great comedic timing; it really makes the show. Since filming, the question of the hour is always “Did you really get to go to Japan?” and the answer to that is “No, I wish!” We filmed downtown in sound stages, actually the same exact ones that they film all the Shake It Up episodes in. The sets were so well done that at times I would forget that I was in LA and started to think I was actually in Tokyo!
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Ally Maki and Kirsten Prout step out in style at NYLON Magazine’s August Issue Launch Party held at Blok on Tuesday night (July 31) in Hollywood.
The Shake It Up: Made in Japan starlet dolled up in a Mimi Chica top and American Apparel skirt. Ally completed her look with an ASOS bag, Steve Madden booties and jewels by Sormeh Lifestyle and Urban Outfitters.
Just the night before, Ally caught a screening of the upcoming Disney Channel special, in which she guest stars.
“In the theater about to watch….can’t wait to see how it turned out #shakeitup,” she tweeted excitedly.
Shake It Up: Made in Japan premieres Friday, August 17th! More Here! »