Laurie Hernandez is so excited about American Girl‘s latest special and so are we!
The 16-year-old Olympic gymnast stepped out to support An American Girl Story â Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance on Monday (March 20) at the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics and JJJ was there to get the exclusive scoop.
Laurie was joined by the movie’s stars Nina Lu and Hannah Nordberg as they chatted about the upcoming special which centers around gymnastics, friends and family in San Francisco in 1976.
During the event, we had the trio take over our Instagram story and Laurie even shared some gymnastics tips with us!
Check out our entire Instagram takeover below…
American Girl Ivy & Julie Cast Instagram Takeover With Laurie Hernandez
An American Girl Story â Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance airs Friday, March 24 on Amazon Prime Video.
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âThe thing we’ve been loving so much, since the show wrapped filming last year, is watching our alumni go on to do pretty amazing things,â they shared with JJJ.
âDove, doing Hairspray Live and Descendants 2…we always knew that she was going to be a megastar. Ryan, did Rocky Horror Picture Show. Jordan killing on Broadway. Joey on Criminal Minds and All American Summer; Chloe is all over the place now. It’s just been really fun to watch and it’s cool to watch them take off.â
John and Ron added, âI don’t know if that counts as a project [for us], but watching them has been everything.â
The Liv and Maddie series finale airs FRIDAY, March 24th @ 5:30PM ET/PT on Disney Channel.
“Fans can expect this record to have a song for every way they are feeling, I wanted my record to be well rounded with up beat songs, ballads and just feel good songs,” RaeLynn told JJJ. “This record is so much fun and 100 percent me.”
Check out 10 fun facts RaeLynn shared with us:
1. I love musicals… I was in Beauty in the Beast at 16 at the Baytown little theatre.
2. My favorite cereal is Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
3. I’m obsessed with fresh flowers.
4. I have Type 1 diabetes.
5. I have 7 brothers and sisters.
6. I got married when I was 21.
7. Drums were the first instrument I learned to play.
8. Ray Charles was my first concert.
9. I love Mexican food.
10. I graduated top of my class.
Joey spoke to JJJ about the coupleâs flirty relationship throughout the series and is making us feel all the feels.
âThe Willow/Joey storyline was always my favorite,â he says, ânot just because I got to spend the week with Jessica Marie Garcia but because everyone has been in that awkward position before.â
Joey adds about the importance of their relationship and the storyline: âWhether you are the Joey or the Willow you know how hard it can be, so getting to see Joey and Willow get together in the end was a great message.â
âWhat was the message you ask? Never give up, never go down.â
With the show ending in just a few days, we donât know if theyâll end up together during it, but Joey has hope for the couple.
âWillow and Joey are meant to be. They’ll find each other eventually,” he says. “They are still so young. Look out for a movie coming out in ten years putting the bow on top of Jillow.â
The Liv & Maddie series finale airs Friday, March 24.
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