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Nia Sioux Drops New Song 'You Don't Really Wanna' On Her 16th Birthday (Interview)

Nia Sioux Drops New Song 'You Don't Really Wanna' On Her 16th Birthday (Interview)

Get your first listen to Nia Sioux‘s brand new track “You Don’t Really Wanna”!

The Dance Moms alum decided to drop the song on her 16th birthday!

“Birthdays are usually focused on the presents you receive. However, I wanted to do something a little different this birthday,” Nia told us. “I am so proud and happy to share my new music and video with my fans, family and friends. I appreciate people supporting me over the years and I want to give a gift back to everyone as a thank you. This is the perfect way to celebrate my birthday!”

Listen below and check out the rest of our interview with Nia! Stay tuned for the video too!

JJJ: Happy birthday! How are you celebrating?

Nia: Thank you! I’m throwing a really big party at Bucca Di Beppo and Mixology! There will be dinner, dancing, henna, a candy bar, a caricaturist, performers…so excited.

JJJ: This is your 16th birthday. Did you imagine having a huge Sweet 16 party when you were younger?

Nia: I always dreamt of turning 16 when i was younger so i could finally drive… but I don’t think I could have imagined a party like the one I’m having.

JJJ: What’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten for your birthday?

Nia: That is a tough question!! I have received so many cool presents over the years, but I think one of my most memorable gifts was my dog, Henry Rhinestone!! I got Henry on my 11th birthday and it was a huge surprise from my parents and my friends on Dance Moms.

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Aspiring Author 101: All Things New's Lauren Miller on Honing Your Skills

Aspiring Author 101: All Things New's Lauren Miller on Honing Your Skills

Do you have dreams of becoming a novelist? Aspiring Author 101 is a new feature on JustJaredJr.com where we dive into the nitty gritty of writing a novel with some of our favorite, successful YA authors.

Our next writer is the super talented Lauren Miller, best known for her succeessful novels Free to Fall and Parallel.

She has a new book titled All Things New, which is “a love story about perception and truth, physical and emotional pain, and the messy, complicated people we are behind the masks we put on for the world.”

We sat down with Lauren to get some advice on what to write, where to write, and basically just pick her brain about all things writing.

All Things New hits shelves on August 1. Pre-order it now!

JJJ Author’s Corner Q&A – Lauren Miller

On book everyone should read at some point?Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. It’s a collection of essays on writing by one of my favorite living writers. If you don’t know Anne Lamott, you should. Her voice is truly incomparable, and Bird by Bird is one of her best. It’s full of practical tips but the writing advice sort of isn’t the point. Bird by Bird is a meditation on what it means to be a writer. A kind of how-to guide for those of us who feel called to live the writing life.”

One book you’ll never get tired of reading?The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks. Or any book by Oliver Sacks, honestly. For those who aren’t familiar with him, he was a neurologist and writer who wrote about his most unusual patients. Each chapter is a case study about a particular person with some crazy neurological aberration. The subject matter itself is fascinating to me, but Sacks’ voice is what draws me back to his books again and again. There is so much intellect but also so much humility and humanity in his writing.”

Hardcover, paperback or digital copies? “Paperback, no question. There is something about the bendy quality of a paperback book, how it fits into your hands and into your bag and into your life. I’m definitely not precious with the books I own – they get coffee dripped on them and bath water splashed on them and cookie crumbs jammed in their page cracks. Plus, of course, paperbacks are lighter for carrying, and since I always, always have my laptop with me, weight is always an issue! E-books are great for space saving, but I find the reading experience sort of disorienting because I don’t know where I am in the story. You can see what percentage you’ve read, but that’s not the same as feeling the already-read pages in your hand.”

Click inside to read the rest of our Q&A with Lauren Miller… More Here! »

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Mackenzie Ziegler Is Planning Her Pranks To Pull on Johnny Orlando During Tour (Exclusive)

Mackenzie Ziegler Is Planning Her Pranks To Pull on Johnny Orlando During Tour (Exclusive)

Johnny Orlando might want to watch his back!

The singer is heading out on the road with Mackenzie Ziegler and she’s currently planning all her pranks.

“He is always stealing my fidget spinners and trying to annoy me,” she told us in an exclusive interview. “I need to come up with some good pranks to get him back.”

We can’t even wait to see what she comes up with!

Mackenzie also hyped up her tour with Johnny, dishing that fans will be amazed by what they have in store.

“Our shows have a lot of energy and fun. We try to just have a good time with the audience!” she says.

Want tickets? Head to Mackenzie‘s website now!

Shadowhunters' Harry Shum Jr. Says #Malec Still Have Trust Issues (Interview)

Shadowhunters' Harry Shum Jr. Says #Malec Still Have Trust Issues (Interview)

Harry Shum Jr. is dishing on all things Shadowhunters with JJJ.

We recently caught up with him about that crazy Magnus/Valentine body swap last week.

Of course, we also had to throw in a question about #Malec for good measure.

Shadowhunters airs Mondays at 8/7c on Freeform.

JJJ: How did you prepare to take on Valentine’s personality?

Harry Shum Jr.: Lots of videos and hiding in Alan’s room taking notes tracking all his movements.

JJJ: Did you have a sore throat by the end of filming? Did you have to treat your throat tenderly/specially?

HSJ: Went through 5 bottles of honey and pounds of ginger for the duration of the shoot.

JJJ: Did you run your version of Valentine by Alan and did he correct anything? Or vice-versa?

HSJ: We had a meeting with the director (Billie Woodruff) before we started the episode to capture the tone but we trusted each other to take good care of our characters.

Click inside to read the rest of our interview, plus the #Malec scoop… More Here! »

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Dove Cameron & Thomas Doherty's Castmates Saw Their Romantic Chemistry on Set (Exclusive)

Dove Cameron & Thomas Doherty's Castmates Saw Their Romantic Chemistry on Set (Exclusive)

Dove Cameron can’t help but gush over her boyfriend, Thomas Doherty.

The 21-year-old actress met her beau on set of their Disney Channel movie Descendants 2 and she can’t help but smile whenever his name is brought up in our recent sit-down interview with her.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Dove Cameron

Funny enough, Dove and Thomas didn’t realize they were falling in love during filming – but the rest of the cast noticed!

“They knew we were going to date before we knew,” Dove told JustJaredJr.com.” We were really trying not to see [the chemistry]. We’re like, ‘There’s nothing.’ And everyone was like, ‘Shut up. Date.’”

Dove‘s phone background is a sweet photo of the two, which she doesn’t necessarily hide, but doesn’t show me until we talk about their relationship.

“We didn’t get it until we were like, ‘I’m in love with you!’ We couldn’t stop it. It was amazing,” she added.

Catch the lovebirds in Descendants 2, airing July 21 on Disney Channel.

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Mackenzie Ziegler Completely Fell In Love with Music At a Young Age (Exclusive)

Mackenzie Ziegler Completely Fell In Love with Music At a Young Age (Exclusive)

Mackenzie Ziegler is just one month away from heading back out on tour with Johnny Orlando.

JJJ recently spoke with the “Monsters (aka Haters)” singer about her love of music and her excitement as she heads back out on the road.

“I am so excited!” she told us about tour. “I have done a few dates already and it’s so much fun to share my music with a live audience. I also love that I get to do it with some of my best friends!”

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Mackenzie Ziegler

When we talked more about music, it was clear that Mackenzie is completely committed to her budding music career.

“I have always loved music. I am constantly singing so my mom encouraged me to take voice lessons when I was eight,” Mackenzie told us. “Once I got in a recording studio and started learning that process, I wanted to do more.”

She adds, “Now that I have experienced singing/dancing for a live crowd, I am hooked!”

Riverdale's Madelaine Petsch Has Some Season Two Advice For Cheryl

Riverdale's Madelaine Petsch Has Some Season Two Advice For Cheryl

If Madelaine Petsch could give her Riverdale character advice going into the second season, what would it be?

We recently asked the 22-year-old actress what she would tell Cheryl.

“Try to lighten up. And not be so judgemental of yourself,” Madelaine said. “And love yourself. And go seek help because she needs it.”

We also asked her what she’d like to see in season 2 when it comes to the relationship with her mom.

“I really hope they go head-to-head,” she told JJJ. “Her mom needs to be put down. She’s an awful woman. She’s terrible! I’d like to see Cheryl put her in her place.”

In case you missed it, Madelaine also said she wants Cheryl to explore her sexuality!

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Everything, Everything's Amandla Stenberg & Nick Robinson Clicked Right Away (JJJ Interview)

Everything, Everything's Amandla Stenberg & Nick Robinson Clicked Right Away (JJJ Interview)

It’s really no surprise how much chemistry Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson have on screen.

After speaking with them about their new film Everything, Everything – which we loved – it’s clear they have that natural connection that plays perfectly to a couple falling in love.

We caught up with Amandla and Nick to talk about making the film, what their auditions were like, their thoughts on texting culture, and more. Check it:

And be sure to check out Everything, Everything now in theaters!

JJJ: First, tell us about your auditions! Anything you remember from your chemistry read together?

Amandla: We didn’t have a chemistry read. We just showed up to set and it was all guns blazing (laughs). I had an audition while I was actually in Paris. I went on a trip after I graduated high school to kind of see the world a little bit. And that’s when I received the script. So it was a frantic situation to figure out how I could do the audition while I was in Paris. I ended up going to this casting agency down some beautiful Parisian street. Yeah, that was it for me. I read with Stella [Meghie], the director, over Skype. I heard she had me in mind for the role, so it all worked out perfectly. And then yeah, I didn’t meet Nick until we grabbed a coffee together in L.A.

Nick: That was one or two weeks before we left [to go film]. That was great. I knew right away and it was a sigh of relief that we were on the same page. And it was funny too, because I happened to be in Europe in the same time as Amandla. We didn’t know.

Amandla: We were there for the same purpose too. The first thing we said to each other was, “Yeah, I just came back from Europe where I was trying to find myself.”

Nick: That’s not what I said! I think I said…I was doing the same thing Amandla was except I hadn’t just graduated high school. I had never done a Euro trip.

Amandla: We were there to be beautiful humans exploring…so realizing we both had come from doing that, we must have a lot in common.

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