Janelle, wearing a super-cute outfit she got from a recent photoshoot, stopped by to chat with us on the carpet about her favorite scene from the upcoming Disney flick. She shared, “There’s this scene where my character, Alex, Nova and Mei — played by Aimee and Yin Chang — are in Nova’s room because we’re the three best friends and it kind of mirrors life a bit. We’ve grown so close since the start of filming. It was just a very fun scene.”
Bella shared with us before the party got started about why, instead of birthday presents, she wanted people to donate to Make-A-Wish: “It’s always been a dream of mine to be on a dance show and I now have Shake It Up! So, I just want to give other kids a chance to realize their dreams and get their wishes granted.”
Check out Bella‘s “tricky” cake below!
FYI: The girl pictured below is NOT Zendaya, but Zendaya was at the party.
JJJ caught up with the up-and-coming actor about his character Alistair, working alongside Nikki Blonsky and not loving snakes at all. Check it:
On what appealed to him about Alistair: “The idea that heâ€™s clinging onto what we all had at one point cause weâ€™re all born pure. Heâ€™s always thinking that everyoneâ€™s nice and that thereâ€™s kindness in everyone so I like that a lot. Holding onto that and being optimistic â€“ thinking the best thoughts about somebody but thatâ€™s not always the case. People donâ€™t always do that. But I like that about Alistair, he really genuinely thinks that about people. He really thinks the best about people so thatâ€™s really cool.”
On his on-set BFF Nikki Blonsky and the rest of the cast: “She IS my BFF on set. Sheâ€™s like, ‘Harvey. Get in my trailer’ during lunch. Hayley [Hasselhoff] has pool parties at her house and we get to hang out with the Hoff so thatâ€™s pretty awesome. We just do all kinds of stuff together.”
On wrangling snakes on set: Everyone hates snakes on set and we have snake wranglers in Malibu. So theyâ€™re literally walking around outside looking for snakes while weâ€™re shooting and they found one actually — a Diamond Head snake. They leave the bucket of snakes on set because at the end of the day they drive like 30 miles into the wilderness and they dump it out. One day Ari [Stidham] brought this fake snake that looks real to set and Nikki probably hates [ snakes the most so [Ari] is walking behind Nikki while she’s doing a scene. They cut and Ariâ€™s holding it by the tail and she turns around and sheâ€™s talking and then sheâ€™s like, ‘Jesus Christ! Whatâ€™s wrong with you?’ She started screaming and the crew was like laughing hysterically and then sheâ€™s like, ‘Sorry. The New Yorker got out of me.’”
On other weight-loss shows: “I feel like weâ€™ve started this wave now. We heard that thereâ€™s pilots on Fox and different networks that are doing kind of similar things. Weâ€™re the first show to ever have a full cast of plus size actors who are actors, not reality show actors like on Biggest Loser. Youâ€™re drawn to the stories because youâ€™re rooting for the underdog and you want them to succeed. Then you have our show and youâ€™re rooting for the characters not necessarily because theyâ€™re dealing with just their weight issue but theyâ€™re also dealing with life issues. So everyone can relate to it.
“You can say I relate to the Amber with an older love interest, thatâ€™s a taboo or I can relate to Alistair and questioning things. I can deal with Chloeâ€¦ Itâ€™s just everyone can relate to any character and we all carry extra weight every day. Itâ€™s not just physical weight but itâ€™s the weight of work and the stress of work and the weight of a relationship thatâ€™s failing. We all have to carry that weight.”
Check back soon for more of our interview with Harvey and don’t forget to catch the mid-season finale of Huge TONIGHT on ABC Family!
Hutch Dano keeps himself warm as he flashes the JJJ coasters on the Den Brother set earlier this year in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The 18-year-old actor chatted with us about his upcoming movie Den Brother, working with both Kelsey Chow and G Hannelius and what it was really like dressing up like Mrs. Doubtfire. Check it:
On the chemistry between him and G: “Sheâ€™s great. We went in for a chemistry read together just to see because weâ€™re supposed to be brother and sister so weâ€™re not gonna wing that one. We went in and she was so great. She knew all her lines. Not all 11-year-old actresses know their lines. Itâ€™s just not how it works but she was so professional. She knew everything she was supposed to do and our chemistry was really great. Just from the very beginning in the chemistry read and itâ€™s only gotten better the more and more weâ€™ve hung out on set.”
On dressing up like a elderly woman in the movie: “Itâ€™s not doing it for me. Itâ€™s so not. When stuff like to you happens youâ€™re like, ‘Iâ€™m an actor, Iâ€™m not supposed to get embarrassed’ but when thereâ€™s 300 extras and theyâ€™re all staring at you because you have old womanâ€™s make-up on and you look like a freak…You canâ€™t help but look and be like, ‘Gosh, I’m feeling a little embarrassed right now because everyoneâ€™s supposed to be cheering for the hockey crowd and theyâ€™re staring at me.’ But it was definitely fun to just be somebody completely different.”
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Allisyn Arm plays peek-a-boo with one of the JJJ coasters as she attends the premiere of Step Up 3D held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on Monday night (August 2).
The 14-year-old Sonny star rushed over to JJJ on the carpet to show off her new pink streaked hair! Allisyn shared, “We just wrapped [on Sonny], so I thought, why not? I’m thinking red and green for Christmastime (laughs).”
Allisyn also dished to us that she’s working on a new animated series! She dished, “I’ve been working on a Disney animated pilot but I can’t say the name yet, because it may chance. I play a ladybug.”
Ryan Ochoa keeps it comfy in a pair of jeans as he arrives at the premiere of Step Up 3D held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on Monday night (August 2).
The 14-year-old actor opened up to JJJ about being typecast as the little evil kid, saying, “I love it though, it’s totally opposite of who I really am. It’s not a bad thing. It shows me being able to act and do something that I don’t do. It’s fun. I really like it.”
Ryan also shared with us about costar Geno Segers (also pictured), “I was intimidated by him at first. I met him at network and he was the only one left at the network reading and I was the only one left for Lanny. Lanny was actually between me and a 30-year-old guy. But [Geno] is great.”
JJJ got a chance to sit down with the ultra-busy girls on the set of the movie earlier this year and they dished just how much they loved costar Kelsey Chow, being a part of a Girl Scouts-esque troop was and what to expect from the film. Check it:
Kelly (Rachel) on being a Girl Scout in real life: “I am a Girl scout. Iâ€™m a junior. I love my troop and I had to take time away to film the movie but theyâ€™re all missing me very much Iâ€™m sure. But I love Girl Scouts so much and a lot of people here have been asking me, ‘In real girls scout what would you call this’ or ‘Do you actually do this in girls scouts?’ Iâ€™ve actually sold a bunch of girls scout cookies while Iâ€™ve been here. I think I would like to have the Bumblebeeâ€™s badge scout you have to do a bunch of easy things and a bunch of hard things together. You have to do all different things and so I think it would be a little easier to be a Bumblebee than a girls scout.”
G (Emily) on working with ‘big brother’ Hutch Dano: “Hutch is amazing. He is hilarious as Haley said and heâ€™s really nice to work with and I really do think we formed a brother sister bond during the movie. We have a lot in common. We like to listen to the same types of music. We both like to listen to Eminem actually. Weâ€™re always on our iPods listening to that and our heads bobbing.”
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