You know Kevin Quinn as the cute and charming Xander on Bunk’D…but did you know that he once auditioned for American Idol?
Seriously, he did.
“I think if I were to do it again, it would be a lot different just because I’d be older and more cognizant. I was kind of just going with the flow, I was like, ‘Okay I’ll sing for you guys!’ I had no idea what I was doing basically. I was a naive 15 year old,” he tells the January 2017 issue of NKD mag.
Kevin is a super talented musician and you should expect to see him debuting new music soon.
“When I’m acting, I love it so much but it’s someone else’s writing. For me, to be able to write my own songs and to express what I made as an organic thought, and make it into this 3.5 minute catchy song, that’s the coolest thing for me,” he shares.
“I feel like a lot of Disney stars tend to do the bubble gum pop thing because it’s appealing. But I’m not really going that route. I grew up listening to the greats like Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Eric Clapton,” Kevin says. “The dream is to be one of the greats.”
We can’t wait to hear Kendall Vertes new single!
The Dance Moms star announced the release of the song over social media to her fans.
“It’s official!! My new single ‘Where Would I Be Without You’ is coming out in 3 weeks,” she encouraged fans.
Kendall spoke with NKD mag about the track: “My first single was more trial and error. I moved producers and my next single is called, ‘Where Would I Be Without You.’”
She added, “It’s about my best friends and what I’ve been through; basically my life on the show.”
Looking ahead, Kendall would love to go on tour, but not necessarily for music.
“If I were to have an album or go on tour, I definitely would dance because that’s what I’m known for…that’s how it all started, but I think it’d be cool if I were known for something else. Like, ‘that girl from Dance Moms‘ and “that girl from the movie!”
If you’re new to JJJ, one thing you have to know is that Brenda Song is one of our favorite actresses and most definitely one of our favorite people.
So, whenever she books a new show or has a new project, we are all ears to listen and learn about it.
Brenda currently stars on CBS’s Pure Genius (which, sadly, only has three episodes left to air) and it’s actually a really amazing show.
“I think that’s what makes our show different. We’re very focused on just how people live and focusing in on their stories,” she shares with NKD mag in the January issue.
“I wish that a place like this really existed,” Brenda added. “I hope we get there someday. To have a place where we can skip all that bureaucracy and that red tape and just get the best care possible would be incredible.”
Brenda is no stranger to the hospital scene — after her mom’s cancer battle (three time breast cancer survivor) — and the tears you’ll see on the show from the cast, are real.
“We [the cast] all know what it’s like in hospital situations. I think that’s why everyone was so emotional when we shot some of the scenes, but it was a really beautiful thing.”
The new episode of Pure Genius airs TONIGHT, @ 10PM ET/PT on CBS. Watch it!
We’re so excited that Freeform’s freshman series Beyond has gotten the greenlight for a second season!
Star Burkely Duffield (you remember him from House of Anubis) is featured in the latest issue of NKD mag and opened up about his on-screen sci-fi persona, Holden.
“The sci-fi aspect and the supernatural powers that are endowed to this character, are just really, really fun,” he shared. “You’ve got the fun, dramatic aspects, but then anything could happen, and the action sequences are really cool.”
Burkely adds of filming the sequences: “There were many days where it was me on a giant green screen studio, where you have a bit of dirt on the ground and a whole bunch of green and the directors are shouting things that are happening around you…you get to work really collaboratively with directors and writers to be able to create something that really isn’t there to begin with.”
With a second season coming, Burkely is excited for more: “I am excited to see where Adam [the director of Beyond] take these characters. The first season was so amazing to lay these ground rules and entire world out for the audience to live and breathe and understand where they live and what goes on. I think that as we explore the rest of the seasons I can only imagine that things are going to get more interesting and gritty.”
Beyond airs Mondays @ 8PM ET/PT on Freeform, or hop on the Freeform APP to watch the entire first season now!
As far as the US Presidental Election goes, Shailene Woodley is over her grieving period.
The Big Little Lies actress, who shares the February 2017 cover of Elle magazine with her co-stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Zoe Kravitz, opened up about politics in the glossy, and how she knew exactly why Donald Trump was going to win the election.
“It’s hard to talk about politics in a Hollywood world. I learned that really quickly,” she shared. “But after the California primaries, when Bernie Sanders lost—and I’m not saying he should have won—I knew that Trump was going to win.”
“Because I’d been on the ground for months, and we would be in small cities in America and big cities in America, and Bernie would get tens of thousands of people at his rallies. And then Trump would come and he’d get the same numbers,” Shailene adds, “But Hillary would only have a few hundred people at her fundraisers.”
She continued, “It doesn’t matter how much more you have in your bank; if 50,000 people show up to your opponents’ rallies and you only have a few hundred people, it says a lot about what the people of America are ready to do. I grieved all of this months ago, where- as most people are grieving it now.”
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Elle Fanning is on the cover of Elle UK‘s February 2017 issue, which hits newsstands tomorrow, January 10!
The 18-year-old actress spoke about limiting her social media presence, her friend group, and more! Here’s what she shared…
On avoiding exes on social media: “It’s so hard in this era when an ex is only a text away. Back in the day they had to work up the courage to call on the phone, talk to your parents, and when you broke up you didn’t see them again. But now, between Snapchat and Instagram, you can see everything – especially them with a new partner. But it’s damaging so you have to stop… I have high anxiety and I’m on my phone constantly, so I find myself comparing myself to others.”
On limiting her social media presence: “I recently turned my Instagram public on my 18th birthday, but I still don’t post everything I do, and I’m not on Twitter or Facebook. You have to leave a little mystery. With old movie stars, all you saw were rare interviews where they only shared what they wanted to – that’s what made them so interesting. You could separate the characters from the women, so if you watch them on screen you’re not thinking about what they had for breakfast.”
On selecting friendships: “I’m not someone that has a lot of friends. I see people who have many friends and get really jealous. I have a good core of three or four friends who are really close to me.”
The February issue of ELLE UK is on sale January 10. Visit www.elleuk.com for more content!
Austin Mahone strips off his shirt, showing off every one of his muscles in this shot from L’Uomo Vogue.
The musician, who just debuted his new EP, For Me + You, opens up about finding his passion for music and the possibility of another tour.
“My first instrument was the drums, a gift that my mother gave me when I was six. As I grew up though, I knew I wanted to be a singer,” he shared. “When I turned 15, I began singing at my friends’ parties and I enjoyed doing it.”
Austin adds about heading out on tour soon: “”Before tour, I prepare hard, and spend a lot of time working on my voice and movement, in order to be able to do both at the same time when they are on stage.”
He continued, “One of the first things I learned to do this job seriously, as a professional, is working hard. It is also very important to keep family close to me, it gives me great strength.”
The Stallone Sisters look glamorous on the new cover of THR‘s annual Golden Globes issue.
Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet, all daughters of Rocky‘s Sylvester Stallone, will be serving as Miss Golden Globe 2017 at this weekend’s ceremony.
“Except for Sistine, we’ve never really been in the public eye,” Sophia shared about this being ‘their moment’. “Everyone else who has famous parents, they’re always in the public eye. But my mom was very about education, staying grounded, family — we always eat dinner together.”
Sistine adds, “We were trying to keep our private lives private…” Sophia continued her sister’s sentence: “Until we were old enough to handle it.”