It was a lot easier for me, because I'd been used to getting prepared for music videos and doing shows. I was on tour right before I went to do the movie. I had actually been on tour in Japan and I had my own world tour that I was doing. I was used to doing a show for an hour, so I was always learning choreography. When we were doing the cheerleading for this, I was excited about doing it because I always wanted to be a cheerleader. I always wanted to but I didn't get to because I was working. It wasn't really like, Go team, it was more choreography and more dancing. I had a lot of fun. The other girls learned really quickly, too.
What was Nick Cannon like to work with?
I've known Nick for about six years before we shot the movie. We've known each other because I used to be on Disney Channel and he used to be on Nickelodeon. We kind of bumped into each other all the time and we always kept in contact with each other.
When I found out that I was going to be doing the movie, they had asked me who I wanted for the guy. We were looking around, meeting with guys, and I didn't really find any chemistry with anyone. They mentioned Nick, they were like, There's this guy, his name is Nick. I was like, Nick's got a movie coming out called Drumline, I heard he was really good . I just knew the kind of shoot between he and I would be great. We read for them together and they loved it. We had a great time working on the set together. Nick's a cool guy. He's just so focused and he's very driven. He's got his eye on the bull, so I love that guy. He's really great. We had a lot of fun.
If you had to make somebody over, would you do pretty much what your character does with Nick?
If it would have been me re-doing Alvin, I wouldn't have done his hair that way. I would have hooked Nick up a little bit more, probably shaved his hair off, or given him some cornrows. He still looks cute. It was cute for the character and kids love Nick no matter. Girls love Nick no matter how he looks. I probably would have done that.
What did you think of Nicks Afro?
It was a little bit exaggerated but it was cute. How are you going to make Nick look like a nerd? I guess you do a cute Afro. There's a lot of guys that I've seen now since we've done the movie, I'm like, Hey Nick, he looks like you in the movie. It's funny because I didn't realize they were out there.
What's your dream project for a movie?
I would love to do some kind of mystery movie, or an action flick, something with that combination. I would love to do something like Catwoman. Look at Halle Berry right now, she looks amazing. I would just love to do something where I'd have to train and work really hard and do one of those types of action movies, which a lot of women are doing now. It's great that they've been doing that. Or a really good mystery, something different.
If you could plan the ideal date, what would you want to do?
Gosh, my ideal date - it has to be really spontaneous. I like doing arts and crafts, so I would probably go to one of those fun little ceramic places and go paint some plates and do something fun like that. Then after that, just drive around the town, just quiet, even if it was in the middle of the night where it's just quiet, and just get to know somebody and just talk. I like doing simple things like that, just driving around and talking and maybe park at the beach and hang out at the beach and talk.
Your character learns a lot about herself during this movie. What have you learned about yourself?
I've learned a lot, I've matured a lot. I think that comes with age and just also with the industry and with work. I've learned a lot about myself as far as relationships and friendships. It's kind of weird to say that, because you would think, Because she's working all the time, she probably doesn't have to time to get into those kinds of friendships and go through all that kind of stuff,. But I think I've lost friends and made really, really good friends. [Now I] realize who's not a good friend. Even in relationships, I don't get my hopes up or anything, especially not right now because I know I'm young and I've got plenty of time later in the future. Right now I just take it day by day and just enjoy it. When I meet somebody, I hang out with them, and it's all good, but I don't take it too seriously. I've learned a lot as far as the industry. Being in the music business is a totally different industry right there. You have to be a strong person to be in music, especially. They make the movie business look so much better. I love both businesses anyway. I'll take it for what it is, especially music, but I've learned a lot and know that business is still business in music.
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