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Drew Seeley Interview -- JustJared.com Exclusive

Drew Seeley Interview -- JustJared.com Exclusive

Another Cinderella Story star Drew Seeley sat down with Just Jared to talk about his new musical comedy, his upcoming project with three singing brothers (you’ll never guess who!) and having instant chemistry with sweetie pie costar Selena Gomez. The 26-year-old actor, whose voice was blended with Zac Efron‘s in the original High School Musical album, had lots to share. Did you know Drew and Selena had to suck on ice cubes before shooting some of their scenes??? Check out the interview below!

Another Cinderella Story is a direct-to-DVD movie and comes out TODAY. For more information on the film and how to order it, visit the official movie site: AnotherCinderellaStory.WarnerBros.com.

JJ: How was the premiere for A Cinderella Story (on Sunday)?

DS: It was so much fun. It was my first real premiere. Kinda overwhelming, but we had a good time. I hadn’t seen some of the cast since we shot, so it was nice to catch up with everybody. I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal but a lot of people found out about it and came out.

JJ: What can viewers expect from this film?

DS: A lot of original music, a lot of dancing. That’s how it differs from the first Cinderella Story. It’s not really a sequel, its kinda it’s own movie. It’s got great pacing and has high energy, and its something that’s just made for kids, but older people can enjoy it also.

JJ: What genres of dance are performed in the film?

DS: Hip-hop, tango, there’s a big tango scene, ballroom dancing… I play this international pop star kid. So all that kind of boy-band dancing stuff is in there too.

(Click inside to read the rest of Just Jared‘s interview with Drew Seeley…)

Drew Seeley Interview — JustJared.com Exclusive

JJ: Were you technically trained as a kid?

DS: Yeah, the first things I did before singing and acting, my parents got me into ballet, tap, jazz, all that kind of stuff. From 8 to 13, four or five days a week that’s all I did.

JJ: Your mom is a choreographer–has she choreographed for anyone famous?

DS: No, but we live in Canada, so she did ice skating routines a lot.

JJ: What was the audition process like for the film?

DS: It was just like any other audition that I’ve been to in the past. Except for the first time I went in, I met Selena (Gomez) then and had to do some pre-reads with her. Maybe they had been through some other guys before, I don’t really know. I went in and read, met the director, recorded, went back in and did some different scenes with (Selena) again, met the producers, waited a couple of weeks, and then got a phone call.

JJ: Did you and Selena have chemistry right off the bat?

DS: I think we did. As soon as I walked in, she’s this really down-to-earth person. She doesn’t take herself too seriously and neither do I. So we got off on the right foot and started joking at the auditions, right before we started reading. Yeah, ever since that day it’s always been very comfortable with her.

JJ: What was your favorite part of filming or your favorite scene to film?

DS: Probably the black-and-white ball scene, the big finale scene. They made a real concert stage, set up the whole venue in this old iron foundry. They got like 300 extras to come out and be the audience, and qw got to put on a real show.

JJ: How do you compare filming that concert experience to the High School Musical tour experience where there was 15,000 people? Was it less exhilarating? (He took over the role of Troy in “High School Musical: The Concert” to replace Zac Efron, who was shooting Hairspray at that time.)

DS: No, it was just a different experience. There was a sheer more number of people in that, but this was fun because we got to do the songs over and over and over again. So I had to keep it somewhat the same for continuity’s sake but I could try out different things, but yeah, it was a blast. It was just a different type of show.

JJ: What was the hardest scene to film for the movie?

DS: See, we were supposed to be in Beverly Hills for the movie but we actually shot in Vancouver (Canada) so it was freezing cold, and we had to shoot these night scenes outside where it was supposed to be a nice warm summer evening, but it was so freezing. They had people blowing heaters on us from underneath. We were sitting by the warmers between takes. We had to suck on ice cubes right before they yelled action so our breath wouldn’t show up in the air as much. Weird kind of things.

JJ: Sounds like some pretty good Hollywood magic for that scene!

DS: (laughs) Yeah, those little tricks of the trade we learn.

JJ: What’s the cutest or most endearing thing about Selena?

DS: I think she’s got a killer smile and her laugh. Her laugh is infectious. She’s just really sweet. I’ve got nothing bad to say about her.

JJ: What do you personally have coming up the next few months?

DS: I have a music video called “New Classic” coming out for Another Cinderella Story. It hasn’t come out yet but it’ll come out soon. I’ve got a couple of songs coming out. I recorded a Dean Martin Christmas song, and I actually did a duet with Alvin and Chipmunks, which will be coming out next month. We’re shooting a music video for that too. And then I shot another movie in Saskatchewan called the “Shortcut,” probably comes out first thing in the New Year. Adam Sandler produced that, and his brother Scott Sandler wrote it. Totally different kind of movie than “Another Cinderella Story.” No music or anything.

JJ: Did you finish filming or you’re still filming that?

DS: Yeah, we’re doing some re-shoots at the end of this month and we shot all of July and August in Saskatchewan.

JJ: Can you describe your character in that film?

DS: I play Derek, the older brother. I try to show the little brother the “right path,” but I have a little bit of a dark side to me.

JJ: Can you tell me something about that music video you already filmed?

DS: I had a little bit of help from some of my friends, Mark Blackwell and director of Another Cinderella Story (Damon Santostefano). I pretty much shot most of the video on my own with a handy cam while on the road doing concerts. It’s a got a home-movie kind of feel to it. Some of the footage is from a show in Louisville, Kentucky that I did, with Vanessa Hudgens and Corbin Bleu. I had three cameras going and had one take of the song, and got the audience and just hoped for the best. I cut it together and it worked out really nice. It’s for the secret track on the album, track 14, “New classic” (acoustic remix). I hope it’ll premiere son.

JJ: In one of your interviews you said you’re a shoe guy. Do you have a favorite pair of shoes and why?

DS: I like Creative Rex, a company called Sneaux. They’ve been hooking me up since the High school Musical tour. I wear Chucks a lot. A lot skater shoes. Comfortable stuff. The main thing is that they have to be comfortable shoes. Not something that has a million laces in case you have to go through an airport.

JJ: What are some of your favorite TV shows?

DS: Lately Mad Men, I really like that show. I’m glad Entourage started back up. The Shield. House. It’s Always Sunny in Phildadelphia. Love that one. Flight of the Conchords.

JJ: And what was the latest film you saw that you enjoyed?

DS: Smiley Face with Anna Faris. That was really funny because Jane Lynch, who’s in Another Cinderella Story with me is in that movie. She plays an agent who Anna Faris tries to sell weed to.

JJ: What kind of music do you have playing in your iPod?

DS: A little bit of everything but, I have my own stuff to be honest, going over mixes and just making sure things don’t suck before they go out. I probably listen to myself a little too much. A lot of 80s stuff–George Michael, The Police. Genesis. Recently, I like Estelle, that new song that she came out with. A little bit of funk on it, that you can get down with.

JJ: Do you have your own album coming out?

DS: I have at least four to five albums worth of material, but I don’t have a release date for an actual album. I’m just piecing some together now so when the time comes, I’ll be ready.

JJ: Do you have a real life love interest that inspired a lot of those songs?

DS: Every song I write is inspired by my personal life. I don’t like to talk about my personal life too much but I do it through my songs. That’s how I like to get things out.

JJ: You were born in Canada–are you a US citizen too? Dual citizenship?

DS: I’m a resident-alien actually. But yeah, I grew up in Toronto and was born in Ottawa.

JJ: So you can’t vote during this election?

DS: No, I can’t. Maybe somehow I can become a citizen before the election so I can vote.

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  • Helena

    Dear lord, that film sounds like the worst film ever. The tweens will eat it up, unfortunately.

  • nastialover

    omg i love drew he’s so cute!

  • http://xxxx xx

    3rd!

  • carcrash

    1st page yay selena is fit!!

  • istar

    another cinderella story is such a good movie! its awesome!

  • mz Sass

    Did anyone famous show up? Who’s Drew, what’s he been in?
    I saw the preview and sorry, it looks “low rent”.

  • Zanessa-love4life

    Selena looks gorgeous in that pic ♥
    Even though he’s like 10 yrs. older than her, they make a good match <3!

  • .

    theyd be a cute couple even though its never gonna happen n i so agree with what he said about the most endearing thing about sel its the same for me i love her laugh and smile but i love love demi’s laugh its so cuteeeee

  • lil

    selenas dress is horrible
    omg, whats up with the belt thing??

  • Agu

    They can’t do it after.. Hilay and Chad..they shouldn’t do it…

  • anastasia

    no way !! he’s from ottawa !!! so am i ! wow

  • carol

    he’s cute i like him
    he’s famous he did the concerts of hsm
    he sings very well !

  • Marcella.

    There voices weren’t blended. Zac only did 3 or 4 lines in the movie, they said his voice was too deep, I think?

  • adry

    gosh! All canadian actors I know are good looking! I want to go to Canada LOL

  • nat

    Nothing special about him.

    && ugh she’s a child, a minor and they paired her up with someone 10 years older. Disgusting. You have picture of him & his girlfriend Amy too. Now that bi*tch is so pathetic & petty. She needs to get over herself, what disgrace to humanity.

  • victoria

    drew is so hot (:

  • michelle

    HE IS AMAZING! I was soooo impressed with him on the HSM tour! And the movie is so cute!

  • Kalilah Jamall

    Totally agreeing with the first comment.

    The Cinderella story with Duff and Chad can’t be topped, as far as that genre of tween moives go.

  • jaytee

    so i was at the ouisville show, 7th row, so i might be in the video.
    that excites me so much.
    i love drew.
    he’s one of the best dancers ive seen in awhile.
    (:

  • Timan

    I so totally know who are the singing brothers , ahaha

    I love this guy, he’s so down-to-earth. humble, nice, thankful, and has a lot of talent in every inch of his body. Too good to be so underrated, show him so love people!

  • jamie

    As far as “not topping Hil & Chad”…

    It’s all a matter of opinion. Alot of people think Hil & Chad sucked ass, myself included.

  • Kris

    Aww I agree with him on Selena’s smile & laugh.
    Her laugh is soo adorable, I can’t help but laugh
    whenever she does! (:

  • ZEENA

    drew drew drew

  • ZEENA

    drew drew drew

  • taylor

    if he votes he better be voting obama!

    oh and he is a loser. everyone in straight to dvd films are. including selena.

  • http://yahoo.com zanessaluv4ever

    I HATE SELENA

  • emily

    OMG I WAS AT THAT PREMIERE!! I MET SELENA AND DREW!!!

  • http://vanashbrenique.net Jamie Renee

    My god, some people are so rude…

    Thanks Jared for taking the time to have a
    neat interview with him like this. It was really
    great and I loved the questions that were asked.
    I really like Drew. I went to the New York State fair
    concert and he ROCKED! He is hilarious too, hes
    the type of funny where I think he doesent even realize
    that he is being funny. He is an amazing performer.
    And not to mention I pretty much melted seeing his
    adorable face on the big screen because I was kinda
    far away from the stage. But his eyes-Gorgeous. His smile-
    amazing. His voice-phenomonal.
    He was great and I can not wait to buy this movie. =]
    And I reallly hope to meet him someday..after that concert
    I have become a BIG fan of him and I can’t wait for his future
    projects in music and movies. =]

    again thankyou for the interview!

    And Selena looks beautiful!!

  • http://justjared.com Jamie Renee

    btw, he looks SMOKIN at the premiere. =] lol

  • http://justjared.buzznet.com/2008/08/19/selena-gomez-sunset-smile/ kristina

    this movie is gonna be awesome

    i love selena

    i wanna see that movie

  • lisa

    the movie sucks worst movie i ever seen!! YUCK!!

  • http://www.diealyne.com sellysilly

    woah bby i figgin love this movie iv’e watched it like 13 times

  • shelby Lauren

    wow, i read the whole interview.

    haha, hes really cute.

    i’ve watched “Another Cinderella Story” 7 times in the past two dayss!

    hahha, its funny.

    but, i love it, and it seems to me, that Drew and Selena have a connection, but maybe its just the acting.

    i was kinna wondering when “Crush” one of his songs hes working on was going to come out.

    i’ve got the preview of it on my myspace, and i really want to hear the rest of it, Drew is an amazing singer and dancer, i’m in love with the preview of “Crush” and i really want to know when the C.D. with that song on it comes out.
    :)

    hah, thanks.

  • F.s

    i love u drew!!!
    u r my biggest fan!!
    LOVE U

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  • http://cableone kim

    hi your so cute and i seen another cinderella story you were so good in that movie your cooli wish i could meet you (i just wish)

  • Paula

    i love his eyes and hairstyle

  • marilyn

    Drew es un papi lo amo!!!
    es un chico hermoso!!!
    es sexy, es lo mas y canta muy muy bien!!
    si lo resumimos es el chico perfecto
    esta que se parte . . a mierda . .jaja

    yo no se hablar ingles pero igual firmo . . .jajaja

    Un besito

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  • Parker

    ah i just watched it.. i was not looking forward to seeing it .. but it was actually pretty good. :)

  • http://drewseeley.net andrew

    thanx a lot all of u

    luv,
    andrew seeley

  • http://www.feelingthevibe.com Kristen

    This movie is actually really cute and it’s fun to watch Drew and Selena perform. Drew’s a great dancer and Selena’s expressions are priceless.

  • Cleo=]

    omg. hes soo gorgeous. whos the chiicka he’s with?
    gawsh. i seriously wish selena & him were closer n age. they have such great chemistry. well..luv’d the movie..seen it lyk 2wice now haha. never gets old. P3@C3
    <3

  • Izzy

    OMG DREW SEELEY IS AMAZING HE’S JUST THE BEST I LOVE HIM AND SELENA I THINK THEY DID AN AMAZING JOB IN ANOTHER CINDERELLA STORY I THINK ITS WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY BETTER THEN THE OTHER ONE,DREW AND SELENA ARE JUST PERFECT I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE THEM BOTH AND DREW IS JUST HOT HOT HOT I LOVE HIM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    MUCH AND SELENA:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ida

    you are cool drew

  • firdauz

    oh yeah .. thats coool movie .. i already watch for many times and didn’t feel boring or anything .. ahaahah

    very good stuff .. thank ^_^

  • firdauz

    oh yeah .. thats coool movie .. i already watch for many times and didn’t feel boring or anything .. ahaahah

    very good stuff .. thanks ^_^

  • Loan

    Wow, it’s so amazing movie. I watch it over and over. I love it crazily.

    Andrew and Selena had an excellent performance in this movie. Selena looked more charming in the movie than the photo above.

    Looking at Andrew’s eyes and smiles, I could not breath. Watching his moves I wanted to dance. I became a fan of him. I have searched websites for his songs, dances, and movies.

    I missed HSM but will look for it and Shortcut as well. But it will be not an easy job to find them in Vietnam.

    Thanks so much for the interview.

  • louise08

    I agreed with Jamie Reed @ 09/16/2008 at 9:38 pm .
    I saw the movie on video, I like it very much. Drew, Selena and the cast did a great job!

  • louise08

    Jamie Renee @ 09/16/2008 at 9:38 pm .
    I saw the movie on video and I like it alot.
    Drew, Selena and the cast did a great job.

  • loganziegler

    DREW i luv u sooooo much u rock but how the heck did u meet ur gf i lookd her up who is she???

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