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Sophia Lillis Talks About the Pressure of Playing Nancy Drew

Sophia Lillis got her big break by playing the beloved role of Beverly in the remake of It and now she’s remaking another classic role!

The 17-year-old actress is playing the iconic teenage detective Nancy Drew in the new movie Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, which is in theaters now.

We caught up with Sophia to learn about the pressures of playing a classic character, how she bonded with the cast, and what she did to get into the mindset of Nancy. Check it out:

Just Jared: Nancy Drew is such an iconic character. Were you nervous about taking the role because of that? Was there any kind of pressure for you?

Sophia Lillis: Yes! It was a lot of pressure! She is such an iconic character. Even though I didn’t read too many of the books when I was younger, I certainly knew who she was. And everyone on the crew were huge fans and kept coming up to me saying how important she was to them-so, yeah, lots of pressure.

JJ: The Hidden Staircase is actually the second book of the novel series. Did you know about the series before taking the role? What changed from the book?

SL: The character in the book is much less reliant on her family and friends. In the book her Dad is barely even there but the movie really focuses on her relationship with her Dad after the death of her Mother. In the book she really goes off on her own to solve the mystery but in the movie she definitely needs the help of her friends.

JJ: What kind of bonding did you do with the cast before kicking off filming, if any?

SL: We had a week of rehearsals. Katt Shea (the director) is also an acting coach so we played a lot of acting games. We would do a scene like we were in a soap opera or sing it like a real opera. It was a lot of fun and helped us learn the lines at the same time.

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Andie Case Premieres 'Stuck In My Head' Music Video - Watch! (Exclusive)

Andie Case is back with a brand new music video for her song “Stuck In My Head,” which you can watch right here on Just Jared!

The 26-year-old singer-songwriter released her latest visual on Friday (March 15).

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The track was produced by Prince Fox.

“It was perfect the way it came together,” Andie explains.

“My band mate and songwriting partner Ajay and I met the producer Prince Fox through mutual friends, and this was the first time we worked together. You never know how a first session is going to go, but there were immediate good vibes. We all started throwing out ideas and the song literally just came to life. We were all so stoked that I had to FaceTime my manager, saying that we wrote the next single!”

Watch the music video for “Stuck In My Head” below!

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Get to Know Broadway's Breakout Star Stephanie Styles with These 10 Fun Facts! (Exclusive)

Stephanie Styles is making her Broadway debut TONIGHT (March 14) in the musical revival Kiss Me Kate and she’s a breakout star you’re going to hear a lot about in the years to come!

The 27-year-old actress has already become a fan-favorite in the Broadway community from her work in the musical, as well as the first national tour of Disney’s Newsies.

“It’s Opening Night and I’m crying watching Forget About the Boy while taking a bath. Today will be sponsored by feelings,” Stephanie tweeted this afternoon, referring to a song from the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Kiss Me Kate is playing at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54 through June 2.

Here are 10 Fun Facts about Stephanie:

  • 1. The first time I ever laughed really hard was watching the puppet Lambchop attempt to eat a cracker.
  • 2. I’m a charter member of D23.
  • 3. Doing Kiss Me, Kate on Broadway has taught me that I really like singing upside down while balancing on objects in motion.
  • 4. I’m from Houston, TX.
  • 5. My favorite TV show of all time is Lost. My current favorites are The Great British Bake-Off and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

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Drake Bell & Josh Peck Reunite for Business Meeting - Is a 'Drake & Josh' Reboot in the Works? (Exclusive)

Drake Bell and Josh Peck are back together once again!

The 32-year-old actors were spotted meeting with each other outside of the Viacom building on Wednesday (March 13) in Los Angeles.

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The two originally co-starred in Drake & Josh together on Nickelodeon from 2004 to 2007 across four seasons. The series followed stepbrothers Drake Parker (Bell) and Josh Nichols (Peck) as they lived together despite having opposite personalities.

Are the two reuniting for a possible reboot, or at least a new project together?

“There were our ups and downs about it, but man, I’d go back in a second,” Drake recently said in an interview of a potential reboot. It looks like something might be happening after all!

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Get to Know 'Giant Little Ones' Actor Darren Mann with These 10 Fun Facts (Exclusive)

The new indie film Giant Little Ones is now playing across the country in select theaters and we caught up with star Darren Mann to learn more about him.

The 29-year-old actor stars alongside Josh Wiggins in the film, which follows two popular teen boys who discover their lives, families, and girlfriends dramatically upended after an unexpected incident occurs on the night of a 17th birthday party.

Darren can also be seen in the Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Here are 10 Fun Facts about the actor:

  • 1. I love my dog Ovi. He goes everywhere with me, including my trailer on-set.
  • 2. When it comes to food I am usually going to choose some type of delicious Asian cuisine.
  • 3. The first food I ever ate was “Gomae” (Japanese spinach salad). LOVE IT STILL!
  • 4. I was blessed with the greatest mom and brother anyone could ever ask for.
  • 5. I played high level hockey, and yes, I fought a lot.

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Meet Country Band King Calaway with These 10 Fun Facts! (Exclusive)

King Calaway is one of the exciting new acts in the country music world and we caught up with the guys to learn more!

The boy band’s new song “World For Two,” the lead single from their debut EP, hits radio today (March 11) and they just made their debut at the Grand Ole Opry.

The band is comprised of 6 members – Caleb Miller, Chris Deaton, Simon Dumas, Jordan Harvey, Chad Michael Jervis, and Austin Luther – and was put together by music-industry vet Robert Deaton who is serving as the band’s producer and mentor.

Check out 10 Fun Facts about the band below!

  • 1. Simon was Head Boy of both Middle and High School in Gibraltar.
  • 2. Chris loves stand up comedy. He even carries around a pad full of jokes and plans to someday perform them.
  • 3. Austin would love to have a schnauzer puppy one day. It’s his favorite dog.
  • 4. Chad once snuck into a building at Harvard University with his friends so they could meet Herbie Hancock.
  • 5. Caleb is a huge KISS fan. He would travel hours every year to meet the band, as well as other KISS fans, at the Indianapolis KISS Expo.
  • 6. In high school, Jordan was suspended for a week because he dressed up as his head teacher and took assembly.

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