We met actress Bella Thorne when she was in Manhattan recently. We loved her in the Disney show "Shake It up" and in her movie with Adam Sandler, "Blended."
Who inspired you to become an actress?
I always wanted to be an actress ever since I was little. There wasn't one specific actor who inspired me, but it was my brother who pushed me to be an actor.
Did your passion for dancing start before or after "Shake It Up"?
I always loved watching dancing, and just being there and living in the moment and I thought that I would be a good dancer. I was just awful when I started the show. I had two left feet and it was so embarrassing. And then I just had to really work on it.
What do you like to do in your free time?
When I am not on set, I really like to sleep and watch [the TV show] "Bones." I like to eat junk food in my bed and I get it all over my sheets, and I don't even care. I am a piglet.
Did you ever have a crush on one of your co-stars?
You know, Adam [Irigoyen] and I, in the ["Shake It Up!"] pilot had a crush on each other.
What was it like growing up with dyslexia?
It wasn't easy, that's for sure. I learned to be strong and look at the more positive sides. I also found out that a lot of actors are dyslexic and it is supposed to mean that you are really creative, and I think that is really cool.
Did you watch the Disney Channel before you got a job there?
I did a little bit. Mostly, in my family, we didn't watch a lot of TV. We either watched films like old Disney classics or I was always reading trying to work on my dyslexia.
Which do you enjoy more -- working on a TV or movie set?
They are very different. When you are working with a crew, these people see you every day. They see you in your worst mood and your best mood, and they still love you. Sometimes they are closer to you than some of your best friends. When you work with them for three months and then you are through, you completely love them and then you leave and you don't know if you will ever work with them again. That is more sad than working on a TV show. On a TV show you work with them for many days and seasons in a row. I like the film acting rhythm technique better than TV.
Do you still keep in touch with some of your "Shake It Up" co-stars?
Of course. Zendaya and I are very close. I love Adam and I still talk to Caroline [Sunshine]. But she is going off to college. I always see Roshon [Fegan]. I don't know if you have noticed, but he has blond hair now.
Have you ever hurt yourself because you messed up a dance move?
All the time! I actually had a lot of knee problems. When you are dancing you are supposed to be dancing on a certain type of wood that has bounce and lift in it. We were dancing on straight concrete, which is really bad for your joints. Now I don't run or anything like that because it is not fun.
What are your hopes for the future as an actress?
It would be really cool if I was at the Oscars. How awesome would that be? Even just to be sitting next to anybody there.
Do you have any advice about acting?
It is not something you can do as a hobby. It is your full-time job in life and you really need to be dedicated to it. It is not easy and there are a lot of ups and downs and it can be really hard on a person, so it is good if you have a good support system.
Did you ever audition for something and not get the part?
All the time. You audition for 30,000 things and you don't even get one of them. It is a lot of ups and downs and you get really bad feedback. It is a lot to deal with and it is not that easy. I just got lucky with the roles that I have because I love these characters.