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Isabela Moner talks ‘100 Things,’ education with Long Island kids

Kidsday reporters, from left, Lauren Berkowitz, Grace Benedict,

Kidsday reporters, from left, Lauren Berkowitz, Grace Benedict, Lily Hinderstein and Hailey Kshonz with Isabela Moner, center. Credit: newsday / Pat Mullooly

We met singer and actress Isabela Moner before her recent concert in Manhattan. Besides singing, she is also on one of our favorite Niceklodeon shows, “100 Things to Do Before High School.” She stars as CJ Martin.

What advice would you give to another performer?

I would say just remember to have fun. That’s what it’s all about, really. As long as you’re having fun, the audience will have fun. And you’ll feed off each other’s energy and it’s just going to be great. You just can’t be worried about it.

Which do you prefer, acting or singing?

That always has been the toughest question yet. I think that you need both. In order to sing you need to be able act on stage while singing. In order to act you need to know like tones and pitches. How to make a line funny by raising your voice and lowering it. I don’t think I could choose one.

If there’s one role in a movie or TV show that you could have, what would it be?

I would probably want to be on “The Walking Dead,” as like a zombie or something, or “Gossip Girl,” even though that’s over now, I know, but I would love to be someone on “Gossip Girl.” That would be awesome.

If you could meet your favorite singer or actor, what would you ask them?

I’d probably meet Ed Sheeran or something or Tori Kelly and I’d ask them how long have you been singing or any tips? I’d definitely ask that.

What type of education do you have with all the rehearsing you do?

I am in online school right now, but I also have a tutor on set. When I’m not on set I’ll be trying to get as much school in as possible backstage.

What is your favorite movie or TV show that you’ve been in?

That’s hard. “100 Things to Do Before High School” has been really the most fun TV show I’ve ever done. I’m about to go shoot a movie.

What are your other hobbies besides singing and acting?

I like to dance. I love dancing. I do ballet, hip-hop, tap.

What was your first gig that you got?

I was a munchkin in “The Wizard of Oz” at my community theater. I was going for Dorothy, but I was 6.

How did you find out about the role for “100 Things”?

They kind of told me I got it before I was officially cast. They were like, “We definitely see you in this role,” and I was like, “Thanks, thanks.” So I kind of knew. When they told me, I remember I was in the car and I started crying a little. I was like, “I can’t believe this is actually happening.”

How important is school?

Studies come first before anything. My mom said if I wanted to be a superstar, whatever I wanted to be, I had to be smart in school. And now I’ve come to the conclusion I’d rather be smart than a movie star. It definitely comes first. Because in order to go on with life and acting doesn’t work out, you have to definitely be smart.

Are any of your siblings jealous of you?

No, they’re both very supportive. They’re not really into the whole acting and singing business so they’re not really jealous, they’re just really proud.

What are five things you can’t live without, not including your family?

Food, water, clothes, my phone, and then obviously my instruments.

Are your friends ever hanging around you just because you’re famous?

Not my friends, because I think I did a wise decision in the friend-making area because they’ve all treated me the same. None any different. And new friends though, new friends that I meet, I find out like, “Hey maybe they want to be friends” and I find out later, “Hey can you follow me on Instagram?” or something like that. They’ll just want to take pictures with me and show their friends and not actually become your friend.

What is the weirdest thing that’s ever happened?

This is really embarrassing. I was on set and I was running through lines and if I drink too much water I burp and I was in the middle of filming and I burped. Really loudly and everyone was really shocked and blown away that such a small person can burp so loudly.

What is the song that makes you drop everything and start dancing and singing like a crazy person?

That would be probably a song by The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face.”

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