I gave you a look about the new Teen Beach Movie 2 in a post I did last week, and now I get to share with you two of the actors/singers/dancers from the movie. Hardly high school kids, these two still have a heart for young people and they shared this and more during a recent interview in conjunction with the release of the movie this Friday!
Chrissie Fit and Jordan Fisher Talk About Teen Beach 2
Let’s talk about your dance and music backgrounds.
Chrissie: Well I am not a professional dancer, although Teen Beach 2 makes me look like one. (Laughing) I am Cuban. So I grew up in a household where we were dancing Salsa, Meringue. I was a singer and then I became an actress so I don’t really have a dance background. I think I learned the most doing Teen Beach Movie and I appreciate it so much. Like I feel in awe of these guys that just like really do it all.
Jordan: It’s a different kind of dynamic. You know you walk into a rehearsal full of a bunch of people that you watch on So You Think You Can Dance and you know incredible choreographers and incredible dancers you walk in, “Yeah I’m an Actor”. I walk in I’m like, “Okay here we go. Let’s get this going.” I had a crush on a girl in the 5th grade who joined the Drama Club and so I joined the Drama Club. And so I started acting and singing and dancing all on the same day and like when I was 10. So yeah.
Chrissie: That’s so crazy ‘cause I guess my acting story is similar to yours because in 5th grade this Spanish teacher was doing this production and it was a just like a gypsy kind of dance, singing kinda’ thing and only 5th graders can go. Like my crush was a 6th grader and I was like, “I need to be in this show.” (Laughing) And I’m like, “Fall in love with me.” So I went to the teacher, Ms. Sanchez. And I‘m like, “Ms. Sanchez can I be in the show?” She’s like, “No.” And she’s like, “Um you’re a 5th grader?” “No” and also there’s no roles. So I went home and my neighbor who was in the show and I told her, “Can I see the script?” And I read it and I noticed there wasn’t a bad girl in it. And I said, “Well there has to be a bad girl.” So I went the next day and I said, “Can I play a bad girl?” I pitched her an idea. I don’t know if she felt like sorry for me or she like was like impressed that I took this initiative and she put me in, in the show. The guy didn’t fall in love with me. But I fell I love with acting.
Jordan: My story too. That’s so funny. I’m like didn’t fall in love with the girl, but fall in love with acting.
So do you have any advice for an aspiring musicians, artists, dancers?
Jordan: There are a lot of people that come out to L.A. and move to New York with the idea of becoming famous. And typically those people don’t find success in their field because their passion is driven from a very different place in these people that they do what they do because they love it that tend to find success. Because people you gravitate towards are all like-minded you know what I mean? So understand why you’re doing it first. Second, God it’s cliché and you’re gonna’ hear it at times, but I just don’t take no for an answer. One of my favorite song writers of all time her name is Diane Warren. And if you don’t know who she is you, you absolutely should! Her discography’s ridiculous. She’s written with everybody from Cher to Beyonce. She wrote If I Can Turn Back Time. She has not had to write a song for anybody for 20 years for she’s made more money than you could ever, ever even dream of. But she still does. She pitches. She writes songs every day. She does what she does because she loves it. She’s a pitch queen that hustle started when she was 17, and at that time there weren’t MP3’s, there weren’t CD’s. You had to deliver packages of 8 tracks to different labels and publishing companies. And she worked for a publishing company that would deliver packages of songs that producers and writers who put together. And she would deliver her songs. And that hustle started then and it never stopped. The reason being is because she loved doing what she did. She couldn’t imagine a life where she wasn’t writing songs and making music. And that you know turned her into a multi-billion dollar crazy incredible song writer that you know doesn’t have to work a day for the rest of in her life, but will until the day she dies. Those are the people that find success and it’s also true in likeminded people.
Chrissie: I would also say you know, it’s in that kind of world it’s not like a sprint, it’s a marathon. Have patience, educate yourself. Not just with the craft that you wanna’ do. Like the acting, dance and music and also you should really like try like try them all in school. So much of my like artistic ways and the choices that I’ve made have come through the education I got. So really apply yourself, give everything you do 100% because then it’s more likely that the thing that you, you invest the most time in you’ll give 110%. So yeah and don’t give up. Keep it up.
How long were you in rehearsals for Teen Beach 2?
Jordan: For this film we started actually a year ago sometime this week. We conditioned for a month. It was choreography for about 3 weeks here in L.A. Then we moved to Puerto Rico and we rehearsed. We rehearsed there for another like week or two. That honestly most of the time spent in studios were conditioning and he the choreography happened more closer to the end. ‘Cause it’s so much time spent on the beach and different terrains and you know different weather. We had to deal with a lot, but what that put us in top physical shape.
Chrissie: I was not in top physical shape.
Jordan: Well she, she was filming a multi-million dollar blockbuster in New Louisiana…
Chrissie: So I missed all their rehearsal and conditioning. I like was eating Jambalaya and like you know Crawfish. But I would get videos sent by them of the choreography and kind of in between takes have to learn the choreography which was in the movie. It’s incredible and it’s very fast and it’s really kind of just like on another level. I didn’t get ta’ to condition. Shucks! (laughing) I commend them so much ‘cause they did so much work before hand and I kinda’ just like skated in and got 3 hours of practice guys. Let’s do this.
So what is the message you want those that watch Teen Beach 2 to walk away with?
Chrissie: There’s many wonderful messages in this movie you know. I’m a big about female empowerment and we’re seeing these two girls Mack and Lela have an actual friendship and not compete against each other for something. And I feel that’s really important for our young girls to see and that there are healthy friendships and relationships. I mean you know even with Ross and Garrett with their characters. Their friendship is so important in this movie. And they both help each other figure out things that they might have felt insecure about, which is also the thing for kids you know. So aside from all of like the great you know musical numbers and the dancing and all that stuff I feel that this is a great movie for kids because it just shows you how important friendship is and it shows you like healthy and positive friendships with females. And it also it shows that you should totally believe in yourself. You know Ross’s character Brady has this amazing talent. Like he can make these surfboards and you know he’s kind of insecure about it until Tanner just kind of gives him the confidence to share this with Mack. And he’s so open and so positive and you know we have that support. It’s a system and it‘s up to moms and dads to like encourage your kids to say, ‘you can do this’. And you can believe in yourself and you have the support system. So I think that that’s like the biggest thing that comes out of this movie um aside from all the cool clothes. (laughing)