FORMER DISNEY STAR AND HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL ALUM, NOW IN JOURNEY 2: MYSTERIOUS ISLANDS
Q: What did you learn while shooting this movie?
I think overall, this movie really allowed me to be me and to just completely be okay with it. I was surrounded by such incredible people. Michael Caine, who has been through so much and he’s true to himself, and he doesn’t care about what anyone else thinks, and I learned that from Josh as well.
Q: You were very much defined by High School Musical for so long and now you’ve managed to move on….
Well, I mean that’s just all that I was doing at that time. It really did take over and although I have no complaints, it was my whole life. If it wasn’t the movie, it would be the tour. Everything revolved around High School Musical and so when that ended, it really, really ended. It kind of closed the book on that chapter. Since then, I’ve been growing up and just doing projects that I’ve been really drawn to, and not really caring if anyone thinks it’s crazy or not. It’s been going really well. I’m really excited for the way that things have been going.
Q: The movie you’re doing next, The Frozen Ground, that’s quite a departure for you…
Yes. The Frozen Ground is based on a true story back in the 80s in Alaska. It’s about a serial killer who raped and murdered about 24 females. I play this prostitute slash rape victim whose drug addicted but gets away and ends up actually solving the case with the detective and puts him behind bars, which is where he’s still today.
Q: In this movie your character seems close to you. She’s a straightforward girl and she knows what she wants. Is she a little bit like you?
Yeah, totally. I mean, like, in the very beginning I think she’s quite hard headed, and kind of closed minded, but through the adventure she kind of opens up her eyes which is a lot of fun. I’m a complete adventurer. I love trekking along in the jungle and camping. I’m very spontaneous and I go with the flow.
Q: You’ve become a fashion icon – would you like to get into designing or your run your own label?
Yes, we are definitely in the process of it. I am trying to team up with a department store and just trying to get it all figured out because I love doing it so much. It’s definitely a true passion of mine.
Q: What kind of style would that be?
Yeah, it’s going to be cute casual, new age bohemian, very gypsyesque but with an edge to it.
Q: You’re traveling a lot around the world, you see other countries - how does that shape your view about the world?
It’s amazing. I like to think of myself as being quite insignificant on this planet, and in the human species, and let alone in this galaxy. So I mean, I love going off and experiencing different cultures and getting to know different people. I just went to Costa Rica, and there’s not that much money there, there’s a bit of poverty, but these people are so happy. I feel like we are all tree branches reaching towards the light and I think that it’s just beautiful to be able to experience so much, and that makes you more worldly and appreciate everything.
Q: At the same time, you have a voice. As a celebrity people listen to you. Do you use that celebrity to do something against poverty?
Yeah, totally. It’s really nice to be a part of charities, I try to be a part of several of them, but there’s just so much to do, especially as a celebrity. It’s good though to have a game plan because it’s hard to spread yourself all over the place and then you won’t really attack one thing and get it done. You can only do your best.