Interview: Grace Phipps

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Multi-talented Grace Phipps is extraordinary. Having majored in Musical Theatre in high school, the 21 year old Texan has gone on to land starring and recurring roles in hit TV shows like The Nine Lives of Chloe King and The Vampire Diaries. She is best-known for playing Lela in 2013 Disney Channel Original Movie Teen Beach Movie.

Having risen to prominence after the premiere of Teen Beach Movie last year, where she starred alongside Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell and Garrett Clayton, Grace has since garnered a strong following the world over. She recently landed a guest-starring role on Disney Channel sitcom Austin & Ally, on which her Teen Beach Movie co-star Ross Lynch stars. The episode will premiere on Disney Channel on Apr 13.

We had the chance to interview the talented actress, where we talked about Teen Beach Movie, her upcoming horror film Dark Summer and her new puppy Hildy!

How did you prepare for the role of Lela prior to filming Teen Beach Movie?
I grew up watching early 1960's beach party movies, so I was pretty familiar with the archetype I would be portraying. I mainly fretted about the dance!

Which scene from Teen Beach Movie was the most fun to film?
I loved shooting the sleepover scene with Maia [Mitchell]. We shot that after a full day of shooting "Cruisin' for a Bruisin'" and it was great to then be able to relax into a one-on-one scene.

Tell us more about your new movie Dark Summer.
Dark Summer is a film by Paul Solet. It's a cunning horror film, I play a pretty scary role in it!

You also guest-starred on an this week's new Austin & Ally episode. Any spoilers to share?
Spoiler: it's hard to pull off storming away dramatically in a tail...

If you could play one character in any Broadway musical, which would it be?
For a Broadway musical, Sheila from Hair. Broadway play, Tilly from Sarah Ruhl's Melancholy Play.

Do you get recognised on the streets a lot?
Sometimes, but the good thing about the kind of projects I've done is that every person I've met under those circumstances has been so nice and friendly. I like getting to meet people who like the projects I've done because I like them too.

What is one thing about you that people may find hard to believe?
I can knit a hat without looking down in a movie?

The cast of Teen Beach Movie
From left: Grace Phipps ('Lela'), Garrett Clayton ('Tanner'), Maia Mitchell ('McKenzie'), Ross Lynch ('Brady')

How has your life changed since you got your puppy Hildy?
I used to not have Hildy?! That's so sad for me! ...No seriously, getting Hildy is the best decision I ever made. She's a dog, but she's still my favourite person. Thank you for asking!

What would your ideal vacation be like?
I just love to go to new places. If I can go somewhere I've never been, I'm a happy camper... or vacationer, it doesn't have to be camping.

If you could be in your favourite movie (just like Mack & Brady in Teen Beach Movie), which movie would you want to be in?
It would be The Neverending Story!

Grace ended off the interview with a little message for her Singaporean fans: Hello Singapore!!! I haven't met you yet but I would love to! :) xoxoxoxoxoxox

Photo credits: Andrew Eccles / ABC Family, Jason Kempin / Getty Images North AmericaBob D'Amico / Disney Channel

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