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By Krista

Drew Seeley

Interview with Drew Seeley of "Lovestruck: The Musical" on ABC Family 4/22/13

Krista says: "I asked Drew Seeley the question " What was your most favorite moment from making the film?" He seemed to be a really nice guy and easygoing too. I enjoyed talking to him and hearing him answer the questions."

ABC Familyís Q&A with Drew Seeley
Lovestruck: The Musical

Moderator Could you talk about how you prepared for this role?

D. Seeley It was a very physically demanding couple of days when Chelsea and I shot our duet. We shot the movie in Pittsburgh, so anytime that I had free time, I would obviously hit the gym, and I love to run so I would run and explore the city and kind of discover Pittsburgh on foot. I just tried to stay in shape and not eat too many of those Primanti Bros. sandwiches that are so awesome.

One thing I did have to do to prepare was spend a lot of time with Tom Wopat, who plays the older version of me, because Sanaa, the director of the movie, wanted me to have a lot of the same physical ticks and way of saying things and expressions, because weíre the same person. So that was kind of fun trying to emulate what he did, kind of copy him but make it 30 years younger.

Moderator So you had to get his mannerisms down?

D. Seeley Yes, that was tricky. Thatís the first time Iíve ever had to do something like that. It was cool.

Moderator What was it about this particular role that interested you to be a part of the film?

D. Seeley The movie was produced by Debra Martin Chase, who really gave me my first break with ďDance with Me,Ē from Cheetah Girls 2. So Iíve known her for a long time and hadnít seen her forever, so it was really nice to reunite with her on this movie.

Plus, Iím an actor, I just love to work. Some jobs are better than others, and this one was just a blessing in that I got to do everything that I love to do; sing, dance, and act, in one film. This is one of those ones that you hope comes around more often.

Moderator Was there anything about the role that you added to it that wasnít originally scripted for you?

D. Seeley No. I just brought myself to the character, I think. I just kind of put my own spin on it. But as far as changing dialogue or anything, I didnít really have that license. Thereís a time crunch on these kinds of movies. Iím not the main character of the story, but my job is really to move the story along and support the story and what Chelsea is doing. So I didnít really have to do anything other than what was on the page, and thatís always nice.

Moderator What was it like being a part of and working with such a talented cast?

D. Seeley It was great. You always want to make sure that youíre not the weak link. Youíre surrounded by really talented, great actors and singers, so just staying on your game is the main thing. But everybody was so nice, from Jane Seymour to Chelsea. We all became friends very quickly and still talk and hang out. Chelsea is actually coming to my wedding next weekend, funnily enough, to give you an idea.

It was a great experience. Everyone was really cool. Who knows, they may want a sequel or something and I will be game.

Moderator Is there anyone that you would love to work with someday?

D. Seeley Thatís a good question. Daniel Day Lewis. I just want to work with good actors and people that I can learn from, is my main goal in all of this. I think itís always great to not be the smartest person in the room because I donít want to ever feel like I canít improve upon what Iím doing. I just want to surround myself with people that are better actors than me and better singers and dancers and see what happens.

Moderator Based upon your background with Disney with other musicals and shows, what sort of creative input did ABC allow you to have with Lovestruck?

D. Seeley I did get the chance to write a bonus track for the soundtrack, which is really nice. I wrote and sang a lot of the music from Cinderella Story and the High School Musical stuff, so they knew that that was something that I could add to the piece of the puzzle, too. Thereís a song called ďHere and NowĒ thatís on the soundtrack.

Also, when I was recording my duet with Chelsea, ďDJ Got Us Falling in Love,Ē they really listened to my input as far as what takes I liked and ad-libs, and making it sound like something that I could be proud of and release on my own and be proud of, as well. So musically, definitely had a lot of input.

Acting-wise, I just went in and did what I thought the character called for. I worked together with Sanaa to find the right levels and the right tone. But like I was saying in the last question, everything was right there on the page for me. It was an easy one, as far as some of these jobs go.

Moderator How does your past experience compare to working on Lovestruck?

D. Seeley I definitely called upon my dance background. I think this movie is similar to Cinderella Story, at least the character that I Ö.. Performing Ė I did a show on Broadway a couple of years ago, I got to play Prince Eric for a few months, and we did eight shows a week. It was a really grueling schedule; you had to have a lot of stamina. I think that training came into play when we ended up shooting these numbers because Sanaa, the director of the movie Lovestruck, she comes from a music video pedigree, so she expects full-out numbers all the way through, no stopping to change camera angles, you have to do it the entire 110% every time, all day. So I was sore for about a week, I think, after we shot our scenes, but I think itís worth it; what came out on screen.

Moderator How long did you and Chelsea take to learn your big dance routine?

D. Seeley Two days. We had two, maybe three rehearsals. We shot upstairs, the beautiful, big theater that Jane Seymour has her ďJust DanceĒ number in, we practiced upstairs in that same theater, Chelsea and I, to learn our song. We only had two or three days, maybe four hours each time.

They changed it a lot. Weíd learn the entire dance and then send it into the network and then get notes, and then weíd go back and have to change half of what we had just learned to something else to switch up the styles and make sure that thereís a little bit of everything in the pot. So I think that was more of the challenge than anything. You learn the dance, you go home, you study it and you cram, and then the next day youíve got to unlearn half of what youíve just learned and learn something new. Then when we shot on that day, trying not to confuse the two.

So that was a challenge, but it was fun.

Moderator Iím a big Hanson fan, so how did you end up in their latest video?

D. Seeley Itís one of these serendipitous things. Amy, my fiancť, has been a Hanson fanatic since she was a kid. So, she has taken me to about four or five Hanson concerts over the last five years in L.A. At first she had to drag me because all I knew was ďMMMBop.Ē Then by the third or fourth show, I kinda got it and Iím like wow, these guys are really good musicians and I can appreciate this.

So when I decided I was going to propose to Amy, I had a friend from high school named Livy McCall, who worked with Hanson management, and I just shot her an email out of the dark, kind of who knows, maybe this will work, can you get Hanson to make a super quick little Flip Cam video and say hi to Amy or something? They made a minute video for my proposal saying yes, we checked out Drew, we approve, we think you should say ďyes,Ē and I played it when I proposed to her and she loved it.

I guess the guys saw that and then a year later, when they were going to film this music video for ďGet the Girl Back,Ē their new single, they reached out to me. They were like hi, weíre in L.A. if you and Amy want to be in our video. So of course we said yes and theyíre almost, I would say, theyíre friends now, acquaintances. Itís crazy how that worked out.

But they are really, really awesome dudes. Iím such a fan. I hope their album kills.

Moderator What is your most favorite moment from making the film?

D. Seeley Besides hanging out at Craft Services and eating all of their glorious food Ė I would say the big ďDJ Got Us Falling in LoveĒ number. We drove about an hour outside of Pittsburgh to a big mansion in the country and set up there for the whole day. It was this beautiful, old mansion just in the middle of nowhere and we had the whole place to ourselves. We set up the ballroom, there were tons of background actors there, cheering us on and clapping and really getting us into it, because thereís a lot of energy with people in the room, and that helped our performances.

That was such a good memory. Then they had a really cool little restaurant and bar there afterwards, so we all went and had chicken wings when we were done.

Moderator Youíve been able to combine music in acting rather nicely, but are you more passionate about one over the other one?

D. Seeley I get asked that a lot. Itís hard to choose. I donít know that I would want to give up acting just to go after music solely and being on the road 300 days a year touring. I really like having L.A. as my home base. Iím kind of a studio rat, I love recording, so a lot of these movies give me the chance to do both. Iíve sort of carved out a nice little niche doing that.

On the other side, I donít see myself ever stopping making music. Iím consistently recording and releasing stuff online or YouTube videos or whatever it is. I just donít know if itís going to be a full on, Iím the next Rihanna, or whatever. Iím not going for it to that level. But I love making music and I donít think I could stop if I wanted to.

Moderator What other projects are you currently working on in either music or acting?

D. Seeley Iíve got two movies that Iíve shot that havenít come out yet. One is called Yellow Day and another is called Nonstop, which Iím actually filming right now. Thatís fun Ė itís a suspense movie on a plane, and I play a flight attendant. Thereís no music at all in that, but weíre having a good time.

As far as other stuff Ė Iím starting to get into writing, as well. I wrote my first TV pilot about two months ago. I wrote a character for myself in a half hour comedy. Iím going to start taking meetings and pitching that around town and hoping for the best. See if anyoneís interested.

Moderator What are the differences you would say there are between Broadway and film acting? Which one do you prefer?

D. Seeley Broadway is eight shows a week and the feedback you get is immediate, which is always fun. Filming is long, tedious days, and then you wait and wait and wait some more for whatever it is to come out, and then people get to see and appreciate your work. Like, Lovestruck we shot a year and half ago, so it feels like forever ago. It feels like it should have been out a long time ago. Itís really nice that itís coming out now; I donít mind that it takes so long.

I would probably say theater. Just because youíre with the same people for a longer amount of time, so you have more time to develop longer friendships. The feedback is immediate. And New York is such an exciting city. I really love living in New York. That was the only chance Iíve ever had to do that, but I would go back in heartbeat.

Moderator Do you feel that the press can have too much of a negative influence on an entertainerís career?

D. Seeley They can, but I really feel like everyone has personal choice. You can decide where youíre going to be and what youíre going to be doing. If you make silly decisions and then the press just happens to show up, itís not entirely their fault for reporting on what youíre already doing. I just try to live my life in an open, honest, straightforward way, and then that way youíre immune to whatever it is the press is going to say.

Moderator Where any funny mishaps while filming Lovestruck?

D. Seeley They were trying to make Pittsburgh look like Italy, and I thought that was funny because the leaves were turning because we shot it in fall. They were freaking out because they were like we canít shoot this angle because the leaves are orange and they would be green. That wasnít anything that I had to worry about, but I remember that was something that they were freaking out about a little bit.

There werenít really any mishaps. No broken bones, no twisted ankles. I got out of this one unscathed.

Moderator You and Chelsea have this awesome love/hate chemistry going on. Did that come naturally or did you guys have to kind of work at it?

D. Seeley It came naturally. Sheís just a great actress to play off of. We just kind of looked at what Jane and Tom were doing as the older versions of us and the story, and we went with it from there. We were supposed to be exes, but I kind of thought of her as my sister, in a way, too, so that I could pick on her and make some of that believable.

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