We first got a glimpse of Lauren Gottlieb on season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance where her talent landed her in the final six contestants. She went on to dance alongside stars like Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Shakira and showed her moves onscreen in The Hannah Montana Movie and Bring It On: Fight To The Finish. Lauren made the move into acting with guest starring roles on Make It or Break It and CSI.
Now this talented young star is stepping into the spotlight with her starring role in the buzzed-about ABCD (Any Body Can Dance), India’s first-ever 3D dance film. Celebrity Teen Scoop had a chance to talk exclusively with Lauren about her exciting new movie, filming in India, and her dream to share a dance – and bring sexy back – with her ideal dance partner.
Celebrity Teen Scoop: Tell us about your upcoming film, ABCD (Any Body Can Dance)
Lauren: Any Body Can Dance is India’s first-ever 3D dance film. It is produced by UTV Motion Pictures. Bollywood cinema is all song and dance, but this is their first dance script! I’m the lead (heroine) female and I’m really honored to have been a part of it.
CTS: Give us a little background on your character Rhea.
Lauren: Rhea is an extremely talented dancer who doesn’t quite know it yet. She starts out in a contemporary ballet school and decides to follow her teacher/guru when he decides to leave the school and head to a more underground urban dance scene. She gets pulled from being a contemporary dancer to a hip hopper, which in turn helps her to open up and find her true passion through dance.
CTS: Tell us about your shooting on location in India.
Lauren: It was such an amazing experience. After being a fan of so many dance movies, it was always a dream to have a lead role in a dance film. I never thought I’d have the opportunity to star in a Bollywood movie, but looking back I am so insanely proud and grateful. I went to India and had to jump into a new culture and learn a new language, but now having done that, I feel like I could do anything.
CTS: You also appeared on So You Think You Can Dance. What was that experience like?
Lauren: The audition for it was completely on a whim, but I’m so glad I took that chance. It was always very challenging to learn a new routine in 5-6 hours especially because it was usually a style that I hadn’t ever done before. It was an honor to perform on a show that has done so much for the dance community and never fails to touch so many people. That single audition for SYTYCD shaped my entire career. I’m extremely grateful to be a part of the So You Think You Can Dance family.
CTS: How long have you been a dancer?
Lauren: I started dancing when I was 7 years old. At first I had no interest in dancing, but my mom forced me to try it for 1 year. At the end of that year, after my first recital, I knew I had found my fate. I’ve been dancing ever since.
CTS: What has been your favorite role so far?
Lauren: Being an All-Star on SYTYCD has been a really awesome experience. You get to play a role in mentoring and helping the new contestants. I’ve really enjoyed providing guidance and seeing them succeed.
CTS: Do you remember your first audition? If so, share that story with our readers.
Lauren: My first audition was called “The Dance Down.” I was one of the youngest people there and my parents thought I was going to get swallowed up, but I kept making it cut after cut, and in the final audition I acted super bold and confident which lead me to win the dance down! It was my first big audition and first win; my parents still freak out when they hear the “dance down” song that I danced to.
CTS: Who would be your dream dance partner?
Lauren: Justin Timberlake! Even though he is considered a singer and actor, he is also a fantastic dancer! I would love the opportunity to share a dance with Mr. Sexyback!
CTS: Who are your role models?
Lauren: My biggest role models would definitely be my parents. They always taught me to work really hard and they made sure I always focused on doing the “right” thing. They told me to treat others as I’d want to be treated and to always be honest and truthful. They also really believed in me and never let me give up on my dreams. They made me the person I am today.
CTS: What exciting projects do you have coming up for 2013
Lauren: Coming up in 2013 is the release of my Bollywood film, Any Body Can Dance (ABCD) which premiers on February 8th. I’ll be heading back to India for the couple weeks leading up to the premiere to promote the film. I’m very excited to be back there! After that, you’ll have to wait and see!