Make no mistake: Gracie Dzienny may be the only girl in the Supah Ninjas trio, but this young actress – who learned how to use an ancient Japanese weapon for her fight scenes – holds her own on the hit Nickelodeon show about a band of teens who battle crime while living life as normal high-schoolers.
Gracie talked exclusively with Celebrity Teen Scoop about the show, her co-stars Ryan Potter and Carlos Knight and how her character Amanda keeps those boys on their toes – while still looking fabulous doing it. Oh snap.
Celebrity Teen Scoop: Tell us about your hit show, Supah Ninjas
Gracie: Supah Ninjas is a Nickelodeon show about three teens who are high schoolers by day and crime fighters by night in Empire City. It also focuses on how all three kids balance life while trying to keep their secret identities under wraps.
CTS: Give us some background on your character, Amanda McKay
Gracie: Amanda McKay is very organized and put together at all times. She is involved in almost everything at school and she is pretty popular. My favorite part about Amanda is her strength. She can take down a bad guy just as quickly as the guys and can do it all while keeping her curls intact.
CTS: In what ways are you similar/different from Amanda?
Gracie: Amanda and I are very similar. I am also very organized. Every single night I make a to-do-list of things I need to accomplish and I also can’t go to bed if my room is a mess. Being one of the guys used to be a big difference between Amanda and I, but now after working with Ryan and Carlos daily for the past two years I think I have started to become one of the guys as well. I’ve always been the girly girl, but now I like baseball games just as much as a Broadway show!
CTS: In the show, your specialty is fighting with tonfa, an ancient Japanese weapon. Describe your training in their use.
Gracie: I had several training lessons to learn how to work with tonfa sticks when we first started the show. I felt so bad for my poor teacher because they would always slip out of my hands and somehow hit him right in the head! I practice a lot on set though. While we have breaks I am constantly grabbing my practice tonfa sticks and going over little combinations so I’m ready for the big fight scenes.
CTS: Had you worked with your co-stars Ryan Potter and Carlos Knight before?
Gracie: I had not worked with Ryan or Carlos before starting Supah Ninjas. I actually met the boys at my final audition for the show. We are really close though. Ryan, having a martial arts background, is always giving me little tips on how to make my fights look stronger and more realistic. And Carlos has taken on the role of my big brother. He is always looking out for me and he is always there whenever I need something.
CTS: We hear you’ve studied dance and have won awards. Tell us about your dance background, and will we be seeing Amanda busting out any moves on Supah Ninjas?
Gracie: Yes, I am a dancer. I have been dancing since the age of two and danced competitively at Company C Dance Club from when I was 6 until I turned 15. The funny thing is fight choreography is a lot like dance. They both have musicality in a way. They both involve memorization. I actually use a lot of the same kicks and flips I used in dance.
So I would say you see a little bit of my dance background in every episode of Supah Ninjas. There is some dancing coming up in the second season though. It was a really fun week because a lot of my best friends from dance actually got to come to Pittsburgh and be in the show with me!
CTS: What do you like best about acting?
Gracie: When I was little I was one of those kids that never knew the answer to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I wanted to be a doctor one day, a fashion designer the next, and a kindergarten teacher the day after that. My favorite thing about acting is I can be all of those people. I don’t have to choose just one.
CTS: Who are your role models?
Gracie: Some of my role models this year are Emma Watson, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Emma Stone, and my mom. The first four are obviously who I look up to as actors. I think they all are so diverse and they have all played really strong female characters, which I love. Then there is my mom who is probably the most amazing woman I know. She does so much for me every single day and is literally my best friend. I love her more than words can express.
CTS: Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If so, what are they?
Gracie: I did! One of my biggest ones this year was to meet and become friends with at least 10 new people. I am a creature of habit and would much rather lie around in my pajamas and watch movies than go to a friend’s party and socialize. So it is my goal to make some new friends this year!