Mollee Gray has been gaining momentum in her acting roles since becoming the Top 8 finalist on So You Think You Can Dance Season 6. Besides appearing as Giggles in Disney’s Teen Beach Movie – her numerous television credits including Glee, The Voice, Ellen, Dancing With The Stars, America’s Got Talent, High School Musical Trilogy, Big Time Rush, Shake It Up, Victorious, and Drop Dead Diva.
Celebrity Teen Scoop recently caught up with Mollee to talk about her time on Teen Beach Movie and the actresses she admires.
CTS: You played the supporting lead Giggles in the smash Disney Channel TV movie, Teen Beach Movie. Tell us about the film and your role. How were you cast for the part?
MG: Teen Beach Movie is a fun, classic beach party Disney Channel original movie! I play the role of “Giggles”, who loves to dance, be at the beach and of course hang out at Big Mamas. I was originally asked to audition for the part when I was working on another Disney Channel project! They sent me the script and the sides, then I went to audition. Within a week later they called me and said “You got the part! You’re leaving to Puerto Rico in 2 days for 2 months!” I was ecstatic!
CTS: What was it like working with Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell? Are you guys still in touch?
MG: Ross and Maia are loads of fun! Maia and I met right before Teen Beach Movie on another project, and we have been best friends ever since!
CTS: During the sixth season of So You Think You Can Dance, you reached the Top 8. That’s quite the accomplishment! What was it like to perform in front of the millions of people watching the show? Do people recognize you on the street from the show?
MG: Thank you! I love to perform! It’s one of my favorite things about being in this industry! Feeling the energy from the audience and even getting feedback from viewers was beyond amazing! Yes I do get recognized, it’s always such an honor to talk to fans and hear how I have inspired them!
CTS: How did you get your start in dancing? Was it always your plan to get into acting as well?
MG: My mother put me in dance and gymnastics when I was 3 years old because I had too much energy! Haha! Shortly after I started acting in elementary school, it was always part of the plan!
CTS: You also played the role of Sari in No Strings Attached. What was it like working with big names like Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman?
MG: Natalie Portman has been one of my idols for so long! It was incredible to watch her and Ashton on set, I definitely learned so much from them!
CTS: Are there any other actors and actresses you would like to work with?
MG: I would love to work with Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence!
CTS: What is your best advice for people thinking of getting into the entertainment industry?
MG: Be confident in who you are! Many people will try and break you down, but if you keep your focus on your dream and belief in yourself, it will work out!
CTS: What do you like to do in your free time, any favorite hobbies, books or TV shows?
MG: I absolutely love to read! I love to read mysteries! Also, I enjoy watching “Law and Order: SVU” it’s so good!
CTS: Do you have any fun plans for Halloween?
MG: Yes! I went to family’s house to take my siblings trick or treating.
CTS: What’s up next for you?
MG: Right now I am focusing on my music and continuing to audition for more acting roles!