The day has finally come — Teen Beach 2 is officially premiering on Disney Channel TONIGHT!
To get you excited for the film, CelebSecrets4U hopped on the phone with newcomer Ross Butler, who talked about what we can expect from his character, what it was like working with his cast members, and his favorite dance number — you have to read our full interview below!
Teen Beach 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to Teen Beach Movie, the #2 movie in cable TV history in Total Viewers. Continuing the fantastical music-driven saga, Teen Beach 2 is set months after surfer sweethearts McKenzie (Maia Mitchell) and Brady (Ross Lynch) return from a summer adventure that transported them into Brady’s favorite 1960s beach party movie, “Wet Side Story,” only to receive a surprise real-world visit from Lela (Grace Phipps), Tanner (Garrett Clayton), Butchy (John DeLuca) and their other new found surfer and biker buddies. Knowing first-hand that the “real” world and the movie world don’t mix, Mack, Brady and all of the “Wet Side Story” friends must quickly devise a plan and use the magic of Lela’s necklace to get everyone back to their movie world before it’s too late.
Ross joins the cast as Spencer who stirs things up between Mack and Brady. It seems like Mack and Spencer share quite a few things in common, bringing out the green-eyed monster in Brady. This should be interesting to watch.
Teen Beach 2 premieres TONIGHT at 8PM on Disney Channel.
CS4U: How was it filming with the Teen Beach crew?
Ross Butler: “The Teen Beach cast and crew were amazing. We’re all like a family. I didn’t know any of them when I first went to Puerto Rico, and the day I landed they immediately took me into their family and they were all so accommodating and nice. We all got to know each other really well and over the past few months doing promos and stuff we bonded even more. It is seriously like having a second family. It’s a really cool process getting to know everyone’s story and learning who they are and connecting with them.”
CS4U: Would you say it was a bit intimidating since they already knew each other? Did you go into it kind of nervous?
Ross Butler: “I definitely was intimidated when I first went into it because they had known eachother for a few years at that point and have had a movie together and other projects with each other so yeah, going in was a little daunting, but they were all seriously so nice. It was not what I expected.”
CS4U: Can you tell me a little bit about your character Spencer?
Ross Butler: “Spencer is the studious- popular guy in school. He knows what college he is going to, he knows his passion and what he wants to study. What I like most about him is that he doesn’t really care whether it’s cool or not. He does what he wants to because he’s passionate about it and he doesn’t care what people think of it. I think that’s why he’s popular because people respond to self-confidence. He’s just an all around good guy.”
CS4U: This movie is obviously a musical so I have to ask, Did you sing in any of the songs or were you a part of the dance numbers?
Ross Butler: “No, I do not sing in the movie or in real life [laughs]. So that’s something I generally like to stay away from unless we’re karaoking. As for dancing yes. I wasn’t supposed to, but the first day I got there the choreographer told me to just go to rehearsal and that they would show me some moves and see if I could pull it off. So I am in one of the big dance numbers at the end. It was a lot of fun.”
CS4U: What was your favorite song from the film?
Ross Butler: “My favorite song would be Gotta Be Me. Which is not the dance I was in, in the movie. Gotta Be Me has this really driving awesome beat. I had to learn the dance moves for the promos like Good Morning America. It’s hard to do the whole thing, but once you learn it, it’s so fun to do and with the song it’s great.”
CS4U: You said your favorite song on the film was a little upbeat so what kind of music would you say you listen to on a daily basis?
Ross Butler: “It really is all over the place. When I’m at the gym I listen to like hip hop, some pop, and a little electronic. Or when I’m researching acting stuff like for Perfect High I listen to a little bit more emotional music like Damien Rice or Sam Smith. When I’m in the car I like to listen to a lot of 90s one hit wonders because that’s around the time I grew up and it brings back good memories.”
CS4U: If you could choose only one song to play for the rest of your life what would it be?
Ross Butler: “Oooh that’s rough. The thing is my favorite song is ‘Don’t Stop me Now’ by Queen, but for the rest of my life that’s such a hard question because then you start to question yourself if you could listen to that over and over again. Yea I’ll go with Don’t Stop me now by queen. It’s just an all around great song.”
CS4U: You guys shot Teen Beach 2 in Puerto Rico — what was that like?
Ross Butler: “Puerto Rico was amazing. I’m a big foodie and I’ve never had proper Puerto Rican food so going there and eating Mofongo, which is one of their national foods was amazing. Anywhere you go it’s like a home cooked meal. All the people were so friendly. Many of the dancers that we had on set were locals. They were like salsa instructors and it just a lot of high energy. The beaches were great. We went ziplining through the forest. A lot of the time I was questioning if I was there for work or for fun [laughs].”