INO Exclusive: Chatting With ‘Teen Beach Movie’ Star MOLLEE GRAY

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INO got the chance to chat with actress and dancer Mollee Gray. Mollee is one of the supporting leads in the hit TV movie ‘Teen Beach Movie’ as the fun, quirky, and lovable Giggles. ‘Teen Beach Movie’ might be the next ‘High School Musical': its ratings broke records with 8.4 million viewers. You can see Mollee as Giggles in ‘Wet Side Story,’ the classic beach party movie that Mack (Maia Mitchell) and Brady (Ross Lynch) get sucked into. Here’s what Mollee had to say when she sat down with INO.

INO: So, how long have you been in “show business?’ Is this something you’ve always dreamed of?
MG: I booked my first professional job when I was 9 years old! I have always dreamed of being an actress,singer, and dancer but because I was from such a small town I never thought it was obtainable.

INO: Could you have foreseen the massive success of your character Giggles and Teen Beach Movie? My daughter LOVES the movie, and so do all of her friends. It’s as big a hit as the rainbow loop!
MG: I had absolutely no idea, but I couldnt be anymore grateful and honored to be a part of such a memorable movie.

INO: How are you dealing with such success and new-found notoriety? It has to be a lot to take in.
MG: I genuinely love meeting fans of the movie! It’s really cute to me to hear how much they all love it. They even know all the songs and dance routines! It’s so cool!

INO: Do you relate to Giggles in any way, or was this a bit of a stretch for you?
MG: Giggles and I are pretty similar. We both love to have fun and dance! The main difference is that Giggles doesnt mind confrontation, especially with the bikers. I, however, very much dislike confrontation.

INO: On top of your acting chops, it seems like you are a bit of a dancer as well. How was it being on SYTYCD? That’s another cultural phenomenon with “cult-like” following.
MG: So You Think You Can Dance was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but it prepared me for my career today. The fans of the show are great and super supportive!

INO: Was that more fun or less given how it is so training intensive and your success depends on how judges and the fans think of your performance, each and every week?
MG: It was really fun, but a lot of stress! I remember being so stressed every week not knowing who was going to be going home!

INO: Glee, Big Time Rush, and more. People seem to love working with you. What are some of the best jobs/roles you’re had to date?
MG: My favorite role I have played is the role of “Sari” in No Strings Attached with Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman. I got to play a nerdy girl trying to get the popular boy and it was a blast!

INO: What do you have planned in the coming year, since I’m sure you will be all over promoting TBM. Anything outside of that? TV, movies, music?
MG: Right now I am doing constant auditions and working on my music!

INO: What are some of your favorite things to do? Favorite hobbies, sports, shows, movies?
MG: I love to read and write! I always write in my journal about my day, thoughts, new songs, etc.

INO: What would you love to do in the future? It could be anything at all…skydiving, surfing, filming a movie with Justin Timberlake, hang out with Bill Sweeney…anything.
MG: One day I would love to produce, direct, and star in my own film! That would be a dream come true!

Before appearing in ‘Teen Beach Movie,’ Mollee was a Top 8 finalist and fan favorite on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ in season 6, as well as appearing on ‘The Voice,’ ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ ‘America’s Got Talent,’ and ‘Glee,’ among other shows. Mollee even appeared in ‘No Strings Attached’ as Siri opposite Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman. I think it’s safe to say you’re going to see even more of Mollee! Keep up with her on twitter at @MollsGrayy

Photographer: Danny Hernandez
Hair and Make-up: Allison Noelle
Stylist: Alonzo Johnson Jr.