You may recognize Tony Oller from his role as Danny on As the Bell Rings or thanks to his fast-rising music career, but now he's got one gigantic role -- as Walt Moore on the Teen Nick's newest show Gigantic, that is! J-14 recently spoke to Tony about Walt, working with Demi Lovato, and his music.
J-14: Can you tell us about your Gigantic character, Walt Moore?
Tony Oller: Walt is relatable in a lot of ways. First and foremost, he is just a kid whp wants to be a kid. He is not one to enjoy the pleasures of having parents as celebrities. He would definitely rather try and get somewhere on his own rather than be told, "It's only because of your parents." I can't say I know what it's like to have parents as celebrities, but we definitely have a love for music in common.
J-14: What was your favorite episode of Gigantic to film?
Tony: One of my favorite episodes is one where Walt's music is showcased to his friends and family. It's also the episode where you hear the full song I got to record for Gigantic.
J-14: What's the funniest thing that happened to you on the Gigantic set?
Tony: There were a lot of pranks pulled on set -- let's just say that Ryan Rottman, who plays Joey, won the prank war. But we are all like a family on set, so we all like to blast our trailers with loud music in between scenes and dance. I would say Lil' Wayne is the most played when it comes to music on our set, and I believe Ryan Rottman and Malcolm David Kelley [my costar who plays Finn Katins] would agree with that.
J-14: Can you tell us about your music, like your latest song "Who I Am"?
Tony: Music is a big passion of mine and to be able to do it on the side of acting would be amazing. "Who I Am" is about having to deal with past issues and wanting a change. I write most songs randomly. They don't always deal with something I've been through but something I think is important to tell.
J-14: What was it like working with Demi Lovato on As the Bell Rings?
Tony: I don't talk to Demi [anymore], but I'm happy for her and all of her success. My favorite memory is sharing music in common -- she always had her guitar, so it was fun to jam with her.
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