Mathias Anderle, the star of Nickelodeon's newest TV movie, School Gyrls, dropped by the J-14 offices to dish about the movie, Justin Bieber, and his upcoming album!
J-14: Can you tell us about School Gyrls?
Mathias Anderle: It's based around this group called School Gyrls -- they're three girls in an up and coming pop group. They're really nice people too! It was directed by Nick Cannon, which was really cool -- he's a really nice guy. Now we're all like a tight-knit family.
J-14: What is your character Colin like?
Mathias: Colin is a laid-back jock -- he's suppose to be the stereotypical jerk, but he ends up being a really nice guy, which was cool because I kind of got to play myself. I'm really big into sports, but I'm not a jerk! I'm friends with everybody from every group.
J-14: What were Justin Bieber and Kristinia DeBarge like?
Mathias: Kristinia DeBarge was there just briefly because she was on a tour at that time, but I did get to be really good friends with Justin. We're the same age and he plays guitar and I play guitar, so we definitely hit it off well. Our whole cast went bowling the night he got there. I was a lot of fun. What you see is pretty much what you get with Justin -- he's really high energy, like he is when he's performing. He always has his guitar in his hands. What you see is what you get. You can tell he's worked hard for what he's got and is really grateful.
J-14: Where are you with your upcoming debut album?
Mathias: I'm just starting it now. I've been busy with School Gyrls, but at the end of the month I'm going to start working on the album really heavily. I'm excited for that because I get to work with some really cool producers. I've been writing ever since I've moved down to Los Angeles [from Washington state].
J-14: What's the story behind your current single "Shine On"?
Mathias: I wrote it because I've been thinking about some stories, not necessarily that happened in my life but something that's really typical of somebody my age -- a girl is in your same group of friends, you're good friends, and you find out the girl likes you back. It's one of those things you wouldn't expect -- you think she's so high above you, but it's a picture perfect ending.
You can check out Mathias Anderle when School Gyrls premieres on February 1 at 7pm EST on Nickelodeon.
Photo: Courtesy of John Anderle