You may be used to watching Meg DeAngelis on her YouTube channel, maybabytumbler, but the YouTuber is putting on her dancing shoes for her role of Cheyenne in Awesomeness TV’s Dance Camp! The film, on YouTube Red today, follows a group of misfit kids who all form a bond over dancing. It also stars YouTubers Niki and Gabi Demartino and Viner Jake Paul! We caught up with Meg to find out what it was like on set of the movie and if she’s thinking of leaving YouTube to become a full-time actress!
How did you get approached for the part of Cheyenne?
"Initially, when I heard about the movie, I sort of dismissed the idea of being a part of it since it's centered on dance (a sport I'd never done before). But as I found out more about it, I started to realize how cool of an opportunity it was. I think, in order to grow, it's important to challenge yourself and that mindset helped me make the decision to audition!"
How was filming a movie different than making your YouTube videos? Do you prefer one over the other?
"As far as how it compares to making one of my own videos, it's a completely different universe. Most of my videos only take a day or two to record and only involve myself, sometimes along with one or two other people at most. Making this movie took months and a whole cast and crew to shoot."
Are there any set secrets you could let readers in on?
"I drove one of the golf carts once and I definitely don’t think I was allowed to. It felt super rebellious and awesome, though!"
Did you feel prepared to memorize the moves? Was it harder than you thought it would be?
"It was definitely a challenge! Dancing is crazy because it’s an art, but it’s also a full on sport. I had a chance to take some dance classes before we started shooting and I really tried to work on the moves at home as well. I was so lucky because my cast mates, who are all really talented dancers, were always willing to help me out when I was struggling."
Was there a particular dance that you loved the most?
"I loved the duet dance the most because it’s when I first started to realize what dance was all about. When I was dancing with a partner, I learned that it wasn’t just a series of motions strung together. Each dance step, like pushing or pulling away from someone, has a purpose and it all comes together to form a story for the audience."
Have you officially been bitten by the acting bug? Any more plans to act?
"Definitely! I grew up doing plays and musicals, so acting has always been a part of my life, but being apart of Dance Camp made me realize it’s something I never want to stop doing!"
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