by Anne M. Raso ONTHETEENBEAT.COM was lucky enough to get asked onto the set of Step Up 3Dalmost a year ago. We were able to meet almost the entire cast and get a firsthand look as they filmed dance battle scenes in an old building in NYC's financial district that once served as a place where passengers waited to board cruise ships! Alyson Stoner of Camp Rock 2 and Phineas & Ferb fame had to brush up on her dancing chops for her role in this popular movie franchise but tells us that music is really her #1 love and that she is planning on getting an album out there soon! We also got her to blab a little about sexy pal Taylor Lautner and if she thinks he or Eclipse films series co-star R-Pattz are hotties or notties! Q: What do you like to do in your down time? Alyson: Well, after this film, I expect to be breakdancing for the rest of my life. (Laughs.) I like to draw and painting pottery. I also love volunteering. I got to spend a day at a camp for kids with cancer last year (Sunrise Day Camp) and basically I was a counselor for a day. It was a lot of fun. My mom also take leftover food--or buy new food--and make bags up for the homeless. I have been doing a lot of that--giving back to the community has been the most rewarding thing for me. I want to help better the life of others. Q: You are one of the youngest members of the Step Up 3D cast I have noticed. And Camp Rock as well...how are the two sets different for you? A: I am actually the youngest person in Step Up 3D. For me, it's great--I am like a student who just gets to sit back and learn from the most talented people in the world. With Camp Rock, I am more surrounded by people my own age so I tend to have more experiences after set. With Step Up 3D, filmed here in NYC, I have not gone out after set...I am not someone into nightlife or anything like that. With Camp Rock 2, I have more of the "family reunion" feel--here on the Step Up 3D set, I am just a students...I am the young grasshopper studying with the best of the best. (Laughs.) Q: Would you say anyone stands out in particular in terms of taking you under their wing? A: Venom, Flips, Weegee and Legacy are all boys that have helped make me into a real dancing machine. (Laughs.) You'll see them on set--they are unbelievable. Their talent is through the roof. Q: So do you think you will be focusing on dance in the future? A: I think this project specifically kind of rebirthed the passion that I had for dance so I know I can't ever give it up but I know that my focus is also going to be on the music. I am a singer and I am working with producers on a soulful pop sound but I like live instrumentation. I want my album to be real music--with real instrumentation--so I am going to take my time and make a good solid record as opposed to rushing something out.
Q: Have you been recording a lot of music?
A: I have been recording since I was seven and my mom has saved all my lyric sheets--I have about 200 pages of songs from when I was eight and nine years old. Q: They must be fun to look back on! A: Oh yes. (Laughs.) I am a real words girl and I am always like, "Dictionary, please!" I always look for interesting synonyms or unusual words to be in songs...but that I cannot pull out easily from my sleeve. It has been fun. I love writing. Q: This movie is in 3D so what scenes do you look forward to seeing on the big screen? A: Well, besides the battle scenes, of course, I just want to see the depth. The 3D technology makes the audience really feel like they are part of the film. I want to see the colors! All the hair, makeup and clothing colors really pop on camera--and the 3D will only add to that.