We were lucky enough to get access to Demi as she visited NYC in Mid-May to promote Camp Rock 2. Fans are dying to see this (we did not have to tell you that) and we got the inside scoop on what is going to happen plot-wise as well as some behind-the-scenes secrets! And no, we were not allowed to ask about her breakup with Joe—we had to keep the subjects strictly professional! Well, we did ask if she was going to be able to take a summer vacation this year, if there could possibly be another tour with the JoBros, her work against cyberbullies and about her near-worship of Kelly Clarkson!
Q: What's your favorite scene from the movie?
Demi: I think that it's the dance battle between Camp Star and Camp Rock. It really shows the competitiveness between the two camps and I feel like that was a new side for me to play. I am a competitive person but only to a certain degree. I've never had to compete with another camp or another artist or anything like that. I've always been like, “Okay, there's a spot for everybody.” But it was a fun side to play and what I enjoyed was the challenge and how my character was like, '”I'm not going to take this. I'm going to fight back.”
Q: Can you see doing that, doing a dance battle?
Demi: I would love to do a dance battle. I'd probably lose, but it would be fun. It'd definitely be fun.
Q: What would you say was the hardest scene in the film to shoot? I imagine that scene must've been pretty hard with all those people.
Demi: Yeah, it was also one of the hardest scenes because we were all sweating and it was just challenging but it was great.
Q: You talked earlier about Kelly Clarkson being a role model of yours. What it is about her that you admire?
Demi: Yeah. She's a role model of mine because you didn't see her following down any path that some people take. She wasn't a very scandalous person. You only really heard about her music and her career and how respected she was as an artist. I feel like that's an important way to guide your career, to be known by your music and not by your scandals. She was able to keep clean music while not selling sex. She's great and she's a huge inspiration to me.
Q: You're of course a role model for a lot of girls, as well, and you talk a lot about bullying which is a big subject at schools now. Can you talk about how you got involved with that and why it's so important for you?
Demi: I got involved with it because I was bullied when I was younger, too, and I dealt with a very hard time. Things were said to me that stick with me to this day and I feel like it's important to let people know, especially my demographic who tends to be the age that I was when I was bullied, the age that's being bullied right now, that they're not alone, that there are ways out of it, that there are outlets and that you can tell people. But some people don't have outlets and they end up taking their own lives. It's very serious. It's becoming more and more frequent throughout the world and now with Twitter and Facebook there's cyber-bullying, which can be just as painful. It's a very serious issue and I just hate hearing about kids who suffer the things that I had to suffer through and even to a more serious degree. I can't even imagine. I just want to let them know that I'm there for them and that I have their backs. I will do whatever I can to help them with whatever experience that they're going through.
Q: How old were you when you having this experience?
Demi: I was 12. I was 12 and it wasn't easy for me at all.
Q: What are you doing to help them then? Are you going to be going out and talking in schools?
Demi: Eventually. That's something that I plan on doing within the next year, going out to schools and talking to people and making people aware. I want to do that while I'm on tour maybe so that while I'm in a city I can stop at a school or several schools and say, “Hey, what you're doing is serious.” I want to make people realize the importance or the seriousness of clicks in their school. When there's clicks people are more judgmental of each other. If people are more loving of one another they're less likely to bully each other and there needs to be more of that, more peace.