They're With the Band

TFK talks with the stars of the Disney Channel original movie, Lemonade Mouth

Mar 04, 2011 | By TFK Kid Reporter Jamie Paterno Ostmann

Disney's newest movie, Lemonade Mouth, is set to premiere April 15 on the Disney Channel. It's the story of five high-school students—Olivia, Wen, Stella, Mo and Charlie—who share a love of music. When the quintet meets in detention they decide to form a band. Their purpose: To stand up for those kids whose voices are drowned out by the popular crowd.

Appearing in the movie are stars of Disney Channel's hit shows: Bridgit Mendler from Good Luck Charlie; Adam Hicks from Zeke and Luther; Hayley Kiyoko from Wizards of Waverly Place; Naomi Scott from Disney Channel UK's Life Bites; Nick Roux from The Suite Life on Deck; and newcomer Blake Michael.

The cast talked to TFK about the upcoming film at the studios of Radio Disney in Burbank, California. Tune in today to Radio Disney at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time for the early release of "Somebody," the band's first single from the movie soundtrack.

TFK:

What are some life lessons that you've learned from the movie?

Bridgit:

Don't be afraid to be an individual.

Blake:

Don't be afraid to speak your mind.

Adam:

Stand up for what you believe in. That's definitely a big theme in our movie.

Naomi:

Love and embrace your family. You see so many different types of families in the movie. They all have problems, but they work through them because they're family, and that's the key. You're family. And you're always going to love each other.

Hayley:

Life isn't perfect. It's about making the best out of your situation and your life and bettering yourself.

Naomi:

Valuing friendship. Never take friends for granted because they'll be the ones there for you.

Adam:

It doesn't matter who you are. You don't have to be all the way on top of the cool chart just to make a difference in life. Cool is so uncool.

Hayley:

Cool is subjective.

Bridgit:

I learned that lesson in my life. I've never been cool.

Adam:

There are billions of people in the world. Someone will find you cool.

Nick:

Just like beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, cool is in the eyes of the beholder.

Naomi:

What I think is cool, hardly anyone else does!

Bridgit:

Take pride in not being cool! I think that's the best way.

TFK:

I know you guys are all friends on camera, but off camera, do you all hang out together?

Hayley:

Oh yeah! All the time. It was so hard when the movie was over because, you know, we spent 24 hours a day, seven days a week together for three months. And now Blake lives in Atlanta, and Naomi lives in London. So we'd be Skyping each other all the time. We Tweet. And do Facebook. Thank you, social networks!

TFK:

Some of your characters find themselves in difficult situations. Has living through those situations in the film helped you overcome problems in your own life?

Blake:

That's pretty deep.

Hayley:

Playing Stella, I've learned to be more spontaneous and more fearless because I've always been afraid to get injured or get in trouble. I'm always very hesitant about that kind of stuff. Playing Stella, I've gotten self-confidence, a little more brave. I thank my character for that.