Friends to Foes

The stars of Disney Channel’s original movie Frenemies chat with TFK

Jan 13, 2012 | By Vickie An
BOB D’AMICO—DISNEY CHANNEL

What happens when your best friend becomes your worst enemy? That’s the question posed by the Disney Channel original movie Frenemies, premiering tonight. The plot follows three pairs of pals whose friendships are put to the test.

In the first story line, Shake It Up stars Bella Thorne, 14, and Zendaya, 15, play buddies Avalon and Halle. A top publisher wants to turn their fashion blog, Geekly Chic, into a magazine. But there’s only room for one of the girls to stay on, and they both want the job. Will their rivalry ruin their friendship?

Then, there’s science whiz Jake (Nick Robinson) and his loyal dog, Murray. Jake has a new science-project partner, Julianne (A.N.T. Farm’s Stefanie Scott). But as it turns out, she’s just using Jake to get a good grade. When Murray realizes Julianne’s plan, he tries to warn Jake before his buddy gets hurt. Will Jake choose the right friend to trust?

The final thread centers on tomboy Savannah and uptown girl Emma, both played by actress Mary Mouser, 15. Even though they look identical to each other, Savannah and Emma’s lives couldn’t be any more different. Each thinks the other’s life is perfect, so they decide to trade places for a while. But as the girls soon learn, the other side isn’t as glamorous and fun as they think.

TFK has interviews from all five Frenemies stars, who spent several weeks filming in Toronto, Canada. Watch TFK’s video interview with Bella and Zendaya below. Then, scroll down to read Nick and Stefanie’s interviews with one another. Wait, there’s more! To read our Q&A with Mary, click here.

 

A Chat with Stefanie Scott

Nick Robinson interviews his Frenemies costar Stefanie Scott

NICK:

Toronto is a very international city. What other cultures and cuisines did you experience while filming Frenemies?

STEFANIE:

I found Toronto to be a lot like New York City or Chicago. There were retro vintage shops, cuisines from around the world and the Eaton Centre, which is a girl’s dream if you like to shop. We also experienced the underground shopping tunnels!

NICK:

Of all the museums and historical sites in Toronto that you visited, which was your favorite?

STEFANIE:

We saw lots of sites in Toronto, but I would have to say that my two favorites were the CN Tower, which stands at 1,815 feet, and Casa Loma, which was built in the early 1900s and is somewhat similar to the Hearst Castle in California. The architecture was so interesting. It was used as a location for the film Chicago, in 2002.

NICK:

What was your favorite scene to shoot?

STEFANIE:

My favorite scene to shoot was the dance scene at the end of the movie. It was AWESOME! We all practiced with a choreographer for a week to prepare for the shoot. Since I have been dancing since I was 3 years old, this was undoubtedly my favorite scene to participate in! The music was so great, too, and we never got tired of listening to it during rehearsals. As it turned out, I got to record the song, "Pose," for the movie, so I am really excited about that as well.

NICK:

What was your favorite location that we filmed at?

STEFANIE:

The big mansion we used to shoot the dance scene. The house was amazing, and the grounds were awesome as well. We ended up filming the photo shoot there, so you might get a peek of the back yard from the photo-shoot pictures.

NICK:

Have you ever had a frenemy? What advice do you have for people who have a relationship like this?

STEFANIE:

I think we have all experienced having friends who we question whether they are really our friends or not. I think the best advice I can give is to try to be the type of friend you would like to have.

NICK:

What're your favorite books, and what are you reading now?

STEFANIE:

My favorite books are The Other Half of Life, The Hunger Games and If I Stay. I am presently reading Fixing Delilah. I'm a book nerd!

NICK:

How do you manage to juggle schoolwork and your busy career? And what's your favorite subject?

STEFANIE:

My favorite subject is English because I love writing stories, and I love reading. I guess I just love being busy, so managing a hectic schedule like I have is fun!

 


 

5 Questions for Nick Robinson

The tables have turned! Stefanie interviews Nick about filming in Toronto and more

STEFANIE:

Had you been to Toronto before, and what was your favorite site you visited while there?

NICK:

I had been to Canada before, but never to Toronto. It's a pretty amazing city. My favorite site I visited had to be either Fort York or the Royal Ontario Museum. We also took a day trip to Niagara Falls, which was worth the entire trip. I love history, and Toronto has so much of it. I felt right at home.

STEFANIE:

Were you nervous when you found out they added a dance scene and realized you had to dance in the movie?

NICK:

At first I was a little nervous. Dancing has never been my thing, but after talking to the choreographers, I felt much more comfortable and had a really good time.

STEFANIE:

What is your favorite scene in Frenemies?

NICK:

It's hard to pick just one scene because what really stayed with me was the overall experience of working with such a talented cast and crew. They were the ones who really made taping every scene memorable and fun.

STEFANIE:

What's your funniest or most memorable story you can share?

NICK:

One of my favorite memories from Frenemies is working with Winston the dog, who played Murray. I was always giving him treats, and by the end of the shoot he would immediately sniff my pockets for snacks. I even held treats in front of me on some takes to get his attention.

STEFANIE:

Do you think guys have frenemies just as often as girls do?

NICK:

Absolutely. Everyone has had at least one frenemy in his or her life, and guys are no exception. You just have to work out your differences and try to be empathetic to the other person's viewpoint.