When you see Bella Thorne, you may recognize her as Bill Henrickson’s (played by Bill Paxton) daughter, Teenie on “Big Love,” but she has left the world of polygamous Utah to move into her new home, Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up.”
“‘Big Love’ was really fun,” Thorne tells Zap2it. “I got to learn from all the actors. They were amazing, unbelievable actually. I’m so thankful to be able to work with them, but I work every day on [‘Shake It Up’], so the scheduling doesn’t work out. It made me so sad.”
Yet, the gamble was a good one for the 13-year-old with Disney Channel reporting that “Shake It Up” ranks No. 1 among its target demographic – tweens between nine to 14-years-old.
Thorne plays CeCe, who along with her bestie, Rocky (played by Zendaya Coleman) get the chance to live out their dream when they land spots as backup dancers on a local show called “Shake It Up, Chicago.” Consequently, the two have to keep up with both the competition and pressure on the show as well as their changing social status as school.
Thorne landed the gig with very little training in dance, so she only started dance classes last November for the role. “It was really hard,” she says. “During our hiatus, I kept going to dance classes working with [our choreographer]. So, now it’s not as much of a struggle for me as it was. I’ve just been getting better every episode.”
Don’t look now, but Bella Thorne is quickly becoming Disney’s new breakout star. Get to know her:
Actress she most looks up to: “Natalie Portman. She went to college and she’s been working since she was little and she chose the right career path. She is amazing.”
Favorite TV show: “‘The Vampire Diaries.’ It would be so cool if Ian Somerhalder guest starred on ‘Shake It Up.’ CeCe loves vampires!”
Team Edward or Team Jacob?: “Taylor Lautner played my brother on ‘My Own Worst Enemy,’ so I kind of can’t like him because that would be weird. So, I would have to say both. Why can’t they just stop fighting? Just be friends. By the way, Taylor Lautner is so funny. He’s such a great actor and he’s so nice, and he’s really ticklish, too!”
“Shake It Up” airs Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET on The Disney Channel.