AJ Michalka is hitting the big screen Oct. 4 in Grace Unplugged. Will you be checking it out? The starlet (most notably known from singing group 78violet with older sister Aly) is playing the lead role of 18-year-old singer/songwriter Grace Rose Trey, who’s trying to make a name for herself in the music scene.
Grace is a small-town girl with big dreams, raised singing
in her church choir with her former rockstar father, Johnny. You see, Johnny
hit a Billboard No. 1 single 20 years ago but, when his success slowed, he lost
his way before finding his faith and starting a new life far from Hollywood.
When Grace comes into contact with her dad's old manager, though, and gets
offered an opportunity to head to LA for a shot at fame, she packs her bags and
chases her dream—without telling her fam.
Will Grace make her fantasy a reality, or will she be able
to see past the flashing lights of Hollywood and rediscover who she truly is?
We chatted up AJ for the scoop on her new, music-filled flick. Read on to see
what she had to say.
What’s your favorite thing about your character Grace?
AJ: I love her ambition. She has this drive to perform and ability to enter a territory that she’s never grown up around to kind of start her own path.
Are you guys similar at all?
I think we’re similar in the sense that we’re close to our families. I think
she goes through a little more of an angsty teenage life than I went through.
She ends up separating from her family a little bit and feels like she really
needs to spread her wings, which is something I didn’t really experience.
Is there a fun family tradition within your own fam?
Every year, my family would vacation to a dude ranch in the
desert for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. We’d pack up, go on horseback and
trail behind each other in the wilderness for hours. At the end, we’d set up
camp and have one huge cookout and just roast marshmallows while telling
stories around the fire. It was always quite the exciting experience!
There’s definitely some heartbreak in this film. What’s one
thing you do to get over a breakup?
It’s hard when you’re recovering, but it’s important to not just sit there and
be sad, but to get out there, be in the sun and hang with your friends. You
just have to own up to what it is and accept it. I’m lucky because I have Aly
and I think we’ve really helped each other during breakups.
Grace is a daring girl. What’s one of the biggest dares
you’ve taken recently?
Performing at the Roxy in June, which was our first showcase
in five years! My sister [Aly] and I started a new band [78violet] and it was a
way to introduce our new sound. It was a big dare for me because I wasn’t sure
how people would perceive it, and we’re kind of doing it on our own right now,
but it was so cool.
Can you tell us a little bit more about your upcoming album?
The record will be out later this year, but we did just release our first
single, “Hot House.” I just feel like it’s a very inspiring record. For
Aly and I, we’re very much about the lyrics and what they mean to us and to
other people. The best thing is hearing from a fan something like, “When I
listened to this song, it made me feel like I was worth something in life or
made me make a better decision.” That’s what I know we’re doing the right
Be sure to catch AJ in Grace Unplugged—in theaters, Oct. 4.
Sneak a peek at the flick below…
Are you pumped for AJ’s new film? What about 78violet’s new
album? Share in the comments below.
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BY ALYSON KATZ ON 10/2/2013 11:00:00 AM
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