It’s Coco Jones’ time to shine! The fourteen year old will be starring alongside Tyler James Williams and Trevor Jackson in the new Disney Channel original movie Let It Shine premiering in June. Currently she is featured on the new Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance soundtrack which was released on iTunes on March 20th. She has also appeared on various episodes of the Disney Channel’s show So Random!. In a recent chat with Kidzworld Coco talked about everything from how she began performing to her future plans. Read below to know more about Coco!
*UPDATED* to include a video of Coco Jones and Tyler James Williams performing “Let It Shine” during the 2012 Disney Upfronts.
Kidzworld: When did you first become interested in performing?
Coco: My mom said I was singing basically since I started to talk. Like any kid my age, I knew all of the Barney Songs. When I got a little older, I would watch Raven-Symone on TV and tell my parents that I knew I could do that. After I performed for the first time on stage, I knew that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
Kidzworld: What did it feel like to win Disney’s Next Big Thing Contest?
Coco: I guess it would have been great if I had won, but actually I didn’t. A lot of kids cannot believe this. I was a little hurt about not winning, but I had met so many great people, been on the Disney Channel, and I even heard my song on the radio. Even though I didn’t actually win, the opportunity to be on NBT really kick-started everything for me.
Kidzworld: You star in the upcoming Disney Channel movie Let It Shine, what did it feel like to land the part?
Coco: I was actually on the set of “So Random” when I found out. In between scenes my mom came over to me and said , “Hey Roxxie. You got the part!!” I thought I was going to pass out right there. I had to do my silent screams and get back on set. It was a great feeling!
Kidzworld: How would you describe your character in Let It Shine?
Coco: I play the part of a Rock Star named Roxxie. She has two sides, in the beginning of the movie, she does things to please the people that are around her. She didn’t have a lot of confidence and she did whatever she had to in order to make everyone else happy. The second side of Roxxie is more like me. One of the other characters, Cyrus, convinces her to go back to the church, sing her songs her way, and be happy just being herself. He let her know that if the world accepts her, great, but if it didn’t, she would still be happy because she didn’t have to pretend to be someone she wasn’t.
Kidzworld: What was your favorite part of filming?
Coco: Honestly, it’s hard to say. I really loved it all. The table read, the rehearsals, all of the dance, and the great studio work. We also had the very best director, Paul Hoen, who taught me so much. I also loved the cast— Courtney Vance, Dawnn Lewis, Nicole Sullivan, Tyler and Trever— they were all so wonderful to me. It was really like a family.
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