Camp Rock: Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato as "Mitchie Torres" in the Disney Channel movie Camp Rock. (Photo: ©JOHN MEDLAND/DISNEY)
Scholastic News: Describe your Camp Rock character, Mitchie.
Demi: Mitchie is pretty shy. She was insecure at first, but she realizes who she is at the camp and comes into her own. I can relate to her because I was the same way before I started the movie. When I was filming in Canada, I really found out who I was. . . . As I was doing the scene where I tock out on stage at the end, I evolved. It was really cool. But I don’t like liars, and she tends to lie to have a good reputation, but it’s innocent. Her intentions aren’t mean, but she just gets caught up in the crowd there. I don’t like that!
SN: What was the funniest Camp Rock scene for you?
Demi: The first Camp Rock scene I filmed was with Joe, so you can just imagine—any 15-year-old would be nervous! In the scene, I threw flour on my face, and filming took 30 minutes, so I had this white, filthy powder all over my face! This was one of our first conversations, and I was just totally embarrassed.
SN: Describe the Jonas Brothers.
Demi: Joe is a big dork [laughs]. Nick is witty and sarcastic—sometimes I think he is the funniest. Kevin plays the older-brother role. They’re all really, really great.
SN: What is your favorite childhood memory back home?
Demi: Driving around in the hot Texas sun, singing while driving with the windows down. My sister Madison and I are always together. I can't pick one moment. I love being with her . . . she's so much fun and so funny. I am always quoting her. [And my sister] Dallas—both are very caring and honest. I know that I can always ask them anything and they will give me their best opinion.
SN: What about them makes you crazy?
Demi: Madison is always playing in my make-up, and Dallas won't let me play in her make-up.
SN: You love clothes—what is your favorite outfit right now?
Demi: Sweat pants, hat, scarf and Converse. . . . I'm just me. My style changes, but not drastically. I like to wear what I want to wear. . . . [I like] Forever 21, H&M, Hot Topic.
SN: What books would you recommend to your middle-school fans?
Demi: The Diary of Anne Frank and The Pearl. They are classics everyone should read. I like the metaphors in The Pearl, and the story behind Anne Frank opens up your heart.
SN: What was your favorite book as a little child?
Demi: I have a few favorites—Brindle, I'll Love You Forever and Junie Be Jones.
SN: Do you remember the first book you read by yourself?
Demi: Hungry Hungry Caterpillar.
SN: Is there a literary character you would like to play in a movie?
Demi: Pretty Little Liars—It's a teen book series. I would play any of the four characters in the book.
SN: What qualities do you look for in a best friend?
Demi: Honesty and trust. I don't like when people judge.
SN: Who is your best friend?
Demi: Selena Gomez.
SN: Do you have a favorite actress or singer?
Demi: Kelly Clarkson.
SN: You’ve been opening on the Jonas Brothers tour—is there something you are never without backstage?
Demi: I have to have potato chips. The grease and the oil help your throat.
Be sure to check out the Camp Rock special report with interviews from the rest of the cast of the hit Disney Channel movie!