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POP-Corn: Meet Samurai Girl

Tasty tidbits on your celebrity faves!

By Gerri Miller | null null , null
Jamie Chung stars in Samurai Girl on ABC Family. (Photo: ABC Studios/Eike Sschroter)
Jamie Chung stars in Samurai Girl on ABC Family. (Photo: ABC Studios/Eike Sschroter)

Meet Samurai Girl

What would you do if you found out your father isn't who you thought he was, and that you've got a secret destiny tied to a 500-year-old prophecy? That's exactly what a Japanese girl named Heaven finds out in the six-hour miniseries Samurai Girl, which ABC Family will show on September 5, 6, and 7 at 8 p.m. each night. Jamie Chung is Heaven, and she told us about having to learn martial arts and sword fighting for the role.

Ninja girl: "The stunt guys did a fantastic job of training us, teaching us the basic moves and fight-choreography, and making it look real," says Jamie, who got "very comfortable with a sword" by the time filming ended. For the athletic actress, "it was so much fun. I've always been a gym rat. I love sports—volleyball, softball."

Turning Japanese: Jamie, who's from San Francisco and is of Korean heritage, won the role after a worldwide casting search. "I'm honored that they picked me," she says.

Samurai reading: There are six books in the Samurai Girl series, and Jamie loves them. "They're just page-turners. Can't put them down!" she exclaims.

What's next: Jamie stars in the movie adventure Dragonball next April and the upcoming TV movie Princess Protection Program, with Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. She plays the ambitious villain in it, and "had a blast" shooting the movie in Puerto Rico. Look for it on Disney Channel in January.

WHAT TO WATCH


*Good news, music fans—there are lots of great performances on TV this week! On September 5, Miley Cyrus joins Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, and Rihanna to sing the new single "Just Stand Up" on the fundraiser Stand Up to Cancer, airing at 8 p.m. on ABC, CBS, and NBC. Then on September 7 at 9 p.m., the Jonas Brothers are among the performers (and nominees) at the MTV Video Music Awards, where Miley and the cast of High School Musical 3 will be presenters. Two days later, CBS's Fashion Rocks special will include songs by Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Fergie, and Rihanna (9 p.m.). Mark your calendars!

*Who'll get to be in the music video for HSM3? Find out on the finale of High School Musical: Get in the Picture, September 8 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

*Gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast Nastia Lukin will be among the 150 Olympians on the season premiere of The Oprah Winfrey Show September 8.

*Lincoln Heights will have its third season premiere September 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family. Game show fans can check out the season premieres of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? September 5 at 8 p.m. and Don't Forget the Lyrics September 12 at 9 p.m., both on Fox, and the new extreme sports competition series My Family's Got Guts, September 15 at 8 p.m.

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Gerri Miller is a contributing writer for Scholastic News Online.

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