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Star Spotlight: Sterling Beaumon

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Sterling Beaumon as Max in <i>Mostly Ghostly</i>. (Photo courtesy Universal Studios Home Entertainment)<br />
Sterling Beaumon as Max in Mostly Ghostly. (Photo courtesy Universal Studios Home Entertainment)

Costars Sterling Beaumon, 13, and Madison Pettis, 10, help make the brand-new DVD Mostly Ghostly a scary laugh-riot. Based on the award-winning and bestselling book series by R.L. Stine, the movie has Max (Sterling) dealing with some uninvited visitors that only he can see! Tara (Madison) is one of Max's new ghostly friends, and you can imagine how complicated and funny it can get!

Scholastic News Online got a chance to talk with Sterling and Madison, so check it out!

Scholastic News Online: Had you read any of the Mostly Ghostly books before you agreed to do the movie?
Sterling Beaumon: Not before I agreed to do the movie. As soon as I found out I was going to be playing the role of Max, I got right on reading the script, and then I realized hey, maybe I should read the books too. So I got the first three books and I read the first one, and I'm starting on the second one right now.

SNO: Do you have a favorite Mostly Ghostly book?
Sterling: I haven't read all of them, so I'm going to have to go with the first one, the first of eight. But I hear that all of them are just as good, and they get even better and better each time you read them.

SNO: Have you had any real life ghostly experiences?
Sterling: Well, I swear to it, but my mom doesn't believe me—there's this guy in our house that is a ghost, that like, wears a suit all the time. It's not really that scary, but I swear I've seen him like twice, and my mom is like "Nooo", and I'm like "Yeeaah."

SNO: Do you live in a new house or in an old house?
Sterling: We actually live in a new house. And it's really funny, because we just moved from an old house, where I had nothing like that.

SNO: What other books have you read recently that you really, really liked?
Sterling: I just finished reading a book called Gone, by Lisa Gardner. It's really good, and it's a murder mystery. I like murder mystery and action, because I also read a book called Silverfin [by Charlie Higson] and it's based on like, James Bond, and I really liked that one.

SNO: Is there another book, that you would like to see made into a movie?
Sterling: You know what books I think would really be good as movies? The Magic Tree House [by Mary Pope Osborne and Sal Murdocca] books.

SNO: What attracted you to Mostly Ghostly—what did you like best about it?
Sterling: First of all, it's written by my favorite writer, R.L. Stine. He is by far my favorite writer, and also, the director Rich Correll. He's the king of the Disney shows. We all call him "King Goof." He's just like a living legend when it comes to Disney stuff. And also Madison and Luke were big additions. But also the fact that it was a lead role, in the movie.

SNO: Describe Max to us.
Sterling: He's a dork, sort of, and his big brother picks on him a lot. But Max really likes magic, and I think the reason why he likes it is because it's something fun that takes his mind off all the strange and weird things that are going on with him. And also having the magic show helps him become popular with some of the other kids in school. Especially because he has the help of two girls that no one can see.

SNO: Are you interested in magic?
Sterling: Actually, I am. I think it's really awesome, especially to see it. I'm not a big fan of doing it because I get really frustrated because I can't do any of the tricks, but I love to watch magic.

SNO: Did R. L. Stine stop by the set at all?
Sterling: No, but at the wrap party, he did—it was at a bowling alley, and that was really fun because almost everyone showed up there, it was awesome.

SNO: He actually used to work at Scholastic.
Sterling: Oh, really?

SNO: Would Max be a friend of yours in real life?
Sterling: Most likely. I mean I have quite a few friends but for some reason, I really kind of felt like Max and I were kind of the same. I mean, not in the way that I'm a dork, but I mean, we kind of have the same personality and I guess that's kind of funny to say, considering I'm the one preparing him, but I kind of made it be that personality. But also in the book he even has that personality, kind of the fun, outgoing, kind who loves to goof around, that sort of personality. And you'll see a lot of that in the movie, a little bit more than the book.

SNO: You're very athletic, right? You still ice skate competitively?
Sterling: I competitively ice skate and I also dance, and I do a lot of theater, which also involves a lot, a lot of physicality, because you have to do a lot of fast changes. And also, you have to do everything, every single show consistently and that's what's also different than in movies, is that you have to do everything exactly the same every time and you can't try new stuff because it might mess other people up. And you, it's not like movies, because you don't have more than one take to do it.

SNO: What's your favorite subject in school?
Sterling: I just started in eighth grade and it's very fun and I started in a new school, so that was kind of scary for me. I changed schools when I was in third grade—you know, in third grade, you just become friends right away, but it's been harder for me get some new friends. But you know what, just like Max, he finds friends in people that you don't suspect to have friends.

SNO: What is your favorite subject?
Sterling: That's a toughie. I'm going to have to go with math. Even though that's one of my harder subjects, but it's one of the funnest. Because I also want to be an architect when I grow up, if I can, and I know that being an architect takes a lot of math in it.

SNO: What would you like your fans to know about you?
Sterling: That I'm a normal kid and anybody can grow up to do whatever they want to do as long as they take the right steps and they don't go the wrong way.

Star Facts

Star Calendar

September 30, 2008
Mostly Ghostly was released on DVD

Sterling has 2 films being released: Twixter and Astro Boy

Star Facts
Name: Sterling Martin Beaumon
Birthday: June 2, 1995
Birthplace: San Diego, CA
First CD Ever Bought: Grease
What Makes Him Cry: The movie Radio

Star Faves
Fave Food
: Pepperoni
Fave Sandwich: Ham and cheese
Fave Midnight Snack: Flamin' Hot Cheetos
Fave Holiday: Halloween

Be sure to check out Scholastic News Online's interview with Sterling's Mostly Ghostly costar Madison Pettis!

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