We caught up with Mike Manning, who stars in the TV movie as Nick Swift, the leader of a competitive snowboarding team who will do anything to win. While chatting about the new movie, we learned some cool facts you should know about Mike!
5: Mike worked with a certain Disney veteran, who served as an executive producer on the film. "She was involved with the film in terms of the plot and writing for sure," he said about none other than Ashley Tisdale. "She would pop in, whether it was herself or via her assistant. I talked to her at the premiere, and she seemed to be pretty involved from start to finish for the whole project."
4: Snowboarding isn't totally brand new to Mike. "I grew up in Colorado, so I grew up snowboarding," the 23-year-old told us. "I took advantage of my trainer and asked him how to teach me to do the half-pipe. When I was little I broke my wrist on a half-pipe, so it was something I wanted to overcome." (The cast was trained by former members of the U.S. Olympic snowboard team!)
3: Acting has always been the dream job for Mike, but if he had to choose another career, "I think maybe business--being an entrepreneur and starting a company. I really enjoy being my own boss and setting my own hours."
2: He looks up to two very charming, intelligent and talented actors: "I really like actors that kind of just bring their own thing to every situation. James Franco has been my favorite all time actor for a while, he's a Renaissance Man. And also Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I think what he's doing with HitRecord--trying to break down the barriers for young writers and filmmakers to get into the system is fantastic."
1: He worked with a former 'Nsync member on his latest project, which will be premiering at this year's Slamdance Film Festival. "I have a documentary [Kidnapped for Christ] that I executive produced with Tom DeSanto and Lance Bass." Be on the lookout for it!
Don't miss Cloud 9's premiere tonight on the Disney Channel at 8 p.m.