Check out these new shots of Debby Ryan from the latest issue of Paper Mag.
Debby, who celebrated her 18th birthday over the weekend in Las Vegas, opened up to the magazine about how she studies acting, her most prized possessions, and a very interesting celebrity crush.
Check out some excerpts from the interview below.
What is something most people don't know about you?
I went through a few phrases of finding myself: I dabbled in musical theater, chess club,dance troupe, splatter-painting, school mascot (go Wildcats], babysitter, photojournalist, drill team girl, emo kid - and not one of them defined me, but every single one will always plays a part in who I am. I'm also a fan of proper written English, but I don't like to capitalize my name.
If you could have any three people at your slumber party, who would they be and why?
Emma Stone, Freddie Mercury, and CS Lewis.
Your three most-treasured possessions?
My mascot head, this jazzy upright piano from the 30s that I adopted and my notepad that holds some of my lowest lows and my highest highs, knitted and contorted into lyrics, sketches, reflections, collages, quotes, etc..
Your character Bailey Pickett seem to be very bubbly and over the top. How do you gather all the energy to always be up-beat and so friendly?
I adore Bailey, but to be honest, she was a bit tiring to play! It became a running joke with my family and friends; I'd love having people over, going to the movies, or out to dinner after work… but after playing Bailey for a bit, I'd wrap out of filming, put on my black jeans and combat boots, cuddle my dog, and fall asleep. When I'm playing a role for a long time, I tend to balance my character out in my personal life.
Who do you connect more with - Jessie or Bailey?
Probably Jessie. We both moved around a lot growing up, saw the world, whereas Bailey was born and raised in a tiny town.
What's your method for getting into a new character?
When I work on a sitcom, I feed on sitcoms: Friends, Laverne & Shirley, Family Matters. I'm watching a lot of The Nanny right now, even though it's a very different balance. For Jessie, she grew up in a military family, so I'm watching a lot of strong female characters, and she's taking care of these kids, so I'm studying things like Step By Step.
Who are some of your musical influences?
Grace Potter, The Hush Sound & Greta Salpeter's other project, Gold Motel. Nate Ruess of Fun and Jon Foreman (also in Switchfoot & Fiction Family), Ryan Tedder (of OneRepublic) - I like that they're involved in writing, production, tour structure, the art, but also the science of
it all. Foundation wise, I dig Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Freddie Mercury and Debbie Harry.
Do you have a celebrity crush?
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