Brenda Song Exclusive Interview #2

Brenda SongThis spunky sweetheart has a new show and lots to say about it!  We caught up with The Suite Life of Zack and Cody star Brenda Song for an all new interview to find out why life is so “suite” for her these days.

Read our original interview with Brenda Song.

THE STAR SCOOP:
How would you describe The Suite Life of Zack and Cody?

BRENDA SONG:
It’s just something really fun.  The show’s based in a hotel with the two twins from Big Daddy, Dylan and Cole Sprouse, and it’s these two boys and the mom’s a lounge singer so they move into the hotel and part of her deal is she gets a suite in the hotel.  I think everyone’s always kind of wondered what it’s like to live in a hotel, you know? So they kind of give you like an inside look and the inside scoop on what it’s like.  I mean, it’s way exaggerated, but it’s fun.  And when it comes to the hotel they get this whole cast and array of characters.  They’re all just kind of thrown in this big circus and we just kind of see what happens (laughs).

THE STAR SCOOP:
How did you get the role of London in the show?

BRENDA SONG:
I actually didn’t audition for London.  It was really weird because I did all my auditions for all the previous projects I worked for Disney, I guess.  I read the script, and I just thought it was so much fun.  The whole concept just kind of grabbed me.  And so when the opportunity came around, I was like, ‘Oh I have to do it; it’s just so much fun.’

THE STAR SCOOP:
Last time we talked you had just gotten the role and you were supposed to start shooting.  Has your life changed any since then?

BRENDA SONG:
Well, just in the last six months, I mean, I talked to you last time I was excited about getting started and now that we’ve done it I have a whole other family, I mean the cast and the crew – it’s not even the cast and crew any more it’s just like a big family.  I have two extra brothers, I have an older sister, I have another mom and another dad, it’s just crazy.  Lifestyle wise, working every day, work ethic, it’s just going crazy.  Life’s gotten really hectic.  These last six months have gone by in like, it feels like it was last week.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Do you think playing a character like London teaches you anything?

BRENDA SONG:
With London, she lives in her own reality.  She lives inside this little bubble and everything outside that bubble doesn’t exist to her.  In her lifestyle, she’s so rich and wealthy, everyone works for her and she just bosses everyone around.  Her parents are never there to tell her, ‘okay, you can’t say that, that’s rude, that’s wrong, that’s mean,’ no one’s there to say that to her.  As the show progresses she starts to learn that money doesn’t buy you happiness.  It buys you a moment of joy, but in the long run it doesn’t make you happy.  It’s friends and family.  That’s the relationship she has with Maddie.  They kind of have this love-hate relationship because they’re both envious of her.  Maddie’s very envious of London’s wealth and London is secretly envious of Maddie and her family and her friends and the security she has.  It’s always like the grass is greener on the other side.  And that’s a lesson I hope kids can watch and learn that not everyone is perfect, everyone has flaws.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What are Dylan and Cole Sprouse like?

BRENDA SONG:
They’re the two most intelligent 12 year-old boys I’ve ever met.  They’re so curious.  These boys are 12 years old and they’re carrying a show on their shoulders and yet they’re still able to be 12-year-old boys who play video games and like to go to the movies on weekends and do paint ball guns – they love that stuff.  And it’s really refreshing to see that even through all this craziness and mayhem, they still can be regular boys.

THE STAR SCOOP:
When you were filming, what is a regular day like?

BRENDA SONG:
We rehearse Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and shoot on Monday and Tuesday, instead of going Monday-Friday it’s like a Wednesday-Tuesday week.  It was really weird.  It was the first time I’d ever done that.  It was really fun.  I would go in and we’d rehearse all day and we’d do school in between, and we’d have a run through and then a tape day, we’ll be in there at the crack of dawn getting hair and makeup and we’ll preshoot, preshoot, preshoot, and then on Friday is when we have a live audience.  It’s a really interesting schedule.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Do you have an official website?

BRENDA SONG:
My official site is BrendaSongSite.com.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Do you have any plans to expand outside of Disney?

BRENDA SONG:
Oh, of course.  They’ve been so good to me and at this point of my life and in my career I think it’s good because my cousins can watch, my brothers can watch and I don’t have to worry about anything or them watching anything inappropriate.  I go to work everyday and I don’t have to worry about doing something that I don’t feel comfortable doing yet.  There are still some things that I’m kind of afraid to do (laughs).  With Disney, I can go work everyday and feel very safe.  There will be a time when I have to leave, but I’m just taking it one day a time.  They’re hiring me now, so I’m going to keep working for them, until they get sick of me (laughs).

THE STAR SCOOP:
As your career progresses forward, is there someone who you’re really looking forward to working with one day in the future?

BRENDA SONG:
That’s crazy.  Of course everyone has their favorite actors.  I love Russell Crowe and Matt Damon and I love Nicole Kidman and Angelina Jolie, they’re like my four favorite actors.  So if any chance comes, that would be awesome.

THE STAR SCOOP:
How would you describe working on a show again and being one of the main players?

BRENDA SONG:
Having another family, you get to know everyone personally as well as professionally.  It’s those ties that we have together, that bond that we will forever have.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Before we let you go, is there a topic you’ve always wanted to talk about in an interview?

BRENDA SONG:
We never talk about school, or sports.  That’s something we never talk about that I love a lot and people don’t know about.  I’m a total dork, I’m a total bookworm, and I’m a basketball fanatic.

They’re the two most intelligent 12 year-old boys I’ve ever met.  They’re so curious.  These boys are 12 years old and they’re carrying a show on their shoulders and yet they’re still able to be 12-year-old boys who play video games and like to go to the movies on weekends and do paint ball guns – they love that stuff.  And it’s really refreshing to see that even through all this craziness and mayhem, they still can be regular boys.

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