Playing martial artist Kim on Disney XD’s Kickin’ It, 14-year-old Olivia Holt more than holds her own with the boys as the only girl in her dojo. But her latest role in Disney Channel’s new original movie Girl Vs. Monster required even greater physical feats.
Filming for the Bad Angels Productions movie wrapped in Vancouver, Canada this spring and it’s set to premiere in October as part of Disney Channel’s second-annual month-long “Monstober” programming stunt.
Directed by Stuart Gillard (Avalon High), executive produced by Sheri Singer (Good Luck Charlie) and produced by Tracey Jeffrey (The Suite Life Movie), Girl Vs. Monster has Holt in the lead as Skylar, a confident teenager whose Halloween plans fall apart when she unwittingly unleashes an immortal monster. Holt, who may be following in the footsteps of a long line of Mouse House starlets, took some time out of her schedule to chat with Kidscreen about her Disney experience so far.
Kim and Skylar have strong personalities. What attracted you to these fearless characters?
I like that both characters are really great role models not only for girls, but for guys as well. Kim is a totally confident girl, and Skylar is fun, spunky and fearless, too.
This is your first TV movie. How did the work differ from your series experience?
Film and TV are two totally different things in my eyes, but I love them both so much. Doing the TV show always goes by so much faster, but working on the movie was more laidback.
Did you get to try anything new during production?
We all did a lot of stunts because there’s so much action in this movie. They built a rooftop set in one of the soundstages and it was the coolest. They strapped me into harnesses and I got to fly from one end of the roof to the other. It was intense, but my gymnastics, cheerleading and martial arts background definitely helped.
You recorded two songs for the movie. Who inspires you musically?
Being able to sing in a studio was the most incredible experience of my life because singing is my first love. I like a variety of artists, but some I really look up to are Taylor Swift, because she writes her own music, and Bruno Mars, who has a beautiful voice.
Do you consider yourself a role model for other teens? Who are your acting influences?
I would like to think I’m a role model and see little kids and people my age looking up to me. Personally, I love Reese Witherspoon and how she got to where she is, and I also look up to Emma Stone and Kate Hudson. They all have different sides and I want to be the same way.
What’s next for you?
I would love a third season of Kickin’ It, but more movie work would be great, too. I would also love to pursue my singing career. I feel like great things are coming, so I’m looking forward to the future.