Laziness in my biggest pet peeve of all time. Get up, make a plan, do the work, and love yourself, people!
I can’t make eye contact when people sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to me.
I firmly believe there are no bad people.
My version of a good role model is everything that I have strived to become over the years, as I have a deep desire to live an honest life and give relentlessly and openly to people who look up to me.
I love the snow! I actually cannot stand the beach.
When you’re 10, 11, 12, and you’re watching your idols, you feel like you know them. I found more in common with these people when they talked in interviews than I did with my classmates.
I had the longest awkward phase. I had braces for 3 years; I cut my own bangs too far back and they looked like a bowl cut, and I broke my nose twice.
I was from a tiny little island, which I always say is one corn field away from a horror film: it was, like, isolated, and everybody knew everybody, and you go to school with the grandkids of the grandparents that your grandparents went to school with.
I don’t know that there’s any rhyme or reason to bullying… it’s not even the bully’s fault, which is why it’s such a difficult thing to combat.
Playing two people is definitely difficult, but it’s made possible by everyone around me, and it’s a big team effort.
I’m a really big fan of all things macabre in general; Halloween happens to be my favorite holiday.
When I was younger, I barely left my room because I was busy watching clips of my favorite actors and performers on the Internet.
Truthfully, I’m incredibly shy, and I’m very awkward around boys.
I haven’t grown since I was 13, and every girl cast opposite me isn’t allowed to wear heels on camera, for fear that I would look minuscule. In all of the casting calls for my best friends on every project, it says in big, bold, red letters: ‘Please no high heels.’ It’s a little embarrassing.
I take ‘signs’ in my life as seriously as advice from family and friends or proven facts. The universe speaks through events, y’all!
I honestly think what skyrocketed me into professionalism was learning how to play two people and still live through the day.
I would just say that human beings are stronger together. Relying on someone else is not a sign of weakness; it shows strength that you’re able to accept that you need help.
I have always felt like I was just sort of waiting to catch up to the rest of myself.
I don’t want to have to think about what is right; I want to live right. And what that means to me is going to be different to some of my fans, some of their parents, and some other role models.
Sure, they can take your binder, but they can’t take whatever special thing you have inside you.
It started in middle school. Once, a group of girls locked me in the janitor’s closet. Another time, a girl spilled chocolate milk down a dress I made. Girls would try to trip me in the hallway.
Edgar Allan Poe, I think he’s a brilliant poet. I was actually given a copy of his work when I was, like, 8 years old that was my grandfather’s, and I still carry it around with me.
I love ‘Extreme Makeover Home Edition.’ It feeds my Fantasy Dream Home monster that lives inside of me.
Every single character I’ve ever played has a little bit of me in them just because every single human in the world has a little bit of everything in them.
Once, in high school, on a field trip away from school, some girls brought razors to shave their legs and threw them at me and told me to kill myself. But they were all insecure. They were angry, snapping at everybody.
I think a lot of people think I’m either unintelligent because I’m a very happy person and I have a lot of energy or that it’s a fake happiness, like fake energy. I completely understand that because it’s a lot to handle, and I am a very emotional human being.
I believe one’s responsibility as a role model begins and ends with their perception of what a good role model is.
If you think about the people trying to hurt you, rather than just trying to hurt them back, you can understand it has nothing to do with you.
I think that every human – and this is something, you know, like, your years from 14 to, like, 23 are kind of, like, super, super existential, and you’re figuring out life.
It’s not like you can say, ‘This is the right side and this is the wrong side,’ because obviously, a happy person is never going to want to inflict pain on somebody else. So the bullies are really victims themselves and yada, yada, yada, pop psychology, but it’s true.
Your average teenager can’t relate to a girl who casts magic spells. But she does understand someone who is torn about her upbringing and the situation in her life.
I made myself memorize how to spell antidisestablishmentarianism in under 3 seconds when I was 6 years old because my sister told me it was the longest word she knew.
I grew up without a television, so when I went to L.A., it was sort of, you know, a lot to take in, but it actually suited me more than where I was from, so I sort of had that ‘home away from home’ feeling, and L.A. is definitely home now.
I actually started snowboarding when I was 7 years old, so I felt very comfortable auditioning for a snowboarding movie, and I thought that would give me some leg up.
‘Hairspray’ has never been irrelevant, which is, in some ways, heartbreaking.
Right when ‘Liv and Maddie’ had started, there was no roadmap for how to do a show where one girl played two. It’s just not something that is often done, so we had nothing to refer to.
I was a huge show-choir girl!
My writers on ‘Liv And Maddie’ have started a running joke to try and sneak as many ‘literally’s into the script as they can to throw me.
I skipped ninth grade. I went from eighth to tenth, and then I graduated a year early to start working, and it was a big blessing for me because I was not a school person, although I really do miss having that kind of environment.
I’m never not planning for my future house. Most of the files on my laptop are devoted to different rooms in my dream house. I’m embarrassing.
The first CD I ever bought was Gwen Stafani’s first solo album. She was the light of my life when I was 8.
I think girls especially get so caught up in thinking like, ‘Oh I have to be prim or proper or fun and sunshiny’ when, like, you can be literally anything. You can be mannish; you can do whatever, and it’s acceptable.
I think when things get hard with your family, it’s really easy to want to isolate yourself. The world is so harsh, so when stuff happens outside, you want to go to your family, but when stuff happens inside your family, you sort of start to feel like, ‘I’m alone. There is no place I can go to where just nothing will happen to me.’
I think it works differently for everyone. Some people do amazing things with research, but for me, it just gets convoluted, and I start to think too much.
When I’m acting, I just come up with people I’ve known, and I stick with it.
It’s so crazy to meet people you’ve known about since you were many feet shorter than you are now.
Samuel L. Jackson is such a riot. He’s so incredibly normal, and he’s a blast to be around. I can’t even describe to you how he’s just sort of everybody’s crazy uncle.
‘Cloud 9’ is an action/romantic comedy that focuses on the competitive world of snowboarding. We have glamorised it to so that all the players are on the cover of magazines, have all the interviews, and be on the television: so it is very high stakes.
As an actor, you are either emulating someone else, or some version of yourself.
‘Barely Lethal’ is a non-Disney project, and is with Samuel L. Jackson, Hailee Steinfeld, and Jessica Alba. It is a really, really phenomenal film.
‘Liv and Maddie’ actually started out as a different show called ‘Bits and Pieces,’ and it was a completely different plot, although it was the same cast.
I have so many peers who say, ‘I need to get away from my parents,’ because even though they love the business and they love their parents, they feel like they are letting their parents down if they don’t work to the bone. As a parent, you should be the safe place.
At school, I felt out of place. I was bullied. I would think, ‘These kids don’t like me, they don’t accept me,’ but I felt like in the entertainment industry, I would fit in.