Opposites rock in the brand new Disney Channel Original series, Austin & Ally, a live-action comedy series about the friendship of an unlikely duo whose lives take an unexpected turn for the better when one becomes an overnight musical sensation. The series is set to make its South African television premiere on 28 April at 09:35 on the Disney Channel.
Read on to get the inside scoop direct from Ross Lynch – lead actor in this new crazy Disney Channel show…
I’m having the time of my life on the show. It’s awesome. It’s like a dream come true because everybody on the show is super nice and super fun. It couldn’t be better!
What happens in the show?
The story is about two people called Austin and Ally – and their crazy friends. Ally is a girl with stage fright. She writes incredible songs, but she can’t perform them – but then Austin comes along and he’s really good at performing. He’s got a great voice, but he can’t write songs. They are perfect for each other!
Who do you play?
I play Austin in the show. Austin loves to perform and he cares a lot about his friends. He’s a really fun guy, but he’s also very competitive and confident.
Are you similar to Austin in real life?
I guess so! I love to perform and I care a lot about my friends – but I don’t get into as many madcap adventures as Austin in real life.
What can you tell us about the comedy of the show?
The comedy of the show is very physical. There are funny jokes, but there is also a lot of comedy shown through the crazy animals that turn up on the show. There’s a llama in one episode, and a kangaroo in another. It’s really funny!
What do you like the most about your character?
My favourite thing about Austin is the fact that he loves to perform, just like me. I love to be on stage and I love to entertain people. I love the fact that whenever he gets the opportunity, he loves to be on stage.
Will we hear you sing on the show?
Yes, that’s all me. I sing and I play instruments – and I really love music.
Are you very musical when you’re not working on the set?
There are a lot of musical instruments on set because the show is based in a music shop, so we’re always jamming away and rocking out. Whenever I’m not on set, I’ll chill in my dressing room or I’ll play the guitar in there. Music is a big part of my life, so I’m always jamming!
Does your character become famous in the show?
In the pilot episode, Austin gets pretty successful overnight through YouTube – but I wouldn’t say he’s famous. He is known as a good singer and a good performer, but he’s not a huge star.
Would you like to be mega famous?
Would I like to be famous? Well, I would like to be successful because I think that would help me pursue my dreams. That would be nice!
What do you think of fame?
Fame can bring you a lot of success, but I’m not an actor because I want to be famous. I just want to be successful.
Have you signed many autographs yet?
I have signed a few autographs, which is really cool. I’ve been working on my autograph recently. My hand gets tired if I sign a lot in a day, but I can’t imagine how Justin Bieber feels. Can you imagine how many autographs he’s signed? It’s probably millions!
What music do you listen to at home?
I like every genre of music, but I guess my favourite is probably pop rock. I love bands like All Time Low and McFly. I love McFly. McFly are my heroes!
How does it feel to be turning into a heartthrob?
It’s trippy and it’s really funny. I’m a thinker. I think a lot, but if I think about it for a long time, I start to go a little crazy. I’ve been on an amazing journey recently and this is all a dream come true. I couldn’t be happier.
What does it feel like to see your face in magazines and on posters?
It’s cool! It’s always amazing when your friend calls up and says, “Dude, I just saw your face on a billboard.” That makes me really happy – but it’s also important to not let it get to your head. I want to stay as humble as possible.
Who is your biggest hero?
My family. My dad, my mum, my brothers and my sister are definitely my heroes and my icons. Family is really important to me, so they are always top of my list.
And finally, why should we tune into Austin & Ally?
Because it’s really funny, it’s full of great music and it’s really, really fun to watch. I hope you have as much fun watching the show as we have making it!