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Mendler feeds 'back to school' streak with concert

August 22, 2014

By Steve Palisin, The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

Aug. 22--Bridgit Mendler has grown up and moved on to college, but she still relates to that "back to school" spark that strikes every summer. The actress, singer and University of Southern Calfornia student will headline a concert at 4 p.m. Saturday at Tanger Outlets on U.S. 17, near Briarcliffe Acres, then have a meet-and-greet afterward.

That outlet center, as well as its site on U.S. 501 near Carolina Forest, will celebrate with a "KidStyle Tour and Fashion Camp" back-to-school celebration with activities 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Mendler, whose debut album in 2012 included the pop singles "Ready or Not" and "Hurricane," made 10 minutes fly in a breeze in a phone chat last week while on a family vacation in New Hampshire.

Question -- What was your most unforgettable moment or episode from all four years of "Good Luck Charlie," the series that wrapped up this past spring?

Answer -- My favorite episode was the "Battle of the Bands" episode. ... I got to sing with the "Good Luck Charlie" family. ... We just had so much fun together.

Q. -- In your era at Disney Channel, including "Wizards of Waverly Place," and thinking about other shows there you watched as a fan -- how has Disney Channel evolved just in recent years? I mean, the channel has different blocks of programming for different youth age groups.

A. -- I was really excited to be part of "Good Luck Charlie" because it was a family-oriented show, something aimed for the whole family. Disney does a good job with that. ... "Wizards of Waverly Place" also was such a joy to do.

Q. -- How did that feeling of "back to school" strike you as a growing youngster?

A. -- There's some parts that felt a little scary and a little exciting, and at the same time, I always enjoyed going back and seeing my friends. Whenever the school year was starting off, I really committed myself to a good job. I always wanted to do good work in my schoolwork.

Q. -- For any tweens and teens wondering: When might your next CD come out, following up on "Hello My Name Is ... "?

A. -- I'm working on the album right now. During my tour this summer, I'm performing a few new songs, ... so there will be new material in the mix.

Q. -- With movie roles such as the "Lemonade Mouth" musical, "Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2," "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" and lending your voice to "The Secret World of Arriety," how does the grueling pace of filming compare with laying down video in a TV series?

A. -- For voiceovers, it's very tight; you just need to deliver takes purely of your voice, so they don't need to capture you on film and do multiple and angles and cameras.

Q. -- Is there a singer today whom you most respect, the way, say, Martina McBride looks up to Reba McEntire?

A. -- I really do love Alicia Keys. She has a beautiful voice, and she's so original.

Q. -- What hobby or pastime of yours would most surprise and delight your fans?

A. -- I love cooking; I just cooked breakfast for my family this morning. So that's something creative; I always enjoy the creative outlet.

Q. -- Is college among your goals?

A. -- It's an immediate goal; I already have taken three courses at USC, and will take more courses in the fall.

Q. -- Living in San Francisco, what sports teams drew your allegiance?

A. -- I've become more interested in it through my boyfriend. ... Basketball in Los Angeles is what I probably know better than anything. Although I did see a San Francisco Giants game with my family. When they won their two World Series, I was very proud of them; I feel like they are my team.

Q. -- What aspects about these concerts across the country, and this Myrtle Beach-area visit, remain special for you?

A. -- The cool thing about doing the shows is more kids know the words to my songs; that's become clear to me over time. To kids and parents and whoever is attending, please do sing along. Do your vocal warmups in the car.

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.


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