Beautiful, talented, thoughtful and boundlessly enthusiastic, Demi Lovato is ready for the next chapter in her life. And she hopes her fans are ready to be there with her. “I want people to know me, and that I write about them. I’m human; you’re human, so let’s relate.”
Q: How did you get started in the entertainment industry?
A: I attended a casting call when I was 5 for Barney & Friends, but was turned down because I didn't know how to read. I tried again when I was 6 and by then I had learned to read. This time I made the cut, and ended up spending two seasons on the show. And that’s where I also met my best friend Selena Gomez.
Q: What happened after you finished Barney & Friends?
A: I guest-starred in several series (including a 2006 episode of Prison Break). But my big break happened when I did a screen test for Disney. This led to me getting a role on As the Bell Rings, (a recurring series of shorts that runs between programs on the network). Even though the show was only, like, five minutes, it was the Disney Channel! I thought it was the coolest thing.
When I got the part, I actually cried. I thought, I'm not going to be able to do this — I'm not funny! I'm never going to be able to work for the Disney Channel, because they're based on comedy.
Q: What did the kids at your school think of you being on TV?
A: I asked to leave public school. I was kind of bullied. I had a hate wall in the bathroom, and everyone signed a petition that said 'We all hate Demi Lovato”.
Q: What was it like to film Camp Rock with the Jonas Brothers?
A: Imagine being new to Disney and your first big job is being the romantic interest of one of the biggest heartthrobs on the channel. Any girl that is a friend of the Jonas Brothers gets hate mail and is automatically suspected as a girlfriend.
Q: We’ve heard that you and Joe dated? Are these rumours true?
A: Joe and I never dated. We're really good friends. I just think it's funny that people try to pin me to them. It's like, Oh, come on! I think [if I were going to] I would have dated one of them by now!''
Q: Can I ask what do you think about the web video in which Miley Cyrus and a friend poked fun at you and Selena Gomez?
A: Um, I really don't know Miley that well. We didn't take offence or think it was a negative or a positive. It was just like, Okay, cool, Hannah Montana knows who I am! I met her at a Disney concert recently and she gave me advice on publicity and making it big, and she was like, 'I hope you're very successful.''
Q: What else have you been working on?
A: I’ve been working with Selena on Princess Protection Program, (a Disney movie). And also on Sonny With a Chance(in which she'll star as an innocent teen from middle America who's thrust into the L.A. spotlight when she relocates after landing a role on her favourite show.
Q: Who do you look up to?
A: Hilary Duff. I mean, I'm sure she made mistakes, but you never saw them. I think it's really cool that someone can grow up and continue to be looked up to by young girls.
Q: You are 17 now. In 2013, you will be turning 21. Do you have a five-year plan?
A: I can talk about my 20-year plan!(she laughs) I'm not even thinking about five years. But hopefully I'll still be touring and doing my TV show; obviously I'll continue that. I want to start doing movies, like feature films. And I would love to maybe direct one day.