Cat Deeley Falls for Comedy

Adam Irigoyen, Zendaya Coleman, Cat Deeley, Bella Thorne Disney Channel photo by Craig Sjodin

Cat Deeley admits she was afraid of taking on the role of a vice
principal in this Sunday’s (1/9) episode of the Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up”
series.  However, she notes, “I think when you feel scared of something you want to do, you should definitely do it.  Throw some obstacles in your way when you feel too comfortable.”

The bubbly “So You Think You Can Dance” hostess says “I hadn’t done any comedy in awhile, though it’s something I remember fondly.”  Back in her earlier years of working on TV in the U.K., she performed “topical skits of things that had happened during the week, pastiches of comedy shows.”

The “Shake It Up” part, she says, demanded physical comedy — and
contained an even bigger challenge.  “I had to play strict and stern.  It’s my first character like that, actually — very different for me.  I found it difficult to be stern with these kids.  They’re so much fun and so talented, they’ll absolutely blow you away, every single one of them.  I don’t know how they handle all the demands of the show and also deal with school and agents and everything else they have to do.  They’re so good I really did feel a little intimidated,” she says with a laugh.

The storyline has teenage dancer Rocky Blue (Zendaya Coleman) getting the idea that she’ll get more out of life if she hangs up her goodie two shoes image and breaks a few rules.  “She’s sick and tired of being the good girl.  She bubble wraps my entire office, the phone, everything.  When I came in and tripped and fell, I really, really did it,” adds Cat.  “I face-landed.  I said, ‘Be sure you use that one.'”

So, will we be seeing more comedy from the willowy Brit?  She’s certainly open to it, she says — including potential return trips to the “Shake It
Up” set.  “Doing this show was a combination of the right place, the right time and the right people involved.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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