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Rising It Girl Chloe Bridges, ‘Camp Rock 2’s’ Angelina Look-Alike

Chloe Bridges

Coming down to the final two in an important casting – and then not getting the role – is a tale of actor heartbreak that countless thespians around these parts can tell first-hand.  Beautiful 18-year-old Chloe Bridges knows it well.  It was down to Chloe and Demi Lovato for Mitchie, the female lead in Disney’s 2008 mega-hit “Camp Rock.”  And Demi ended up with the role.

“Usually, the story ends with, ‘I didn’t get it and it really sucks,’” she points out.  “So this is very different.”

Very different indeed.  Chloe plays the new role of Dana, love interest of Nick Jonas, in the Sept. 3-debuting “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.”  Demi has become a good friend of hers, and everywhere Chloe goes, people are noticing that she looks an awful lot like Angelina Jolie.

“It’s definitely something I’ve encountered a lot — getting close to getting a part and then not getting it,” continues the New Orleans native, who has been acting since age 11.  “I had no idea what a phenomenon ‘Camp Rock’ would be when I auditioned for it, but then when it got so huge, of course I thought, ‘Oh, that was almost me!’  But coming back for ‘Camp Rock 2,’ I really have to say, Disney wants to put you in the right part – and Dana is really right for me.”

The role called for a classically-trained musician.  They changed Dana from being a violinist to being a pianist in deference to Chloe’s real-life ability.  She’s also a dancer, a gymnast, a swimmer, an artist, a tennis player…

”I was an ambitious, busy little girl,” she says.  “Fortunately, I was lucky enough to have a mom supportive enough to move out to Los Angeles with me when I was 13 to pursue acting.”

Chloe has been asked about her resemblance to Angelina so many times she admits, “I find myself not reacting any more when people say that.  But it’s such a compliment, it really is – so flattering.  She’s one of my biggest idols, so it’s incredible.  I would kill to meet her.  Except, if I ever met her, I’d be so star struck I probably wouldn’t be able to talk.”

‘Mdot’ Gets Rock Star Treatment — Weeks Before ‘Camp Rock 2’ Premiere

Matthew "Mdot" Finley Disney Channel photo

What an introduction to the world of the Jonas Brothers for Matthew “Mdot” Finley, who plays the chief adversary of the Jonases in the Disney Channel’s Sept. 3-debuting “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.”  He’ll be out on concert tour with the JoBros, Demi Lovato and other members of the “Camp Rock 2” cast starting Aug.7.  All that’s gone out on this so far is a video, movie clips, promos and some interviews.  And yet, Mdot has already found himself swarmed by fans.  It happened last week, in fact, when he and Alyson Stoner were in Paramus, New Jersey, doing promotional duty for Verizon FIOS, which has a movie tie-in.

“People are already like, ‘I love your video!  My grandma loves your dance moves!’  We were on the elevator, and there were people waiting for us at every level when the doors opened,” he says, amazed.

How does he feel about that?  “It’s what I signed up for, what I want to do – be a superstar,” says the handsome young performer.

He says he’s learned from the best how to interact.  “I’ve been in cars with the Jonas Brothers, and they’re very down to earth.  They’ll stop the car and hop out to say hi to the fans that’ve been waiting for hours before they go into their hotel.  They really believe in showing fans their appreciation.  They love the fans.  Demi (Lovato) does as well.”

With the tour right around the corner, Mdot is psyched to jump in all the way.  It took him five auditions to land the role of ego-centric Lucas Williams, the leader of the teen performers at rival Camp Star.  “I’ve been preparing for this role my whole life,” he says.  As far as whether Lucas will end up being the guy viewers love to hate, he laughs.  “I think so.  He’s all about the performance, not about making friends.  He’s all about the presentation.  I can definitely relate to that.  But I’m a little more polite, a little more people friendly.”

Syfy ‘Phantom’ Reboot Keeps It Real-ish

Ryan Carnes Syfy photo

Syfy premieres its four-hour event movie “The Phantom” on Sunday (6/20) — with all involved in the modern reboot of the classic comic book tale anxiously awaiting viewer response, which will determine whether the dark super hero will be brought back for a full-on series.   It’s an attractive if daunting prospect for 27-year-old hottie Ryan Carnes (“Desperate Housewives”), who’s taken on the role of Kit Walker — actually, the son of the comic book Kit Walker — a promising law student yanked out of his life in a terrible way and confronted with a future that entails taking over the Phantom persona.

“I had a great time. It was by far the most rewarding experience of my career, the biggest, the most responsibility I’ve had as an actor. I ate it up. I loved it,” he says.

But it wasn’t easy. “The three weeks we were on night shooting, about two-thirds of the way through the shoot, were the hardest for me,” says Carnes.  “We’d been shooting 15, 16 hour days, but when we switched to nights, I felt like I was losing myself at times. The body is not made to be up all night. Your hormones are all over the place and it’s easier to get depressed.  But I think it served to help in my performance. Kit was feeling exhausted, confused and unsure about what was happening in his life. I felt much the same way,” he explains with a laugh.

Carnes says he and director Paolo Barzman talked at length about keeping his character grounded in reality. (This Phantom, by the way, has traded in the old Phantom’s purple tights for cool-looking protective gear that has purple accents.) “Sometimes, certain liberties are taken to make these superhero characters bigger. Some, like Spider-man — they keep that character real.  I wanted to find the balance between the real human being who is very unassuming at the beginning and the Phantom. By the end of the movie, he has to face himself and really become a man.”

OH, BROTHER: Jonas Brothers fans can look forward to getting a good look at the youngest Jonas Brother — 9-year-old Frankie, aka the Bonus Jonas — when “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” debuts late this summer on The Disney Channel.  “There’s a part of it called the Junior Rockers,” reports 20-year-old Joe Jonas.  “The Junior Rockers are part of the sort-of jam-off that the two rival camps have in the story. I won’t give too much away, but it’s fun to see.”

Eldest brother Kevin will be seen as the leader of the Junior Rockers. “It kind of fell into place. It was perfect,” he says. Of Frankie, he adds, “He loves doing the music, but he’s a little young right now to record or be in a band. But it’s something he’s very interested in.”