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Cole Jensen Talks Puppet Mastering for ‘Crash & Bernstein’

What’s it like to work with a puppet all day? “It’s insane!” says Disney kid Cole Jensen, who has the Disney XD show “Crash & Bernstein” debuting on Monday (10/8).

“But it’s not as hard as I thought. I was prepared for something hard, but the biggest thing is helping Tim stay out of the shot.” He’s referring to “Sesame Street” and “Muppets” performer Tim Lagasse, who performs the role of Crash, a puppet who comes to life after being put together in a “Build-A-Bestie” workshop by a boy suffering from too little male companionship in a house full of females. “They said to treat him like a normal human being and be completely natural. It’s really easy,” says Cole.

Cole, who’s been seen on such shows as “Mike & Molly” and “Victorious,” is in mid-production on the first season of “Crash & Bernstein” with 11 more episodes to shoot out of 21. But there’s talk of the order being increased to 26 episodes in this first year. That’s a pretty nice vote of confidence before the show even premieres.

Down Time Short Time for Busy Disney Star Adam Hicks

Adam Hicks, Doc Shaw

Just days away from completing production on his first season of the Disney Channel’s “Pair of Kings,” Adam Hicks admits he’s on a “countdown until it’s time to chill.”

The personable, red-haired actor admits coming into the show in its third season to replace Mitchel Musso, “I didn’t know what to expect, but everyone welcomed me with open arms, like a family.  And I didn’t know how the fans were going to respond, but the fans have been digging it.  It’s been great — keeping me busy.”

 He’ll head to his home town, Las Vegas, to catch up with family and friends for awhile.  As he points out, “I turned 18, so I’m living in California by myself now.”  But he won’t be idle long.  He’s working on the music side of his career, and open to more hiatus time opportunities.

“It’s a funny thing in this business.  You get addicted to the next project and the next, and you want to keep working,” notes the actor, whose claims to fame include the big screen “How to Eat Fried Worms” and Disney XD’s “Zeke and Luther.”  Hicks enjoys his “great relationship with Disney” — which keeps him busy not only with the series, but with appearances and outside activities, like today’s  “TRYathlon” in which he and castmate Doc Shaw team up with the NBA’s Kevin Love to compete in a set of endurance challenges.
They’re up against fellow Disney XD stars  Leo Howard and Olivia Holt from “Kickin’ It,” and Billy Unger and Spencer Boldman from ‘Lab Rats.”  Also involved are three young viewers from across the country, who were  selected to be contenders.  And the NFL’s Arian Foster and WNBA player Candace Parker.   The fun event is part of  Disney Magic of Healthy Living, a program that celebrates kids and families discovering simple and fun ways to be healthy and encourages kids to try new things.
Hicks says he learned some lessons he’ll take with him, like learning to pace himself.  Yes, for him that’s new.

‘Let It Shine’ Meant Vocal Gymnastics for Tyler James Williams

Former “Everybody Hates Chris” star Tyler James

Williams shows off an impressive range of capabilities in the Disney Channel Original movie “Let It Shine,” premiering tomorrow (6/15).  But he admits he ran into an unexpected challenge in the high-energy, Cyrano de Bergerac-inspired tale that’s set in the hip hop music realm.  “I lost my voice a few times.  You know, naturally my voice is pretty deep, so my rapping voice was deeper, so I had to push higher to get a younger sound out of the character,” he says.  “It’s tough to do.  At first you think, ‘Oh, this will be fine.’  But then you realize the toll it takes on your voice over time, especially recording essentially a whole album in two weeks.”

The “Let It Shine” soundtrack features Williams on eight of the tracks, a blend of hip hop, gospel and R&B.

“I’d been familiar with the Cyrano story before.  I’d kind of played around with it in my acting class, so I thought this could be interesting,” Williams explains.  “When I went in and I read for it, then I really became attached to it.  I really started to feel a part of the project from, I would say, the screen test, when we started mixing and matching the people together.  This is the first time I’ve ever had a mix-and-match when I wasn’t sure who was going to be cast.”

Coco Jones (Disney’s “Next Big Thing”) plays Roxanne and Trevor Jackson costars.  “I thought it wouldn’t work because of how tall they were, with my average height,” the 5-foot-8 Williams admits.  But he’s happy with the result.  “I’m really proud of how it turned out.  I feel like a proud parent and a kid who’s just graduated from college at once.”

Teen Stars Bella Thorne and Zendaya Have Everything But Free Time

Life is a whirl — and then some — for Disney Channel stars Bella Thorne and Zendaya, who are ages 13 and 15, respectively.   Their “Shake it Up” series is No. 1 with kids and tweens.  There are clothing and shoe lines fashioned after their CeCe and Rocky characters on the dance-themed comedy.  CeCe and Rocky dolls are coming out.   The two have a Disney Channel movie called” Frienemies” on the way.   Zendaya also appears on tonight’s (9/23) “PrankStars” — convincing the unsuspecting subject of her practical joke to help out at her family’s pirate-themed restaurant.  Aaargh!

Bella Thorne, Zendaya & friends Zendaya appears on 'PrankStars' tonight

“I’m still shocked about it.  To go into Target and see these clothes — it amazes me every day,” Bella tells us.

And Zendaya says that seeing her doll for the first time “was a surreal feeling.  I felt a whole bunch of emotions.  I felt excitement, and I also had a little tear in my eye.  I had to kind of absorb the moment and realize what is happening.  Little girls are going to playing with me.  I just remember that feeling, when I was  playing with dolls.”

Bella says that interacting with their young fans is her favorite part of the job.  “When the little kids come up to you, it’s so cute.  We were at Disneyland, and this one little girl was crying, because she didn’t know we were real,” recounts the young talent.  “That’s why we do what we do — to make them laugh and make them smile.  They come to the show and they’re so excited.  It warms our hearts to hear them laughing in the audience.”

 Between learning new dances and lines every day, doing promotional chores and keeping up with their schooling, there’s not much down time for the girls.  Have they learned to pace themselves?

 “Not really,” admits Bella.  “But it’s not like I’m being held away from my friends and stuff.  They come to the set, and we eat dinner after the show.”

  As far as vacation time, “That’s usually the time we travel or do promo stuff,” Zendaya says.  “But either way, I’m with Bella and we’re having fun.  As long as it’s fun, it’s okay.” 

Still, she says, “I think the most challenging aspect of doing this is being able to balance school and work, and still be a regular girl.  That’s the most important thing, and the hardest thing to deal with.”  In the interests of regular girl time, “I have my fiends visit all the time.  They always come here, because it’s really hard for me to visit them.  We’ll do simple things like go to the movies.  I just had my birthday party and it was the best experience.,” she adds.  “I had friends from home and friends from out here that I’ve met, and had a big, fun celebration at my auntie’s house on the beach.  We had henna tattoos, and glitter tattoos and played volleyball.”

Matt Damon Put Teen Costar Colin Ford At Ease Right Away

Colin Ford

Colin Ford, 14, reports that Matt Damon put him at ease right away after the juvenile actor was cast as Damon’s son in Cameron Crowe’s forthcoming “We Bought a Zoo.”

“He was really down to earth, one of the nicest, greatest actors I’ve ever met.  We got to do some general scenes together and got to know each other, before we did any scenes where we were arguing or really close or anything like that,” notes Ford, who also worked with Elle Fanning and Thomas Hayden Church in “We Bought a Zoo.”  The story of a father who moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo also stars Scarlett Johansson.

Ford’s voice is already quite recognizable to the Disney Channel’s preschool set.  He plays the title character in the daily animated adventure show, “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” — which is the highest-rated preschool show on the channel, ever.

However, the affable teen actor says, “I go to a normal school, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Sometimes I’ll get out of school 20, 30 minutes early to record.  There are friends of mine who don’t really even know I do the show.”  He has been caught, “when a little brother or sister kind of recognize my voice — ‘Hey, are you kind of like the main guy?’ They laugh.  I didn’t really keep it quiet, but some people know and some don’t.”