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Kelli Berglund and her tips for “living fabulously” | Spy News Magazine


If I could trade closets with one person it would be

-I’d love to steal Bella Hadid’s entire closet

The most treasured item in my closet is

-probably my jean jacket or leather jacket. They’re a perfect addition to a cute outfit.

What is your best tip for “living fabulously”?

-To me, a “fabulous” life consists of happiness, self-awareness, and not being afraid to treat yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back when achieving your accomplishments, or treat yourself to a vacation every once in a while. Life is much easier to deal with when you start finding assurance and comfort within yourself.

What is most essential for budget shopping?

-I know many people are afraid to buy something on a budget simply because it doesn’t have a designer name. There are so many pieces of clothing I’ve found that I purchased so cheap, but when paired with the right items, looks expensive!  Don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome to splurge on pricey items sometimes. My advice, however, is to pay more attention to how the actual clothing affects you, not the name that’s sewed into it.

What are some of your current fashion obsessions?

-Denim skirts are making a comeback and I LOVE it. I’ve also really been into cropped sweatshirts and bold patterns. I’ve always been one to get in the habit of buying a million t-shirts (which are so easy to wear), but I’ve been branching out with different variations of styles lately! It’s exciting.

Whats your favorite music to blast in the car?

-My music taste is all over the board. I’m a big fan of hip hop/r&b but I’m also a huge fan of alternative rock. Some of my favorite artist are The 1975, Rihanna, The Neighbourhood, and Ed Sheeran.

What was the most expensive fashion item u’ve ever bought?

-It’d probably have to be a pair of Gucci sneakers I just recently purchased. I’m trying so hard to keep them clean so I wear them very occasionally!

What was your favorite thing you’ve ever worn?

-I’ve worn some dope outfits in several different photo shoots & red carpets, but one of my favorite looks is my black leather outfit from the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere. It was also the first time I ever debuted blonde hair!

Do you read you Instagram comments?

-Honestly, I do occasionally. Sometimes they’re really sweet, sometimes they’re not. If they’re nasty, I simply delete it and forget about it. 

Kelli Berglund – Beyond the Lab – Black Chalk Magazine

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Young starlet Kelli Berglund got her start on the hit Disney series “Lab Rats,” portraying a young bionic superhero. Recently Kelli starred along side musical icon Dolly Parton in the film, “Christmas of Many Colors.” In this editorial we went out with photographer Gregory Keith Metcalf to capture the real ‘Kelli’, the girl she is away from the red carpets and film premieres. Let’s just say we were charmed by her ability to be sweet, goofy and quite hilarious all at once, as we chatted about what it is like literally growing up on camera, the difference between who she really is and the curated life she showcases on social media, to her most romantic moment ever. Enjoy!

Justin Howard – Let’s talk about what you like about your job?

Kelli Berglund – I like talking about ‘real’ things like that. Especially when I get asked constantly, “If you had a super power what would it be and why?”

Justin Howard – Good. Let’s get started then. What is your philosophy behind acting?

Kelli Berglund – Honestly, I was never taught anything specific about acting. I am the first person in my entire family to do this. Ever! I have never taken an actual acting class before. I have worked with coaches on certain projects for things. I have never been into the whole class thing, where you get preached at what is right and wrong about acting. Because there really isn’t a wrong way to act. It is literally just being a person. That is what being an actor is.  You need to be confident with your decisions, be it a yes or a no. But if you are going to go full force into the character, It is important to be prepared, obviously that is a huge thing.

Justin Howard – A lot of people, a lot of actors, talk about emotional resonance you are trying to invoke within the audience. How do you breathe life into your characters?

Kelli Berglund – So far, the roles I have played haven’t been overly dramatic or serious. I have done the Disney thing, I have done the cute movies. I haven’t been able to dive head first into a role and show the audience a deep, cool, emotional character. I mean there have been elements of that in the roles I have played, but I would love to go deeper with it. I get a lot of influence from the movies I watch.  I see little things that other actors do. I have disagreed with acting coaches before when they tell me something like “You should play it this way, because this is how your character would be feeling.” I think in my mind “No, I am playing this character and this is how I am going to be doing it.”

Justin Howard – Let’s talk about that for a moment. Tell me about a moment on screen where you feel like you truly nailed it.

Kelli Berglund -If I had to pick a moment or a scene, it would be from the movie “Raising The Bar” that I filmed in Australia last year. It is a really cute, feel good movie. Very similar to a Disney film, but it isn’t a Disney film. There is a moment in the film, where I am talking to my mom and I feel like I am being betrayed by all my friends. My character is getting depressed and is so hard on herself. I sat on this couch with this crew of thirty people watching and saying “And Go!” It was different than being in an audition room, where it is intimate. You are literally just talking to one person behind a camera. It was this entire crew watching me, where I had to go into this monologue about how upset I am and telling my mom about that. Basically bawling my eyes out. I am super proud of it because it is one of the heavier scenes I have done in my acting career so far. It was really hard to do because of the way the filming worked out. They would say “We need ten minutes to set up this shoot, but stay in it. Let’s do it again.” I would be like “OK.” When you are in that, it is really hard to come out of it and hear “That was great! Let’s do it again!” You have to work with the flow of the schedule. The flow of the director, it is hard.

Justin Howard – What moment did you take from your own life to give that scene its reality, its life?

Kelli Berglund – I have had moments in my own life where I felt that the whole world hated me. I have felt extremely upset with myself, because I was way too hard on myself at one point in my life. I remember being with my mom, sitting in my room when I was 15 and breaking down completely. My mom is very understanding. I had a very similar situation with my mom to the scene in this film. That was the biggest influence for this scene. I just sat there and recalled what I went through, what anyone would feel going through this and just did it.

Justin Howard – You’re still very young, fresh out of the madness of your teen years…

Kelli Berglund – Still a little mad. Ask my boyfriend.

Justin Howard – The world has seen a lot of tragedies lately. From the events in Paris and Orlando, to Berlin. People are being very hard on themselves and they don’t know how just ‘Be.’ Having gone through a period in your life, where you felt the whole world hated you, do you have any advice for those still struggling?

Kelli Berglund – It was really hard to go through that as a teen, because I didn’t understand it.

Justin Howard – I think it is hard, no matter what age you are because I don’t think it is something easy to understand. You just end up thinking the world hates you, because that is what you feel, what you see. Any reflections you want to share?

Kelli Berglund – It is so much easier said than done. I can’t be like “This is what you will do and you will feel better about yourself.” Every situation is unique unto itself. The way I got through it, was to learn that time heals all. That was my specific situation, I was so young. I was dealing with people who were my age, just nasty people. With that sort of thing, you grew up and you learn that those things don’t matter any more. That feeling never truly went away. It is something that I will never truly forget. It made me feel insecure with all aspects of my life. Not just what I was dealing with in that situation. But like I said, it’s so easy to be like “Just feel good about yourself. Pat yourself on the back.” I have friends I can go hang with out, but they aren’t people I can have these types of conversations with. I think people like that, be they friends or family are so important. For me to have that support network was huge. Nowadays being unique and confident, and raising your voice to whatever it is you support is kinda a trend now. Which is awesome. There are so many more people now who are proud of who they are and what they do. It is really inspiring to watch these people. You just have to find the good things in life.

Justin Howard – As a celebrity you are on social media. Social media can be tres brutal. How do you deal with it?

Kelli Berglund – I just don’t. When I was younger, just starting in this business I got a lot of followers on Instagram and Twitter. I was super curious about what people would say about me. I would post these selfies and ask people what they thought. I would read through the comments, and there were just dumb people out there who will say random things on your Instagram to make their presence know. It makes no sense. Even now I just got my hair done and half the people voice to me how much they hate it. I am like I really didn’t ask you, but that is fine. Some people are like I love it and that is the nice part of it. I just really just try not to read it and laugh it off. This is fake, this is internet, it is not real. I always think, “I would love to hear you say that to my face, but you probably won’t.” I don’t know, I just try to put everything within the context of the situation. It isn’t that important in the long run. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, that doesn’t mean I have to listen.

Justin Howard – That is healthy to have some distance to it. I think that is key to develop, the understanding that it is artificial. Someone can sit here and see you, thinking they know you. Being on Disney, people think they know you from your roles. Talk to me about that.

Kelli Berglund – I love this question! That is my biggest thing. People are so judgmental, be it positive and they think you are the most amazing human. Which feels awesome, but I have my flaws too. You don’t know my hate. There are people who are like “I hate her, she is trying too hard.” It is really hard being a child actor, because you have such a wide audience of people. You have older people who see your show, you have kids who are impressionable. My biggest thing is showing people who I am, but honestly my fans on Instagram are never going to truly know who I am. Because the people who know me are my family, my friends who see me everyday. That is the reality, you aren’t going to know me unless you are spending every single day with me. When I was younger I was all about putting out a good image, I should post this today, and post this later just to post something because it is cute. I was always struggling with whether I should post this because it is good for my social media, even if I didn’t want to. Social media is so huge these days, and I like posting…. But.

Justin Howard – Social media is part of life.

Kelli Berglund – It is. Right now I am twenty, not sixteen any more. I am about posting whatever it is I want to post. People aren’t always going to like it. I can’t please everyone. But I want to show people who I am as much as I can without giving up too much. Because my private life is just that, private.

Justin Howard – Let’s talk about that for a moment. Everyone has many parts to themselves. The intimate part you share with friends and family, the part the world sees on social media that is completely curated and then the part of you are an actor, is the role you play and people identify that role with who you are. If there is one fact that people should know, what it is? Who is the ‘real’ Kelli?

Kelli Berglund – I am a goofball, I really am. You can ask my family.  I do like to come off very mature and serious, in the right situation. But I really am the most stupid, craziest person. Like when I get together with my sister and we just get crazy. I come off very poised on the carpet but a lot of people would say this too, but I am have always been the annoying one in my friend group. I just feel like I am completely rambunctious and outgoing. It is a side of me that only comes out occasionally.

Justin Howard – l enjoy this bit of honesty. It is like your are the wild child.

Kelli Berglund – Yes, I enjoying being a little bit rebellious. I think people can see that side of my personality from social media. I like to think my style is a bit more edgier then your normal Hollywood starlet. I have always been well behaved, yet I tend to be low key rebellious as well.

Justin Howard – On that note, tell me about your most rebellious moment?

Kelli Berglund – I am so going to get hate for this one on Instagram. When I was younger, I used to sneak out of my house. My parents caught me one time. It involved a pillow on the bed… It was honestly one of the first times I snuck out of the house. I did it quite a bit. I know that sounds horrible. But I went through that phase in my life. I wasn’t doing ‘bad things,’ I was just hanging out with my other 16-year-old friends. I snuck out one time for this girl who is now my best friend. At the time she just randomly called me and at the time I barely knew who she was. She asked if I was going to this party… I was like “First of all why are you calling me? How did you get my number? Two, I don’t know, maybe?” She was just like “We are going and we don’t know any one. We want to see you and you should come!” I was like “Ok.” So I snuck out of my house and I put a pillow in my sheets to make it look a body. I then used my hair extensions as hair, by pulling my sheets up it looked like I was in bed. My little sister woke up twenty minutes later and complained to my dad that she had a tooth ache. So my dad comes in and checks on me, only to discover that there isn’t a body in the bed. He calls me and I make up this story about being at In & Out with a guy I liked. It was a lie, definitely was a lie. I don’t know if he ever found out about that one. That was my most rebellious moment as a teenager, and it was hilarious to be caught like that.

Justin Howard – The hair extensions visual make the story. Absolutely hilarious!

Kelli Berglund – It was lame, honestly. I was only there for twenty minutes. The older senior boys picked us up and ten minutes later I had to approach them and ask for a ride home. They told everyone “Kelli got caught!” Screaming it at the whole party. It was pretty embarrassing.

Justin Howard – Let’s switch gears and talk about fashion…

Kelli Berglund – Yeah!

Justin Howard – Love it how your eyes just light up with that. Favorite designer?

Kelli Berglund – Just one?

Justin Howard – Ok, who do you like to wear the most?

Kelli Berglund – Who can I afford? I am really big on shoes. That is the first thing that pops in my head. I love Joseph shoes! They are always so good. They are just really expensive. That is the thing, I don’t really spend tons on clothes. I spend it on shoes. Other than that I tend to head directly to top shop for most of my clothing needs.

Justin Howard – What was your favorite runway show?

Kelli Berglund – The Alice & Olivia show I went to. It was the one that took place in LA. Really beautiful, I have always loved the Alice & Olivia show. They are very girlie, and I like to be girlie with their stuff sometimes. I like it how it can be girlie, yet it keeps an edge to it. It is an unique edge. It is not all about leather and spikes. They have cool unique designs that keep it edgy. What I mean when I say I like edgy things, is that yes, I do like leather. I love zippers and stacked jewelry. I like things like ripped jeans and crazy prints. Basically things that have a unique vintage feel to them. I freak out over those details. Oh, jackets! I have so many jackets. I can wear the simplest outfit and pair it with a jacket, and the look is perfect.

Justin Howard – Kimonos are my thing.

Kelli Berglund – Yes, that is my boyfriend’s thing too. He goes into the girl sections of vintage shops and buys kimonos. Totally a hippy. He is so cute.

Justin Howard – Talking about romance. Tell me about the most romantic moment in your life.

Kelli Berglund – In life or with my boyfriend? Well, I had an extremely romantic moment with my boyfriend before he was ‘officially’ my boyfriend. I never really went to concerts before I started dating him. Now I go to them all the time. He is a musician and he loves going to concerts and seeing people perform. Even if he has never heard of them because it was good to experience all this stuff. So we both really love the 1975. They are my absolute favorite brand. He is a big fan of them too. I had the biggest crush on him at this point. We were just kinda talking, nothing was really solid. He went to their concert with me in LA. If any one has been to a 1975 concert, you know exactly what I am talking when I say the vibe is just super chill. You feel like you are high without being high. The music, the lights and the way the singer moves on stage make you feel like you are in a euphoric moment. They are my favorite band, so not only was I freaking out and having the time of my life, I was on cloud 9, and I was with a guy that I liked. There is a song called “Falling For You,” and he had his arms around me, and he started singing all the lyrics to me. He kissed me at the very end of the song. It was the best thing ever. I have had boyfriends before but this experience was most romantic moment for me.

Justin Howard – Favorite piece of clothing?

Kelli Berglund – Oh…. I have a lot. We have to go back to shoes. My Joseph shoes. They are gold platforms. I have worn them as the base for seven red carpet outfits. One of my favorite pieces of clothing has to be my leather jacket. Another is my pair of flare cream colored jeans from Alice & Olivia. They are simply sample items I love. A regular go to piece is one that my fans from Instagram are familiar with, it is my jacket from Nasty Gal. It just has all these patches on it, and I adore anything with patches on it. I love that jacket!

Justin Howard – Here is the moment, where you can say anything you want to.

Kelli Berglund – I want to make this good… I would just say, I am super excited to about my career, and the ability to see my fans grow with me. Because they are getting older like I am. That they are accepting of me through all my ups and downs. We are all human. Especially when I have grown up in the spotlight. You are just trying to be on your best behavior all the time. I just want to thank my fans, and my family and friends who have supported me throughout everything. That they support my work means the world to me. I can tell them on Twitter how much I love them, but that is over the internet. But if I could say one thing in front of them, sitting like we are right now, it would be, “You have no clue, how much it means to me that people care about what it is I do.” That is pretty awesome!

Source: Black Chalk Magazine

Kelli Berglund: 10 Things You Need To Know About Her and ‘Christmas of Many Colors’

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As one of young Hollywood’s brightest stars on the rise, Kelli first made a name for herself starring on Disney XD’s hit series “Lab Rats” and “Lab Rats Elite Force.” This winter, Kelli will break out of Disney to star as ‘Willadeene Parton’ in NBC’s highly anticipated special “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.”  The show is a sequel to last year’s “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” which brought in nearly 16 million viewers, the most-watched film on broadcast or cable in nearly seven years. Mark your calanders for November 30 to catch Kelli in action.

Outside of her television and film projects, Kelli recently launched a capsule collection clothing line, and has become known for her edgy fashion choices. We caught up with Kelli just in time for her Christmas of Many Colors debut, and we’re sharing ten things you need to know about her.

1. Funniest/craziest thing that has happened on set?

So hard to choose just one moment! One of my cast members and I completely tripped over each other while filming a scene and ended up landing on the floor in opposite directions. The whole crew may or may not have been watching…

2. If you want to spoil me rotten?

I prefer experiences over items. Take me on an exciting trip to a place I’ve never been before!

3. Instagram Story or Snapchat? And why?

Snapchat has my heart! Can’t beat the filters! (I was even one of the filters for a Halloween party this year!)

4. What does you last text message say?

I sent my mom some pictures of my Halloween decor in my house. It looks sick. She’s proud.

5. What are you known for in your group of friends?

I guess that’s a question for my friends! Haha. I’m definitely the busy one. I also always have a plan and do my best to make sure the group sticks to it. I don’t want to say I’m the ‘mom’ of the group, but someone has to keep things in order sometimes!

6. Dream Role?

A crazy cool, but very real indie movie. I’d love to challenge myself to play a role that has major struggles/conflicts that leads me on a crazy journey of some sort. And if either of the Franco brothers were there I wouldn’t be mad about it.

7. Dealing with the pressure of the industry and being a Disney talent?

 You sort of know what you’re signing up for when you step into the ‘Disney machine.’ It’s been such a great experience that I’m very lucky to have participated in. However, being a teenager and growing up can already be tough enough as it is… try having your awkward years put in front of a spotlight for the whole world to see. The biggest pressure probably comes from trying my absolute best to please everyone while still trying to figure out exactly who I am. It’s hard, but this whole experience makes me the person I am today.

8. What’s your favorite part about the holiday season?

Decorating the house, learning new recipes from my mom, spending all my time with my family, trying to find the perfect gift for everyone… The list goes on and on.

9. What was it like being a part of Christmas of Many Colors? 

Amazing! It was like nothing I had ever done before. I really loved the role, and the entire cast made it feel like such a warm, family-like environment. Re-telling Dolly Parton’s story and even having the chance to meet her was a huge honor.

10. The best gift you have ever received? Or given? 

One of the absolute best gifts I’ve ever received was from my co-star, Spencer. He had the painter on set paint me a portrait of my cat, Jesse, wearing a little crown. My reaction was priceless! It was the cutest thing.

Source: LAPALME Magazine

Kelli Berglund Plays “Would You Rather” Exclusively With Popmania!

Kelli Berglund Answers Twitter Questions from Fans

Behind The Scenes Secrets From Our Interview With Kelli Berglund

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Major news, Popmaniacs — our fave actress Kelli Berglund stopped by our office in sunny Santa Monica for a super fun on-camera interview and it was literally everything. We could have hung out with the brunette bombshell all day long, she was seriously awesome! The Lab Rats: Elite Force star spilled to us everything from major behind the scenes secrets, to all about her cast mates! Feeling FOMO from our hang sesh with Kelli? We’re giving you the behind the scenes lowdown from our hang out with the babe so that you can feel like you were there.

1. She was awesome — Kelli was seriously so fun to hang out with. We could have chilled with the babe all day! Not only is K hilarious IRL, she’s also a major sweetheart. We literally couldn’t have more of a girl crush on her!

2. Her outfit was unreal — Kelli is the definition of style goals. So it’s no surprise that K showed up at our office wearing the *perfect* outfit. She wore a black crop top with black and light pink patterned pants from Topshop! Her outfit was completed with a pair of ahmazing black suede heels. We’re dying to copy this look for our next night out.

3. She loved our emoji stickers — While she was filling out our Official Popmania Quiz, Kelli had a blast sticking our emoji stickers all over it. We can’t wait to share K’s hilarious answers with you!

4. Kelli took our “Would You Rather” challenge like a champ K brought up some seriously thought provoking points while she was answering our WYR’s. We can’t wait to reveal what she said to you all!

Source: POPMANIA

Kelli Berglund At Kidabaloo 2016 in Rockford

Kelli Berglund a Star from the Start

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With several television, modeling, and commercial credits to her name, Kelli Berglund was destined for success at a very early age. Her ever-growing resume includes appearances on TLC’s Hip Hop Harry, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, Bye Bye Benjamin as well as campaigns with Reebok, Old Navy, Hyundai, and Mattel. It is obvious the 20-year-olds star power paralleled with intestinal fortitude, and performance pedigree has allowed Berglund to pave a lane of her very own within show biz.

An “Elite Force” to be reckoned with both in out of the spotlight, this leading lady’s esteemed notoriety has catapulted her star quality to insuppressible prominence. After four successful seasons on Disney XD’s Lab Rats, the burgeoning actress and her bionic squad have shifted gears with the most recent spinoff series of Lab Rats: Elite Force. If you haven’t taken a glimpse at this social media maven’s platforms, then you are truly missing out!

New You had the opportunity to receive some girl time with the young starlet about her personal hobbies, versatile style, latest fashion collection with MUSE, and a fan encounter that left her completely speechless. There is no stopping this dynamic force because she is just getting started.

Since the beginning of the Lab Rats series, how has Bree evolved?

It’s difficult to put into words because she has evolved so much! However, I will say this, she initially started off as a young teenage girl, trying to find her place. It was actually her first time [ever] being exposed to the real world and she was very insecure. I personally believe this led to everything with her wanting to fit in and make friends.

On the other hand, she has another unique side to her! She is [literally] kicking butt and going on missions, which I believe is where she found her overall confidence. Her confidence eventually expanded into additional areas of her life. As she [the character of Bree Davenport] began to evolve, I [naturally] evolved as well. Bree is now a mature young adult who somewhat acts as a mentor to others in the series by showing them the ropes.

What can we look forward to in the latest installment of Lab Rats: Elite Force?

There are so many, really exciting things that will be happening! Of course, we have all of the bionic heroes and super heroes combining into one. Because of this, you will be able to witness all of our powers working together to create a lot of really awesome things. There are also a few brand new villains throughout the season. A little secret that I can’t quite reveal yet but I will admit…something is going to happen to my character, and it is very cool and totally unexpected! Plus, there will be a lot of bonding between all of us and growing relationships that will begin to blossom because this is our first time being an elite force.

If you were truly bionic and had ANY superpower what would it be? How would you utilize your power?

I always tell people that I believe time travel would be really cool. Being able to experience different parts of the world during various eras, in order to get a glimpse of what it was like during that particular moment in time would be amazing. Who knows, maybe you could also prevent bad events from happening.

If you were asked to make a playlist of music describing the Elite Force, what type of song(s) would you include?

Oh wow! There definitely has to be some type of Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith songs included on the playlist especially during our fight scenes! The entire playlist has to be fun and intense comprising of music that will get you excited. However classic Rock and Roll is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of music that would be suitable to describe the Elite Force.

What are some of your hobbies outside of acting?

Sleeping (laughs). Just kidding, but not really! I love spending time with my friends and family because I work [extensively] five days a week. Therefore, anytime I spend with them [friends and family] is really nice. I also really love to dance. Recently I signed up for a couple of dance classes because I have been a dancer my entire life and I truly want to get back into it [dancing] as a hobby.

Congratulations on the launch of MUSE! What are some words you would use to describe the collection?

Hmmm…edgy, chic and versatile. Regardless of your personal style or preference, you can wear the collection. There are a variety of ways to wear the pieces because there are a lot of options to choose from.

Do you have a favorite piece from the collection?

Actually, there are quite a few that I really like. Particularly, a fuzzy sweater that is included in the collection because it is so soft and super comfy. It is unreal! I really love that [fuzzy sweater] and I love the suede jacket that comes in two shades, black and light blue. It’s really cute as well.

How would you describe your personal style?

I have to think about that one because my style has slightly evolved within the last year. I would have to say edgy is definitely a word that would be used to describe my own style. I don’t necessarily revel in keeping up with the latest trends because I like finding unique items to wear and creating my own trends. I absolutely love putting things together that traditionally are not considered in sync. As of lately, sporty, edgy and chic are the three words I would use to describe it as [personal style].

What product or products do you believe should be a staple in every young woman’s purse?

Chap Stick is number one, always. Personally, for me, it is definitely a necessity. A tiny compact mirror comes in handy as well and not just for doing makeup. It is a great resource to check if you have something in your teeth, or on your face. It is very handy and has truly been a life saver for me. Lastly, a small can of dry shampoo I carry [just in case] because you just never know (laughs). Think about it, if you are visiting an amusement park it is really nice to have on hand after you have been riding rides the entire day.  If you do not have a brush and your hair begins to look greasy or all over the place a little dry shampoo can instantly fix it and make it look fresh. The travel-sized ones are the best!

Can you talk about a fan encounter that completely took you by surprise?

Oh, yes! A couple of years ago, I did an event with a magazine entitled, BYOU. The magazines main objective is to uplift and inspire young girls to feel good about themselves. BYOU held a huge expo and there were thousands of girls in attendance. I was there to complete an autograph signing and it was one little girl in particular who literally came up to me and started balling uncontrollably. I [literally] said, “Oh, my gosh,” because I was very shocked but also humbled by the experience. She hugged me so tight and cried extremely hard because she was beyond happy to meet me. In my mind, I’m just Kelli but to this one little girl I obviously meant the world to her. I have never encountered something like that before and it is something I will remember forever!

You have a huge social media following. Leading by example, what is the message you would like to convey through your social media?

A lot of people, especially in this industry, tell me what I should or should not post on my social media pages. It is seriously one of my biggest pet peeves! I want to post what I want and I believe the same should apply for every single one of my followers. I have noticed people are very judgmental and can be quite intimidating not just on social media but in life in general. You are uniquely Y-O-U and should be able to live your life to its greatest potential regardless of other’s opinions. If you view my Instagram there are so many rude comments, I receive but I choose to ignore it all. At the end of the day people will say what they want either way. Honestly, if I were to look at the hurtful comments it will definitely get me down and get the best of me. Besides, who wants to live their life in that way! I have to constantly remind myself, these are only people behind a computer screen.

My biggest piece of advice I try to convey is to first and foremost be yourself and don’t try to become or emulate someone that you aren’t. Be happy with yourself and do what makes you happy in life. Also, don’t allow people to walk over you and take advantage because I have experienced that before and trust me, it is a very bad feeling.

Connect with Kelli Berglund:

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ONE TO WATCH: Kelli Berglund

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Best known for her role as ‘Bree Davenport’ on Disney Channel XD’s Lab Rats Kelli Berglund is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest ‘ones to watch’ for her fresh face and raw talent. Not only an accomplished actress (look out for her feature film Raising the Bar this year), but she is also an extraordinary dancer, having won several awards in lyrical, contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, tap, and jazz (and she’s only 20 years old!!). To complement her diverse talents, we switched up her look for something fun and playful with the help of hairstylist Jonathan Colombini.

“My hair has been through so many transformations,” says Berglund. “For the longest time, all I wanted was super long hair, so I wore extensions for years. I did everything I could to avoid my naturally curly short hair. As I’ve grown up and learned to embrace who I am (and be way more comfortable with it), I’m all about my short locks! It’s way less work, and my hair is thanking me for taking out the extra hair that’s been weighing it down for so long.”

No stranger to playing with her hair (she was a platinum blonde just two years ago), the rising star admits that the craziest thing she’s ever done to her hair was ‘rag-curls.’ “When I was younger, my mom tried this technique on me, and when I took them out, my chest-length hair bounced up above my ears. It was the worst.” To help Kelli forget this hair disaster ever happened, we let her in on some of Colombini’s hair magic.

To prep her hair for each look, Colombini used “Sachajuan Ocean Mist and Sally Hershberger Golden Touch Nourishing Dry Oil. With a 1-inch barrel iron, I wrapped the hair around leaving ends out. I then passed my flat iron through the hair to relax the curl and encourage more of a wavy, lived-in look.”

So how can we encourage a natural, effortless look on the reg? Take a tip from Berglund: “I live off of dry shampoo. My hair and skin are both naturally dry, so my hair doesn’t get super oily right away. I can sometimes go 3+ days without washing my hair, which may sound gross, but it’s bad to wash your hair every day! Especially with dry hair like mine. I like to let the natural oils get to it, and when it does start to look a little shiny, I break out the dry shampoo. But believe me, I do know when it’s time to wash it!”

“Ever since I cut my hair, I love wearing it in a messy/wavy effortless look. I curl it with a straightener, and usually add some dry shampoo and texturizing powder for volume.”

On the inspiration for the shoot, Colombini says “Kelli is young fresh and naturally beautiful. So keeping that raw, fresh look was my first inspiration. But, after seeing her work that camera, my inspiration immediately switched to sweet and sexy!”

And channel her inner supermodel she did- whipping her hair and eyeing the camera for each shot. So how did she get so comfortable in front of the camera? Bergland dishes on her ultimate beauty icons: “First is Bella Hadid. She really plays up her natural beauty, and I love that. It’s very classy. The other would have to be Candice Swanepoel. Whether she’s edgy and sexy or all natural, she looks killer.”

So what’s next for the Disney mega-babe? “Time for myself! The past few months, I’ve done some soul searching. It’s time for me to act upon my interests, stay dedicated, and apply that to my career.”

Source: Mane Addicts

 

Kelli Berglund on set with Disney XD’s new series “Lab Rats: Elite Force” #DisneyXD #LabRats

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