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TOWN&COUNTRY – Kelli Berglund Is the Star of Two of TV’s Buzziest New Shows

TOWN&COUNTRY – Kelli Berglund Is the Star of Two of TV’s Buzziest New Shows

There’s a lot going on in Now Apocalypse, the new series premiering on March 10 on Starz. On the surface, it’s about a group of friends in Los Angeles attempting to find their way through the usual twenty-something tumult of career quandaries and relationship dilemmas, but there’s more bubbling just below the surface—namely aliens, hallucinations, ominous premonitions, just to name a few. Of course, that’s no great surprise if you consider the show is co-written by Karley Sciortino and Gregg Araki (KaboomThe Doom Generation, and 13 Reasons Why), who also directed, and produced by Steven Soderbergh—a trio of creative minds who aren’t strangers to edgy, funny, boundary pushing entertainment.

The series also makes great use of its young stars, including Avan Jogia, Beau Mirchoff, and 23-year-old Kelli Berglund, who plays Carly, a struggling actress in a flailing relationship who finds some semblance of control over her life through an unconventional online presence. It’s not the only place you’ll see her this season; Berglund will also play a young Gwen Verdon in the anticipated FX series Fosse/Verdon, produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Thomas Kail (which premieres April 9). Here, Berglund talks to T&C about the two very different roles.

It might be an understatement to call Now Apocalypse offbeat. What did you think when you first learned about the series?

They sent me all 10 episodes before I even had the job; I think for whoever was going to get this role, they had to show it to them and say, “Are you cool with this?” By episode 10 it gets a bit crazy, and I’ve never done anything like it so reading it was a bit scary, but I loved the character. The show is so unique—it’s shocking in many ways—so I think it’ll also be exciting for people to watch.

How do you even describe it. It’s about friendships and relationships, but it’s also a bit fantastic and has a touch of science fiction.

There’s an exaggeration about it; it definitely touches on stereotypes of Los Angeles, but it’s like a Candyland version.

What’s in store for Carly over the season?

She comes off as being aggressive at first because of the way she dresses and her blunt sense of humor. She’s a struggling actress, which is tearing her apart, and her relationship with her boyfriend isn’t great. People might see her as being really confident and having it together, but she has a lot of insecurities. She finds confidence, though, and applies it to her entire life; she gets a more independent mind set and figures out what she wants. It’s great, because the female characters in this show are the strong ones who know what they want. You don’t see that a lot.

You’re also going to be on Fosse/Verdon, which is about as different as it can get.

I play a 16-year-old in the 1940s; it’s a completely different role. My character is a young Gwen Verdon. I’ve been a dancer my entire life and have known about Bob Fosse since I was 10 years old, so when I got this audition I just knew I had to book the role. They needed a dancer, and I knew I could do that! The show is so beautifully done, I’m so excited to be part of it. Even though my scenes are flashbacks to when Gwen was young, and her story is really intense, it was a great experience.

With these two shows under your belt, is there something you’re hoping to do next that you haven’t been asked about yet?

The last jobs I’ve done have all been so different from each other, which is a good thing. I don’t want to be stuck in one kind of role. I’d love to do something seriously dramatic; I’ve always been good at crying on demand.

Source: Town & Country Magazine

The Hedonist Magazine – Interview With Kelli Berglund | The Path To Peace, Happiness And Joy

The Hedonist Magazine – Interview With Kelli Berglund | The Path To Peace, Happiness And Joy

Happiness is a state of being, an intangible feeling that we all aim to reach and maintain. Many of us are waiting for life events to happen or things to attain to feel good, but true happiness and joy comes from a loving relationship with our inner-self. When we honor the dialogue we have with oneself, we will most likely find our way to true peace and unconditional joy. 

Actress Kelli Berglund who can be seen this spring 2019 as Carly in STARZ’ TV series “Now Apocalypse” says, 

“(…) The more you can have a personal conversation with your mind and think “Why am I doing this? How does this affect me? How does this affect others? What will I get out of this in the end?”, the calmer you’ll feel.”

This inspiring interview will take you on a trip to Kelli’s professional and personal aspirations.


Introduction

Please introduce yourself briefly. Who, in your own words, is Kelli Berglund?

I think I’m still in the process of figuring out that answer! I’m a young, unique individual who finds creativity and inspiration in most things. When I want something, I’m committed to achieving it. However, I don’t always know what I want because life is absolutely unpredictable. I’m a dreamer (and probably a little too reliant on my horoscope… I blame everything on my Aquarius traits), but a realist. The rest of the world would probably know me as Kelli “the actress,” which, to be fair, is true as well.

What was your conscious path of falling in love with acting?

I pursued acting at a very young age, around nine years old. Anything I’ve ever been good at in life is creativity-based and it all began with dance. Which, I’d learn later in life, has creative ties to acting, of course. I loved performing on a stage and entertaining an audience. I was always a very shy girl, but dancing was my total Zen, and it was really the only way to get me out of my shell. A talent agent happened to attend a performance of mine and that’s what kicked everything off. I did many commercials when I was young, which eventually led to real acting roles. I’m a perfectionist, and even to this day, acting presents obstacles constantly. I think that’s why I learned to love it so much. At this point in my life, I get to perform in front of audiences in a whole new way. But over the years, I’ve learned that with challenging yourself comes joy. And there is no limit to how far I can push myself… which makes it fun.

Entertainment Industry

How do you feel that your professional expansion within the entertainment industry is interwoven with your personal growth?

Like I mentioned previously, the acting world is unpredictable and therefore, constantly challenging me. My first major job occurred when I was only 15. I spent the next five years surrounded by adults and ultimately learned to be one. I grew up much faster than most teens, which came with its advantages and disadvantages. It could feel isolating, confusing, but powerful in a sense. I’m so thankful for the perspective I was given at such a young age. I’ve toughened up over the years, that’s for sure! Not only do you learn to accept “no” as an answer most of the time from casting directors you hope recognize your talents, but you learn (not always perfectly) how to deal with a life broadcasted to millions… and all the hate and toxic comments being thrown in your face. I’m at a point in my life where I’ve evolved with each new role I take on, each new relationship in my personal life, and each lesson I’ve learned in the past 23 years of living. I have intention behind everything I’m doing, and I have no problem explaining why I do the things I do.

How do you bring diverse characters to life while staying authentic to yourself?

Funny enough, most roles I’ve played as an actress have been very… me. All different levels of me. Therefore, it’s easy to feel connected to these roles. One of the most major parts of acting is the literal “playing pretend” part– acting like something you’re not and being able to convince people it’s real. I feel like there’s a stigma behind the whole “staying true to you” aspect. For me, the number one rule is that as long as you’re comfortable with the work you’re doing, it’s SO okay to not really feel like yourself! The satisfaction of pulling off a role that has a completely different backstory and path of life than you is fulfilling.

Acting

This spring 2019, you will star as Carly in STARZ’ 10-episode comedy TV series “Now Apocalypse.” How is the title of the series reflected in its narrative?

No words could truly capture the entire essence of this show… it’s insane. But I will say that in true Gregg Araki fashion, it’s vibrant, psychedelic and abstract in the best way. The “Apocalypse” part is related pretty directly to Uly’s (Avan Jogia) apocalyptic visions and conspiracy theories consuming his life. But perhaps it’s also a metaphor for the destruction Los Angeles lifestyle can have on a person.

As human beings, we all have our own perspective in life. How does Carly shape her own experiences in the series?

I think at first, you notice life is sort of just happening to Carly. Inevitably, Carly is the type of girl who is absolutely going to be the one making life happen in the end. She’s outspoken and easily annoyed when life gets a little too dull for her liking. Much of the series is a path to self-discovery in an unconventional way. Her confidence in being a cam girl transfers over to the rest of her life, and she ends up learning what she really wants with the help of some whips and handcuffs.

Carly is a wannabe actress. What is the deeper meaning of her wanting to become famous?

Acting was probably something Carly got into to validate her reason of existing in Los Angeles. And she’s failed pretty miserably at it. What’s funny is that she’s actually pretty good, but the city is chewing her up and spitting her back out over and over again. Part of her wanting to become famous is definitely skin deep… she’d love to throw it in everybody’s face that told her it wasn’t possible. Part of it is knowing she does have actual talent and wants the world to see it. And I think the last part of it is knowing if she became famous, she could shed her old skin and all of its baggage and adopt a whole new life. It’s a valid reason that would be the cherry on top.

How do Carly’s plans affect her relationship with the rest of the group, i.e. her three friends Ford, Ulysses, and Severine?

Carly’s plans are her plans, and everyone else should probably just get out of the way. She doesn’t have much of a relationship with Ford and Severine, other than through Uly. Carly is Uly’s advice guru, and in return, Uly is pretty supportive of whatever weird choice Carly decides to make. They have a beautifully charming brother-sister relationship.

How does the group of four friends connect and influence each other?

I think there’s one episode the entire season where you see the four of us in the same room. The storylines are pretty separate throughout each episode, but it’s a fun moment seeing everyone’s personality come together. There’s a scene where it’s glaringly obvious that Carly and Severine are literal opposites, but eerily similar. The women in this show are the strong ones who dominate their relationships.. while the men are overly paranoid and worried they’re not serving their purpose. We intimidate them, but they expose us to our soft side. The four of us are the epitome of different types of love languages.

How much fun was it to portray someone wanting to be an actress by someone who is already a working actress?

One of the first things I said when I found out Carly was a wannabe actress was “I can relate!” Let’s not get it twisted… sometimes when you’re in between jobs as an actress you think… “oh god, no one wants to book me, am I a wannabe?” Most actors in LA have had this thought run through their brain, which is a huge reason I love this show. It’s a nod to SO many people who have dealt with this struggle. We’ve all been there! LA sucks sometimes. So, playing a struggling actress is amusing, because low-key in six months I’ll probably have one of those panic moments where I question if I’m good enough.

You are also an accomplished dancer. How does it feel to bring the young iconic dancer and actress Gwen Verdon to life in the upcoming Bob Fosse/Gwen Verdon series?

It’s unreal. It’s really a dream come true. Most people don’t understand the importance of Fosse, but if you grew up as a dancer, you’d remember being ten years old and having your dance teacher explain to you how iconic Fosse was. I was lucky enough to do a bit of dancing in this project… and not just as any dancer, but as Gwen Verdon. From what I’ve seen so far, this series is going to be incredible and so important to anyone in the entertainment business.

As a dancer, how does the musicality and being in sync with your body add to the dynamic of the movement related to the characters you play?

Acting is very physical and definitely involves choreography– natural, organic choreography. The way the lines and your actions intertwine with themselves and the other actors is a dance. Your facial expressions, your hands, your posture… you can speak volumes without ever saying a word.

Life

How do you embrace the intimate experience of the existence which we call life?

I take each day as it comes. I try to do something stimulating to the brain at least once a day… getting to a new part of town, starting a new book, binging a series, calling up an old friend. I’ve learned to focus a lot on my mind and well-being. It’s okay to have alone time, especially when you’re more socially introverted like me. On the flip side, I think it’s so beneficial to take risks because really, it doesn’t matter. You’ll never please everyone and you’re allowed to make mistakes, so why not just live life unapologetically to the fullest?

What is your definition of beauty and style, and what meaning do they have in your life?

Beauty is found in everything. I think style can be misconstrued as a weird social acceptance scheme. We as a society can get in a habit of mindlessly following a trend or trying to prove to the rest of the world we matter because we’re “stylish” or the norm definition of “beauty.” Everyone’s definition of beauty and feeling beautiful is different. I could never put an umbrella over that. To me, a person that radiates confidence and happiness in the face of negativity and incompetence is so beautiful. I’m learning to be that person. I’m guilty of caring about my appearance a little too much sometimes. But if you can have the conversation with yourself and look in the mirror and see you for you, you’ll believe it.

Looking back at 2018: Who would you like to thank and why?

Without sounding selfish, I’d thank myself first and foremost for working hard and staying dedicated to my craft. I’d also like to thank myself for trying to improve my relationships with others, even if it’s two steps forward, one step back. It’s progress. Which leads me to thank the people close to me who are so loving and understand what a process life can be. I’d really love to thank the new people in the acting AND music community I met in 2018. Artists can be so inspiring in such different ways. And finally, my cat. Keep being an angel.

How can young talents positively impact their fans and followers through social media channels?

Stay authentic. You’ll feel so much better about yourself. Facades get old, and it will inspire your audience to be true to themselves. Communicating with fans on a personal level can be so wonderful, whether it’s through Twitter, Instagram, etc. Don’t forget you’re never too good for your fans– they’re the reason you are who you are. They are a treasure!

Good Soul

You have worked with the Audrey Hepburn CARES Team in association with the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. What specific humanitarian work do they do related to suspected victims of child abuse, how have you become involved and grown as a person by being involved, and why is this organization close to your heart?

I became involved with the CARES Team many years ago, and the people who are the backbone of the organization are angels. Not only do they work to prevent child abuse, but they take the steps necessary to help a child through the entire process of treatment, the legal action needed, and the therapy and psychiatric services they might endure afterward. Meeting these children has been the most humbling experience I have ever had. The doctors at the hospital are the true heroes, but I try to do whatever I can to put a smile on a patient’s face. Child abuse is so wrong and so overlooked at times. I’m so glad that I’ve brought awareness in even the slightest way.

Close Up

The spirit of The Hedonist Magazine is “The Essence of Joyful Living.” How does Joy during the creative process affect your own experience and in consequence the final manifestation of your actions?

If you’re not happy with what you’re doing, why do it? There are effort and exhaustion involved in most things in life, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be joyful. It’s so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of it all and feel like you need to break down. The more you can have a personal conversation with your mind and think “Why am I doing this? How does this affect me? How does this affect others? What will I get out of this in the end?”, the calmer you’ll feel.

When you hear: “You can be, do and have anything you want,” words by Abraham Hicks. What is your take on such a statement?

It’s true. Make it happen.

Source: The Hedonist Magazine

Gregg Araki, Karley Sciortino, Avan Jogia & Kelli Berglund On Their STARZ Series, “Now Apocalypse”

Avan Jogia & Kelli Berglund are going “Radical Nuance” in their work and lives

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

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