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.
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