Alexa Vega and Austin Butler Q&A

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Moderator We’ll first go to the line of Traci Grant with thestarscoop.com. Please go ahead.

T. Grant Hi, guys.
A. Vega Hello.

A. Butler Hi.

T. Grant Thanks for being here. My first question is just tell me a little bit about if people haven’t seen the show yet, why should they tune in now? Convince us.

A. Vega Austin, do you want me to take this or do you want to go for it?

A. Butler You’re really good at this one.

A. Vega I just feel like we bring back a very kind of special feeling that I think a lot of people who are adults now had as a child, and that was the TGI Friday feeling where you could sit down with the entire family and enjoy a TV show where it’s not too cheesy for adults, but it’s not too savvy for the younger children. It’s really a happy family TV show. I think it just brings the family together, so if you want a good family experience, this show is it for you.

Moderator We’ll now go to the line of Troy Rogers with thedeadbolt.com. Please go ahead.

T. Rogers Hi, Alexa. Hi, Austin.

A. Vega Hi, how are you doing?

A. Butler Hi.

T. Rogers Pretty good, now this is for both of you. I wanted to know what you’ve learned so far working with the Cassidy brothers?

A. Butler Oh, man.

A. Vega Austin, you go first.

A. Butler I’ve learned how, this is something that’s so important to them is family and how they pull all their family into it, and they treat their family with such respect, and they’re so great to each other. It’s really changed how I view my own family. They’re just so loving to each other, and I learned so much from that.
A. Vega Yes, from the Cassidys, they’re just such good, good guys. They really respect each other, and they also really make fun of each other, too, on set, but that’s kind of what makes the whole brother dynamic work. Learning from them is really, they grew up in this business, and they’ve had it way, I think, harder than anyone else because they really were those teen sensations, those teen pop idols. I’ve learned from Mr. Shaun to really value and enjoy every day because he said it goes by so quickly that you just want to take it one step at a time.

T. Rogers Okay, thanks.

A. Vega Thanks.

Moderator We’ll now go to the line of Roger Newcomb with We Love Soaps. Please go ahead.

R. Newcomb Thanks. Nice to talk to you guys.

A. Vega Hi.

R. Newcomb I was curious kind of following up on that. How much did you actually know about David and Shaun Cassidy before this show?

A. Butler See, I didn’t know who they were exactly. I’d heard their names, but I had no clue what they did or anything. My mom, of course, knew exactly who they were, and so when I got the audition, she was really, really excited and stuff. She wanted to go with me to the audition, and then eventually, right after the first audition, I went on YouTube and started looking at all these videos of them, and then I was so amazed at how huge they were. Alexa, you knew who they were, right?

A. Vega Yes, because I grew up watching the Partridge Family. I didn’t grow up really watching cartoons. I was one of those weird kids who loved I Love Lucy and Gilligan’s Island and stuff like that, so Partridge Family was just another one of those oldies shows that was on the network that I watched, and I loved it. I didn’t ever see the The Hardy Boys. That is one thing I do have to catch up on, but I really, really knew who David Cassidy was, and then the only poster my mom ever had on her wall growing up was of Shaun Cassidy, so I had heard a lot about him from her. All I knew about Mr. Shaun Cassidy was the amazing feathered hair, so yes, I knew a little bit about Shaun, but mostly about David.

R. Newcomb Great, thank you so much.

A. Vega Thanks.

Moderator We’ll go to the line of Alex Boisvert with Teen Hollywood 411. Please go ahead.

A. Vega Great.

A. Boisvert Hi, guys.

A. Boisvert Hi there.

A. Vega Hi.

A. Boisvert I was wondering have there been any funny or embarrassing moments on the set?

A. Butler There’ve been some pranks. I mean, Alexa and Kurt have pranked me. I don’t know why. I always get the short end of the stick. One time-

A. Vega I’m sorry.

A. Butler One time we were filming and I had to be eating cereal, and when I turned away, they put salt in my cereal. That’s the kind of thing that I always get stuck with.

A. Vega Well, we’re just trying to make it exciting for everybody.

A. Butler Yes, yes, exactly.

A. Vega I think I’m not really used to singing. This whole singing thing has been super new, especially this. Mr. Shaun, originally, we were supposed to lip sync the songs that we sing on the show. We’re supposed to go in and record them, and then lip sync them when it’s on shoot day, but ten minutes before we had to go in and shoot, he tells us that he wants us to sing it live, so Austin and I are quickly warming up our voices, but it adds such a different feeling to the show. It gives it this great, kind of like, raw feeling, and if you mess up, it makes our characters a lot more relatable, whereas other shows it just like gosh, those kids sing perfect, and there isn’t anything wrong with them. I’ve cracked quite a few times in front of the audience, and that’s definitely embarrassing, yet very humbling because it lets everybody know that you’re just a normal, real person.

A. Boisvert Thanks very much.

A. Vega Cool.

Moderator We’ll now go to the line of Troy Rogers with thedeadbolt.com. Please go ahead.

T. Rogers You guys just mentioned the pranks. I heard about some of the other ones. I just wanted to know has Kurt done anything with the tarantulas yet?

A. Vega No, the tarantula thing was, my boyfriend threatened him, saying that he knows where he can get 100 tarantulas on-call, so he was saying, “Don’t you try anything on Alexa’s room.” That’s what that was.

T. Rogers Oh, okay.

A. Vega He was not going to do anything with tarantulas.

A. Butler But Kurt took it as he has Shaun on his side, and he could put tarantulas in my room any time he wants.

A. Vega Are you serious? Oh, no, no, that’s not what Shaun meant.

T. Rogers Well, Austin, since you’re the butt of most of the pranks, have you come up with anything to get back at those guys?

A. Butler I have come up with a couple really good ones that are confidential because I can’t let Kurt ever hear until they happen, so once they happen, then I’ll do breaking news, and I’ll tell everybody. There’s one that I’m really excited for, but it takes a couple weeks of preparation.

T. Rogers Oh, sounds complicated.

A. Butler Yes.

A. Vega Gee.

A. Butler Yes, I’ll tell you about it later, Alexa.

A. Vega Are you trying to kill the poor child? It’s a prank, Austin.

A. Butler No, I’m just trying to make him go to therapy for years.

A. Vega Oh, no.

T. Rogers I just have one more quick thing. Austin, have David and Shaun given you any advice on how to deal with the screaming female fans?

A. Butler Oh, man, David basically just laughs at it and says, “You’ll deal with it.” There was one time when we were, both me and he, were walking to the bathroom after one of our scenes, and then there was some crazy girl over there, and he just kind of said, “Oh, it must be nice to have girls all over you,” or something like that. I was just thinking, you’ve had so many girls all over you your entire life. What’re you talking about? They basically tell me when it gets too bad, then to come to them, and then they’ll give me the actual sound advice.

T. Rogers Nice, okay. Thanks a lot, you guys.

A. Vega Thanks.

Moderator We’ll go to the line of Josh Bozeman with thebluesite.com. Please go ahead.

J. Bozeman Hi, guys, how’re you today?

A. Butler Great.

A. Vega Very good, how are you doing?

J. Bozeman Pretty good, thanks. You guys are both really rooted in material that the entire family can enjoy. Is it important to you when choosing roles, and did any of that come into play when deciding to take part in this series?

A. Vega Absolutely. I had kind of, after Spy Kids, I was in such a mode to get out of that kind of Spy Kid world that I quickly jumped into trying to find more mature roles and something completely different and opposite from Spy Kids, and then after I kind of did that for about five or six years, something like that, I kind of decided I didn’t realize how special that was that I had. Being able to play young is still a wonderful gift that not a lot of people can still do. I’m just like, you know what, I’m going to embrace the fact that I look like I’m 15 years old and go for this all over again. For me, being able to jump back into a family show that everybody can watch and isn’t too gritty for kids because all these roles now days, the moment I turned 18, the big question was “Will you do some really kind of crazy scenes?” Every role now is you have to take your clothes off. I’m like, “Are you kidding me? This is ridiculous.” For me, Ruby and the Rockits is exactly where I want to be.

Moderator Okay, we’ll now go to the line of Roger Newcomb with We Love Soaps. Please go ahead.

R. Newcomb Thanks. For both of you guys, how would you say you’re the same and how would you say you’re different from your characters? Also, how would you describe the relationship between Ruby and Jordan?

A. Butler Well, I think I look a lot like my character, for sure. No, he loves to play music, and I love to play music in real life, but the difference between us is that he feels like he has to write really depressing music all the time because that’s the only way that you can be a good musician. I’m kind of learning from him in my real life to not write super-emo songs or anything.

A. Vega For me, I think I’m like Ruby in the sense that I feel like I’m a high-spirited person. I feel like I usually have a good energy about me, but unlike Ruby, she’s such a go-getter. I mean, she really is not afraid of anything, and I feel like she is just a little bit braver than I am. I feel like I’m brave. I can sometimes go for it, but I feel like she really doesn’t have any walls. She can do anything, and she’s not too afraid of being embarrassed or of basically falling down. She knows that she can get right back up again, but she also has this really cool sense of style. I’m definitely more on the tomboy side, and I feel like Ruby’s a lot girlier than I am, but it’s really exciting because being able to play her, I dress up in so many different cool outfits. I’m starting to find my girlie side in Ruby. I’m starting to change my style in real life because of some of the clothes that she wears on the show, so it’s funny how suddenly when you play a character, it starts impacting your life just a little bit.

R. Newcomb How would you guys describe the relationship between Ruby and Jordan?

A. Vega Oh, yes. Ruby and Jordan, at this point, because we’re still, I think, only in four episodes. Right, Austin?

A. Butler I think so.

A. Vega Something like that. I think that it’s hard because Ruby is still a new girl, and for Ruby she’s just enjoying having this new family and understanding that dynamic of, even though she’s living with her cousins, they kind of almost feel like her brothers because she’s living in the house that way.

A. Butler Jordan and her still have that sort of she’s the new girl and they’ve never met feeling, to Jordan anyway, and so he’s still got that kind of crush going on, and he’s still trying to fight those feelings, but later on in the episodes, it starts to get, they turn into more like siblings, and then they have that sibling bickering, and it’s really fun to play.

A. Vega Rivalry almost.

R. Newcomb Great, thank you so much.

A. Vega Thanks.

A. Butler Thank you.

Moderator We’ll now go to the line of Jennifer Wagner with Examiner.com. Please go ahead.

J. Wagner Hi, I was wondering for both of you if you’ve noticed that you have any families that are fans where the kids are fans of the two of you and the moms are fans of any of the Cassidy brothers, depending on their age?

A. Vega Absolutely, I always get messages on Facebook and MySpace and even on Twitter. It’s so funny how everybody’s talking about, “Oh, my gosh. My mom and I love the show,” or you’ll even get moms in there that’ll be like, “My kids and I watch you all the time on the show.” It’s just really nice to be able to get moms or kids who watch the show with their parents writing to us, telling us how the whole family gets together to watch because that’s exactly what you want when you do a TV show is to get the fans excited about. When we have the group of fans, the exact fans that we want to be watching the show watching it, it’s definitely an accomplishment.

J. Wagner Yes, no, that’s great. I had been a big fan of David Cassidy back during the Partridge Family days, so I think that this is really cute.

Moderator We’ll go to the line of Alex Boisvert with Teen Hollywood 411. Please go ahead.

A. Vega Cool.

A. Boisvert Hi again.

A. Vega Hi.

A. Butler Hi.

A. Boisvert What has been your favorite episode to shoot so far?

A. Vega I would say the one that’s airing next week.

A. Butler Yes, that one was really fun.

A. Vega Just because we were able to rock out a little bit more with the songs. I think Austin was able to really play up the jealousy which made it more fun for me to kind of torment him with the fact that Ruby is totally head-over-heels for this guys, and he’s an older guy, so it’s her real first big crush that you get to see on this show. It was really exciting to play that.

A. Butler There’s that big twist in that episode that I love.

A. Vega Oh, yes, a huge twist.

A. Butler It’s just a really fun episode.

A. Vega It gave us a lot to work with, and that was really exciting. We were able to change it up a lot.

A. Butler Yes.

A. Boisvert Good, can’t wait to watch it. Do you guys still keep in touch with members of the cast from your other projects you worked on?

A. Vega Yes, you know it’s hard just because you get really busy, but I talk to, not really a member of the cast, but I’m still very, very close to Robert Rodriguez. He has been definitely the father figure in my life for a long time, and I feel like he’s my family, so I definitely keep in touch with him.

A. Butler I did Aliens in the Attic with Carter Jenkins and Ashley Tisdale, and I still see them. I just saw Ashley the other day, and Carter and I are like best friends now. Carter and I were there five months together, so we became so close, so that’s really great.

A. Boisvert All right, well, thank you.

A. Butler Thank you.

Moderator We’ll go back to the line of Troy Rogers with thedeadbolt.com. Please go ahead.

T. Rogers All right, I’m back for one final time. Alexa, I wanted to know, going into this since it was a musical kind of show, were you intimidated at all with Shaun and David there, or what kind of advice did they give you on the musical side?

A. Vega I have to say, there can be a lot of intimidation, especially when going into a show where these guys grew up as huge teen sensations, but because they’re such wonderful people, they made us feel so comfortable and so confident when going up there that there were nerves, but they really talked us out of them. It’s so important to have people guide you along the way, and Mr. Shaun’s been so unbelievably helpful, and David is just so wonderful because he always tells us the sweetest things and makes us feel confident in that sense that he’s like, “You sound great. Just get up there and do it. You look good,” and everything. He knows those words of encouragement.

A. Butler He’s so complimentary.

A. Vega Mr. Shaun really sits down and gives us that heartfelt conversation of, “This is going to be so important to young kids. They’re going to feel like they can relate to you, and there aren’t very many relatable characters on TV.” He’s like, “Be that person for those young girls.” That’s exciting to be able to share that and go for it.

T. Rogers Right on, I was surprised that David’s a lot funnier than I thought, too.

A. Vega Oh, yes.

A. Butler He’s hilarious.

A. Vega His comedic timing is great.

T. Rogers I like him in his spandex pants. I thought that was hilarious.

A. Vega Oh, boy, more to come.

T. Rogers Right on, thanks again, you guys.

A. Vega All right, bye, bye.

C. Fehskens If there are no additional questions, I’d like to once again thank Alexa and Austin for being with us today. Again, transcripts of today’s call will be distributed early next week which you’ll receive from me, so please look out for those, and remember to tune into Ruby and the Rockits Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30 central on ABC Family. Thank again, and have a great weekend, everyone.

A. Vega Thank you.

A. Butler Thank you.

One Response to “Alexa Vega and Austin Butler Q&A”

  1. Justin November 8, 2009 at 9:38 pm #

    Hairdresser Cindy Costello. Alexa Vega’s makeup and Austin Butler’s Grooming was done by Kathleen Karridene.

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