You’ve seen High School Musical, so you know the deal–everyone who starred is a triple threat. Mollee Gray is latest star to emerge from the 3 part hit series, and it couldn’t have happened at a more opportune time. She sings, dances, she acts and she’s a genuinely great person; Mollee was well-known to her fans from So You Think You Can Dance for being incredibly talented, and incredibly adorable. Resembling a young Jennifer Lawrence, Mollee will soon star in the upcoming Teen Beach 2, as well as Deceived, an indie psychological thriller. After obsessively watching any YouTube video I could find of her dancing, I caught up with Mollee about her creative process, her favorite musicals and her RV dreams.
You’re the oldest of 4 kids! How does being an older sibling help you out as an actress?
I think that being the oldest of four is a constant reminder to be the best role model possible. How I treat people, how I conduct myself in my work, and how much I value my family are all things I want my siblings to look at and say, “I want to be like that.”
What’s your favorite musical?
Rent! I remember watching it for the first time, seeing the cast in the spotlight on the stage singing, “Seasons of Love,” and thinking to myself, that’s what I want to do when I am older.
Would you ever color your hair something other than blonde?
Absolutely! I have always wanted to be a brunette, actually. Because of work, I haven’t had the opportunity to dye it yet, but I know one day I would love to.
How do you feel about Miley Cyrus?
I love her! I became friends with her when she made a cameo in “High School Musical 2.” We instantly connected on set and were constantly laughing, making jokes, and hanging out. After we finished filming, I would fly to Los Angeles and go to her parties. They were a blast!
What advice would you give to girls who feel awkward dancing in a club?
I would say to just go with it, and move your hips. Haha! Just know you are probably not the only one in the club that feels a bit awkward. I grew up dancing and I still feel awkward dancing in clubs!
When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?
I cried in front of my roommates this week, actually. We watched the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy! I was bawling. I’m a pretty emotional person in general. I kind of cry a lot, but often they’re happy tears! I get so proud of my little siblings with school or hobbies, that I just sit and think how lucky I am to have them!
I’m excited to hear more from you, musically, as well. What’s your songwriting creative process like?
Thank you! My creative process is pretty crazy—I usually start writing in my journal and then it turns into a poetry session. I also love to write whatever comes to mind, in that moment. If I have my journal I will write it down, if not, I will put it in my “Notes” on my iPhone.
Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
I have always wanted to rent an RV with all of my friends and do a big road trip across the country, stopping at all the major landmarks. I haven’t done it just because it would take a bit of time, and thankfully, I have been busy with work, but I do see it in the near future.
What’s a song you love right now?
“Roll With It” by Tyrone Wells.
Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share …”
“I wish I had someone with whom I could share my love for cheez-its with!”
Photos courtesy of Jino Abad and Danny Hernandez Hair and make-up by Allison Noelle, with styling by Alonzo Johnson Jr.
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