Interview with Akai for new movie All Stars!

To get the lowdown on this summer's hottest new dance movie, we caught up with Akai!

 

You may recognise Akai from the cool TV contest, Got To Dance or the fab film Street Dance 3D! Well now this super-talented youngster is playing the character Jaden in the must-see movie All Stars!



Let's see what he had to say...

 

National Geographic Kids: Hi Akai! Thanks for answering our questions. So, you play a leading role in what's set to be one of the biggest dance films of the year! How does that feel?

Akai: It feels amazing! It's a real honour being in such a great movie. Especially being one of the main characters.



NGK: How did you find out you had the role of Jaden? Did you have to audition?

A: It's funny because I didn’t actually have to audition. They called my manager and asked if I could come and see the script. And as soon as I read the script, I just fell in love with it - I thought it was amazing!

 

NGK: What was your favourite scene to film in All Stars?

A: The very first scene, when Jaden and and Ethan are riding their bikes through the streets. That day was so great because they hired police to come with us, and they shut down loads of roads and kept telling cars to turn around! It felt like me and Theo, who plays the character Ethan, were some mega superstars. It was really cool! 



NGK: We can imagine! You're only 14 years old. How is it balancing your TV and film work with school?

A: At first it was really challenging - I didn't know if, whilst filming, I'd still be going to school or if I'd have tutoring instead. But I've learnt to balance the two. There always has to be structure and you just have to get into the right frame of mind. 

 

NGK: What's it like watching yourself on-screen?

A: The very first film I did was Street Dance 3, and I was really nervous watching it back! I kept thinking, 'is my scene going to be good?'. But now I've done more films, I'm starting to get used to it. And it's great to see the crowd's reaction - what parts they laugh at, what are the heart-felt scenes and so on.

 

NGK: Are you keen to do more films in the future? 

A: I want to do lots more films, yes. I also have a few TV programmes lined up, and I want to start doing more with my music, too -  so you'll definitely be seeing a lot more of me!

 

NGK: Great! you must have to practise dancing a lot to get as good as you are. Can you talk us though one of your sessions?

A: I normally always practise at home. As soon as I get in from school I start rehearsals. I'll then do an hour in the gym, and then 40 minutes of boxing - sparring with my dad to get my fitness levels up. Then I'll have a 15-minute break before working on my vocals. Before I go to bed, I have half an hour to do what I want - I like to watch videos on YouTube to get a few ideas and inspiration for dancing. My schedule is quite hectic!



NGK: Wow! it really does sound hectic! So, when did you realise you had a special talent for dance, then?  

A: It was always in the back of my mind that I may have had a talent for dancing. And when I started entering small street dance competitions, I found that I always came first. That was when I started thinking that I might have a talent. So when I heard about the competition Got To Dance, I entered it, and things just went on from there.

 

NGK: In the film, we get to see other dance styles, such as ballroom dancing. Are there any dance styles that you'd like to learn?

A: Actually, I tried out one ballet class once. That was the most painful thing I've every done! You have to be so graceful and have perfect posture - that was really hard! Hip hop is the complete opposite - you're all slumped over and you can do whatever you want. But I'd like to learn tap. I think I'd be quite good at tap!



NGK: Any tips for any young dancers or actors who'd like to follow in your footsteps?

A: I'd just say work hard, be yourself and don't let anyone bring you down. And remember that you can do anything if you put your mind to it! 

NGK: Thanks, Akai! It was great talking to you!


NGK: Any tips for any young dancers or actors who'd like to follow in your footsteps?

A: I'd just say work hard, be yourself and don't let anyone bring you down. And remember that you can do anything if you put your mind to it! 

NGK: Thanks, Akai! It was great talking to you!




All Stars smashes in cinemas 03 May! 


Your Comments

Rania
I hope to see you Akai I love you so much that I want to be you.
livvyfrost2004
I love your movie
mickaylla
I watch your movie about all stars and I love it I have a crush on teo Stevenson
chelsea
Hey akai , I went to the same street dance class as you , ke and my cuz chloeanne, I've seen the allstars over 70 times now , love to meet you some day , I am pretty good at dancing
Robin
You are amazing I love your dancing and acting
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