After competing in Dancing with the Stars this past season, JONAS LA actress Chelsea Kane sat down with Parade Magazine to talk about her experience on the show, as well as her Disney Channel past, and her boyfriend Stephen Colletti.
“Dancing With the Stars really opened a lot of doors for me, and I’m so grateful for that. I had such a blast. I can’t believe it’s already been over for a month since the finale, but at the same time, it’s been such a whirlwind ever since we ended. It’s been wonderful chaos.” Chelsea says. “It’s an audience that has never known me before. I’m so used to kids coming up to me on the street, but it’s really cool now to have people my age or older saying that they watched the show. It’s a very exciting time.”
Chelsea has also managed to stay friends with her DWTS partner Mark Ballas, “It’s great. When you go from spending 12 to 15 hours a day with somebody, you get very close and you also get to that point where you want to strangle each other! So it’s nice to go back into friendship mode as opposed to student-teacher mode.”
On Disney Channel: “I feel like a lot of it was luck. I fell into the Disney channel at an age when I had already gotten a lot of my growing and my experimenting and mistake making out of the way before I had kids looking up to me. I started on Disney at 19, so I had all of my high school years behind me. I think it’s the combination of that and being very close to my family and knowing that I’m really blessed to be working. A lot of kids with Disney sometimes feel like it comes really easy because they’re making a lot of money at a really young age and people are letting them do whatever they want. At this point, I’ve spent five years paying my dues, really knowing what it felt like to not get a job. So once I was there, I cherished it and I was going to take care of it.”
“I love my Disney fans. A lot of the kids want to grow up and push away from that image, but I don’t feel that way at all. These kids have supported me and had my back from day one. They tuned into our show and voted for me on Dancing With the Stars, and I’m going to do my best to continue to pick projects that they can watch with their family and enjoy, and we can all grow up together.”
Chelsea even admitted that she used to have a crush on her now boyfriend, Stephen Colletti, when he was starring on Laguna Beach. “At this point, I’ve been able to get to know him so well that I forget it’s the same person. But I do have my surreal moments. The first night I met him, it was definitely a rush. He’s really an amazing support, especially through DWTS. I don’t know what I would have done without that rock through the entire thing.”