Check out our interview with talented actress, singer and ice skater champion Ellarose Kaylor.
Ellarose can be seen recently in the film NEXT LEVEL that opened in theaters this fall (2019) and is now available for HD Download and On Demand. The film also stars Hayden Summerall, Chloe Lukasiak, Lauren Orlando, Emily Skinner.
Ellarose acts, sings and dances in the movie and released two original songs on the film’s soundtrack. Ellarose also starred in the hit YouTube show THE DAB OFF with Jamie Grace produced by Elizabeth Banks. Ellarose is a competitive ice skater and trains weekly through the Toyota Sports Center. She is also on the Preliminary Synchronized Ice Skating Team that recently placed first at Nationals making her team the US Champions.
She is also working on an album with producer Andrew Lane (High School Musical).
Follow Ellarose at @ellarosekaylor
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Kind, Sassy and Driven
Who is your role model?
My role model is anyone that is following their dreams, inspiring others and is kind to everyone.
How did you get started into acting?
When I was 5 years old I was in the musical Annie and I just loved to perform and pretend I was someone else.
How has this changed your life?
I am just a little more busy now, but it is a good busy and I feel very lucky. I make sure to make time for my friends, playdate and of course I still go to school!
Tell us about your work in “Next Level,” and what the film is about?
The film is about a group of girls that all go Next Level Academy to compete for the title of “Miss Next,” an award given to the “most talented” camper. It is a little bit like Mean Girls and High School Musical. My character Josie is the youngest one and had to overcome mean girls too and learns a lot from her friendship with Kelly (Played by Lauren Orlando). They support each other even know they are different ages. After all, friends come in all ages! I performed two songs in the film and they are also on the soundtrack along with other cast members songs. The film promotes being kind to one another, even in the face of hard situations. It is really a good movie to watch with your entire family or just your girlfriends!
How was working with a talented cast like Hayden Summerall, Chloe Lukasiak, Lauren Orlando and Emily Skinner?
We all became one big family. They are all so talented and all so sweet. I learned so much from all of them and even know I was the littlest one they made sure to always include me. I felt so lucky to be working with them all!
And about the YouTube show “The Dab Off?”
Oh that was so fun! I love Jamie Grace! She actually had a cameo in Next Level too.
What other projects you have been part of?
I just finished filming an episode of Schooled on ABC. I was lucky because I got to work with the amazing director Lea Thompson. I am also now Nala in The Lion King on Ice. I feel so lucky because I get to combine my two favorite things to do, ice skating and acting.
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
Anytime I can reach out to anyone and help them have a happier day makes me feel happy inside. I love to talk to fans on my instagram and just encourage them to follow their dreams. I also feel so lucky because I get to attend events that are raising money for important causes or charities. Yesterday I went to a fundtrainer for UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and I was just so glad to be there and help in anyway I can. I am hoping I get to visit a few kids in the hospital next month.
Now tell us about your ice skating career?
I skate 4 days a week. I have a main coach and then a few other specialty coaches. I compete all of the US both doing character and technical programs which I love. I am also on the synchronized ice skating team called Fusion. Last year was amazing because we won first at Nationals! I love to be on a team because I have met so many friends and we share the same passion. This year was super exciting because I got cast in The Lion King on Ice. We will travel all over performing that show. I also am working on our Holiday Show.
Where can we see you competing?
I try to post on YouTube so everyone can see!
Now how is working with producer Andrew Lane in your album?
Andrew is so great to work with, he has taught me so much and is so talented himself!
Who influenced you and why did you choose to make music?
It all started with Next Level because the role of Josie had to sing and dance. So I knew it was time to take voice lessons. Then my friend Reese Herron and I decided to record a few songs together. I actually love to sing songs with other people the most.
What is you favorite song to belt out in the car/for karaoke?
Me by Taylor Swift or Senorita by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello.
Describe your sound in 3 words?
Young, sassy and fun
What is your next goal as a musician?
I want to develop my voice more as it changes all the time as I am growing older.
What is your favorite healthy food?
And your favorite cheat food?
How would you explain your fashion style?
Mixed up! I like to mix up fancy and not fancy – like a shimmer dress with Vans!
How would your best friend describe you?
Funny, Happy and Kind
What’s next for Ellarose Kaylor in 2019/2020?
Next Level 2 and more ice skating!!!
What is your own definition of happiness?
Having people around you that you love and care about and dancing all silly!
How is a normal day in your life?
Each day is so different but I do go to school, then many days after school I go to the ice rink and then I play with my dogs, my hamster and my friends. Some days I have auditions, I go to events or I have lesions for voice, acting or I am at the ice rink! Also I live minutes from the beach so I go the beach a lot.
What is your idea of a perfect Sunday?
Ice skating in the morning, going to the beach with my dogs and my family, having a playdate or going to a fun event with my friends!
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
My Grandpa died when I was really young so I wish I could have spent more time with him.
Best advice ever given?
Try your best and most important have fun while trying!
Do you support any charity?
Yes, Best Friends Dog Adoption Center, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and Good Plus Foundation.
Name 3 things you can’t live without?
Chocolate, Ice Skating and my mom
Where do you see yourself and your career in 5 years from now?
Acting and ice skating in more theater ice shows.
Favorite song? Why?
Señorita by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – I love them both and the song is so pretty!
What music do you like?
I like Pop!
What do you think of Social Media?
I like to be able to talk to my fans on social media! I love all their amazing edits! I like social media because I discover so many cool things and cool people doing amazing things.
Where we can follow you?
Favorite Singer/Artist: Shawn Mendes
Movie: Next Level
Travel Destination: Paris
Sports Team: USA Figure Skating Team
Tv Show: Ellen
Book: Dork Diaries
Cover Photo: Doreen Stone
Film Photo: Courtesy of Next Level Entertainment (From the film Next Level)