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HELLCATS: Interview with Aly Michalka, Photos, Autographed Mini-Football Giveaway & Sneak Peek

Maj Canton - September 1, 2010


We recently caught up with Aly Michalka, star of the new CW series HELLCATS, at the 4th Annual Supergirl Jam at Venice Beach, CA, where the top female skateboarding, snowboarding and inline skating pros competed for big money. She was there with her co-star Robbie Jones signing mini footballs and supporting the athletes.

Turns out Aly is becoming quite the athlete herself as she prepares for HELLCATS. She plays the very physical role of college student Marti Perkins, who was planning to get through Lancer University on her scholarship, go to law school, and leave Memphis and her hard-drinking mother behind. Instead her scholarship gets cancelled and her mother "forgets" to tell her. Out of options, she finds herself fighting for a spot on the Hellcats -- Lancer's legendary cheer squad -- and for the scholarship that comes with it.

Aly took the time to answer a few questions about her new role on HELLCATS. She also dished about her co-stars, working at Disney (PHIL OF THE FUTURE) and singing with her sister, AJ.


Plus, we took a bunch of pics of Aly at the Supergirl Jam. You can check them out, just below our exclusive interview.


Finally, Aly and Robbie were kind enough to sign two mini footballs for us to giveaway. We're looking for one lucky fan! Scroll past the pictures and take our simple one-question quiz for your chance to score both signed mini footballs.


HELLCATS premieres on The CW on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 9pm ET/PT. To get a sneak peek of the series, just go to the bottom of the page.


Question: Competitive cheer is not just a bunch of pom-pom waving, it’s a combination of intricate dance moves, tumbling back flips, and high flying aerials. What did you do to train for HELLCATS? Were you an athlete before?

Aly Michalka: I definitely had a big dance background, hip-hop and free styling. That’s mainly where I come from, but the cheerleading was completely new to me. That was basically taught to me over a span of two weeks. For all the tumbling I have an amazing stunt double who does anything with back flips and dangerous stunts because that should really be left to people who have done it for years and years and are professional. But for all the dancing, that’s just me 100% doing that stuff. I feel really good about it. It’s been cool being able to commit myself to the show and the character and the fact that it was going to be very physical and intense.

Question: You and your co-star Ashley Tisdale are both former Disney Channel series teen stars. Did that shared experience help you bond with her?

Aly Michalka: Oh yeah, we definitely have some stories. That’s probably the best way to put it!  We have a great time together. She’s a really great girl and we’ve really been able to bond on this show. I think coming from that world gives you this sense of professionalism that some actors aren’t able to get just because they got into it later in life or they weren’t working on a series at a young age. You know, I was 13 when I started on PHIL OF THE FUTURE; so I learned a lot about set etiquette, showing up on time, knowing your lines and being able to promote a show, so it was definitely a great thing for me.

Question: Do you see any of your old castmates from PHIL OF THE FUTURE?

Aly Michalka: I see Raviv (Ricky Ullman) a little bit. We all keep in contact, but Raviv is the only one I see on a monthly basis. No, we are not dating. Me and Raviv never dated, which is really funny. When we were on the show, it was a big age gap difference – I was 13 and he was 16, which when you're that young, it’s huge. Now, we’re much closer in age in our twenties.

Question: Veteran actress Gail O’Grady plays your mother Wanda on this series. How has it been working with her?

Aly Michalka: She’s my favorite person to work with on camera just because she has so much knowledge and experience. I’m able to learn from her in such a personal way. She’s such a mentor. We got such a great connection. It’s funny, 'cause she looks so much like my mom, it like freaks us out. They cast us so perfect together, it’s pretty cool. I think Gail is going to get a lot of recognition for this role because it’s quirky, wacky, loveable and there is a kind of a toxic relationship between Marti and Wanda.

Question: There have been comments from the press that HELLCATS is the CW’s answer to GLEE… kind of a knock-off – cheerleading instead of singing. What do you think of the comparison? Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery?

Aly Michalka: A GLEE knock off? Maybe if we were doing a show about glee clubs, but our show is not based on GLEE. If you’re doing a show about any sport or competition there are going to be similarities in that. We definitely have a lot of music based performances so I can see the comparison. And we have high energy and are charismatic as GLEE is, but when it come to the world that we are set in, it is very different. We are based in college and GLEE is high school -- this opens up more mature storylines, which will appeal to a wider demographic.

Question: You and your sister AJ have a band, 78violet. Any chance you’ll both be singing on the show?

Aly Michalka: Yes, it’s a possibility, but I can’t tell you what episode. You’ll just have to watch and see ;)


Aly signing one of the mini footballs for our giveaway. Aly wondering how many more mini footballs she'll have to sign. Aly grabbing a bite to eat.
Aly being interviewed by a reporter.
Aly talking with a fan who wants an autograph. Aly hanging with her fans, friends and sister AJ.
AJ (left) and Aly (right) get a chance to talk with each other and their fans. AJ taking in the event.



UPDATE ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2010 AT 4:37PM PDT: Congratulations to Emily H on scoring both autographed mini-footballs. Enjoy!


If you want to score TWO mini footballs signed by HELLCATS stars Aly Michalka and Robbie Jones,


then take this simple one-question quiz.


To enter the giveaway, you just need to take a one-question quiz about HELLCATS. Don't worry, it's an easy question. The person who enters the giveaway before 11:59PM (Pacific Time) on Monday, September 6, 2010 and correctly answers the question scores two autographed, HELLCATS mini footballs. If there is a tie and multiple people answer correctly, then a single person from that group will be randomly selected to receive the giveaway. The recipient must reside in the United States and must be at least 18 years old.


At the beginning of the quiz, we do ask that you enter your email address and name (as User Name) so we can contact you if you're selected. TV Tango respects your privacy and will not sell, distribute or otherwise use your email address for any purpose other than to possibly communicate directly with you for this giveaway.

Update on Monday, September 6, 2010 at 11:59pm PDT: The giveaway period is now over. Once we go through all of the entries, we'll send an email to the lucky recipient and post details here!