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Aly Michalka: “A Burning Hot Property”

Between her hit film Easy A, her band

78violet, and now her leading role (Marti Perkins) on Hellcats, Aly Michalka is on one heck of a roll. In a recent Venice Magazine interview, the humble star opened up about the secret to her success, her music career, and her Mickey Mouse circle of friends.

In case you didn't know, both Aly and her sister AJ were bitten by the acting bug at a very young age. "When you are nine, you’re not old enough to take any of the realities into consideration, to think that maybe you can’t or won’t be able to do something. So you just think big and go for something big!," Aly explained.

Daring to dream big paid off for Aly, by way of a part on Phil of the Future, a Disney original series. The beautiful blonde went on to appear in feature films Now You See It and Cow Belles, before starring opposite Vanessa Hudgens in Bandslam.

Even though the focus has mainly been on Aly's acting chops recently, the singer-songwriter is equally passionate about her group 78violet, which she fronts alongside her sis, AJ. Their sound is not exactly what you'd expect from a couple of Disney princesses. "Though the melodies are pop melodies, the songs are very heavily influenced by rock," she says. That makes sense, given Aly's list of musical influences: "A lot of classic rock... The Police, Heart, The Beach Boys, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin. I also love Radiohead, and U2 is one of my favorite bands."

As far as Aly's rare ability to keep focused and stay out of trouble — you know, like rehab, jail, the usual for young (red-headed) celebs — Aly credits her strong family foundation, as well as her close pals. "I’ve been fortunate enough to be blessed with a great family life and I do think that, in general, the choices you make do have something to do with the way you were raised and the friends that you have around you," the squeaky-clean starlet mused. Her circle, a Disney Brat Pack of sorts, include the likes of current costar Ashley Tisdale (Savannah Monroe), Vanessa Hudgens, and Miley Cyrus. We hope Aly continues to demonstrate her role-model behavior, so rare in this day and age.

Venice Magazine

Related links:
Aly Michalka: Rock Star, TV Star, and Movie Star
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