Forget the Red Bull. It’s Will Ferrell who gets Debby Ryan pumped enough to lay down peppy tracks.
Interviewed on WZAP Radio, the Disney Channel star, who plays Bailey Pickett on The Suite Life on Deck, reveals her secret for a successful recording session.
A lot of times I kind of sound like I’m takin’ a nap while I’m singing, because I’ve got a deep voice,” the budding pop diva tells host Zachary Sang.
“I do raspy blues stuff, which is great. But when the tempo’s, like, one million, then you gotta do a few jumping jacks.
“Actually, this is kind of really a dorky secret, but I’m gonna fill you in,” Debby, 16, continues.
“When I’m in the studio, and I need to get my energy up, I do a cheer.
“It was a skit that I did at mascot camp. If you’ve ever seen Saturday Night Live, it’s a Will Ferrell skit – the Chess Club Cheerleaders.
“So, I have it memorized, and I go in the studio and I do it. And it picks my energy right up.
“And, literally, a couple of takes later, the producer has actually turned to me and said:
‘Hey, do your Spartan Cheerleader thing one more time, do a couple of jumping jacks. And then go and try it again.’”
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