You know 16-year-old Cymphonique Miller as Kacey Simon in the Nickelodeon show How To Rock (also starring Rags actor, Max Schneider). We got to interview her to ask about her favorite episode of the show, her advice for dealing with bullies, and the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to her.
Cymphonique: I think one of the funnest episodes was the macaroni and cheese. [Laughter] Yes, there was a huge macaroni and cheese pool. I had to actually go through this contraption where it was like a little roller coaster ride. Then it sprayed silly string into my face, and then it had all these flashing lights and this slide that led into a macaroni and cheese pool, and it was really fun to be in. It’s actually really soft, but then also it smells horrible.
Another episode I really loved was the episode that I got to be in with my big brother Romeo because we’ve never been in a sitcom together. He kept calling me by my real name, and we’re like, “Oh wait, we’re not supposed to know each other!” [Laughter] In the episode that I had with my brother, he’s a talent show host. And then Gravity 5 tries to enter into the talent show. That one’s actually not out yet, so that’s a sneak peek. And we do a song together as well.
Q: Have you ever felt like Kacey, like a fish out of water?
Cymphonique: In school a lot of times it’s like they always try to form cliques or groups or basically anything that sort of excludes other kids. For me, I’ve just always been friends with everyone, and there have been times when other classmates have given me the ultimatum, like, "Oh if you’re friends with that girl I’m not going to be friends with you." So there’s always that type of thing that happens at school. You just have to be strong enough to know that’s not right, and just don’t let that phase you.
Q: What advice do you have for kids that are being bullied or cyberbullied?
Cymphonique: I would say the best thing to do is just don’t be afraid to tell someone. You can tell your teacher, tell your parents. Just really try to get that out there because a lot of times kids are like, “No I don’t want to tell anyone because I’m embarrassed,” or something, but there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. It’s more important that you don’t want that to escalate. No one deserves to endure that every day. So I think the best thing is let all the adults that you know know about that. Now, thanks to the internet . . . it’s a curse and a blessing. You shouldn’t pay attention to the comments. You shouldn’t even read any of those type of things. Everybody is basically cyberbullied because now the internet has made it to where anybody could just place judgment and publicly put it out there, whether it’s true or not. But I think that you should definitely just ignore any of those type of comments and just be yourself.
Q: Is your dad strict about your grades?
Cymphonique: Oh, yes. My dad actually didn’t even let me do the entertainment business until I was getting straight A's. And even though I have the TV show and I’m recording my album and stuff, I always have to finish my schoolwork first. It’s always important to have an education to fall back on because, you know, with the entertainment industry, it’s like a roller coaster, up and down. So you always just want to have that. And I’m still young, so you never know what you want to do when you get older, and I think it’s good to just keep that open.
Q: If you weren’t in the entertainment business, what do you think you’d like to do?
Cymphonique: Hmm. That’s a good question. I think I would like to be a doctor, like a brain surgeon. Or a teacher because I love being around little kids. Whenever we go to family functions I’m always the biggest one in the fun house, like in the jumping area. So I’d love to be a teacher or an author since I love to write. I’d write a sci-fi novel.
Q: You are working on putting together a Los Angeles performing arts school?
Cymphonique: Oh yes. I thought it’d be really nice to do something where the kids could get a scholarship because I have such a passion for entertaining, and it’s really helped me in life. I think that’s the greatest feeling to be able to help someone reach their goals and excel in life. Dancing, singing and acting is such a great way to express yourself, so we’re in the works with the L.A. performing arts school and I’m excited about it. The Fabulous Girls Foundation is the foundation we have. It’s all about girl empowerment and we also have concerts to raise money for hospitals and we also visit hospitals like City of Hope. It’s a foundation I have with two of my best friends that I’ve known since I was 10 years old. We’re basically like sisters. It’s Alexya and Kylie and they come with me to the hospitals and we sing for the kids, and I think that’s definitely the funnest project.
Q: What is your favorite food?
Cymphonique: Frozen yogurt. Fro-yo, I get basically every single day. I always get strawberry, mango, Oreo, and mochi toppings.
Q: What kind of exercise do you do to keep in shape?
Cymphonique: I’ve been kickboxing since I was 8 years old, and when I was 12, I really got into the tournaments for kickboxing, and I went to PTA nationals. So before I really got into the entertainment industry, I was doing more kickboxing tournaments. But I’m working on an action film right now where I actually get to utilize my kickboxing skills. It’s great for your legs, your calves, everything.
Q: What song are you listening to most right now?
Cymphonique: I like Jessie J's “Domino.” I like that song. I also like The Wanted's “Glad You Came.”
Q: Do you have a pet?
Cymphonique: I have a little Chihuahua named Honey Angel because she’s the color of honey. When I was in first grade, which is when we got her, I was like, “She’s like an angel, Mom.” [Laughter] She is like my little angel. But we left the house one time and I guess she got out of her cage. So we walk into the kitchen when we come home, and she’s just down there having a ball. She’s gotten into the garbage and taken everything out and it’s just scattered across the kitchen floor, and my mom, my dad and my brother, they just look at me. They’re like, “Yeah, you know what to do. You need to clean this up.” Honey always has that innocent look on her face. You’re like, “Uh huh. Sure you didn’t do anything.”
Q: What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
Cymphonique: I was going to go visit my aunt and there was this lady who was walking up these long steps, and I was like, “Oh I haven’t seen her in so long. I can’t wait to hug her.” So I run up all of the steps and I hug her, and this lady is just like wiggling or whatever. She’s like, “Get off me,” and I look at her, and I’m like, “That’s not my aunt.” I’m like, “I’m so sorry. I thought you were my aunt. I just gave you the biggest hug. I’m really sorry.” [Laughter]
Oh that is embarrassing, but sweet at the same time. That poor lady just did not want to be hugged by Cymphonique!
Interview by Marie Morreale
Image courtesy of Nickelodeon