Olivia Holt is the 15-year-old actress who plays Kim in Kickin’ It. She also stars in the Halloween special movie Girl vs. Monster. Besides being really pretty, she seems like a really friendly and sweet girl. Find out more. . .
Q: Tell us about Skylar, your character in Girl vs. Monster.
Olivia: So powerful and confident and carefree and open-minded. She’s such an incredible girl. I feel like she’s such a role model too just because she doesn’t care what other people think, which I think is great. She is fearless, but halfway through the movie she learns fear and she has to learn how to overcome that fear. You get to see her being totally fearless to being really scared, and you get to see her go through these changes of trying to accept the fact that this is actually happening, that she’s actually learning fear. You get to see her face her fears with how she does it. And I think it’s really cool how her friends are helping her through it telling her, “Look we go through this every day. This is nothing new for us. You just have to learn how to stay confident and powerful.”
Q: What was the scariest scene in the movie?
Olivia: Most of the scenes in the movie were put in with CGI for the monsters, so most of the time I
was just looking at an “X” mark. But there was this one scene where they actually had a monster there for us talking back and forth, and I thought it was terrifying. It’s a scarecrow so I don’t understand how that’s terrifying, but the way that they made him and did his voice was really scary. There was this one scene where we were all in the woods and he was right behind us and when we all turned around he did something that was just like out of the blue. He like lifted up his arms and was all like dragging around. That was pretty scary for me. I was a little bit terrified. Those reactions in the movie were real. [Laughter]
Q: Have you ever had a scary Halloween experience when you were kid?
Olivia: Yeah, I’d be walking up to the houses to get candy and they’d have like all the scary statues, like the moving ones that are motion-sensored and you’d just walk up to it and it’d start moving. Those things scared me. Every time I saw one of them near the door I’d be like, “Someone go first because I’m just waiting here. You get me the candy.”
Q: What are you doing for Halloween this year?
Olivia: I think it’s a cool time of year. You know, you get to dress up as a different character and you get to go out and be someone that you don’t get to be on a regular daily basis. And of course the candy’s definitely a plus. I am going to dress up and hopefully go trick-or-treating. I may be a little bit too old, but I’m going to take advantage of my 11-year-old brother and probably go trick-or-treating with him just to get the candy. [Laughter] No, but I’m excited. I love Halloween. I think it’s fun.
Q: What’s your favorite costume from when you were young?
Olivia: I think my all-time favorite . . . I was Little Bo Peep one year. I had the little hat with the bow underneath the chin and I had a cane. I didn’t start growing hair ’til I was five, so I was bald Little Bo Peep. [Laughter] But like I look back on the picture and it was really cute. So that was a pretty cool Halloween costume.
Q: What’s happening with Kickin’ It?
Olivia: Well, we just wrapped season two. It was such a cool season because you get to see the characters grow up and all the changes they go through. I’m still kinda finding Kim as the season goes on and the more episodes that we do, and I think that she’s going through so many changes. She’s just trying to find herself. I look up to her myself and I love playing her, and I think this season’s really cool because you get to see the relationship between Jack (played by Leo Howard) and Kim start growing and she expresses her feelings to Jack. That’s really cool because from the start you just knew that she liked him and he liked her, and this season shows that a little bit more.
Q: Did you take gymnastics when you were little?
Olivia: I was a competitive gymnast for seven years, and it totally tied in with the martial arts in the show. There are some things that are pretty challenging that we have to learn, but it works out well because I get to put my gymnastics into the martial arts because they’re somewhat similar in some ways, and I think it’s really cool.
Q: When did you first know you wanted to perform?
Olivia: Ever since I was little my sister and I would put on little plays in front of my family. My mom saw how much we both enjoyed it and she took us to a local theater in our hometown. We had so much fun just being up on stage and being able to perform and become a different character. It was all so much fun to me. I think I booked my first role for a Hasbro commercial when I was 10, and I had so much fun. The camera, the actors, and just the whole crew was so much fun to work with and I thought, “Wow. This is cool.” I never really experienced anything like that because I was so used to being up on stage. But being in front of a camera and then watching it air on TV was really cool.
Q: Have you ever been bullied?
Olivia: Yes, I have in some ways in middle school. I was a cheerleader, and I played chess, but the cliques started happening and nobody wanted me to branch out and be friends with everyone. It was a big deal with me being a cheerleader and then playing chess. I would go to the chess tournaments and the cheerleaders would be like, “What are you doing?” And so, it was a little bit challenging for me to make friends in middle school because no one wanted me to be friends with other people. It was difficult for me to talk to them about it because no one wants to listen to me being like, “But I am who I am. I’m going to make friends with who I want to make friends with, and I want to be doing what I want to be doing.” But I did talk to them. I talked to the cheerleaders. I was like, “Guys, come on. This is what I like to do. You can’t stop me from what I like to do.”
It was difficult for me, but I feel like everyone should be confident enough to branch out and show their true colors. So many people are so judgmental, and I’m totally against it because everyone wants to have a friend. I feel like you should be a friend first, and that was a problem. Everyone was just so insecure about themselves that they didn’t really know how to talk to other people. I wish everyone could just get along and stay positive and happy. Stay confident and be yourself. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with that.
Q: What is one thing you would wish everyone would do to make the world a better place?
Olivia: It kind of sounds cheesy, but I honestly do think that everyone should just be happy. I have a huge problem with carrying stress on my shoulders, and when I do that I’m just moping around all the time and have a really negative attitude. I realize I’m making that choice and I can make the choice to be happy and have that positive attitude. I have a really strong relationship with God and I pray, and when I do, everything turns out ok.
Q: Do you have personal motto?
Olivia: ”Treat others the way you would want to be treated.” That’s something that my parents have told me. If I’m acting a certain way to my little brother or my older sister or to any friend, they say, “Treat others the way you would want to be treated.” And of course I would want to be treated incredible. I wouldn’t want to be treated bad at all. So that’s when I realize that, “You’re right. I should be treating people kindly and nicely.” That’s the way to go.
Q: What is the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
Olivia: Ok, I’m going to tell this really embarrassing story that just happened to me. So I’m in New York and I went to visit the Empire State Building. We went up to the top – such a beautiful view – and we’re coming down in the elevator and I’m taking a video with my phone. I turn the phone to me and I go, “Yes! That is the Eiffel Tower!” And everyone in the elevator just looked at me like, “Did you just say the Eiffel Tower?” and I was like, “Nooo.” So I have a really embarrassing video on my phone now of me showing the Empire State Building but saying it was the Eiffel Tower. I don’t know what I was thinking. Very embarrassing moment though.
Q: What food can you not live without?
Olivia: Chicken. But it has to be with ketchup. I like fried. I like grilled. I enjoy any kind of chicken. It just has to be with ketchup. I literally have ketchup in my purse everywhere I go. [Laughter]
Q: What would a perfect day be for you?
Olivia: I’m a pretty relaxed person, but I like doing fun things. So maybe starting the day off going to a theme park, because I love roller coasters, with my family and some of my friends, and maybe middle of the day going to the beach to kind of chill, and then having a nice dinner with a pretty view and then coming home and taking a nap because I love to sleep. [Laughter]
Q: If you could make up your own flavor of ice cream, what would it be?
Olivia: Red velvet ice cream mixed with vanilla, maybe a little bit of chocolate, and there’d be strawberries in it and Oreo cookie crumbs. It’d be called Olivia’s Magic Wonder.
Interview by Marie Morreale
Images courtesy Disney Channel