Sabrina Carpenter singer/songwriter and co-star on Girl Meets World
Judging by your comments and your responses to our Girl Meets World Would You Rather, you guys love Girl Meets World. In honor of your fandom, we have a new interview with 15-year-old Sabrina Carpenter who plays Maya on the show, and also sings the song, “Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying.”
Tell me about Riley (Rowan’s character).
Sabrina: Riley is very different from my character. She’s very sweet, very caring, and she loves school. She’s a very optimistic, curious girl. I’m friends with a lot of people like that in real life. I think it’s important to have those mentally stimulating friends around you like that, and she’s a really great character.
Tell me about Maya.
Sabrina: Rowan is the really happy character, and I am more of the troubled character. I guess you could say I like to get into trouble, but it makes it really fun for me to play. That kind of balance between the two is so great because if I try to get her into trouble, she’ll try to keep me out of it.
Would you be friends with Maya in real life?
Sabrina: That’s a good question. I think I would. I mean, I wouldn’t go to the limit if somebody was being a very bad influence on me, but I think Maya’s character is harmless. She just is a girl looking for an adventure, and she doesn’t really know what’s right or wrong since she’s never had that total parental guidance, as Riley has with her wonderful parents.
You sing with Rowan on the theme song of Girl Meets World. Will there be any more singing in the show?
Sabrina: Obviously, it’s not a singing show. Besides the theme song, we’ve only done one thing. It’s not where my character becomes a singer or anything like that. It’s a totally different situation that I can’t spoil because it’s later in the season. It’s definitely not a singing show but there are some musical parts in it.
Were you ready for the fan reaction to Girl Meets World?
Sabrina: Honestly it’s overwhelming in an amazing way. I never experienced anything like this in my life. It’s really good that kids are finding it relatable. That’s more important than anything because there are stories that we do want the world to hear. All of our episodes obviously have a very important message that we want to teach the kids, so I think it’s good that they like it because they’ll definitely learn from the first season. We’re very, very proud of what we’ve done and just glad that kids are liking it.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Sabrina: I was kind of a joker in class, so I remember raising my hand a lot and instead of giving serious answers, I would make a joke and my teachers would get mad at me. But I was always just trying to lighten up the group. I guess I don’t really get embarrassed because when I’m around such a familiar group of people that I’m so comfortable with, I just laugh everything off. And even if it is embarrassing, you just forget about it and have fun.
What type of music do you sing?
Sabrina: The music I’m making now is kind of a style of all my favorite artists and my sound combined. I always loved Christina Aguilera and Adele and I always loved Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, and then I always loved the older singers like Judy Garland and Etta James. It’s a really weird combination, but I’ve decided to make music that is really heartwarming and has a little bit of soul to it, as well as R&B, and just kind of all those sounds mixed together. So I’m really excited to see what people think about it.
What music do you listen to?
Sabrina: When I was in middle school, I listened to Taylor Swift. I can remember listening to “Our Song” for the first time on the school bus. I always listened to Christina Aguilera because I was doing lots of numbers in dance school that were Christina, and obviously, Britney, so I listened to a lot of them in middle school. I would say Adele. Her songs are so classic. I love The Black Keys and I love Vampire Weekend and Queen and Lorde. There are a lot of really cool artists now. I’ve branched out in.
When did you start singing?
Sabrina: I started singing when I was two years old, but I first got singing lessons when I was about six years old. I’m pretty sure the first song I sang was “God Bless America” when I was two.
I started writing songs much more recently. When I was about 10 years old, I would write stuff in my notebook, but it’s nothing that I’d ever want anybody in the world to hear. I really started writing when I was 13.
Do you like to read?
Sabrina: I’ve been reading this whole entire morning before you called. I just started The Fault in Our Stars (for ages 12 and up) last night. My sister told me to start reading it, and I’m really excited because I love it so far. And I do like to read for pleasure. When I was in second grade my favorite all-time books were the Wayside School series by Louis Sachar. I just love those books. They were so fun and quirky.
If you could make your own flavor of ice cream, what would it be?
Sabrina: I’m obsessed with mint, so I think anything mint-flavored and maybe some cookie dough and dark chocolate because I love dark chocolate. Is it weird if I add lemon? Just because I love lemon. So that would probably be my creation. And I’d call it “Sabtastic?” [Laughter] That’s off the top of my head, by the way. I don’t know what I just said.
I might not be first in line if Sabrina Carpenter opens an ice cream shop, but she sounds awesome just the same. Leave a Comment and let us know what you think.
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Interview by Marie Morreale
Photos courtesy Disney Channel