Your first role was when you were 7 years old, on Barney & Friends. What made you want to be an actress?
My mom did a lot of theater, and I would watch her rehearse. When she got ready for the show and put on her makeup, I would sit behind her and color. She said, “You have my lines memorized better than I do!” One day I said, “I want to be like you!” My first audition was when I was 7. I was standing in line with 1,400 kids on a hot Texas day, and that’s where I met Demi Lovato!
How did you remain friends over the years?
As soon as Barney was over, I cried my eyes out because I thought I wasn’t going to see Demi as much. Our parents decided to homeschool us together.
Your parents divorced when you were 5, and your dad lives in Texas. Do you go home often?
I try to fly out once a month. I’ve adjusted to L.A., but I’m a Texas girl at heart. I’m waiting to get a Texas driver’s license. I’ve always dreamt of having that card when I get older. I don’t want a California license.
What makes you and Demi quintessential Texas girls?
We could both sit at a table and eat a jar of pickles, and lemon and salt. It’s so weird! In Texas everyone puts lemons on everything. We also say “Y’all.”
Filming a movie together in Puerto Rico must have been a dream come true! What did you do during downtime?
We’d go to the movies or go shopping, and we went to the beach religiously. We spent hours on the beach, talking.
How do you keep in touch when you’re not together?
Sometimes it’s hard. I used to check her tour schedule online to figure out where she was! Now that I have Twitter I don’t do that.
You’re also pals with Taylor Swift. How’d that come about?
We met at an event. We started talking and we just kept talking. She said, “I feel like I’ve known you for 10 years!” Once when I was feeling sad, she came to my house with three grocery bags of food and homemade cookies. She was like, “Let’s talk.” This past year, I’ve learned who my true friends are. I realized I should surround myself with people who make me smile. I have her, Demi and my Wizards cast, and that’s all I really need.
Let’s see if we can make you blush: Is it true that your first kiss was with Zack and Cody star Dylan Sprouse?
Yes, I actually gave my first on-screen kiss to Dylan on his show. I was 12 and I was so nervous. The director took Dylan and me aside, and we practiced, which was embarrassing.
Have you ever had a major crush on one of your costars?
I’ll get back to you on that when I work with Shia LaBeouf.
Okay. You’ve been spotted hanging out with Twilight‘s Taylor Lautner. Confess: Are you dating?
I can’t really say, honestly. I’m just glad to have a friend.