Why Game Shakers' Cree Cicchino is Nickelodeon's rising star
Cree Cicchino's rise to fame has been a fast one.
From a young age, Cicchino was involved with dancing, which led her to her passion for the stage and acting. After only a few months in acting classes, Cicchino got the opportunity of a lifetime -- she tried out for Nickelodeon's show "Game Shakers" and got a part in the pilot.
Now, the show has just had their third season picked up, and was even nominated for a Kid's Choice Award this year.
Cicchino plays the role of Babe on the show, one-half of a girl duo that owns a hugely successful gaming company. Cicchino's character is creative and quick-witted, and never falters when making tough decisions.
We had the chance to sit down with this up-and-coming actress for a chat about her acting inspiration, passion for dance, and more. Check out the interview below!
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How did you first get involved with acting?
I actually started out with studying dancing before acting. I started with that when I was about 4 years old, and a few years after that I got into competition dancing. I really fell in love with performing and being on stage, and being comfortable with that. When I was about 12 my mom and I decided that since I liked performing, I should maybe try out acting classes and see where that goes. So, I joined a class and three months later they had a showcase at the end of the session. The next day, people in the industry were calling to sign me. Three months after that, I got the pilot for "Game Shakers." It all happened really fast, it was super crazy. I grew up watching Dan Schneider shows, who is the creator of this show, so I'm still pinching myself about all of this.
What's it like working on Nickelodeon?
It's honestly been crazy. When I got this role I hadn't been acting long at all. I was so new, and I still am. I never planned on being an actor, I thought I may as well try it and see where it goes. I'm super lucky and I'm so grateful every day to walk into work knowing I got this amazing opportunity. I'm such a big fan of the creator on the show, so it's really hard to believe. Just a little while ago I was sitting in New York, dancing and going to school, just being a regular kid. My whole life totally changed. I had to move from New York, where I'm from, out to LA to be on the show. It all happened in a whirlwind.
When did you first realize this was something you wanted to do full time?
When I started auditioning I realized I loved it and I loved performing, I realized the passion I had for it all. I genuinely wanted these roles. I didn't move to LA just to audition either, I moved out here after I got the role I wanted.
How has social media helped your career?
Social media is really important, and it's a great tool for reaching fans specifically. It's really fun, you get to connect with fans, hear their feedback, and really communicate with them because they are such a big part of the show and everyone's individual careers. It's important to show your gratitude to them, and we're really lucky that in this day and age we can communicate with everyone so easily.
Of course, it is still so important to use your platform wisely and to share messages you believe in to your fans, and anyone who follows you on social media. It's also important to build a life outside social media, it is a great tool, but you need your privacy. So, it does a lot of good but you need to be able to be present in real time and be able to step away from it all.
What do you hope young girls look up to you for, and take away from your career and your experiences?
I think what I want them to take away is the fact that I'm still a normal person. I'm still a real person. I have a following on social media, and I'm on Nickelodeon, but I am still a teenager and I am still learning, I'm still making mistakes and I'm still growing up. Honestly, I don't feel like a celebrity when I see myself on TV, I still feel like the same old New Yorker I've always been. I hope they just take away the reality of who we are.
What's your favorite thing about being on "Game Shakers?"
Being on "Game Shakers" is amazing. I definitely learned that there's so many more people behind the scenes than you think there are when you watch the show on TV. We have such an amazing crew. We film on the same lot as "Henry Danger", literally right next door, so we see them every single day. Honestly, we're such a humongous family here. It's such a supportive environment. I was welcomed in with open arms, there's just so many amazing experiences that I'm grateful to have had. I've met so any amazing, talented people who I look up to.
Do you have a dream person you'd want to work with or collaborate with?
There are so many amazing actors out there. First and foremost, I would want to work with Anjelah Johnson, she's an amazing, hilarious comedian. I crack up every time I see her. I really want her to come on "Game Shakers" and play my mom. I think that would be really hilarious. I would fangirl all week. I also love Kristen Wiig, she's also phenomenal. Obviously, Angelina Jolie -- she's done some amazing work. As I get older, I'm willing to go deeper into the more dramatic movies. Oh, and Gina Rodriguez -- I love her! Fangirl to the max, she's on "Jane the Virgin" which is an amazing show.
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