Joe and Ashley’s Relationship is “Beautiful!” At Least According to Alyson Stoner (Exclusive!)
You probs already know Alyson Stoner as the ah-mazing dancer in Camp Rock and Step Up 3D (and as a BFF of the JoBros, obviously) but did ya know she’s got a soft side too? Alyson is starring in a new web series, “Talk It Out,” on Beinggirl.com, where she chats with girls about everything from body image and peer pressure to boys and dating. And we kind of love this new side of her!
And she chatted with us on everything from choreographing routines to what Joe Jonas and Ashley Greene are really like behind closed doors to why she’s never been on a date! For real!
Teen.com: Tell us about "Talk It Out."
Alyson Stoner: I’m so excited. Before I headed out on tour with the Jonas’s, I teamed up with Tampax and Always for their new series. And, it’s the most awesome web series ’cause it’s for girls, by girls, about growing up issues and changes like body image, peer pressure, boys, even intimate details. I’m so excited and passionate about it because literally the world is aching for a safe haven for young women to learn about who they are and be confident in who they are.
Teen.com: What are some things that you talk it out with your friends about?
Alyson Stoner: Probably things that every girl discusses: body image and self-respect. I also am big on encouraging my sisters, which are my friends, I call every girl sister, encouraging my sisters throughout the day, just focusing on the bright future ahead and not become troubled on the momentary troubles and problems of this day and age. I just like helping them navigate teenhood.
Teen.com: In the video, the girls go to an animal shelter. Are you a pet person?
Alyson Stoner: I am a pet person. My dog actually lives in Georgia now. But I work with animal trainers and pets quite often. I also volunteer at different places like animal shelters. It’s good to be around pets. They kind of put things into perspective. They’re easygoing, loyal, and they seem to get it, even when humans don’t.
Teen.com: What’s your dog’s name?
Alyson Stoner: Ryeley, but the spelling is R-Y-E-L-E-Y.
Teen.com: How come you chose that spelling?
Alyson Stoner: Because we wanted to be different and everyone in my family has a unique spelling.
Teen.com: Cool! Ok, spill secrets on the Jonas’!
Alyson Stoner: Well, during his workout sessions before the shows, Joe would wear like five layers of trash bags that would help burn that many more calories as a way of punishing himself in case he was eating really unhealthy beforehand. But he was always training and like super focused, super amped and excited.
Teen.com: What’s he like behind closed doors with his GF Ashley Greene?
Alyson Stoner: I haven’t really seen or heard much about Twilight, so I had no preconceptions or anything [of Ashley]. But she’s so genuine. I felt like she and I would’ve been in the same high school in Ohio. She’s really down to Earth, very welcoming, super adaptable to any situation, didn’t try and steal the spotlight, definitely knew her place while we were on tour. They have a way of communicating with each other which is really beautiful. I think they met each other at a right time in their lives.
Teen.com: Do you think they’re good for each other?
Alyson Stoner: Yeah! I would say so. But what does my opinion matter? [Laughs].
Teen.com: Speaking of dating, what’s been your most embarrassing date moment?
Alyson Stoner: I’ve never been on a date, so I can’t answer that question!
Teen.com: Really? Is it because your parents are strict?
Alyson Stoner: No, actually I made a commitment to myself not to date ’til I’m at least 18 years old, or when I’m physically, emotionally, and spiritually ready to invest time, emotions, and money into another person. It’s a road less traveled, but I’m very grateful for it. I’ve learned a lot by protecting my heart and keeping my guard up and preserving the gift that I have to offer only for my husband.
Teen.com: Love that! Ok, back to the JoBros. What was the best part of touring with them?
Alyson Stoner: The final show in Argentina, we were in front of 65,000 people. It was the same stage that Paul McCartney played on 2 days before. I got to choreograph the dancers into “Burning Up” so it was really neat to see everyone performing a routine that I helped create during the final few shows.
Teen.com: Have you choreographed other Camp Rock routines?
Alyson Stoner: No, that was the only one because we didn’t have a choreographer on tour with us. So, we had to use our resources and Nick asked me to help get a group together and figure something out. It was really fun and a great opportunity to learn and grow right on the spot.
Teen.com: Is there one dance move that you have trouble perfecting?
Alyson Stoner: Yes! The head spin! I’ve been working on that for months, but because I can’t practice consistently and I don’t have proper head gear, I can’t really ever improve. But I’m working with some of the best break dancers in town, so I’m hoping to secure that move.
Teen.com: Are you a fan of dancing shows, like Dancing With The Stars?
Alyson Stoner: Yes, dancing is so beautiful. It’s transformative, it’s communicative. The fact that dancers are getting the recognition for the hours and hours of hard work that they’ve poured into it is really neat.
Teen.com: What’s your favorite song EVER to dance to?
Alyson Stoner: Wow, oh my gosh, how can you ask a dancer that question and expect a quick answer?! Anything inspirational. I’m a hip-hop dancer, but when I’m in my room it turns into this lyrical nonsense, and I listen to Phil Wickham and India Arie, who has the most precious songs . I could go on for hours, Brooke Fraser, Hillsong, anything really.
Teen.com: Lastly, what are your holiday plans?
Alyson Stoner: My holiday plans are much different than usual. I’m not flying back to Ohio to visit family. I’m going to be in California still, so I’ll be near friends and probably have a lot of game nights, which we love to do. I want to work in the community. There’s an organization called The Dream Center, they feed 40,000 people a week and I just go down sometimes, randomly, and pop in and say, “Hey! What can I help you out with?” A few weeks ago I drove down and we ended up hanging Christmas decorations. I’ll see what else they have for me to do next time.