Yikes! Caroline Sunshine Says Her Co-Star Was Scarred from Their Kiss Scene
As much as we want to believe that the greatest makeout moments from our favorite movies are filled with as much passion and intimacy as we perceive from them, it’s usually not the case IRL. The former Shake It Up actress, Caroline Sunshine, is certainly used to kissing scenes and, as she says, likes to “jump right in.” For her YouTube co-star, Nash Grier, who debuted his acting skills alongside Caroline in The Outfield, kissing scenes are probably a bit more nerve-racking, which is why the bubbly blonde joked about potentially scarring her blue-eyed movie boyfriend when filming their very first scenes.
For what it’s worth, we think the kissing scene, and the entire romance between the film’s love struck teens, Jack and Emily, is totally adorbs. After catching up with Caroline, we got a better look into the making of that relationship, as well as all the funny moments she shared with her castmates.
Congratulations on The Outfield! We’d love to hear more about your character, Emily.
“Sure! Emily is very stubborn, athletic, protective and loving. She is the girlfriend of Jack, played by Nash Grier. She loves Jack a lot and they’ve been dating for a couple of years, which in high school is an eternity (laughs). They have a really great friendship that is at the core of their relationship. Emily is very set on the idea of both of them going off to the same college and continuing to play sports. When Jack, all of a sudden, has these ambitions to become an artist and maybe go to school on the other side of the country, it really rocks her world. She has to think about what’s best for their relationship, but also what’s best for Jack. When you really love someone you’re thinking about what’s best for both of you, but you’re also thinking about that person. It was really interesting to get to play her.”
The film focuses a lot on the relationship between Jack and Emily. Did you know Nash beforehand? Did you get to read lines together before filming started?
“I didn’t know who Nash or Cameron (Dallas) were before we started filming (laughs). I thought I knew who they were; I thought they were in a boy band, which I was completely wrong! I don’t know why I thought that. Maybe it was the hair or something, but I don’t know. I think I was one of the only women who has internet access that didn’t know who they were. The first day of rehearsals was really funny because it was the first time that I had met Nash. We obviously play love interests in the film and the first day I met him was also the first day that I kissed him (laughs), which is always interesting. I think that rarely happens in real life, or at least in my life.”
Was that awkward?
“We’d met each other and knew each other for all of 30 minutes, and they were like, ‘Okay, let’s run the kissing scene.’ I was like, ‘Okay, I’m an actress so let’s jump right in.’ I hope I didn’t scar him (laughs)…I think it turned out well, though.”
What advice could you share with teens who are new to dating?
“I would probably give the opposite advice of what most people would give. A lot of people say to couples in high school, ‘You know, only a small percent of you will actually end up together,’ and, ‘lower your expectations a little and stay realistic.’ Honestly, when you talk about the concept of love, I think telling someone to be realistic is the worst advice you could possibly give someone. Love isn’t supposed to be realistic, that’s the whole part of the concept. I wouldn’t discourage people from having a committed relationship in high school; I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think you have to go into it knowing that it might work out, and it might not, but that shouldn’t stop you from giving it a go and seeing what happens. That would be my advice, not to listen to what everyone else is saying. Do it your way and if it feels good and if that person makes you happy and thinks you’re the greatest person in the world, and you think they’re the greatest thing in the world, then go for it.”
We got to chat with Nash and Cameron last week and they both said that Joey was the funniest one on set. Do you agree?
“120%. He’s probably one of the funniest people that I’ve worked with ever, actually. What’s funny about him is that on a serious note, he’s a really brilliant comedian. He’s a very funny person to be around, but he’s also just really a smart and brilliant comedian. A lot of people don’t know this, but he would interject a lot of his own lines when we were filming. He would make up a lot of the lines and a lot of it made into the film. I think that a lot of those lines are some of the funniest ones in the film, and he really wrote them. He’s really a very talented comedian.”
You were joined by a few other Disney Channel faves, like Joey and Olivia Stuck. Did you guys know each other before filming?
“I never met Olivia, and I feel like I met Joey once before, but very brief. I didn’t know either one of them very well. We got to know each other quite well during filming. They’re both such lovely people. Olivia is very smart and a very thoughtful person. I liked being around her because we would have such good conversations. She puts a lot of thought into her words. Joey, obviously, is hilarious and entertaining to be around, in the best way. He’s not overbearing, you really enjoy his company. The premiere was so fun because we were able to pick up right where we left off.”
It seems like such a fun cast. What was the funniest moment on set?
“I think being on set is always fun because there’s always something going on. I think one of the most fun nights we had on set was when we were filming a party scene. All out characters were at a house party, and my character is playing video games. When they yelled cut, the video games obviously kept going. So, we ended up playing video games for like, five hours. We were “working,” but it was really play. For the record, Nash Grier is very competitive, and so am I (laughs), but I got crushed. Next time!”
Let’s switch gears a bit. It’s been 2 years since Shake It Up ended. Do you, Zendaya, Bella Thorne and the reset of cast keep in touch?
“Yeah, actually Adam Irigoyen, who played Duece Martinez on Shake It Up, is one of my lifelong friends. We always joke that we’re going to be like, 85 and in an assisted living center talking about our glory days on Shake It Up. We met through Shake It Up and have been friends ever since. Our families have been on vacations together and he’s just someone I can call at four in the morning if something is on my mind. I’m so lucky. He was at the premiere the other night and he’s a really great friend. Even Bella Thorne and Zendaya, too. Bella would always give very good boy advice. We keep in touch and usually when we talk it’s about relationships. I really like Gregg and Bella, they’re an item now and I think their relationship is real cute.”
In addition to acting, you’ve also been focusing on school. What advice do you have with teens who may be juggling a bunch of different aspects in their lives?
“Don’t be afraid to go for it. When I decided to go to college, I had support, but I also faced opposition. Some people thought that it was the wrong choice and that it wasn’t going to be great for my career. I really had to listen to my own voice and go with my gut. I’m super happy with the decision that I made. It’s not easy every day, but I think it’s worth it. For anybody who is trying to do something that is ambitious and has people telling them that they shouldn’t do it, you have to listen to your own voice and listen to people with a grain of salt. It’s good to have people around you that you do value their opinion, like my close friends and family. Take advantage of the people in your life that really have your best interests at heart. For everybody else, just drum them out (laughs). You can’t make everybody happy and you have to live your life on your own turns.”
Between acting and school, you definitely have your hands full. Do you have any other exciting film or TV projects coming up?
“I’m looking forward to seeing what my next project will be. I don’t know if it’s going to be film or if it’ll be television. The immediate future is filled with lots of midterms (laughs) so I’m trying to balance that! The fun thing about being an actress and being a college student is that I feel like one works with the other, in a weird way. When I’m working in a classroom, I feel like it makes me a better performer; As an actress, I have a very open-minded outlook and I like to bring that to the classroom and my experience as a student and with my peers. I think the two go very well together.”