OMG, a YouTuber Almost Got Into a Car Accident While Filming Her Movie!
Megan Nicole is one of many of our favorite YouTubers breaking down the barrier between social media stardom and Hollywood stardom. Wrapping up what may have been her busiest year yet, the 22-year-old Texas native told us all about what it was like starring in her first ever film, Summer Forever, her favorite memories from her Sweet Dreams Tour and she may have even hinted towards new music coming our way sooner rather than later.
We obviously had a lot of ground to cover, but she did manage to squeeze in the most traumatic story from filming over the summer. We’ll set the scene: a busy highway, a run-down car, tensions high… Yup, it doesn’t sound pretty. Check out our full chat with Megan to get the whole scoop.
We’re used to seeing you on YouTube, but this summer you made your acting debut in Summer Forever. What was that like?
“It was really cool to show people another side of me and share with people something else that I’m passionate about. People obviously know me from my music, and I’ve been doing that for a few years, so I wanted to combine that love and my love for acting to create this musical, Summer Forever. I’m really happy with how it came together.”
We were able to catch up with Alyson Stoner over the summer and she told us all about how much fun everyone had on set. Have you all been able to hang out recently?
“It was literally so much fun! Like, I just posted something because I got a cut of a behind the scenes look of the shooting of the movie and everyone is like, ‘This looks like so much fun!’ Honestly, it really was so much fun. We were just like, hanging out, I swear. We still hang out. It’s really nice. I think the fact that we actually like each other in real life translated well into the film. We really enjoyed each other’s company and it made it so much fun. It was like a summer camp, except we were making a movie (laughs).”
Have you guys been able to hang out recently?
“I actually do see them kind of often. I saw the girls recently. Anna Grace (Barlow) is in Scream Queens, so it’s kind of become this thing on Tuesday night’s where we go to here house. She’s like the best, little hostess; she makes cheese trays and little cookies. I couldn’t go one week because I had a writing session, but I’ve been pretty much trying to go every Tuesday. It’s cool because some of the other girls who are on the show come over too and we’re just watching it.”
Is it weird watching yourself or one of your friends?
“Yeah, I think I’ve gotten used to it. With my YouTube videos, I used to edit a lot of my own videos, so I’ve gotten used to seeing myself on camera. It’s the same with some of my friends. There was one time with Ryan McCartan, who plays Liam in the movie… I had never really watched Liv and Maddie before, but he was on it and Dove (Cameron) came to set a lot and would hang out. I was flipping through Disney Channel and I watched an episode and I was like, ‘Oh, it’s them! So weird!’ They play a couple on the show and they’re a couple in real life, so it’s really cute.”
We love them! Alyson also told us all about that crazy car scene that took an epic turn. What was is like filming that?
“That was me driving! There were two different driving situations;For one, a stunt driver was doing something and they accidentally hit the curb, but that scene actually made the cut for the movie. The crazy car situation she was referring to was with my character, Sydney. She calls her car “The Bomb,” and it’s a really old, cool convertible and it doesn’t run that well. For starters, you can’t see how fast you’re going, so you’re just trying to gage with what the rest of traffic is doing. It would veer to the left a little and we were on the Pacific Coast Highway and you have cars on one side and water on the other side. I felt like I had it under control, but the girls didn’t feel the same way (laughs). Meanwhile, there’s also a camera guy on the other side in a van. Originally, we were going to be on this little thing that moved, but that didn’t work out so we were doing it a little bit sketchy (laughs). The cameraman was like, ‘Pretend that you’re having fun!’ Then we were like, ‘We’re going to die!’ Every time I see those car scenes I crack up because I know what was really happening. But it all worked out in the end, and we were safe the whole time!”
Summer Forever tells the story of best friends going their separate ways for college. What advice do you have for teens that are adjusting to this big change IRL?
“The beauty of technology is being able to keep in contact with those people. Like, my closest friends are still out in Texas — where I’m originally from — and when I first moved from them there was that moment of accepting that this is the season of life that we’re going into and knowing that those friendships will still stay throughout that. That’s the cool thing about technology, you can even FaceTime with them now. I will call my friends when I’m sitting in traffic; I LOVE picking up the phone and calling my friends! Sometimes, people will text me and be like, ‘How are you?’ and I’ll be like, ‘Let’s hop on the phone and chat about it.’ I love that. And of course with Snapchat and Facebook, you could see what’s going on with them every day. The biggest thing too, is being open to creating new friendships and knowing that you’re not losing them in any way; you’re not losing those friendships, and they’ll still be there if they are the true, good strong ones. There are, of course, certain friendships that you just need to let fizzle out, but you just have to know that everything will be okay.”
Is this the first of many movies for you, or are you trying to focus more on music right now?
“I sure hope so! Oh my gosh, I had so much fun on this one. It was cool getting to step into the shoes of another character. I love doing that with my music videos, too. Being able to do a full movie of it was so cool. I don’t know if any cast can be as fun as this one was, though. Even some of them that had done multiple movies before said to me, ‘I’ve never been on a set that was this fun and laid back. This is as good as it gets, Megan.’ I’m excited to dive into it more.”
You recently wrapped up your Sweet Dreams Tour. We want to hear all about it!
“That was a lot of fun. From getting the opportunity to share new, original music with people, to getting the chance to meet the people who support me… It was a whole other thing and so exciting. Of course, I loved the tour wardrobe, and I spent a lot of time on that with Julie Mollo, who is a designer. We came up with some really cool, custom creations. I love sparkles and getting dressed up. It’s just still surreal to me that I’m able to do this for a living and it’s all thanks to the people who watch my videos and come out to my live shows and who support me. I’m able to continue to create music because of them.”
You have such a fun and girly style. Are there any celebs who are your go-to style icons?
“I love Audrey Hepburn; I love those silhouettes and T-length skirts and stuff. They’re just very classy. I like to mix that look with quirkiness, kind of like how Katy Perry has that quirkiness. I incorporate things I love, like food. I have so many outfits with food it’s ridiculous! I have an ice cream dress and a doughnut dress. I love animals, too. I love Disney and Micky! I like to incorporate fun fabrics, so anything tool and glitter. The quirkier the better.”
What’s one accessory you’d never leave the house without?
“I feel like it’s mascara. I always have to have mascara, otherwise I feel like I don’t look awake enough. It’s like, ‘I have eyes now!’ On the flight I didn’t wear any makeup, I think I put on a little concealer and that was it. We went out to eat after and with the YouTube platform it’s really interesting, because your fan base is all over the place, so you never know when you’re going to see people out and about. I met three people in a short amount of time who recognized me, and I had no makeup on, hair in a bun and I was wearing jeans, which I never wear (laughs). It’s cool because you never know where you’re going to meet the people that support you.”
Did a fan do anything really crazy for your while on tour?
“There was this girl that gave me a poster for my birthday. It was this really nice drawing of me on it and she did all sorts of nice things on it. One thing I noticed was that she took a screenshot from a Vlog video that was on my second channel that I posted like, two years ago. At first I didn’t get it, and then I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s a really dedicated fan!’ That was cool. She brought me cookies too for my birthday, which was sweet. I could tell she’s been supporting me for a while. I love when my fans make the most random GIFs and memes from my videos and they’re so cute and funny.”
Did anything a little embarrassing or unexpected happen during a performance?
“This tour thankfully there was no tripping or forgetting lyrics — I have done both of those things, though. You just kind of have to go up there and know that you’re putting yourself out there for the world. Every night I just went out there and gave it my all. You have to be ready for when you do trip, and to be able to get yourself right back up and continue singing. If you want to cry, you wait until after the show, because I’ve done that too (laughs)! You have to wait until you get off stage, and then you can get upset about it. When you’re performing, you just have to keep pushing through. You’re human and you’re going to make mistakes. I think even Beyoncé has tripped on stage, and she’s Beyoncé! We’re all human beings, and sometimes we trip in our high heels! I barely perform in high heels. I don’t know how those girls do it. They have those hair flips, and their hair still stays perfect. I’m like, ‘I can’t do that yet. I haven’t learned that trick yet!’ I’m working on it. It’s gotten better this tour.”
Escape recently celebrated its one year birthday! Have you started working on new music?
“Yeah, I just hit a year recently! All I’ve been focusing on these last few weeks is writing and recording and writing and recording. I’m excited with how things are coming together so far. I think they’ll be hearing music within the beginning of the year; I’m hoping so.”
Will your next album have a similar retro-pop sound?
“Yeah, some of it definitely still has that. I grew up listening to a lot of ’70s and ’80s music, so it’s always going to have a little bit of that influence to it. It’s just kind of an evolved version of what I’ve been doing. I’m just continuing to grow, but it still all falls under the umbrella of pop. I love my pop music. It’s going to be fun. There are a lot of good, chant-y sing-along stuff.”
Is there anything weird or random that you have to do to get you in the song-writing zone?
“It varies. Escape I literally wrote in the middle of nowhere. I went up to this place where I had zero cell service and there was this one computer in the studio where I could check my little rhymezone.com when I was looking for a rhyme (laughs). Other than that, it was really cool for me to be able to disconnect and be with my thoughts in this beautiful location and just really open up and share my stories through song. I think as I grow as a writer, it becomes a easier and easier to share your story because you start to open up a little more. I have to say, Taylor Swift is a very brave woman! She puts it all out there and that’s one of the reasons she’s such a great songwriter, I think. For this last one I haven’t gone to the mountains yet; maybe I will. It usually starts with a melody or a word and then it goes from there. Sometimes I’ll have a little tune in my head and I’ll record it on my voice memo. The other day I wrote one of my favorite songs I’ve written so far. It was just based off of one word and one concept that we had, and then we built the whole thing around it.”
Obviously, you got your start on YouTube — do you remember the first video that really started to grab attention?
“I did this collab of “Love the Way You Lie” and that went viral. It was a really cool moment because I remember all my friends texting me and being like, ‘We keep seeing this video everywhere. You’re all over the front page of YouTube.’ That was one that really got things going. Another favorite moment was when I released my first original song, “Beautiful.” It was a really scary and then awesome moment. The cover songs are songs that have proven themselves, but sharing an original song is sharing a song that hasn’t proven itself and it’s me sharing a little more about me. When I first released “Beautiful” it was really cool to see such a positive response, and it ended up being the most viewed of the day, the most favorited, the most liked and the most popular on the music section. I remember being like seventeen at the time and being like, ‘I’m all over the place this is so weird. People like it!’ I’m so thankful that people were able to connect to the song.”
Is there any other exciting news that you have coming up that you can share with us?
“Right now, it’s just new music and hopefully you’ll see me in more features and acting projects in the future. Eventually, I would love to create my own fashion line. That’s my dream. #Goals. I think it would be really cool. It would have food and aliens and glitter! I just have to find what store would be able to embrace it!”