The Meet & Greet: ‘Zeke and Luther’ Star Ryan Newman

Welcome back to Celebuzz’s Meet & Greet, where we sit down and chat with rising young stars of film, television and music before they hit the big time. Watch out for these future A-listers!

If you’re a Disney fan, chances are you’ve seen Ryan Newman at work! This young actress, singer and model talks to Celebuzz how she deals with the boys of Zeke and Luther, meeting Miley Cyrus — and her big celebrity crush!

Many fans remember you as “the young Miley” on Hannah Montana. Did you work with Miley to get a sense of the character? 
I already had a great sense of the character because I was a huge fan of the show at the time and I had watched every episode. I knew how Miley would play it as soon as I read the script. Miley was around when I was shooting my scenes and she couldn’t believe how alike we were. She called me her “mini me.”

There’s a lot of male energy on Zeke and Luther. How do you handle those boys?
Yes, there is! The male energy is great and I really enjoy working with the boys! I have always gotten along really well with boys and this is definitely no exception.

There show has some crazy skateboarding stunts, you’re up for those too?
I actually got to skateboard in one of the episodes and I really enjoyed learning, but that was enough for me. Thankfully, I had a stunt double to do the crazy stuff for me.

What is one of your funniest memories filming the show?
There was a scene that Daniel [Kojo] and I were throwing balloons filled with mustard and ketchup at Hutch [Zeke] and Adam [Luther]. Even though I felt so bad for them, I couldn’t stop laughing! We even threw the balloons at them when the cameras were on Hutch and Adam and we were off camera. I never knew I had such good aim.

You sing, too! What kind of music do you like to perform and are you planning an album?
Yes, I sing and I dance. The music that I like to perform is kind of a mix of pop, R&B and jazz. I absolutely will release an album at some point.

You’ve also done a lot of modeling. Are you a big fan of fashion? What are some of your “must have” clothing items?
Wow! You have really done your homework! I love modeling and I love fashion. I read a great deal about fashion and I am determined to have my own clothing label someday. My “must haves” right now are: leather jackets, jean jackets, lace and crochet dresses and tops, wedges, jeggings, and cropped/boyfriend jeans.

Do you have any celebrity crushes?
Right now, I am completely infatuated with Steven R. McQueen, Jeremy from Vampire Diaries.

What are some of your favorite shows/movies/singers?
My favorite shows are Vampire Diaries, Glee, Make It or Break It, Pretty Little Liars, Modern Family and The Voice. My favorite movies are The Notebook, Dear John and Letters to Juliet. I’m a big fan of love stories in case you hadn’t noticed! My favorite singers are Adele, Bruno Mars, Colbie Collait, Katy Perry and Christina Aguilera.

Ryan just wrapped on Zeke and Luther, so she’s hitting the recording studio this summer! See more pics of this rising star — and be sure to follow us on Twitter,Facebook and Tumblr for more celeb photos!