'Jessie' Star Debby Ryan Talks Young Hollywood, Demi Lovato and Future Plans (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)
Debby Ryan isn’t taking her success for granted. The 19-year-old star of Disney Channel’s Jessie is well aware of the magnitude of being a title star on the series, which returns for its second season on Friday at 8:30 PM.
“It’s been exciting and an honor and overwhelming,” she continued. “I get to do what I love on a larger scale now. So, I think that’s what I like to think about. I get to tell the stories I like to tell, co-producing now. I’m learning so much. So, it’s really been such an amazing ride.”
What else does Ryan have planned for her career?
The star isn’t waiting for opportunity to find her. She’s already planning the projects she’d like to tackle over the next couple years, which include producing her own show and directing a few episodes while she holds own to writing and producing music (which she says she does for fun on the side).
She not only earned her first producer credit on a video for her cover of The Go-Go’s “We Got The Beat,” she just released a folk cover of Taylor Swift’s breakout hit, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” with pal Nick Santino of the band Rocket to the Moon.
Ryan, of course, belongs to a gifted group of recent Disney Channel stars such as Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. “I feel like they’re very successful,” she says of the two Disney Channel alums. “Very hardworking, very talented and successful girls and I’d be honored to be seen similarly to them.”
But has Ryan sought out career advice from them? “The thing about young Hollywood is that everyone is so busy working on their own career,” Ryan tells us. “It’s kind of everyone for themselves a little bit. [Selena and Demi] been very gracious and very nice.”
In fact, Ryan shared a story about the new X Factor judge that sheds light on just how caring Lovato is. The Huntsville, Ala. native was in a car accident about a year-and-a-half ago in Los Angeles.
“Demi Lovato happened to be driving by and she saw me and she pulled over,” Ryan remembered. “[She] got through three lanes of traffic, pulled through people, like fought through people that were around me just to ask if I was OK.”
Aside from starring on Jessie, Ryan will also appear in her first animated movie role on Disney’s Secret of the Wings.
Watch our full interview with the star on The Daily Buzz above for more on Ryan’s projects, young Hollywood and planning for the future.
And take a look at some shots from the Jessie Season 2 premiere above.