Audrey Whitby has an extensive background in acting, getting her start in community theatre in Northern Indiana at the age of 6. By the time she was 11, Audrey was an American Girl doll model, starred in lots of fun commercials, and had been in over 50 musical theatre productions! At age 12, she moved to Los Angeles and has guest starred on shows like Dog with a Blog and Austin and Ally, starred in her own Nickelodeon pilot Bad Fairy, and played Audrey Vale on Disney’s So Random. She has also made many appearances on AwesomenessTV, and plays Cherry on the Nickelodeon series The Thundermans.
Here’s an excerpt from an EXCLUSIVE interview Audrey did with her best friend Allisyn Arm for BYOU Magazine:
Do you ever worry about what people will think?
Allisyn: Audrey and I have never cared the slightest bit about what other people think of us. After being on “So Random,” the entire world has already seen us make complete fools of ourselves wearing the most ridiculous costumes! We’re natural comedians, and we love having fun and being silly together. We walk around the grocery store like Velociraptors making weird dinosaur noises and her mom will shush us and say “You’re making a scene! People are staring!” We then laugh and say “Other people? What are other people?” We’re so busy entertaining ourselves and making each other laugh that we forget who’s watching. We LOVE making people laugh, whether they’re laughing with us or at us! Usually at us…
Audrey: In our job we make totally idiots out of ourselves and love every second of it. We are always ourselves and that is what is important. Even if we are the craziest, silliest, wackiest, girls I know!
What advice can you give girls to help them not worry so much about what others think of them?
Allisyn: Everyone loves to laugh, so don’t be afraid to be the funny girl! When I went to school, I was never the best dressed or had the coolest stuff or the latest cell phone, but I was everybody’s favorite class clown! Don’t EVER be afraid to be yourself and be silly! Other kids will admire you for being true to who you are. They’ll see how happy you are when you’re confident in yourself and don’t worry about looking cool all the time. Audrey and I are total dorks, but that’s why our friends love being around us. Find friends who make you laugh and love the real you. Fashion is fun, but silly beats stylish any day!
Audrey: Yes! And surround yourself with people who embrace who you are and make you feel good about yourself.
What do you feel is the biggest challenge girls face today?
Allisyn: Cyber bullying. The internet can be very fun, but can also be a lot of trouble. If someone you consider a friend says hurtful things about you online or to other friends just to get attention, then they’re not a real friend. When someone posts something mean about you online, especially if it’s a friend or a classmate, it’s hard not to take it personally. Usually they’re just trying to be funny, and they don’t actually mean what they wrote, and would never say it to your face. If it hurts your feelings, talk to them in person and tell them how their words made you feel. And be sure to tell a parent or a teacher if the cyber bullying gets worse, or if someone threatens you. Also remember, don’t say or type anything about someone you wouldn’t want them reading. Words are like toothpaste, once they come out, you can’t put them back in, and it’s a mess trying to clean up.
Audrey: I think one of the huge issues girls face today is body image. The pressure to look perfect is overwhelming. Little girls come up to me at live tapings and say stuff like “You are so pretty!” and “I wish I looked like you.” I always tell them that it took two hours and a team of professionals… most the time I look just like a normal girl, no make-up and hair in ponytail -which is totally awesome!
What about when girls hang on to a friend who is mean to her, either because she afraid to let go or because she might lose some popularity points?
Allisyn: That’s a great question. Every situation is different, but ultimately friendship is a two-way street. Popularity or being part of a certain clique is unimportant if your so-called friends say unkind and hurtful things to you, or act like they’re better than you. It’s never worth it to be bullied just to try to keep an unhealthy friendship going.
Audrey: Popularity is a state of mind. If you feel confident and good about yourself, you are on the right track. If you have friends that make you feel any other way than it isn’t even friendship and the benefits will not be worth it in the long run.
What qualities do you think make a good friend?
Allisyn: Every friendship needs to be based on loyalty and trust, but it’s also important to have a best friend with similar interests that you can relate to. For me, a good sense of humor is probably the #1 thing I look for in a friend. I adore Audrey because she can always make me laugh. We have amazing chemistry and play off of each other’s jokes so well. Audrey and I have more inside jokes than anyone in the world. We practically speak our own language!
Audrey: The main thing a friendship needs is support and acceptance. You want somebody to lift you up… not tear you down. That’s why I love Allisyn so much. She accepts me for exactly who I am and I can tell her anything.
Allisyn: So many teens and tweens are concerned about social status and being popular and it can be really difficult to find real friends. That’s why I’m so incredibly thankful to have a true friend like Audrey. I know I can always trust her, and that she won’t go spreading rumors about me behind my back. In order to have an awesome best friend, YOU also need to be an awesome best friend. Stay loyal to your true pals, and don’t ditch or betray anyone just to climb the social ladder. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, and who you truly enjoy spending time with.
What do you think is more important – having lots of casual friends or having a few true close friends?
Allisyn: It’s great to be friends with a large group of people, but it’s also very important to have one or two true friends who you can really depend on. When you’re having a tough time and really need someone to talk to, a best friend is a major help. Audrey and I are always there for each other. She can make me laugh when I’m sad, and her support and advice is very valuable to me. I love all my buddies, and always love meeting new people and making new friends, but my friendship with Audrey is indispensable.
Audrey: When I lived in Indiana I had a lot of casual friends. Here in L.A I have a few very close friends. Having lots of casual friends may keep you busy, but with a few close ones you will never be lonely.
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