With an enthusiastic personality and an outgoing demeanor, Cassie Scerbo is perfect to play the multifaceted role of Brooke in Bring It On: In It to Win It. In this fourth installment of the Bring It On series, high school senior Carson goes to the "Cheer Camp Nationals" with the goal of leading the West High Sharks to a triumphant win. However New Yorker Brooke has other ideas "and her team, the East High Jets," have ideas of their own about how to take the tournament's "Spirit Stick." The squads escalate their battle against one another, and Carson finds herself having feelings for Penn, but she doesn't know that he's a Jet. Soon Brooke finds out what's going on and she decides to up the ante "by challenging Carson to a one-on-one cheer-off." Soon "cheer fighting" takes place on the floor and it gets so out of hand that both teams get booted out of "the competition." In order to enter back into "cheer stick" contention, the rivals realize they'll have to join forces and show that they are both in it to win it!
Scerbo recently sat down to talk about this role and the other things she has going on.
Could tell the readers about the character of Brooke that you play in Bring It On: In It to Win It?
Cassie Scerbo: It's really interesting. This character is exactly the opposite of me. She is that bad one in these movies. She's very strict and stern and she's very interested in being in charge. She's the Captain of the East Coast Jets and she's from New York. There's actually a similarity because I'm from New York and she's been a National State Champion for four years now... so she's not letting anyone get in her way. The end is really cool because you get to see a difference. You get to see a change and a transition in the character, whereas you don't usually ever see it. This movie is very different because there's a unity at the end. It's very special and you can see Brooke, you can watch her transition.
Sometimes it's really important to do that. Sometimes people have some insecurities or whatever it may be, and they show themselves off and they're just mean or rude or they have so many insecurities. And you'll see, you should never judge a book by it's cover because at the end she likes this guy. She's a sweet girl, she just has a little bit of an attitude.
What was the process like for you to get prepared to play this role? Had you done any cheerleading before doing this movie?
Cassie Scerbo: I had done a little bit when I was younger. Never stunts, nothing like that. I am a World Hip Hop Champion Dancer, 2001. So that helped a lot with the choreography. Cheering is a lot like dancing except for the fact that when you dance you're more free and you can create your own character and you're own world. Cheerleading is tight... everything has to be precise and together because you're working more as a team. I guess it was hard for me to make the transition from hip hop dancing to cheerleading, but it was great and Tony G was an amazing choreographer. It was really cool.
What for you was the hardest part of doing the movie? Was it the training?
Cassie Scerbo: The hardest part? I loved everything having to do with the movie. This is my passion. I'll just say that the hardest part was being away from my family. I'm very family oriented so that would be hardest part, especially because I have a huge Italian family from New York. So it's hard for us to be apart. Especially on Sundays because my mom's always cooking meatballs, macaroni....
Why do you think that the Bring It On: In It to Win It films are so popular?
Cassie Scerbo: It's an amazing franchise. It has something for everyone. Not only kids and cheerleaders. There's romance, there's comedy... we had to do so many takes because I would just bust out laughing; that will probably be all in the bloopers. There's gorgeous guys, gorgeous girls, they're older, they're younger.
What do you have coming up next?
Cassie Scerbo: I'm in a group called the Slumber Party Girls. We're on TV every Saturday morning. We host the block, we come on between different cartoons. We're on this show called Dance Revolution. That's actually where I met Michael (Copon), he was one of the guest stars on the show. We perform each week on that show. We're signed to Geffen and we have a TV movie in the works right now that I'm very excited about. We have merchandising, we have Mattel Barbies, the whole nine yards. Also, there's a new magazine coming out called Kewl. It's going to be a huge kid/teen magazine. I'm the "Dear Cassie" section and what that means is that people can write in to me and give me their questions, they can ask questions about the movies, and I am more than happy to answer them.
Bring It On: In It to Win It comes to DVD December 18 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.