Complex got a chance to speak to the singer-turned-actress about why she’s giving Hollywood a shot, the inspiration behind her character, how close she got with the cast, and the new single we can expect from her this year.
On transitioning from a singing career to an acting career:
My whole thought about life is growing, so when it feels like my head has reached the ceiling, I always tend to figure out what else to do. I’ve always wanted to do animation, so I was bold enough to go out and say, “Hey, I would like to do this!” When I tried to get [a voice role] on The Lorax, [the producers] were like, “Well, we already did Lorax, but if you would like, you could go to casting.” And then the lady at casting was like, “Oh, there’s a movie and I think you’d be great for it. It’s called Pitch Perfect. It’s got some singing in it.” So I went and did the audition, and I think three to four days after they called me back and said I had it. A week later, I had to fly to Baton Rouge. It was not me going on auditions per se, it was me saying that this is what I wanted to do and allowing myself to catch the opportunities.