Rowan Blanchard defines #Goals. Not only is she the star of Disney Channel’s hit show, Girl Meets World but, she’s also up there in the ranks of bada** females, which is why we have a hard time believing this chick is seriously only 14-years-old.
Yet, we’ve done our fact-checking, and indeed, she simply seems to be a 14-year-old wonder, after all. With that said, as mature as she is, even she had to overcome that awkward first kiss scene landmark, which in retrospect, she’s able to laugh about with us now. Not only is she a HI-larious actress, but she’s also like, super fun, which is why she recently teamed up with Nintendo and threw the ultimate bash. Obvs, she told us all about it, so get ready to experience major FOMO.
You just partnered up with Nintendo for a fun holiday event. How did that get started?
“I’ve been playing Nintendo ever since I was six, so it was cool to have an event where I invited some of my friends where we could all play Mario Kart. I’ve been playing it forever, so it was fun. I think our partnership was a mutual interest, where I wanted to somehow participate with them and it just happened to be around the holidays, so it was nice to kick off the holiday season with that.”
That sounds fun! What was the event like?
“There was a bunch of other little things to do, but it was basically like a big video game party. We also had music and food, but there were a bunch of Nintendos and everyone got to play. It was really fun and I’m glad we got to do that.”
Did you get to play with the new Nintendo 3DS XL? What are some of your favorite features about it?
“The 3-D part is really cool; when you’re playing Mario Kart, it’ll look more real, so it feels almost like you’re there. You can also play with your friends on the same game, which I think is also really cool. It’s a good size device, so you can kind of just throw it anywhere to take with you.”
Let’s talk a little bit about Girl Meets World. Right now, Riley, Lucas and Maya are in a complicated love triangle. Is that something that we’ll see resolved by the end of the season?
“In real life, our feelings get so confusing that I don’t think you ever specifically figure them out; I don’t think there’s ever a specific answer, and it’s the same with Riley, Lucas and Maya. They’re all learning how to deal with their feelings because they’ve never experienced those feelings before. They’re all playing it by ear and kind of just slowly understanding what it means to like someone romantically, and still keep the friendship aspect of it. It’s definitely how I think people go through it in real life, when you don’t have all the answers, especially when it’s the first time that you ever felt that way about someone.”
Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation in real life? What was that like?
“I’ve never been in a relationship, but I’ve watched my other friends and have given them advice from a third person’s perspective. I’ve seen it happen with people when they’ll have a crush on somebody and that person will lead them on, but actually won’t like them back; it sucks, and I’m usually always there for my friends when that happens to them.”
Like Riley, Maya, and Lucas, a lot of our readers are just diving into the dating world, too. What are some things you’ve experienced yourself that you want to share with them?
“Like I said before, I’ve never been in a relationship, but from what I can understand, there’s definitely something that’s equally as powerful. We always talk about relationships limited to romantic relationships, but I feel like it’s really important, if not more important, to have those relationships with yourself and be able to know yourself first before you get to know someone else that deeply. I think that’s something that I’ve learned, and that people are learning around me. You need to learn to love yourself, before you fall in love with someone else.”
Riley and Lucas have shared adorable kisses, but in real life, those scenes are all planned out and down to every move. What’s it like to film those scenes?
“Of course it’s weird to film, because you’re kissing someone on screen. That’s always a little weird, but I feel like when it first happened I was a little uncomfortable with it because I didn’t know how to differentiate the two, but now the entire cast and I are all so close that we could all kind of kiss each other and I don’t think it would matter (laughs). Honestly, we all trust each other and it’s a great relationship that we have, so it makes it feel like a much safer place.”
Do you remember the first kiss scene you had and what was going through your mind?
“Well, I was uncomfortable with it in the very beginning, because I didn’t know what to expect. Sabrina (Carpenter) had already kissed someone on screen and I hadn’t. It was kind of a weird thing for me because you’re doing in front of a bunch of writers and everything; it’s a strange setting. It’ll never normalize itself, but I think now I’m fine with it. When it was first initiated, I didn’t know what to expect from the whole situation overall. It was fine, though, because we’re all so close that I don’t think we would damage any relationships.”
The finale is also going to be big for other reasons, as well — it’s the last episode before they start high school! Do you think that will change the dynamic of the show at all?
“I definitely think so. High school is this weird thing where it brings everything to a weird, new level, which is uncomfortable if you don’t know how to deal with it. In high school it’s more accepted, I guess, to date than it is in middle school. The dynamics will definitely change in the sense that I think Riley, Maya and everyone else, will realize that it could potentially be a more serious thing than a middle school fling.”
Speaking of high school, it can be such a scary thing for some teens. What advice do you have for teens overwhelmed by school?
“Yeah, I just started high school, so I’m right there with them (laughs). It’s definitely a weirder world, in the sense that in middle school you’re on top and the oldest class, then in high school you just go right back to being the baby. Being a teenager, nothing is ever black and white; there’s always grey, so you don’t ever truly know what you’re feeling. It’s a really confusing mixture of emotions, so in high school, especially, it’s really important to take time to get to know yourself before you get into a relationship. You have to be able to know who you are, and to accept that and love it. Girls’ self-esteem in high school can really plummet, because it is such a complex world that likes to take you down, which is why it’s so important to take time to learn to love yourself.”
How have you been able to handle high school and acting??
“I won’t say that it’s easy, because it’s not, but school is something that is important to me and has always been important to me. I love certain aspects of school, but it can sometimes get overwhelming. It’s a difficult balance, but I think I’m managing; it’s not easy!”
What’s next for you? Are there any exciting projects coming up?
“I’m working on certain stuff, and continuing to be an activist and speak out on certain issues. I’m developing a collection of art that you guys will get more details on soon, which I’m really excited for. I think my main message is getting people to learn to identify with something and themselves, which is really hard to do; I think that’s my message. I want to get other teenage girls to band with me and all fix it together.”