Teen star ready to show her true colors
Stefanie Scott leads Disney contingent at Baby, Toddler and Kids Expo. By Jane Holahan, Entertainment Editor email@example.com
Stefanie Scott, star of the Disney Channel sitcom "A.N.T. Farm," will be coming to meet her fans at the fourth annual Baby, Toddler and Kids Expo on Saturday at Lancaster County Convention Center.
She'll be signing autographs and chatting from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
If you're a fan of "A.N.T. Farm," you might be a little worried. After all, Scott's character, Lexi Reed, is kinda mean and bossy. Sometimes she can be a bully.
But don't worry.
"Lexi Reed is the total opposite of me," Scott, 16, said during a recent phone interview. "She's sort of sassy and always speaks her mind. She blurts out what she thinks."
Scott, on the other hand, loves meeting her fans.
"It's fun to see the fans come out," she said. "To see how excited they are. It's an honor to take a picture with them and talk. It is really great.
"It is a weird feeling to have people look up to me, to be a role model for some girls."
She takes the job seriously.
"I double-think things sometimes," she said. "You are in the public, so you have to be careful. But I've never had that much trouble. I make sure I'm not out doing anything silly. Not that I am too crazy anyway."
Besides, Scott is too busy. Being in a television series is hard work.
"It's a pretty crazy schedule. I wake up around 5:30 or 6 (a.m.), go to the set, then there is school (Scott is home-schooled), rehearsals, table reads and going through the show with the writers," she said.
And on weekends, she's usually somewhere in the country meeting fans.
"I focus a lot on my career," Scott said. "My life has changed a lot, (but) I haven't changed as a person."
Her mother got her interested in acting to help with her shyness. She took to it right away.
"I did 'Annie' in school and I got an agent in my hometown. I did a couple commercials, and that took me to Los Angeles," Scott said.
She's appeared in several films, including Rob Reiner's "Flipped." She played young Emma in "No Strings Attached" and was the voice of a moppet in "Wreck-It Ralph."
She voiced Emma in Disney's animated TV series "Special Agent Oso" and has done guest appearances on a number of TV shows.
"A.N.T. Farm," which is set in San Francisco, follows a group of gifted middle schoolchildren in the Advanced Natural Talent program.
Chyna Parks (played China Anne McClain) is the newest A.N.T. farmer. A 13-year-old musical prodigy, she shakes up the school and Lexi's queen bee status.
Lexi has been the "it" girl in school and is used to getting her way. She sees Chyna as her enemy and rival.
The show, which always includes music from the kids, begins its third season in June, and there are some changes in the works.
"We are all going to boarding school, where we will discover new talents," Scott said.
Scott isn't the only Disney star to be making an appearance at the Baby, Toddler and Kids Expo.
The Radio Disney Road Crew will be hosting a themed party from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" party will include music, games and prizes and the chance for kids to become part of the pirate crew.
In the afternoon, from 1:30 to 3:30, the crew will bring some "A.N.T. Farm" activities and music into the party.
Plenty more will be going on Saturday at the Expo. There will be food sampling, a petting zoo and health screenings from Lancaster Regional Medical Center.
And parents, your kids can use up some of their energy on the swing sets and bounce houses and in fitness events.
Lancaster Newspapers' Baby, Toddler and Kids Expo runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lancaster County Convention Center at Penn Square in downtown Lancaster. Tickets cost $5 for children 9 and under, $10 for adults and children 10 and over. Family packs (two adults, two children) are available at the door and cost $25. For more information, visit lancasterbabyexpo.com.