Cassie Scerbo: Up Close and Personal

Manfred Baumann

Cassie Scerbo has it all; beauty, talent and a heart of gold. Whether she’s working on her new movie, ‘Truth or Dare,’ keeping up with the latest fashions or spending time on organizations like Boo2Bullying that helps combat bullying among young people, this New York native does it with passion. Cassie tells Bella all:

Bella: What is your definition of Beauty?

Cassie: Light. Someone or something that simply sheds light.. lights up a room.

B: How would you describe your personal style?

C: I’m always changing it up. Overall I’d say simply chic with a bit of an edge.

B: Who is your fashion role model?

C: I have so many! From one of my own stylists, Tara Williams to Olivia Palermo, The Olsen twins, Rihanna, classics like Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn.

B: Tell us about your upcoming movie, Truth or Dare.

C: I am so proud of this film. Between our incredible producer Lisa Hansen and our extremely talented director, Nick Simon, I believe there was a strong vision of what this film should be from the very beginning and it’s why the performances and overall cinematography both delivered strong. We had an amazing crew and all of the characters had very strong chemistry.

It’s got a “Saw” vibe and will have it’s audience at the edge of their seats. We had to dig pretty deep to embody all that Truth or Dare encompasses.

I remember constantly holding my castmates directly before scenes or placing my hand on their heart to initiate intimacy and emotion. Our characters are tested throughout the film based on their deepest secrets, fears and obsessions. It was intense to say the least.

B: Since 2007, your primary genre of movies is comedy, was it challenge acting in a genre of film that you’ve never worked in before?

C: I had done some horror before and drama is actually my true passion, but this role and film in general was definitely a challenge and I love nothing more than a challenge, so it was an overall amazing experience that I got to grow from.

B: Considering you have done both, do you have a preference of acting: TV or film?

C: When it comes down to it, the writing is what matters to me, the story. If it’s a great story with layered characters then I’m intrigued. Simple as that.

B: How did you get involved with Boo2Bullying?

C: I was approached at an event, and it was always a cause very important to me, so I started out as their Girl’s Youth Ambassador over 6 years ago and worked my way up to Vice President 2 years ago.

Starting a conversation in the school systems and creating a safe space for our youth to reach out is something we pride ourselves on. I believe in kindness and that the energy you put out is also the energy you will receive.

B: What are your aspirations for your organization, Boo2Bullying?

C: To continue to help as many people as we can. I believe that through conversation, understanding and kindness, the world would be an overall much better place. It’s really that simple..

You never know what battles someone may be fighting behind closed doors, how something as simple as a smile or compliment can change someone’s entire day. I’ve even been in scenarios where being kind has led me to saving a life.

We would love to eventually take our 501(c)3 global. It is our goal to take our programs all around the world, to all the school systems. We’ve got a lot in the works and I’m so proud of how far we’ve come.

B: What is the greatest piece of advice you’ve received?

I think Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote “No one outside of you can make you feel inferior without your consent” says it all. You are the ruler of your own universe. You can do any and all things you set your mind out to do.

I’m a HUGE believer in “The Secret”.. I’ve re-watched the documentary multiple times. The law of attraction is real. Our thoughts have frequencies. What you think and put out into the world is truly what comes back to you. That’s why I believe so strongly in having a positive mindset. Mindset is everything.

If anyone has ever tried to bring me down in any way, I simply use their negativity as my fuel to work even harder towards my passions or goals. You can’t let anyone or anything bring you down. All of your power, dreams and goals lay in your mind. Life is a gift, you’ve got to live it to the fullest – that decision is all yours. Take advantage of it!

B: Do you have any advice for young actors breaking into the business?

As long as you have a passion for it, never stop. The sky is the limit. If others have done it, so can you. You just have to think it. Believe it. Mindset. Also, no slacking. Get into a class, meet and study as many different types of people as possible.

Read, research and love and nurture your passion with everything you’ve got. Find representation and truly dig and focus on becoming every character you ever audition for, work on in a class or book. You never know how that character and story might inspire others and their lives.

Photos by: Diana Ragland and Manfred Baumann

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