Secretariat star, AJ Michalka took time to talk with HollwoodLife.com about being one of young Hollywood’s newest break-out stars, sharing the spotlight with her big sister Aly and the music they can’t wait for you to hear!
Recently we’ve seen a lot of AJ Michalka‘s big sister Aly Michalka who has a starring role on the CW’s cheerleading teen drama Hellcats and playing BFF to Emma Stone in Easy A. Now with the release of Secretariat and being cast in the J.J. Abrams/Steven Speilberg film Super 8, AJ is stepping out of her sister’s shadow and into the spotlight.
21-year-old Aly and 19-year-old AJ, who were once a touring pop duo sister act, have put music on hold to concentrate on acting. They have a very Jonas Brothers way of thinking when it comes to working in such a competitive industry. They always support each other without any sibling rivalry!
“For Aly and I that has never been a struggle when it comes to family life. We’ve always been very humbled by this,” AJ tells Hollywood Life.com. “We keep each other in check which is really important. To be around people who are real and who will tell you when you have an attitude, I think it’s important.”
There have been talks of AJ appearing on Hellcats in guest starring role and she’s hoping that happens sooner rather than later.
“I would love to,” she says. “I am a huge fan of the show. It’s definitely been talked about. I like the pre-law student aspect. I actually think it would be more interesting if we weren’t related at all. I think it would fun to play Aly’s rival.”
They might not be side-by-side on stage performing, but the two sisters did collaborate on the theme song for Hellcats, which AJ is super pumped about. “It’s a fun song. It’s super fierce. It’s in your face,” she said.
Once known as ‘Aly and AJ’, the two changed their name to 78Violet and are continually working on new songs in their free time, but there’s no formula to making their music magic happen.
AJ told us, “There’s not really a writing structure we have. It changes every day. We write separately too. I think for us it changes. Sometimes she sits down at the piano. She’s really strong with lyrics. I’m really strong at melody.”
We’re excited to see AJ’s star rise even higher! Are you? Sound off below!