You might not know his name now, but chances are if you have a child between the ages of 6 and 14 you know his face. Dylan Everett has been a presence on Canadian television for years, and is currently going into his 3rd season as the star of Family Channel’s hit show Wingin’ It, but it’s his role in the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, Frenemies, that just might be Dylan’s big break into the lucrative US Market. Frenemies co-stars Disney up and comers Bella Thorne and Zendaya and, if all goes well, just might be that open door that introduces the likeable Canadian to the American Disney audience.
When I was asked if I wanted to interview Dylan I knew I couldn’t resist—given that my daughter has our television permanently affixed to Family Channel. In fact when I was telling my sons that I was going to be speaking to him I turned the TV on and the very first episode of Wingin’ It just happened to be airing. We had a great chat on the phone and my lasting impression of Dylan was that he was a really nice kid. He was nice, prompt, humble and polite. The kind of guy you can’t help but wish good things for.
As we chatted, Dylan told me that he came by his acting career honestly, following in the footsteps of his older sister. His mother was working at an agency when they decided that they wanted to start a youth roster and his sister, who was 2 or 3 at the time, was signed up. Watching her work as he grew up made Dylan decide that he wanted to do the same, so when he was around 10 he finally convinced his mother to let him go on auditions. He very quickly started to see success in commercials and started booking bit parts on television shows like The Doodlebops. From there his successes just continued, and at the ripe old age of 16 is already and award nominated actor. When I asked him if he had any words of wisdom for those parents out there who want to get their child in the business his main piece of advice was to make sure the child wants to do it. He said that with the internet it’s so easy to find a reputable agency to work with, but ultimately it’s hard work so the child has to really be passionate about it and want to do it.
We talked about his role as Carl Montclaire in Wingin’ It and I asked him what we could expect to see from his character in the future and he told me ‘Lots of stuff coming up for Carl, lots of relationship stuff, Carl is getting cooler every episode.’ He said he loves playing Carl and would play him for the next 10 years if he was given the chance, and I believe him. But I can’t help but think that once Frenemies airs in the US, getting the chance to star on a big Disney show would probably be a dream come true for the young actor. After all, we've seen what it's done for past stars like Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling, both who began their career with The Mouse. Although maybe not on ‘Shake It Up’ the show his Frenemies co-stars Bella Thorne and Zendaya star on, because he claims he has 2 left feet. I asked him who the better dancer was between himself and the girls and he said he had to give it to the ladies. I think he might just have been being polite. And it’s that politeness that makes him just so likeable
If your house is anything like mine your pvr has been set to tape Frenemies for the past week, but if not you can catch it on Family Channel on Friday, January 13th at 8pm. You can also catch Dylan on Wingin’ It when it airs Monday—Thursday at 5:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. as well as Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m.
Something tells me that Dylan Everett will be one hot young Canadian actor to watch.
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