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Profile: Aly Michalka

Geoff Dyer

Name Aly Michalka

Born 1989 Torrance, California

Having already had top 20 singles in the UK and UK with her sister Amanda as AJ and Aly, and opened for Hannah Montana/Miles Cyrus, rising star Michalka has got the right qualifications to play Charlotte, a high-school senior in Todd Graff’s Bandslam. Michalka lists her own favourites as Aimee Mann, Tori Amos, Radiohead and Coldplay as well as The Police, Van Halen, Heart and other retro-influences.

What’s it like to appear in a teen movie
‘Charlotte’s such a great character for me to play, I was so freaked-out when I found out I’d got the role. She’s a really sharp person, she shows Will (Gaelan Connell) how to relate to girls, and shows him that there’s more to life than just dealing with life at home with his mom. But Charlotte’s got problems as well, and that’s where the drama comes from. I think Bandslam will surprise people in having more depth than they might expect from a teen film. The movies I really love are 80s classics like The Breakfast Club, Footloose or Valley Girl. These films touch you in a better way than more shallow films do.’

What was David Bowie’s involvement with Bandslam?
Although Michalka didn’t have any scenes to play with David Bowie in the film, she was stunned to appear alongside the Thin White Duke. ‘Knowing that David was in the film really attracted me. David loved the script, he wanted to help out with the choices of music on the soundtrack, and he gave it the seal of approval, which was really awesome for all of us …’

What’s Michalka doing next?
Two more features, Will Gluck’s Easy A with Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson and Cam Gigandet, and thriller The Roommate, also with Gigandet, as well as touring ALONGSIDE her sister, with her band, now renamed 78violet. ‘I’m so grateful for who I am, I can’t believe people complain so much about paparazzi, they’re the least of my worries, they can’t take away my happiness. I’ve got a great team behind me, and just feel that I’ve been so lucky to get this chance’


  • 2 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 110 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Todd Graff
  • Written by: Josh A Cagan, Todd Graff
  • Cast: Aly Michalka, Vanessa Hudgens, Gaelan Connell, Lisa Kudrow, Ryan Donowho

Tweeny pop, high school adventure chronicling budding impresario Will Burton (Connell) and his rock'n'roll band's desperate attempts to win a battle-of-the-bands competition.


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