Ysa Penarejo Interview for McKenna Shoots for the Stars Bluray/DVD

Recently I had the chance to interview Ysa Penarejo, tween sensation who co-stared in "An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars".

Ysa Penarejo Interview McKenna Shoots for the Stars Movie
photo credit to Bobby Quillard

In the movie Ysa plays “Toulane Thomas” the best friend of her fellow gymnast, “McKenna Brooks” but there's lots more to this young actress. During our phone interview I had a chance to learn more about Ysa beyond the acting.

Onica: How did you prepare for the American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars movie. Did you need special training, etc?

Ysa: When we arrived in Canada a week before we started shooting, I trained with my stunt double at the gym. I loved training at the gym because when I was younger I did gymnastics so it was great being back in the gym.

Onica: What do you hope your fans will take away from the movie? What's the main message you want to send to your fans?

Ysa: The message I want to send to my fans is to stay true to yourself, and if you need help with anything, don’t be afraid to ask.

Onica: As a young person who does so much work-wise, what do you do for fun? What are some of your favorite hobbies?

Ysa: I love to spend time with my family, shop, dance and go for long walks.

Onica: As a person of Filipino decent, how do you keep connected to your culture?

Ysa: I always honor my Filipino culture.

While speaking to Ysa on the phone I could tell she really enjoyed being an artist. Ysa has appeared in some of the biggest commercials and print campaigns in the country, including “Old Navy”, “Marshalls”, “Kohl’s”, and “Target” to name a few.

Ysa has also released a pop anthem, “Like Not Love,” found on iTunes. As a budding songwriter, she co-wrote the single with songwriter, Amber Ojeda, and teamed up with world renowned remix record maker, Kovas

Ysa Penarejo Interview McKenna Shoots for the Stars Movie
photo credit to Bobby Quillard

When the busy tween isn’t acting or singing, Ysa can be found participating in dance competitions all around the world; with 8 years of dance training under her belt, she specializes in jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop.

As you can see Ysa is keeping busy doing a lot of awesome things. I want to thank her for taking the time to speak with me wish her continued success with all her projects.

Ysa Penarejo Interview McKenna Shoots for the Stars Movie

About McKenna Shoots for the Stars

This inspiring feature-length movie follows determined and confident young gymnasts, “Toulane Thomas” and “McKenna Brooks,” as they persevere to make the regional competitive gymnastic team, fight to overcome obstacles at school, at home and in the gym.

The DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack is available at Walmart, American Girl stores and www.AmericanGirl.com

To learn more about Ysa Penarejo visit - www.ysapenarejo.com
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