As the star of the hit Disney series Lab Rats, Kelli Berglund charms viewers as bionic supergirl, Bree. The sweet celeb, who also stars in the new Disney Channel Original movie How to Build a Better Boy, gamely lets us get to know her better.
1. You play a superhero on Lab Rats. If you could have any one superpower in the world, what would it be?
“That’s so hard because there are so many that I would want to have but, if I had to choose, I’d probably pick either invisibility or the ability to read minds.”
2. So who’s your favorite superhero?
“My favorite superhero is actually Captain America, and I was lucky enough to be able to go to the premiere of that movie and actually see Chris Evans, who plays Captain America. And I totally freaked out because he’s so beautiful and just really talented. So definitely a fan of Captain America.”
3. We know you’re quite a dancer, so spill: What’s your favorite dance flick?
“I’m gonna go with Center Stage. You know, it was, like, from the ’90s, but Zoe Saldana was in it and that’s when I first discovered who she was. Now she’s like this famous, crazy movie star.”
4. What makes you cry? Is it sad commercials? Cute puppies?
“Can you combine the two and get those Sarah McLachlan puppy commercials where they’re like, ‘Can you adopt them?’ and sad music is playing in the background? Those I have to change the channel or I break down into tears. I can’t deal with those.”
5. You have the best hair. What’s your secret?
“Let’s see, I like that Moroccan Oil stuff — it’s a shine spray that gets rid of the frizz. My hair is super frizzy naturally, so I have to, like, tame it down a little bit using that. Then I also use a heat protectant spray before I blow-dry my hair or straighten it or curl it, because I just completely dyed my hair blond, and the bleach has been kind of harsh on my hair. And — I don’t know — a good hairspray… gotta keep things still. Can’t have a bunch of flyaways!”
6. What is your go-to guilty pleasure?
“The first thing that comes to my mind is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but I don’t know if that’s a valid answer to the question. I really try to eat healthy, and I’m like, ‘OK, Kelli, let’s not have a ton of sugar today.’ But then, you know, I look in my cabinet in my kitchen, and there’s a bunch of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. And I can’t help myself, so….”
7. What was your favorite back-to-school purchase every year?
“Ooh, I know this one! OK, my favorite thing going back to school was always getting my binder. You see, the thing is though — it’s not just an ordinary binder. I would buy a new one every year, like, half an inch thick, and I would come home that day and find around 25 pictures that I’d want to print out a little bit smaller so that they could fit into the binder. Then I would arrange them in a certain little collage so that when I would go back to school, I would have this really cute collage I could look at every time I bring out my binder. So I did that every single year. I was always so excited to get my binder and figure out which pictures I was going to put in there and spend, like, two hours that night just making my binder super cute.”
8. Did your high school self resemble your How to Build a Better Boy character, Mae, at all?
“I was very tech-savvy, just like my character. I like to think of myself as being tech-savvy, ’cause I’m really good with computers and things like that. And school was always really important to me — I always got straights A’s and worked really hard, so I definitely could fall into the hardworking sort of… I don’t like to call it nerdy, but kind of like how Mae is. Like, she’s just really dedicated and focused on school, so I definitely could fall into that category.”
9. Would you say you were shy or a social butterfly?
“I didn’t stay exclusively in one little group that I never left and that was it. I had friends that were on the football team; I had friends that did drama; I had friends that were on the dance team. I had different sets of friends because I didn’t want to exclude myself from people who were actually really cool, just because of a certain label. So, I guess you could say I was — who knows? — the dedicated social butterfly.”
10. Last question, and it’s a toughie: Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars?
“Is it bad that I’ve never seen either? I’ve been telling myself to go and have a day with Netflix just to watch Pretty Little Liars. So I’m gonna go with Pretty Little Liars, just because I plan on watching that one. I need to jump on the bandwagon really soon.”