Do you wish you had all the answers for how to survive school? Moze sure does, and she wants you to share in her adventures on the Nickelodeon series Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Join Moze and her friends, Ned and Cookie, as they give you tips and tricks to survive the crazy world of middle school. We caught up with Lindsey Shaw, the actress who plays Moze on the series, and asked her about the show, how she survived middle school. Here's what she had to say:
Q & A
How would you describe your character, Moze?
Lindsey: Moze is the biggest tomboy on the planet and she is searching to try to find her girly side. She has two best friends who are guys and she's usually the voice of reason in the trio, though she gets into some crazy stuff where they balance her out a little bit. She is a very loyal friend. She is a great student. She cares a lot about her friends.
Do you find that those are some of the same kinds of issues that you actually dealt with?
Lindsey: Oh my gosh, definitely! I promise you on one level or another I deal with all the issues that are described in the show. The show deals with the same core issuesbullies, grades, friends and detention.
Are you homeschooled or tutored on the set now?
Lindsey: I'm homeschooled.
Do you like that better?
Lindsey: I really don't, especially since I've kept in touch with some of my high school friends. I hear about all the fun things that are happening, like inside jokes in class, and I really miss that. I wouldn't want to give up what I'm doing now to go back to high school, but there is a part of me that misses being in high school every day, being with my friends and interacting with them every day. Plus, I think homeschool is hard, because you're not on a schedule.
How would you describe your costars on the show and in real life?
Lindsey: Ned is trying to find his way and navigate through this craziness called middle school. He is very loyal to his best friends and he is overall a good kid, although it may not show academically. I think Ned has a very good heart and I think that comes through in his character. Devon [Werkheiser] is pretty much the same way. The kid has a great heart. He is hilarious. He's crazy, awesome, spontaneous, charismatic, and has no inhibitions. He's a wonderful person to have onset, and the same goes with Daniel [Curtis Lee]. Daniel is very different than Cookie. There is no other word to describe Daniel than cool. He makes me laugh every day without fail. Cookie is a computer genius that is also really loyal to his friends. He's an academic genius and he's definitely the craziest one out of the trio. He is always looking for a way to fix things or for a solution or that kind of thing.
Do you have a favorite episode of the show?
Lindsey: I like them all, but my favorite episode is called "Dares and Bad Habits." I had the most fun shooting that. I also like the final episode of season two. I had a blast doing it. I am not going to say anything, because I will give it away, but I think when people see it they will understand why.
Do you, Devon, and Daniel hang out together off the set?
Lindsey: Almost every weekend. I am completely serious about that. We hang out so much and have get-togethers every Saturday. Everybody is at everybody's birthday party and we're just a very tight-knit cast. I would seriously not have it any other way. I love how close we are.
When did you know that acting is what you wanted to do?
Lindsey: I don't think that there was ever a certain moment when I said, "This is what I want to do." I think that through all the experiences I have had in this business and all the people I have become exposed to, it just became a very strong desire. It grew with every step I took from the very beginningmoving out to LA, getting an agent, getting a manager, getting the role on Ned's.
Is there anything else that you think you would like to do as a career?
Lindsey: I used to be and I still am into psychology. I would like to be able to pursue something like that, but I don't know. The older I've gotten, the more endearing this business has become and I can't really imagine leaving it. I have been thinking about joining the Peace Corps. That is something that I would absolutely love to do. I think that would be an incredible experience, so that's an avenue that I might want to look at.
As a teenager, what would you say to kids to encourage them to get involved?
Lindsey: Everywhere you look, there is a charity or a project in school to get involved in. In eighth grade, there was this program called CJSF, California Junior Scholarship Foundation. We were involved in soup kitchens and toy drives, and your school can set up something like that. If your school doesn't have [a program] like that, set one up. Get a brochure on a soup kitchen and go there with a bunch of kids or do it as community service hours. Have a clothing drive, a food drive, a fundraiser, or a bake sale, and contribute the money to Salvation Army or your favorite charity.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
Lindsey: It was at Notre Dame High School during my freshman year. The bell had rung to switch classes, so I was climbing the stairs to my next class. I completely tripped up the stairs and my binder and all my books went flying everywhere. I was sprawled out across the concrete steps, with my knees scraped. Everyone decided to go to class on time that day. Otherwise, everyone would have seen me! I looked around and only a couple of people were lingering. It wasn't as bad as it could have been. The entire student body could have been out here, but it was still extremely embarrassing.
What's it like when someone recognizes you and approaches you for an autograph or something like that?
Lindsey: I think it's so cool that people watch the show, because that's why we make the show. To get that kind of feedback is tremendous. Having fans is an amazing thing that goes along with this business.
Interview by Marie Morreale
(Photo: Courtesy of Scott Appel PR)
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Lindsey will be appearing at the Starlight Starbright gala with Jamie Lee Curtis.
Full Name: Lindsey Marie Shaw
Birth Date: May 10, 1989
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska
Current Residence: Santa Clarita, California
Height: 5' 6"
TV Shows: One Tree Hill and Charmed
Movies: A Few Good Men and The Pelican Brief
Actors: Julia Roberts, Edward Norton, and Tom Hanks
Musicians: Jack Johnson, Maroon 5, Linkin Park, and Black Eyed Peas
Candy: Jolly Ranchers
School Subject: English
Childhood Book: Where the Red Fern Grows
Author: John Grisham
Holiday: Independence Day