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Q) What are the recent projects you are working on?
A) I recently returned from the Catskills in New York. I filmed a movie there called Contest. The storyline I am involved in centers around two teen lives. It shows the redemption of one and the gaining of a sense of purpose for the other. One is the high school, star athlete and he is the bully. The other teen is a loner whose only love is cooking. The movie shows you can never judge a book by its cover. I hope kids and teens who seeContest learn that they can look outside their own peer group for friends.
Q) What is new this season on "Shake It Up" and with your character Gunther?
A) The "Made In Japan" episode is coming up!
Q) What was it like to film "Made in Japan?"
A) "Made in Japan" is such a great episode. The culture is highlighted. Tinka and I get some of the most awesome wardrobe changes of the season!
Q) What keeps challenging you about playing Gunther?
A) The writers have such great ideas for my character. One of the challenges for Season 2 was how tall I grew in comparison to the others on the show. So, I had to completely change my delivery of lines and blocking for Season 2! I love playing Gunther because creating the character means that I continue to evolve who he is to the audience!
Q) Were you a dancer before taking on the role or did you have to learn for the part?
A) I was not a dancer before taking on the role! I was definitely considered having two left feet! I feel so fortunate Disney saw in me the ability to dance. I put in a lot of hours dancing before the show began filming. Then, between Season 1 and Season 2, I danced and danced and danced with a private instructor / mentor. Also, since I am a musician and singer, I believe that helped me with the rhythm of dancing
Q) Do you enjoy watching yourself on the show or performing?
A) I am very critical of myself. I see every little thing I did wrong. I hear lines that I wish I had delivered differently. So, I approach watching my personal work as homework versus entertainment. I feel that if I can see what I did wrong, then I can improve for the next taping.
Q) This is your last season on "Shake It Up." What made you decide to go?
A) I have grown a lot over the course of the show! Watch out for me guest starring on the show from time to time! Disney has given me the opportunity to pursue some other projects....like the movie Contest. So, I appreciate their thoughtfulness.
Q) What is it about "Shake It Up" that continues to make it such a fan favorite?
A) I think we have an amazing writing team. Rob leads the team and does such a great job each week. I have learned a lot from the writing team. I also think we have the best choreographer around in Rosero. He is the bomb. And, on top of everything else, he is the nicest guy you could ever meet! The story lines and the dancing I believe make it a great show. I believe the cast has good chemistry. So, that really helps on a show too.
Q) You are a part of the social networking site Twitter. Why is that such an important place for you to connect with your fans?
A) I really like Twitter and WhoSay because I can really "speak" with the fans out there. It is so cool to learn about their days or what has gone on in their lives during the summer. It is also fun to share with them what I am doing. Hopefully, the fans will see that I enjoy learning about them as much as they do about me.
Q) Where can people go online to learn more about you?
A) My website is http://www.kentonduty.com (I really am proud of the website!) and my Twitter account is @kentonjduty.
Q) What would you like to say to everyone who is a fan and supporter of you and your work?
A) I would like my fans and supporters (my #Dreamers) to know how much I appreciate and love them for their unending encouragement and support of my career. It is very humbling to have such awesome fans. They do so much for me. And, I really enjoy communicating with them through the social media outlets and when I am out and about in town. If you see me, come up and say "Hi!" That makes my day! Also, when fans send me mail or keepsakes through regular mail, I really appreciate that, too. I keep everything and have fun looking at the cool stuff I have been sent!