1) Can you tell us about your Disney XD show “Walk the Prank?”
Walk the Prank is a really funny show about four kids who have a popular online hidden camera show where they prank people. What makes it different is that we prank REAL people, so the show combines scripted comedy and real-life pranks.
2) How would you describe your character Bailey?
Bailey is edgy, tech-savvy and sarcastic. She is one of the guys but definitely think girls rule the world!
3) What are the similarities and differences between you and your character?
Actually, I’m pretty much just like Bailey but maybe a little less sassy. She calls the principal by her first name—I would never do that!
4) What has been your favorite episode to film so far?
My favorite episode was “Blind Date,” where I find out that Uncle Will has a date with my mom. Bailey is NOT happy about that, so it was fun for me to act nervous about the possibility of him being my stepdad.
5) You’re also a musician, can you tell us about your music?
I come from a very musical family. My parents have a band, and I started doing a few songs with them around age 9. I got a guitar last year and a ukulele this year, and I love to play both. I also enjoy songwriting and I’ve starting working on some original music that I hope to release at some point next year.
6) How would you describe your sound?
I’ve always had a raspy speaking voice, so my singing voice has a little bit of grit in it! Most people are surprised when they hear me sing, because I sound older.
7) Where do you post your singing videos?
Recently I started a YouTube channel (Jillian Shea Spaeder) for my cover songs (and hopefully my originals at some point!). I also do some 15-second versions occasionally on Musical.ly.
What are your social media accounts?
Facebook: Jillian Shea Spaeder (music); Jillian Spaeder (general)
Jillian Shea Spaeder broke on the scene this year with Disney XD’s Walk the Prank. The show scored huge with Disney’s coveted demographic of kids 6 to 13, garnering 35 million viewers overall. The show is currently in production on a second season and Jillian Shea Spaeder is busy building a brand on Instagram, and spreading her gorgeous voice with covers and songs on the social platform.
Trending All Day caught up with the budding star as she preps for what is likely another big year.
Spaeder’s rising star is one of those fairy tale stories. Spaeder says her agent encouraged her to come out to Los Angeles from the east coast to try out pilot season.
“We came for just two months as a trial… At the very end of our trip, I had the audition for Walk the Prank. It went so well that we had to cancel our flight back home (to Philadelphia) and ended up staying another month waiting to test for the role of Bailey. A few weeks later, the producers called to tell me I got the role.”
Spaeder is the only girl in the five person cast of Walk the Plank, but she likes being in the boys’ club.
“Being the only girl also means some plot lines are unique to females, so that’s fun. I guess the downside is not having another girl to hand out with on set, but I am so close with my cast mates that I rarely notice that.”
Spaeder says she’s been a performer for as long as she can remember. Her parents are in a cover band that she has been performing in for years so a stage presence comes naturally to her. Albeit, watching Spaeder sing makes one feel they are in the presence of an old soul.
Her musical influences reveal her wise beyond her years soulfulness as well.
“I would have to say the Beatles are my biggest. They were incredible songwriters and musicians. With acting, I am inspired by my peers in the industry. Watching what they are doing both professionally and personally to make their marks on the world gives me great role models.”
The refreshing does still manage to take time to be a kid.
“Most weekends I usually have some time to get together with friends and go to the mall, hit an amusement park, or just hang out.”
That doesn’t mean that we won’t be seeing a whole lot of Spaeder in the new year.
“I’ll be filming Walk the Prank until March, and I’m hoping we’ll get more seasons of the show. I’ve also been auditioning for different projects, including some movies, and I continue to work on guitar, ukulele and singing. I wrote and recorded my first original song in the studio recently, and I’m continuing to work on new songs, so I hope to release an album at some point.”
With pipes and maturity like Jillian Shea Spaeder’s we can’t wait to see everything she’ll accomplish as she continues to grow.