Melissa Molinario Interview
Melissa Molinario Interview
Melissa Molinario is a young Canadian singer, dancer and actress. Having spent much of her youth starring in various different television programmes, she has now made the leap to the big screen and has a major role in the dance movie Honey 2. Talking to View’s Matthew Turner, she spoke about fulfilling her childhood ambition and her love of musicals.

How did you get involved with the film, first of all?

Melissa Molinario

I auditioned, along with many other actresses and I was actually up for the lead, along with Katerina Graham and also Seychelle Gabriel and they really ended up liking us all and they found roles for all of us in the film.
How much training and rehearsal did you do beforehand?

Melissa Molinario

We rehearsed for about a month before we started shooting and there were pretty gruelling hours and lots of dedication to the whole rehearsal period.
Were you a big fan of Honey?

Melissa Molinario

Yes! I loved the first movie and Jessica Alba was amazing in it. And [I] grew up watching that and now to be part of the second one is kind of like a dream come true, being that I grew up dancing.
Do you remember where and when you saw Honey?

Melissa Molinario

I was in Michigan. I'm originally from Toronto and my family got transferred to Michigan. I think I was in eighth grade or something like that and I went with my best friend to go to the movie theatre to watch it. And she was also a dancer and just, even back then, having the dream of moving out to L.A. and pursuing this as my career is really cool. When I look back, to think that I was that girl, in a movie theatre, wishing that I could be in a movie like that and now I am, it's really awesome.
Honey aside, do you have another favourite of the dance movie genre?

Melissa Molinario

I'm a big fan of all dance movies, even back in the day with Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, you know, all of those movies. My grandfather really, as I was young, opened my eyes up to Singing in the Rain and all those great musicals.
Do you have a favourite scene in the film?

Melissa Molinario

Oh, do you know, no-one's asked me this question? Favourite scene, gosh, I mean, I'm a fan of the whole movie of course, but I want to say there's a part where we go out and have our street battle against the other crew and just being in that alley scene was really cool. We went from the pizza parlour and it was one of those things where it was like, 'You know, okay, yeah, we're going to go do this!' You know, it's a street battle! And I had never been in a street battle, personally, Melissa has not been in a street battle, so yeah, it was kind of cool to be a part of that.
And the flipside to that, what was the hardest scene to film?

Melissa Molinario

I want to say the last scene where we're competing in the TV show and we've got on these costumes that are kind of glow-in-the-dark and they actually shut off the lights and put black lights on. We've got glasses on and wigs and the costumes are really kind of theatrical and out there, so the glasses and the wigs and to try to like move in all that was kind of a little challenging but, it was great. I don't think there was one thing that was like, you know – we made it work. We always make it work! There's always going to be challenges but you figure out a way of making it work.
Did they cut anything out that you hated to lose?

Melissa Molinario

They did. There's this one part where Carla is trying to tell our crew that she doesn't like HD, she doesn't like that it's Hi-Def, people won't get it. And, being Italian, I wanted to call it [says something in Italian] and I'm going on to this whole thing and everyone's like, 'Carla, no-one is going to know what that means,' but I'm like, 'I don't understand – it's a way better name' and some little, funny, quirky, odd moments that I had, I think. Not everything makes it into films, though.
Do you have a next project lined up?

Melissa Molinario

Right now I'm currently just focussing on my album that's going to be released, called La Dance Project. We just put out the single, called Dancefloor, so you guys can check it out on iTunes and the video is on YouTube. And just gearing up to maybe shoot the second music video and auditioning all the time, so who knows?
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