Landing her first professional role at 9 years old, Chelsea Kane dove right in and has not slowed down since. She has showcased her talents on stages and across screens big and small. More recently she played Riley on Freeform’s long-running hit show, “Baby Daddy,” which won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Comedy in 2017 and for which she received two additional Teen Choice Award nominations. She also played Stella Malone on the Disney Channel Original Series Jonas. Yes, she kissed a Jonas brother, but if you ask us, he was the lucky one.
Chelsea’s closest friends will tell you that she takes FOREVER to get ready. They will also tell you that she is totally worth the wait and that she is loyal and funny and never hesitates to go out of her way to make you feel special. We had the absolute pleasure of spending an afternoon with her. Here’s a bit of our conversation.
What would be one of your guilty pleasure foods?
Chelsea: One of my guilty pleasure foods would have to be Sour Patch Kids or anything really sour. Anything where the acid eventually wears away the lining of your cheeks. That’s so worth it. [laughs]
What’s your favorite TV show?
Chelsea: My favorite TV show. God, that’s Forensic Files. I watch a lot of Forensic Files. I think I’ve seen every single episode ever made. But, I know how to bury a body. I would never get caught for a crime. I’m just saying, I’m just saying.
What type of musicare you listening to right now?
Chelsea: I love music. I’m a huge music junkie. Actually, follow me on Spotify. I’m always putting playlists together. I have my Saturday morning playlist, my Sunday joyride playlist, lamplighters, tunes that I’m putting together for my best friend’s bachelorette party… So, if you follow me on Spotify, you’ll get to see what I’m listening to because I’m constantly updating it.
And, how do I find you on Spotify?
Chelsea: Just my name, Chelsea Kane.
It’s Friday night, dress up and go out or order in and cuddle up?
Chelsea: Well, I’m super single [laughs], so I guess cuddling up with my best girlfriend and eating candy. I’m more of a home body. I love being at my house, I love putting on a good movie or rewatching Forrest Gump for the 15 millionth time. I’ll go out, but it’s usually not very exciting. [laughs]
What is your favorite cardio-exercise?
Chelsea: Running away from my problems. [laughs]
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
Chelsea: I would probably be a Koala bear, ’cause don’t they sleep for like 23 hours a day? I love sleeping, love sleeping, I think I would make a great Koala bear.
What was the last gift you gave somebody?
Chelsea: It was to Emily Osment, my fellow actress friend. She had a Christmas party and I brought her all the ingredients she would need to make a pecan pie. My family owns a pecan farm in Arizona, so we’re constantly sending my Nana out in the front yard to collect nuts. [laughs] I shelled some nuts, put them in a jar, gave Emily a pie plate and told her how to make our family’s famous pecan pie.
What would your Autobiography be titled?
Chelsea: [laughs] My Autobiography would be called, “I peaked in Pre-school.”
If you could pick one song t0 play every time you walk into a room full of people, what would it be?
Chelsea: I would say “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve, but I just remembered that last scene of Cruel Intentions, so maybe it’s not a good song to play in a room full of people. I might have to rethink that. Maybe “Sympathy For The Devil” by The Rolling Stones. I think that would be a good one. Very Scorsese.
What do you think your the best and worst qualities are?
Chelsea: Best quality? I don’t know, I think I’m a pretty die-hard friend. I would go to the ends of the earth for my friends and we’ve all been friends for over a decade. I keep my tribe close. I think my worst quality is I change outfits a lot. There’s always like, a crisis. A “I need to reinvent myself” type situation. So, we’ve been late to many Halloween parties.
Who’s your favorite Disney princess?
Chelsea: Tinkerbell. If Tinkerbell counts as a princess, 100% Tinkerbell. That was my Halloween costume a couple years ago and it was so much fun… except for the part where I almost blinded someone by blowing “pixie dust” (aka green glitter) directly into their eyes.
If you could try another career what would it be?
Chelsea: I think I would be a dermatologist. I’m one of those weirdos, I will pick at anything on anyone. I’m all about that weird gross stuff.
Chelsea: My definition of success is doing something that makes you happy. Being happy. Doing something where you can bring other people up with you, lift other people up and just enjoy the fruits of your labor.
What inspired you to pursue acting?
Chelsea: I think I was inspired to pursue acting because my parents didn’t want me to. [chuckle] It was like the forbidden fruit. My dad is a director, he was known for his work with animals, so when I used to visit him on set there would be a baby chimp or a little critter hanging around. So, of course, I was completely fascinated with it. The minute they told me they didn’t want me involved, I became totally obsessed. I started doing theater at home (in Arizona) and the rest is history. But, my whole life, I’ve been into it.
Who who are your heroes?
Chelsea: My heroes? I think my mom would have to be one of my heroes because she’s a total bad ass. She’s the strongest woman I know. She can move a couch like nobody’s business. My mom has moved me in and out of probably 15 different apartments [chuckles] and we’ve never had to hire a moving company. So, I think my mom is definitely my hero.
How has your experience as a public figure transformed you?
Chelsea: I don’t know, I don’t really consider myself a public figure. I’m always shocked when people come say hi to me on the street because I feel like it’s two totally different worlds. But, if anything, starting on the Disney Channel and growing up in that world taught me that this platform is something to be respected and to always be conscious about what you’re putting out there. Spread kindness. You know, it’s really not that hard to be decent to people. So, I think, that’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned in this platform.
What’s it like to kiss a Jonas Brother?
Chelsea: Oh my gosh, kissing a Jonas brother… it doesn’t suck! We had some good times. Good times. I love the JoBros. It’s not a bad gig. I just get to, you know, make out with a bunch of hot, shirtless guys and cash checks all day. Just kidding. [laughs] It’s terrible. [laughs]
What did it feel like the first time you stepped in front of the camera on a professional level?
Chelsea: My first professional job out here in LA, I got to do a cheer-leading battle with Molly Shannon. As a woman who wants to be in comedy the opportunity to do physical comedy with Molly Shannon is like the mother-load. It was great. I lucked out with the first job. It was such an incredible experience.
What is your favorite career moment?
Chelsea: Gosh, I think one of the most incredible moments was hitting 100 episodes on Baby Daddy. It’s such an elite club to be a part of. I’d always seen pictures of that “moment” from my favorite TV shows growing up, where they’re cutting the cake and everybody’s crying while drinking champagne. So, to have that moment with my cast around me and to get to work with the same crew for so many years… I get chocked up just thinking about it. That was very cool.
Most embarrassing career moment?
Chelsea: [Sighs] Hmmm, there are so many. Just pull up 90% of my red carpet pictures. Especially early on when I was doing my own hair and makeup. It looked like bad prom photos. So, there you go.
What’s the hardest lesson you’ve learned?
Chelsea: That not everyone can be trusted, I guess. That not everyone comes into your life with good intentions. I always want to keep people who are close to me in my life and when people come in and out, it’s tough. I hate goodbyes. I want us to all keep running into each other. So, I think to know that life goes on, that’s always tough.
What advice would you go back and give your younger self?
Chelsea: Oh God, I would love to have a heart to heart with my younger self. Advice like: don’t go to tanning beds, don’t date someone just because they are in a band, don’t date your co-stars, don’t dip your pen in company ink, [laughs] you know.
Advice to anyone who might aspire to do what you do?
Chelsea: To anyone who wants to get into the business, make sure you really get to know yourself first and know how badly you want it. I can’t tell you how many major life events I have missed because of this job. [laughs] Whether it be something silly like, birthday parties or prom to major things. You sacrifice so much to be out here. If you are okay giving up some of that, I think you are definitely cut out for the business. Then from there, you just gotta get a thick skin and a good group of people around you.
What are your goals for the future?
Chelsea: I’d love to just keep doing what I’m doing, just take care of myself, hopefully get on another series and keep making people laugh.
Anything you’d like to go on record about?
Chelsea: I’ve been doing a ton of fun voice-overs lately. If you want to tune in, you won’t see my face, but you can hear me! I’m doing a new show on Adult Swim called, Hot streets. I get to say “F**k” on TV for the first time. My mom will be so proud. On the polar opposite of that, I am the voice Pow in the new Trolls series on Netflix where I get to sing a little bit too. I will not be dropping any F bombs in that show because it’s for the kids.