HOLLYWOOD - Adam G. Sevani was born five years after the late great hoofer Fred Astaire died. But in "Step Up 3D," the newest installment of the hit "Step Up" franchise, the 18-year-old delivers a remarkable dance number with co-star Alyson Stoner that recalls one of the classic silver screen performances of the man dubbed Daddy Long Legs and his frequent dance partner, Ginger Rogers.
Of course, Sevani, who also appeared in "Step Up 2 the Streets," had to do a little research before tackling his show-stopping number. The dark haired, dark eyed native Angeleno comes from good musical stock. His father is a world-renowned choreographer and his mother is an accomplished musician. As Sevani says, he not only loves to dance, he feels compelled to do it.
Q: When you were making "Step Up 2 the Streets," did you expect a "Step Up 3" to follow?
Sevani: To be honest, I did. We (cast members) were joking around. We were saying, "Step Up 2 the Streets" was a hokey title, so we said the next one will be "Step Up For Good" or "Step Up 3D." It started off as a joke, but they started writing ("Step Up 3D") right after. It became a reality right after.
Q: Are there any elements of Moose that you relate to?
Sevani: Yeah. Totally. A lot of people say that when they see the movie, (they think the character) is me. I'd definitely say that Moose's persona is me, or a part of it is me.
Q: What dance performance is your favorite?
Sevani: The Fred Astaire number I did with Alyson Stoner.
Q: Did you have to research all things Fred Astaire?
Sevani: Yeah. To be honest with you, I didn't know who he was. I had kind of heard about him. But I hadn't seen his movies because they are kind of old. But I dug up my dad's old Fred Astaire tapes, and now I find him super-inspiring. He's, like, one of the best dancers. I'm so inspired by him now.
Q: You and Alyson have known each other off screen for a quite a while. There is a scene where you and she get close - was that awkward for you?
Sevani: Of course it was. Alyson is like my little sister. We had to re-shoot that scene so many times because I was giggling too much in the original take.
Q: Did she kind of feel the same way?
Sevani: No. She was like, "Uh, let's get this over with. You gotta kiss me." But I just couldn't stop giggling.
Q: What are the most memorable or enjoyable moments of doing these "Step Up" films?
Sevani: I don't remember shooting anything in particular because there was so much that was happening. The most memorable moments for me are watching the movies and being impressed by them. It's that moment when you see it all come together as a film, watching it.
Q: You've collaborated with other dancers, such as Chris Brown, with some YouTube clips. How did that come about?
Sevani: Those started out as a joke. We saw some people doing stuff on YouTube, and me and ("Step Up 3D" director) Jon M. Chu said, "We can do this." So we did it as a joke, and the clips blew up.
Q: What direction do you see your career going - acting or dancing?
Sevani: Dancing is something I do. Not something I just want to do. It's something I just do depending on how I'm feeling. I don't see myself taking that as just a job. I've done these movies because they happen to have dancing in them.
Q: When kids come up to you and tell you they want to dance, what advice do you give them?
Sevani: Just recently, some woman came up to me and said, "My daughter has always wanted to dance but she felt overweight and embarrassed to dance. But ever since she saw you dancing, she's lost 25 pounds. She was inspired by you." To me, if you have that drive, why not pursue it? That actually inspires me more to do what I do.