“There are a ton of new things that I’m very excited about. There’s a lot of secrets and twists involved in the story,” said Kelli Berglund, talking about season two of her Disney XD series Lab Rats, which premieres tonight. “Last season ended with Marcus trying to sabotage all of us and nobody knows why. Season two begins that storyline again, and you find out why Marcus is so evil, who he’s working for and how it relates to all of us. There’s some new characters that come into play. I think with season two, you kind of see the Lab Rats bond closer as a family. It definitely takes the whole team for the job to get done.”
Kelli plays Bree Davenport, one of three engineered teenagers with superpowers, on the hit series – but off-camera, she’s a fan of all the characters in the Lab Rats ensemble. “Of course, I love Bree as a character, but I think each and every one of the characters on the show has their own personality in such a unique way,” she said. “You have Adam [played by Spencer Boldman], he’s the not so bright one and he gets some of those really, really funny jokes. Spencer plays that character very well.”
“I really like Hal’s character, Mr. Davenport, because Hal is such a fun person to work with,” she continued, referring to multi-hyphenate Hal Sparks, the underrated performer who portrays the Lab Rats’ creator, Donald Davenport. “He’s like a kid in an adult body, basically. We’re always like joking around with him on set and he’s literally one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. He’s really, really good at portraying this super-smart billionaire inventor. “
Her starring role on Lab Rats, which stands as Disney XD’s most-watched series, is also a breakout role for Kelli, who came to acting through her career as a dancer, when she was spotted during a school district production. “I was a featured dancer and there was a talent agent there,” she explained. “We went to that agency and I started doing dance auditions and commercial auditions, and that was kind of a hobby of mine. I started to transition more to television and movie auditions – and I was getting really, really close on some of these auditions.
“I think Lab Rats has been that stepping stone,” she continued. “I had just been dreaming of getting that one opportunity for years and years. I’d gotten little roles here and there, but I was really waiting for that one opportunity to set my career in motion and for me to be super-serious about this, and I think Lab Rats has definitely been that.”
Now that she’s made the leap to TV, Kelli is enjoying the perks that come with being part of a successful show. “Going to work is probably my favorite thing to do. I do that five days a week for probably ten hours a day, but it doesn’t even feel like work and it shouldn’t,” she said. “When you enjoy a job so much like I do, it’s not work, it’s play. It’s hanging out with people that you love. Getting along with all these people and meeting new people and learning new things every day. I learn something new every day whether it’s from Hal or learning about how different camera things work.
“I work with the greatest people in the entire world,” she added. “We get along so well and it’s always been that way. We hang out off-set all the time, and we’re really close with our producers and our director, too. We all know that we can talk to each other about anything. And I get to film the show for hundreds of thousands of fans. I do it for the fans, of course. That’s the number one reason why!”
While she’s in no hurry for Bree to leave the lab, she also knows that as a young actress, she has a whole career ahead of her – and there are plenty of things she’d love to do in the future. “Acting is something I want to do whatever [the part],” she said. “A dream role would just be anything at this point. I would love to get into feature films; I’m willing to do an action flick, I’m willing to do a romantic comedy. I think it’d be the coolest thing if I could get a role in a dance movie. That’s something I’m always going to love.”
“I would love to work with Kristin Wiig one day. I find her hilarious and I totally idolize her,” she continued. “Also Johnny Depp. He’s an amazing person all around. I admire him greatly. I would probably die if I got to work with either of them!”
What does Kelli watch when she has the opportunity to be a fan? “Movie-wise, my favorite is The Avengers. That was a favorite of mine last year. I totally loved Black Widow’s character because they kind of modeled my character after her,” she said. “I don’t have a lot of time for television anymore because I’m working all the time, [but] I really like The Vampire Diaries. I’m only on season two; I’m a little bit behind!” Perfectly understandable, considering that Bree has more missions to go on!
You can keep up with Kelli on Twitter (@KelliBerglund). Lab Rats starts its second season tonight at 9 PM ET/PT on Disney XD.
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