School of Rock's Lance Lim talks about hit Nickelodeon TV series, and filming Independence Day: Resurgence
School of Rock's Lance Lim talks exclusively about his hit Nickelodeon TV series, and filming Independence Day: Resurgence. Also Lance shares details about the animated feature film Duck Duck Goose.
Congratulations on playing Zack on the Emmy nominated series "School of Rock!" So exciting! Tell us what some of your favorite on set experiences have been on the show for the past two seasons and the upcoming third season.
Gosh! This is such a hard question to answer! We have countless memories on set that were too good. I think one of my favorites would be whenever we all get on a stunt pad and just lay down and talk. It usually happens in between scenes but it's just the most layed back feeling.
You play the lead guitarist and get to perform on the show! Do you play other instruments? Did you do anything special to prepare for the role and what are some of the similarities and differences between you and Zack?
I picked up the drums recently and love it! I watched the original movie for research purposes but nothing in particular for the role. The funny thing about me and Zack is that we're so different which is what makes playing him all the more fun! The only similarity I can find is our love for guitar.
What was the audition process for the role of Zack and what is a typical day on the set of "School of Rock?"
It was about a 3-month process. I went in originally and then the casting office changed and I had to go in again, and then chemistry reads and a network test. A typical day would be arriving on set heading to hair and make-up, then go to school, go on set and start shooting!
You were in the hit blockbuster "Independence Day: Resurgence." Is there more pressure being in a sequel to such an iconic film? The films bring a sense of optimism for the future in a very Sci-fi way. Do you think it would take an alien invasion to unite our current world?
I think there's always a feeling of pressure to any sequel, but the first Independence Day was one of the most iconic alien movies so, yes but I think it turned out great! I think an alien invasion would definitely unite our world, but hopefully it doesn't take an invasion to do that.
Not only do you play guitar on "School of Rock" but you also play and sing covers such as "Treat You Better" by Shawn Mendes, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli, and "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" by Megan Trainor and John Legend! Are you writing your own songs and possibly working on an album? If so, what is your creative process for creating your songs?
I actually am working on some solo music so stay tuned! I think for me, I tend to write my music best at night when I'm in my feels.
The animated film "Duck Duck Goose" is to be released in April of 2018 and it stars you alongside Zendaya and many other A-listers. Can you tell us a little bit about the film and your character, 'Chao'?
This film is about a goose who loses his flock during migration, and ends up finding these two ducklings who also lost their flocks, and end up building an unusual bond with each other and end up becoming a family. Chao is one of the two main ducklings, he's the younger brother of Chi (played by Zendaya) and he's this small fat duckling, who happens to always be hungry and happy. He's basically just a cute little fur ball.
The next season of "School of Rock" and "Duck Duck Goose" are both set to be released in 2018. What projects should we expect to see you in next? Do you have any dream roles you'd love to play? Any dream musical collaborations?
Well, besides Duck Duck Goose, I am coming out in an indie film, called The Crossing. Yes, I say this all the time but I would love to play a serial killer. To be able to do something with John Mayer would be amazing. He's my music idol.
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