Austin & Ally’s Calum Worthy: “Inside you are the exact same person”

Calum Worthy, left, plays Dez on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally, which stars Ross Lynch as Austin. (Photo Eric McCandless/courtesy of Disney Channel)

Calum Worthy, left, plays Dez on Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally, which stars Ross Lynch as Austin. (Photo Eric McCandless/courtesy of Disney Channel)

Have you ever heard someone say this? “I want to be famous so badly! Then everyone will love me and everyone will know me!”

Or you’ve probably hear this: “Being famous is so easy. All you have to do is walk around and people will love you.”

Accurate? Not accurate?

If you’re confused on what’s true and what’s not, the person to go to is a celebrity who’s smart, realistic and down to earth. Someone like 22-year-old Calum Worthy, who plays Dez on Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally.

“I think what people don’t know about the acting business is how long a journey it is,” Calum told me in a recent interview. “Even if people might see you as being successful, or even famous or having celebrity status, inside you are the exact same person.”

Calum has been in the acting business a long time – since age 9, actually – so how did this all get started?

Calum Worthy has made lots of friends through his job on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally, including co-star Raini Rodriguez. (Photo by Bruce Birmelin/courtesy of Disney Channel)

Calum Worthy has made lots of friends through his job on Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally, including co-star Raini Rodriguez. (Photo by Bruce Birmelin/courtesy of Disney Channel)

When Calum was 4, he asked his parents for an agent. A 4-year-old asking for an agent – sounds crazy, but it happened! (Calum was a fan of Home Alone star Macauley Caulkin, and heard an interview where Macauley was talking about having an agent. Calum correctly assumed that getting one is important to becoming an actor.) His parents said no, like most parents would, but signed him up for acting classes when he was 8.

“I started auditioning when I was ready, at about 9 years old,” he said, “and it went from there.”

Is being an actor really as easy as it looks?

Nope.

“The hard thing about being an actor is you have to be ‘on’ most of the time,” Calum says. “Most jobs, it might be a nine-hour job or a 10-hour job and you get a lunch break and breaks here or there. But with acting, you’re on your feet giving 100 percent of your energy all the time.”

That’s the hard part, but wait – there’s more!

“The other hard part is you end up having to watch over your back basically 24/7,” Calum added, noting that this is especially important if you’re in public and come across fans. No matter how you’re feeling at that moment, you need to be bubbly and personable, because those fans will remember the meeting forever.

Calum Worthy is starring on the Tween Stars Live Tour, which kicks off July 27-28 in Detroit and Chicago.

Calum Worthy is starring on the Tween Stars Live Tour, which kicks off July 27-28 in Detroit and Chicago.

“You have to make sure you’re fun and excited to see them,” Calum says, “because you don’t want them to think that you’re not happy that they’re a fan.”

All of this sounds like a ton of hard work but Calum has lots of friends in the acting business, whether it is through Austin & Ally or other shows on Disney Channel.

With all of this experience, you know he has have some advice for people who really want to make it in the acting business. Here it is: “Be prepared to just make it part of your life. Everyone has ups and downs in their career, even big actors. You always end up going up and down throughout your career. So just be prepared for that. The truth is, 1 percent of the time you are going to have a bad day, but 99 percent of the time you are going to have a great day.”

Here’s my favorite piece of advice from Calum: “The best version of yourself is just you.”

Rebecca Wojcinski, LSY teen reporter, Mount St. Mary Academy

Editor’s note: Calum is appearing this weekend on the Tween Stars Live Tour. Be sure to head out and meet Calum and seven other Disney/Nickelodeon stars if you’ll be in Detroit (July 27) or Chicago (July 28)!

Read all of our Tween Stars Live stories:
Austin & Ally’s Calum Worthy:  “Inside you are the exact same person”

• A.N.T. Farm’s Allie DeBerry on life as a Disney teen
• Raven Goodwin: Acting is a competition, so aim for first place!
• Growing up on TV: The real side of fame with Jennifer Stone
• Class clowning on the set of Wizards of Waverly Place
• Daniella Monet: Trainer, businesswoman, babysitter … and Nickelodeon star too!
• Meet your favorites at Tween Stars Live!

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