Cassie Scerbo: Sharknado Alley

Words + Interview By: Krystal Luster

Meet Sharknado’s lady bad-ass Cassie Scerbo! Cassie has appeared in a few installments of the Sharknado series as Nova Clark. Part 6 of the series is set to release August 19th, and is said to be even bigger and crazier than the other films! When Cassie isn’t kicking ass and taking names, she fully dedicates her compassion to the ongoing bullying crisis around the world. In addition to being an ally to a great cause, and actress, Cassie is a musical artist and will soon release an EP!

What is it like playing the badass Nova Clark in the “Sharknado” film series?
I love playing Nova! I think she adds a lot of heart to the franchise while remaining badass and independent.

How has Nova changed in each film she’s featured in?
Nova is constantly evolving into a leader, continuously eager to learn and has become more fierce and smart with each film.

Are they physically demanding roles?
Being that we shoot in the winter, it’s always freezing. This year we shot in Romania, which was nearing unbearable! It’s become the ongoing joke – the impossibility of shooting these movies in any warm state/country. Even when we shot number 3 in Orlando it was their coldest month in 30 years! Go figure. The wire work we’ve done here and there is also physically challenging.

What can fans of the series expect in “The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time (Sharknado 6)”? How does this installment differ from the other films?
This installment is all about fine travel. The movie starts in pre-historic era and goes all the way into the future. It’s by far the most insane. I don’t know how that’s even possible, but it is!

Which is your favorite movie in the series (including the films you haven’t acted in)? Why do you feel the “Sharknado” series became so popular, so fast?
I loved going all around the world for number 5! We got to travel and explore so many different cultures. This movie was by far the “biggest” until this one coming up! It’s hard to choose between the two. I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks!

I don’t really have an answer to the second portion. I think that’s the beauty of Hollywood. You never know what’s going to hit. We have the most incredible fans and every time we put one of these movies out it’s like having one big party with the universe. The Super Bowl of SyFy as they say.

If we ever were to experience an actual “Sharknado”, do you feel prepared?
Haha! I’d like to think so but I’d definitely just run!

Do you believe bullying is a bigger issue than people are willing to admit? Why or why not?
I am currently the VP of Boo2Bullying. When I was approached to be their girl’s youth ambassador 7 years ago, it was an immediate yes. Bullying doesn’t discriminate and I feel most people have either been affected by it or have witnessed some form of intolerance/hate. I am for sure one of them.

I dealt with a lot of bullying in my teenage years and it was important for me to have a voice for those who are hurting. It’s important for me to use my platform to make a difference in this sometimes cold world. It’s definitely a huge issue. There has been a statistic rise in teenage suicide due to social media which I feel is a huge reason for how much bullying is currently going on around the world. 

Do you believe bullying is something that just comes with life, even into adulthood? Is there really a solution?
Yes, it’s not unusual. It’s going to happen to mostly everyone at some point in time and the solution is to teach people how to handle themselves in these scenarios or how to interfere when seeing someone else being bullied to help navigate a more positive route. 

How can someone interested in offering their services reach out to Boo2Bullying?
They can click the volunteer tab at Boo2Bullying.org. The more the merrier!

What other organizations are you a part of?
I am an ambassador over at Padres (contra el cancer) and an anti-bullying ambassador at the Creative Coalition. I’m also an ally with the Thirst Project and have done a lot of work to help end the unjust war against humanity that is sex trafficking.

Tell us about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and how it affected you.
It was my worst nightmare. Words truly don’t describe what was going through my mind when I heard of the news. I’ve written a full article on the entire experience for
GirlBoss.com that people can check out if they’d like. I’m also currently co-producing a documentary on it.

What was it like working with Alyson Stoner for the cover of Sam Smith’s ,“Too Good at Goodbyes”?
Alyson is a great talent and an awesome girl all around. The song and video has gained a lot of traction and that makes me so happy because of the message we were trying to portray. You never know what the person next to you might be facing in their life. No matter how different they may seem or whatnot, it never hurts to extend a helping hand or to be an ear for someone.

Are you planning on releasing more music?
Yes! One of my songs will be on the Sharknado 6 soundtrack. It’s called, Disaster. The rest of my EP will be coming out shortly.

Would you be interested in doing more voice-over work like you did for “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja”?
Absolutely! I’m always auditioning and hopeful for another voice-over project. They are a ton of fun for me!

What was it like playing in the 2017 horror film, “Truth or Dare”? Tell us about your character Alex Colshis.
I loved being able to really dig in as an actor on this project. There were many intense scenes including a game of Russian Roulette and a ton of blood, sweat and tears, literally. Alex was a strong character and a leader who was able to keep her head on (somewhat) straight even during the most insane of scenarios. I had a blast playing this character, especially with the amazing cast I got to work with and our incredible director, Nick Simon.

Name a movie you can quote from start to finish.
Speaking on behalf of almost every girl around my age, Mean Girls! Fun fact: I’ve now done 2 movies with Jonathan Bennett (Aaron Samuels), including Sharknado 6! He plays Billy the Kid! I also love classics. I’m a huge Hitchcock fan!

How do you like to spend your lazy days?
I spend them at home with the people I love, cuddled up watching movies and cooking! I love cooking. It’s therapeutic for me. I also love a good book and a cup of coffee while nestled on the couch. Rainy days and my fireplace are best for these occasions!

Tell us something about yourself that most don’t know.
I’ve been boxing since age 17. I’m definitely a tomboy at heart!

Any last words?
Just a huge thank you to all of my fans (I hate that word! Let’s call you all friends instead). Thank you for supporting my craft. I’m forever grateful.

Follow Cassie Scerbo on Instagram and Twitter @CassieScerbo and on Facebook – Cassandra Scerbo.

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