A Quick Chat with Josie Loren from 'Make It or Break It'

Josie Loren, a gymnast on Make It or Break It
Josie Loren. © Isabella Vosmikova / ABC Family

Jan. 1, 2010 -- Josie Loren plays gymnast Kaylie Cruz on the ABC Family gymnastics show Make It or Break It. Loren talked to the media this past week about the upcoming season of MIOBI, and her role on the show. Here's what she had to say:

Have you had a memorable moment from filming these 10 episodes?

I’ve have a few memorable moments. I just saw this girl the other day. Actually, she was doing a stunt for me...and I saw her do this amazing trick.

It’s called a double Arabian. I was able to see it firsthand and it was incredible. I was like, “Wow! I get to see this live." So those are just one of the many things on our set that we get to appreciate and enjoy.

Could you tell us a little bit about your background with gymnastics?

I was a gymnast when I was younger. My parents put me in gymnastics and I was actually only good at the floor. I was terrible at everything else, especially beam.

Unfortunately, you can’t be a gymnast unless you’re good at all of the apparatuses, so I became a competitive cheerleader. I was the main tumbler for my squad. We competed in big state and national championships. We were on ESPN, did that whole thing. So I'm really knowledgeable about the world of gymnastics and the competitive nature of it and all of that.

Are we going to see more of Kaylie/Carter drama?

Yes, you are. Carter is definitely not going anywhere.

He cheated on her, but you can’t help what you feel. And Carter was Kaylie’s first love and even though he hurt her, she’s still in love with him. So you will see a lot more of Kaylie and Carter.

How [does] Payson’s fractured back factor into this season?

Well...Payson will still have a broken back. That hasn’t changed.

It’s interesting how the writers have still kept Payson such a part of the Rock. Yes, she has a different life now. She’s obviously no longer a gymnast, but she’s still an active member of the Rock in a different way. And she has her own life now away from the Rock and they’ve incorporated Emily and Kaylie and Lauren into her life outside of the Rock as well. So we’re still in the gym a lot, but when we go out of it, it’s mostly for Payson. So I think you get a nice balance there.

Were you nervous to work with Candace [Cameron Bure] or Peri [Gilpin] considering their TV experience?

I was more excited then nervous. I remember watching Candace on Full House [when] I was little. I grew up [with] her and I remember when I first got the call that she was going to be on the show, the first person I called was my little brother. He’s a year and a half younger than me. I was like, “Guess what?” and he was so excited. He knew that we had already film[ed] the pilot and the pilot had gotten picked up and I had not heard him as excited as when I told him that Candace was going to be on the show. He was like, “Oh, my God, now you really made it.”

So I was more excited than nervous and I kind of felt like such a dork because once I got to know her a little bit, I just bombarded her with questions about Full House and what it was like and all of those things.



The cast seems to be... pretty close. Is there a fun fact you can tell us about each of your co-stars?

Well, Ayla, [Payson on the show], is a certified cake maker, so she’s kind of like our Martha Stewart who we love and adore.

Cassie, [Lauren on the show] -- I can’t even say Cassie’s name without laughing. Cassie is...the glamorous one on set. She’s the one that will walk on set wearing her leotard and the heels that she [wore] to work today. It looks absolutely ridiculous and hilarious, but that’s Cassie and that’s why we love her. She always has the funny comments and the things that you’re just like, “Really, did you really just say that?” So we’re just constantly laughing with her.

Chelsea, [who plays Emily], what can I say about Chelsea? She’s the mama of the group. I was sick one time and she literally made me a list of what I had to buy from Whole Foods to get better quickly...

She introduced me to all of these different vitamins and literally wrote them out, so I could go that day to Whole Foods and buy all of these things to get better quickly.

Now that the first 10 episodes have aired, do you get recognized more when you’re out and about?

Yes, I definitely do. It’s kind of strange. I haven’t gotten completely used to it yet. I’m actually home right now for the holidays. I’m in Miami. I’ve been recognized every day since I’ve been here the past three days a few times here and there.

My family -- they’re such hams -- they love it so much. I’m more kind of weirded out by it still. I mean it’s completely flattering, but you’re not used to it. But they love it: my brothers and sisters, [and] my mom, they get such a kick out of it. As long as I can give them a laugh, that’s what counts, I guess.

Is there any show that’s on TV at the moment that you would want to star in, like guest star?

I’d give anything to work with Tina Fey on 30 Rock.

Do you have [a] message for your fans?

These 10 episodes, these were picked up because the fans liked it and they wanted it back. And I’m just so thankful that we have such a large following who are so committed. And all I can say is thank you a thousand times over because if it wasn’t for them, we would not be on the air again coming back January 4th. So thank you, we appreciate it and we really do love them.

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