Interview with Selena Gomez from "Another Cinderella Story"

Plus Director Damon Santostefano and Actor Drew Seeley

Premiere of Warner Premiere's 'Another Cinderella Story'
Selena Gomez arrives at the premiere of "Another Cinderella Story" at the Pacific Grove Theater on September 14, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment

It's not A Cinderella Story 2. It's . Warner Home Video's DVD premiere follows A Cinderella Story, starring Hilary Duff, but is a completely new story with new characters and actors.

"The idea essentially was to take the Cinderella fable and retell it," said director Damon Santostefano. "In doing that, it very much turned out to be not so much a sequel of A Cinderella Story, but rather a completely new retelling of a modern day extrapolation of the fable.

On top of that, it's a dance musical so it's really the comedy dance musical version of the Cinderella fable. It's very much an entirely different story and required a totally different actress for the role."

Selena Gomez, star of Wizards of Waverly Place, is the new Cinderella. "When I was working with her, she was 15 ½ and I'd never worked with somebody of that age who had the integrity and the self-awareness, the groundedness, the dramatic chops and a natural comic ability in my career," said Santostefano. "She's not a little celebrity. She is actually a very, very talented actor who has really strong instincts and can sing, and can dance. She's a triple threat."

We interviewed Selena herself at the film's red carpet premiere at The Grove in Los Angeles.

This isn't just Cinderella Story 2, it's Another Cinderella Story, right?

Selena Gomez: "It's another one. It's another way of telling it.

It's not really a sequel. It's just our version of it."

Do you have a dance background for all the musical numbers?

Selena Gomez: "I had two months of dance training so I was a complete white girl when it came to dancing. I was awful. I was awful so I think it was really cool to learn."

Do you feel like Cinderella today?

Selena Gomez: "I do. This is my first premiere for a project that I'm in so I'm very happy."

Do you get butterflies?

Selena Gomez: "Yes, I do. I'm hoping everybody likes it. I invited a lot of my friends today so they're going to be able to see it for the first time."

Why are you so proud of this movie?

Selena Gomez: "This is the first lead role that I took and it's very nerve-wracking for me. I learned so much from everyone and I hope that this is successful for all of those people."

What do you look for in a Prince Charming?

Selena Gomez: "Someone who's honest, someone who can make me smile like no one else, and someone I can be friends with."

When was the last time you felt like a nerd?

Selena Gomez: "This morning. I was like, 'Mom, where do I zip this thing up?' Because I was going to wear this the right way and apparently the new fashion way, the brand new fashion is to tie it. So I was like, 'Oh, okay, I'm totally just going to wear it like this.'"

What's a perfect date?

Selena Gomez: "A perfect date is probably something somewhere where you can kind of communicate and talk to the person. I don't like movies as first date. I don't think that's a good idea because you don't really get to talk to the person.

I think taking a walk or just having one on one time with that person is the best."

Here's an interview with Selena's costar, Drew Seeley:

What does it mean that this is Another Cinderella Story?

Drew Seeley: "It's another, new story, new characters. It's not picking up where it left off so it's totally new. Same producers."

Is that freeing to get your own new character?

Drew Seeley: "It is. It's great because it doesn't feel like a sequel. This feels like a first. It is a first movie. It stands alone by itself and it's got so much great music in it."

Do you feel like Prince Charming today?

Drew Seeley: "I do. I feel like I don't deserve all this. I feel kind of out of place."

Why?

Drew Seeley: "I don't know, it's just so weird and random and great."

Do you have your own Cinderella?

Drew Seeley: "I'm in a good place right now.

I mean, a lot of the music in the film is definitely inspired by my life."

What do you look for in a Cinderella?

Drew Seeley: "Self-confidence. That's number one because everything stems from that. I'm not going to lie, there's got to be a physical attraction. Come on, you know, but it's so much deeper than that. The first thing is personality."

How did you end up doing Zac Efron's singing but not just playing the role in High School Musical?

Drew Seeley: "Who knows why things happen in the world the way that they do, but I got involved because I co-wrote Get Your Head in the Game for the first film. Then while Zac was filming Hairspray, I went on the North American/South American tour. That was my involvement with High School Musical, but I want to say that directly led to this two years later because I'm sure if I didn't have that experience I wouldn't have been ready for this."

Are you involved with High School Musical 3?

Drew Seeley: "No, I'm not, but I was doing a show with Corbin [Bleu] last night in Iowa so I'm on tour with them. I keep in touch with all those kids. They're friends of mine."