Cat Deeley mixes it up with comedy

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: Cat Deeley admits she was afraid of taking on the role of a vice
principal in this Sunday’s (1/9) episode of the Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up” series. However, she notes, “I think when you feel scared of something you want to do, you should definitely do it. Throw some obstacles in your way when you feel too comfortable.”

The bubbly “So You Think You Can Dance” hostess says “I hadn’t done any comedy in awhile, though it’s something I remember fondly.” Back in her earlier years of working on TV in the U.K., she performed “topical skits of things that had happened during the week, pastiches of comedy shows.”

The “Shake It Up” part, she says, demanded physical comedy — and contained an even bigger challenge. “I had to play strict and stern. It’s my first character like that, actually — very different for me. I found it difficult to be stern with these kids. They’re so much fun and so talented, they’ll absolutely blow you away, every single one of them. I don’t know how they handle all the demands of the show and also deal with school and agents and everything else they have to do. They’re so good I really did feel a little intimidated,” she says with a laugh.

The storyline has teenage dancer Rocky Blue (Zendaya Coleman) getting the idea that she’ll get more out of life if she hangs up her goodie two shoes image and breaks a few rules. “She’s sick and tired of being the good girl. She bubble wraps my entire office, the phone, everything. When I came in and tripped and fell, I really, really did it,” adds Cat. “I face-landed. I said, ‘Be sure you use that one.’”

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