Meet Kelsey Leon, the new-age 'mean queen' from 'Chicken Girls'
Kelsey — who has been dancing since she was two-year-old — has already managed to win the hearts of many, as is clear from her almost hundred thousand Instagram followers.
Imagine being 15, and already having been dancing for over a decade, while also figuring out your passion in life and indulging in it wholeheartedly, sounds tough to juggle all of that together while also balancing school, right But not for Kelsey Leon. Having worked in shows like Amazon Prime’s 'Just Add Magic' and Nickelodeon’s 'Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn', Kelsey's latest venture takes her on the journey of Kimmie - a driven, ambitious and extraordinarily mean girl on a web-series called 'Chicken Girls', for which she has managed to win the hearts of many, as is clear from her almost hundred thousand Instagram followers.
When it comes to 'Chicken Girls', the story follows two rival high school dance teams: the Attaway Armadillos and PowerSurge. And Kelsey's character, Kimmie, is on the opposing team who even though ended the show's first season on a loss, is in no way any tamer for the upcoming season.
Working alongside a cast that includes Annie LeBlanc, Hayden Summerall, Brooke Butler, Hayley LeBlanc, and Dylan Conrique, Kelsey gets ample screen space to project her two biggest passions in life: dancing and acting. She balances the perfect glam life on set with school too (on set, again) and in a casual chat with MEAWW, she decided to spill the beans on the things you must know about her.
Here are certain excerpts of the conversation:
What does it feel like to be a teen idol for such a wide base of fans?
I’m so grateful to have such an amazing fan base. I love and appreciate every single one of my supporters and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
Who would you call your biggest inspiration?
Zendaya. Her path is where I strive to take my career.
How were you introduced to the field of dance?
I was introduced to the field of dance when I was two years old. My parents put me into tiny tot classes, and I loved to dance ever since
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Sweet, Funny, Personable
How would you describe the character of ‘Kimmie’ in Chicken Girls? How are you similar to her?
‘Kimmie’ is a mean girl who speaks her mind. I’m only similar to Kimmie because we’re both dancers.
What is the difference between Kimmie and yourself?
I’m not as mean as Kimmie in real life.
Take us through your audition process. What was that like?
I actually didn’t audition for 'Chicken Girls'. Brooke Butler’s Mom, Nicole, reached out to us in season one regarding being a dancer for 'Chicken Girls'. From then on, I became Kimmie in Season 2.
What's a day in Kelsey's life on set like?
First, we go to the hair and makeup trailer. Then we go straight to wardrobe. We run our lines and then go to set. Depending on everyone’s call time, we have lunch, then keep filming until all scenes are completed.
What are your career goals?
My career goals are to book a movie or a TV show. In ten years, I see myself as a lead in a TV show or feature film.
Any audition advice?
Be yourself, and never be afraid to go for it!
How do you balance being a teenager and a public figure? What are some perks and downsides (if any) of it?
Being a teenager while being a public figure can sometimes be difficult, although they both teach really good life lessons. Sometimes public figures can get bullied on social media, but being a teenager helps you realize the real world and how to deal with situations like that.