August 21, 2008

TELEVISION ; Cheetahs Spotted


Even though they star in the successful "Cheetah Girls" franchise, Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams and Sabrina Bryan want you to know they are normal girls.

While promoting their latest film, "The Cheetah Girls: One World" (premiering tomorrow at 8 p.m. on the Disney Channel), they prove their point. They talk over each other, giggle and squeal with delight when Lucy Liu walks into the room.

"I have tears. Oh, my God. I love her," said Williams, who plays Aqua.

The trio traveled to India for two months to make their third Cheetah film. (Co-star Raven-Symone was working on another film and unable to join them for this sequel.)

"We loved our Indian crew," said Bailon, who plays Chanel. "They're amazing people. We became so close with them. They taught us so much about their country, their culture, their clothing."

"One of my favorite musical dance numbers in this is called `Dance Me If You Can,' " said Bryan, who plays Dorinda. "And we were filming that at the Monsoon Palace, which is on top of this huge hill that we had to drive up, and by the time we got out of hair and makeup, the sun was rising. You could see all of Udaipur, and it was so amazing. That was like every moment that week, I just was like, `I'm in India. I am in India.' It was so awesome, and just the whole place, everywhere we shot was just incredibly gorgeous."

The group launches their tour, tied to the movie, in October.

"We know that the fans are really going to love this music. We can't wait to see them do some of the dancing that we do in the movie," Bailon said.

While on tour, they travel together on the same bus. "We would be so bored apart," Bailon said.

Williams added, "The tour is super-fun. You have to understand, you wake up at like three o'clock in the afternoon. How can you beat that?"

All have separate, non-Cheetah related projects coming up. Williams co-stars in the movie "The House Bunny," which opens tomorrow. Bryan co-wrote a novel titled "Princess of Gossip," which is being released in October. Bailon is recording a solo album.

How much longer do these 20-something actresses plan on staying a Cheetah Girl?

"Depends how far Disney wants to take us," Bryan said. "If we got an offer to do another movie in Brazil or Shanghai or wherever, we would jump on it. We love working together. Whether or not we're actually doing work as a Cheetah Girl, we'll always be in each other's lives and looking for help in different ways from each other. We all have different strengths and things that make us the unit that we are. I think we'll always rely on that no matter what we do in our lives. We're lucky enough to have found people that we enjoy working with and found a family that we're going to have for the rest of our lives."

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Originally published by By AMY AMATANGELO.

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