Fame is tough, but Demi Lovato takes a ‘Sonny With a Chance’

BY RICHARD HUFF
DAILY NEWS TV EDITOR

Monday, February 2nd 2009, 12:24 AM

Fame comes with a downside, says Disney’s latest teen star, Demi Lovato.

“The worst part about [being famous] is that you have to watch everything you say,” Lovato told the Daily News. “You have to be very careful.”

At 16, Lovato – who co-starred with the Jonas Brothers in the film “Camp Rock” and now has a new series, “Sonny With a Chance” – isn’t complaining too much.

She realizes other big teen stars have it much, much worse.

“It’s not really that bad,” Lovato said. “Sometimes I wish my life wasn’t public. But I really don’t have it that bad. I feel bad for Miley [Cyrus]. She has a million photographers following her everywhere.”

Lovato is no stranger to the challenges facing new stars in the digital age, where bloggers and Web sites follow every burp and feud and keep score on who dates whom.

She’s already been caught up in the chatter about squabbles and love lives. Some of it she finds laughable.

“My life isn’t any more exciting than theirs,” she says of those in blog land, “but for some reason people think it is. I write and play music. Nothing makes my life more extravagant.”

She tries to avoid reading the stuff about her, for obvious reasons.”It will eat you alive if you read it,” she said. “It will definitely tear you apart.”

Disney is launching back-to-back episodes of “Sonny With a Chance” on Sunday at 8 p.m. The show stars Lovato as a girl who moves to Hollywood to star in a comedy series, creating a show-within-a-show format, like a “30 Rock” for the teen set.

Disney has ordered 22 episodes of the series, and Lovato is working long days. She is in virtually every scene.

“I could not be more excited with it. In the beginning I was so stressed out. There’s a lot of pressure to carry a show when you’re my age,” Lovato said.

She credits her co-stars for making the show better, and for helping her out when she might be off her game. “We always make sure each episode is extremely funny,” she said.

Outside of the series, Lovato has a rising music career. Her debut album was released last September and debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s top 200. She’s already working on a new CD.

She has been in the business for a while, breaking in as a 6-year-old on “Barney & Friends,” where she also met a pal (and another future Disney star), Selena Gomez.

Lovato is surrounded by the business in various ways. Her mother is a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, and her younger sister, Madison De La Garza, plays Eva Longoria’s daughter on “Desperate Housewives.” She also has an older sister, Dallas.

Although she started young, Lovato said she couldn’t have imagined being so successful so early.

“No freaking way,” she said. “I feel like God always told me I had a purpose. There’s something in my life. I still don’t believe I’ve had half the success I’ve had. I hope I never wake up from this dream.”

rhuff@nydailynews.com

Source: NY Daily News

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