Go all in with the fifth instalment of one of the most popular dance franchises in history, as Universal Pictures (UK) release Step Up 5: All In on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on 1st December 2014.
To celebrate the release, we chatted with one of the stars of the series; Moose aka Adam G. Sevani.
Sevani was born on June 29, 1992 in Los Angeles, California, USA. The actor and dancer first came to the spotlight for his work as Robert “Moose” Alexander III in Step Up 2: The Streets. He was a part of FlyKidz, a singing group and children’s television show on the CBS network.
Sevani also appeared in music videos such as: Mase’s “Breathe, Stretch, Shake”, Will Smith’s “Switch”, T-Pain’s “Church”, Missy Elliott’s “I’m Really Hot” and NLT’s “That Girl.” He also did the choreography for NLT’s music video for “Karma.”
With Step Up 5: All In released on DVD and Blu-ray next week, we discuss Adam’s career, the future of the Step Up franchise and his aspirations.
Congratulations on Step Up: All In, the fifth in the franchise. Where do we find Moose at this stage of his life?
In LA, he has a job, he’s got Camille – his girlfriend – who’s also there and he’s happy. His parents have a dance studio and Shaun is looking for a job so he reaches out to Moose and that’s how we see him for the first time.
What is it about the character of Moose that keeps bringing you back to the franchise?
Maybe the dancing, yeah I think the dancing.
Will we see Moose again in this franchise given your popularity? And perhaps be given an even bigger role?
Probably not, I think that was the last of the franchise so maybe in the future you’ll see me in another dance group. But not a Step Up anytime soon.
Across all of the Step Up movies, what has been your favourite dance routine and the most challenging one?
The most challenging and my favourite I guess would be the one in New York on the boulevard, where he and Alison are doing a dance in one take. It was the most challenging one because we had to do it so many times.
You got started with dancing at a very young age. Can you tell us how you first got involved with dance?
I guess for me it wasn’t a choice… I didn’t choose to get into it. My parents owned a dance studio and I grew up around it. So I was always dancing in the studio and when opportunities came up I guess I was there at the right time.
Who were your dance inspirations? We pick up a lot of references to the great Michael Jackson.
Yeah I mean Michael keeps coming up because there really isn’t that many people that were famous for dancing. So the obvious one would be Michael Jackson and off the top of my head… I can’t remember! A lot of people can’t list a lot of names because there really aren’t! Other than some of the people I grew up around, which are anonymous. But I think that he was in the biggest way possible, who truly inspired. So my answer would probably be him.
Who were your biggest acting influences growing up?
Hmm I would say Al Pacino, he was always my favourite.
What do you enjoy the most, the acting or the dancing?
I like acting more than the dancing because the dancing is like a physical activity and it is pretty gruelling and pretty hard. It’s like a sport and you gotta put a lot of time and energy into it. But acting is more cognitive and you have to figure out stuff in acting rather than exert a lot of energy. So I like acting better.
Why don’t we see Adam G. Sevani in more movies?
Well, growing up I never really wanted to act, it wasn’t ’till recently that I took it seriously. But I never thought it was a serious job, I never took it seriously because I thought it wasn’t something that I wanted to do. Until recently I had to choose between, you know, what I really want to do and I think that this is what I want to do. So I took it more seriously this year and now I’m focussing on it.
How has the industry changed since you started? Do you think it’s easier to break into it now?
I dunno – I think in terms of how hard it is, I think it’s still the same. But in terms of the movies that are being made, more like action, superhero movies and book adaptations and stuff. So that’s actually the only thing that’s different, but I think it’s still relatively the same.
Can you tell us about your upcoming projects?
I don’t really have anything lined up at the moment.
Finally, we ask everyone what their favourite movie has been over the past year… what have you enjoyed most at the cinema?
The past year? I don’t even remember the movies in the past year! Honestly, there are so many good movies, I cannot even remember!
Step Up 5: All In is out on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on 1st December 2014.