Exclusive: Chris O’Neal Talks “How to Rock” Christmas Episode, ‘Swindle,’ & Music

December 7, 2012

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Nickelodeon’s “How to Rock” is celebrating the holidays this weekend with a fun filled episode and we have all the insider details!

It’s every teen’s dream to get locked in the mall, right? Find out in a new How to Rock “How to Rock Christmas” premiering at 9:00p.m. (ET/PT) It’s the night before Christmas, and all through the mall, not a creature is stirring, except Gravity 5 – who are locked in! To make matters worse for Kacey, Molly is trapped too. Will they get along or is Christmas ruined for them!

We had the chance to chat with the hilarious Chris O’Neal all about the episode and the many projects he’s working on for the New Year.

In the Holiday episode, everyone gets trapped in a mall. What was it like filming the episode? Filming our holiday episode was a lot different then filming most of our other episodes because the whole episode basically took place in the mall. When normally our episodes take place in our school or the band hangout. It was really cool to see how our characters reacted to being trapped in one area.

What would you do if you actually were trapped in a mall? If I was actually trapped in the mall I would use that as an opportunity to have fun in all the cool stores. Like the stores who sell motor scooters or electronics. I have a feeling I would have a crazy amount I fun.

Do you have a favorite scene from this episode? In this episode there is a scene where Nelson is trying to talk to Grace and make a move on her. When Kevin messes up his plan in a pretty epic/awesome way. It’s definitely my favorite scene of the episode.

What has been your favorite thing about being a part of “How to Rock”? “How to Rock” has opened a lot of opportunities for me and has given me some lifetime friends. My favorite thing about being a part of the show was having the pleasure of working with the magnificent cast.

The holidays are here. Do you have any fun holiday traditions? On Christmas, my mother cooks a delicious Christmas dinner. It’s not as big as the thanksgiving dinner but its just as good. After we eat our early dinner, we all gather around and open our presents.

What is the weirdest gift you’ve ever received for the holidays? On Christmas my grandma saw that my throat was a little soar so she got me a big box of tea and put it under our tree. I was thankful for the gift but I just did not expect to get tea as a Christmas gift.

Do you have a New Year¹s Resolution? My New Year’s resolution is to continue training and better my self as an actor and spend more time with my family.

You have a lot of exciting things coming in 2013. What was it like working with so many Nickelodeon stars on “Swindle”? What can fans expect from the movie? Working with so many different Nickelodeon stars on Swindle was like a dream come true. Throughout filming the movie I made a lot of new friends and learned many different things. Fans can expect this movie to be very fast paced and have a lot of action with a hint of romance. I can’t wait for everyone to see it! It’s going to be awesome.

What can we look forward to with your music? I’ve been rapping for as long as I can remember and I’ve always wanted to put out some rap music. I’ve recently started recording some songs in a studio and I’m excited to see how my fan react to my music.

Any message for your fans? Never let anyone tell you, you can’t do something because eventually your time will come.

Photo credit: Russell Baer

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