Transcript for Cheyenne Jackson and Kenny Ortega on their breakout new musical series
let your body loose let your body loose you ain't see nothing Wow, I'm already -- I can't wait to see more. That was a clip of "Julie and the phantoms." The perfect mix of ingredients that's sure to make it a binge-worthy hit. Here to discuss the show's breakout first season is one of the cast's stars Cheyenne Jackson and director Kenny Ortega. Definitely have had some impressive roles. You're not a stranger to musicals. What was it like, though, preparing for this role? Thanks for having me, first of all, I haven't seen that clip, so that's exciting. What was it like preparing? Well, Kenny called me and we had done the descendants together. He said I have this new series, and there's a great part where you get to sing and fly. And I already promised myself that, whatever Kenny asked me to do I will say yes, because what I found in this life as I get older, any time away from my kids I just want to be with people who are positive and uplifting and fun to be around. So to prepare, I learned the songs because we prerecorded and then I haven't been on stage for a while, so I recruited my buddy, who's a fancy choreographer to help me get into my body and I jumped into the character. It was impressive. Kenny, I know that this series has not only an amazing cast but larger-than-life musical numbers. Tell us how you made the vision come to life. It all starts with the book. And I have two wonderful writers, and together, we arced ideas -- song ideas through the entire series, gave each one of those song moments a mission and then worked with our music supervisor Colleen Fitzgerald at Netflix who helped us bring in an incredible group of songwriters, producers, and the songs were born. Cheyenne mentioned descendants. High school musical, we know. Any musical out there that you're looking to take a stab at? Yeah. I'm a lover of musical theater, it's my favorite pastime, there are so many musicals that I've been in and that I've fallen in love with as an audience member. Oh, I would say, no, but I'm looking. You know, I'm looking and I'm open and I'm waiting for Broadway to open up again because that's my greatest inspiration. So are we all, I couldn't agree with you more. Cheyenne, I know you mentioned you're a father, you have twins that turned 4 next month. One of them playing the piano on your Instagram. How important is music to be a part of their life? It's the most important thing. One of the biggest gifts my mom gave me was that she always had music playing in the house, music of all kinds, so I try to do the same thing and have all different genres and styles and I'm a little like -- I'm like a little stage daddy, when they're in the bathtub, I'm -- see if they can match. They both have pitch. But I think -- knowing music and knowing an instrument I think is going to help them in life and, you know, they happen to be good at it. That's amazing. Music has gotten us through a lot in these times. Thank you for giving us more to get excited about. Cheyenne, Kenny, thank you for being with us today. Thank you. Thank you. Catch Julie and the phantoms available exclusively on Netflix on September 10th.
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