Cody Linley Speaks Exclusively To The Odyssey

Cody Linley Speaks Exclusively To The Odyssey

Cody spills about an upcoming production, his ties with the Hannah Montana cast, bizarre fan encounters, Leonardo Dicaprio, and more!

If you're anything like me, you immediately recognize the name, Cody Linley. He starred as teen heartthrob Jake Ryan on Hannah Montana, Mullet Fingers from Hoot, and has been in many other television shows and movies over the years. I had always been a big fan of his work on screen, but I also was a big fan of Cody himself. He seemed so down to earth and genuine, so three years ago when he went on a following spree on Twitter and followed me (yes, it's his legitimate account - @CodyLinley7), I was ecstatic. Then a little over a month ago, I decided to take a chance and direct message him asking for an interview. A month went by, and I had accepted the fact that he's a celeb and probably didn't have time to talk to normal fangirls like myself, but then I got a notification that I had one new message in my inbox.

What?! Cody Linley messaged me back?! As I tried to contain my excitement, I wrote up some questions, emailed him, and then the correspondence began. So here it is, everyone: My interview with the one and only Cody Linley.

Q: I know that the documentary, "Dream Chasers", featuring your mother’s acting students, including yourself, is being filmed right now. Can you tell me a little bit about that and how it’s going?

A: Dream Chasers is about how my Mom, (Cathryn Sullivan) has been successfully helping many acting students and I achieve our dream of acting professionally. The Director and creator of the documentary is the very talented Shaun Peter Cunningham. It promises to be an awesome documentary that helps tell the story of how Mom has helped worked to develop and discover such talents as Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Logan Henderson, and many more!

Q: What made you want to begin acting? Since your mother is an acting coach, was an acting career expected of you?

A: My very first commercial was for Ruby Tuesday’s when I was only four years old. I didn’t have an agent at the time and the audition was very spur of the moment as I was just hanging out with my Mom when we went to pick up her check from work which was at a casting office. A casting director saw me and thought I was cute and wanted to know if I’d like to audition for the commercial. My Mom said “No thanks, I think he’s a little too shy”, at which point I came out from hiding behind her leg and said “I’m not too shy, I can do it!” I booked the gig and filmed it shortly after. I remember working with adults and getting paid to have a blast! My older brother Chad was an actor, so I wanted to do what he did because it’s so much fun!

Q: When some people hear your name, they immediately think “Jake Ryan from Hannah Montana!” Speaking of which, do you still keep in touch with any of the Hannah Montana cast or any Disney stars in general?

A: "Working with the Hannah Montana cast was awesome and if ever we run in to each other at events or something we definitely support each other, but yes it’s been awhile since I’ve hung out with Miley or anyone that was on the show. I grew up in Texas around Demi Lovato and visited her at her concert recently at the the Staples Center, and was able to give her a big hug."

Q: I recently watched your latest movie, Hoovey,— which was so heartwarming and inspiring, by the way— and could not believe how right you were for that role. Out of all the roles that you have played in television shows and movies, which character do you feel like you related to the most and why?

A: Thank you, I think Hoovey is a very inspirational film as well. Hoovey was probably the most relatable character I’ve ever played. I grew up playing basketball in a smaller town in Texas named Lewisville. When my brother Chad died in 2011 it was a shock and very devastating, but ultimately it brought my family together and made us stronger, and I’ve used Chad’s death as inspiration towards creating that role. Hoovey is an underdog story about perseverance and the power of love, and I’m looking forward to supporting it as the opening feature at this year’s Burbank International Film Festival in September.

Q: I see that you’ve been following in your mother’s footsteps and have coached acting classes. What is your favorite aspect of coaching? What advice would you give to someone who is considering pursuing that career choice?

A: My favorite aspect of coaching is getting to help other people do what they love to do. It’s very rewarding to work with the next generation, because I learn so much from them and their excitement rubs off on me. My advice to anyone pursuing acting would be to practice your craft every day. If you can, take class where you are learning techniques and practicing your craft. Study acting on T.V., in books and remember that if stay focused and believe in yourself, anything can happen truly.

Q: I’m sure being a celebrity isn’t always easy, so what is the most bizarre thing that a fan has said/done to you, and how did you react?

A: I’ve had some pretty bizarre fan encounters, when I was in Mexico visiting a school I had a mob of screaming girls all charge after me and trying to hug me at once, one of the girls took my hat and I started to feel a bit overwhelmed, but eventually I got my hat back and arrived safely onto the bus.

Q: You are a man of many talents such as singing, dancing, and acting. Do you have any more interests or hobbies besides those, and if so, what are they?

A: I live with three dogs, I love animals and I’m vegan. I enjoy reading, writing and improv comedy.

Q: Who would you say is your hero and why?

A: I have a few heroes, I admire my grandpa Alton Martin, because he is loyal, loving and an honest family man. Growing up I looked up to Steve Nash, because he’s such an amazing team player and an overall extremely talented guy. As far as actors go I think that it’s cool that Leonardo Dicaprio uses his platform to bring awareness to important issues such as wild life, global warming and ecological issues.

Q: Can you tell me about your funniest moment on the job?

A: Working with Patrick Warburton on Hoovey was super fun, because he’s such a genuine person, but equally as funny! He told me stories of when he started acting. There is a scene in the movie where Alyson Stoner, Lauren Holly, Patrick and I are saying a prayer at the dinner table, and when it was filmed at the time it had been at least a twelve hour day. In between takes we decided to play a word game where you mix the letters up in a word and say the phrase all jumbled up and see if the other people can solve the puzzle. The things that we were saying and the reactions to them were roll on the floor priceless. I was laughing so much that I cried, my stomach hurt and I could barely even breathe.

Q: 10 years ago, where did you think you would be now? What advice would you give to your past-self?

A: Ten years ago I would have thought that I would be starring in blockbuster films living in a mansion in Malibu and even married. Now though, I’d tell my past self, 'Don’t rush things, trust yourself and know that everything will happens when it supposed to, all you have to do is be the best you that you can be and keep helping others along the way, and you will be forever fulfilled.'

Q: Can you tell me three things that not a ton of people know about you?

A: I enjoy traveling around the world and merging with new cultures. I like playing ping-pong with my roommates and playing frisbee with my boxer, Logos.

My initial thoughts about him were spot on. Don't you agree? He is truly an inspirational and genuine guy who took the time out of his busy day to answer my questions. Well, there you have it! Now you have a little insight into the life of the unbelievably kind Cody Linley.

Note: Please excuse any grammatical errors. All responses were kept in their original form to ensure authenticity.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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The Zodiac Signs As Bath And Body Works Scents

Just in case you want to know what scent you are!

Bath and Body Works fans could be considered to be part of a cult. The scents draw you in as if calling your name, if you ever
wondered what your scent should be based on your zodiac sign, here it is!

Aries: Country Apple

The rather impulsive Aries takes their time picking and choosing the scents from Bath and Body Works. The soothing scent of a fresh apple orchard is just what they need on a daily basis to keep up with their shenanigans.

Taurus: Japanese Cherry Blossom

The personality of a Taurus is stubborn, or what I like to say, is stuck in their ways. When they first discovered this scent in middle school, this was it. This is the only scent you will find anywhere around a Taurus.

Libra: Pink Chiffon

Pink Chiffon is another cult classic. This best selling scent went out of style for a hot second but is back and bigger than ever.

Leo: Thousand Wishes

Thousand Wishes is a purr-fect scent for a Leo. The light scent adornes the wearer just the right amount to get the desired reaction from those around them.

Aquarius: Be Enchanted

The rather cold personality of an Aquarius is counteracted by the loving scent of Be Enchanted. The scent is just enough tenderness for the wearer to be relaxed.

Gemini: Moonlight Path

Gemini's constantly change their favorite scent and are in and out of the store almost weekly to by new lotions, candles, and body washes. You will never see a full empty bottle of anything, however, Moonlight Path is the scent they keep coming back to again and again.

Virgo: Sea Island Cotton

The clean personality of a Virgo must be matched with the clean scent of Sea Island Cotton.

Capricorn: Cucumber Melon

Another clean scent of Cucumber Melon is the exact thing a Capricorn needs. The balance and calming scents are what make this scent so attractive to a Capricorn.

Scorpio: Paris Amour

The light scent is what you would expect from an extreme sign like a Scorpio. The scent lightly washes over the wearer in almost a cloud that

Sagittarius: Cashmere Glow

Cashmere Glow is a perfect scent for the winter sign. The vanilla and golden peach scent is just the mixture that creates the perfect accessory in the chilly months.

Pisces: Warm Vanilla Sugar

This lovely scent accentuates the lovely personality of a Pisces. They can never get enough of this scent so they just keep buying and buying until they have a full stockpile.

Cancer: Velvet Sugar

Velvet Sugar is the perfect blend of red velvet and strawberries and a Cancer is always changing their mind. The wearer can tell if it is a more red velvet or strawberry kind of day, and that is the balance that they need in their lives.

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