Meet Cozi Zuehlsdoff! She stars as Ellie Blake, a teenager struggling with the loss of her father, whose messy room, sloppy wardrobe and seemingly negative attitude lead her to clash with her super-organized mom, in “Freaky Friday.” The musical adaptation of classic mother/daughter story premiered on The Disney Channel.
Musically, Zuehlsdorff has experienced success in the world of electronic dance music, both as a writer and featured performer on several singles, and streams-to-date for her features are close to 100 million. Trained as a classical pianist, she uses her talents as a songwriter for her own solo career as well as for other artists and films.
We caught up with this triple-threat in LA and asked her some of our exclusive questions!
Tell us about your character Ellie Blake. How are you and your character similar, how are you different?
For me, the coolest part of this project was the fact that I get to play two roles—Ellie (the daughter) and Katherine (the mother). Weirdly, the part I play most is Katherine! Ellie and I share a sense of honesty and emotional openness that keeps us grounded, while both Katherine and I love to please people. :)
What was it like playing Ellie and then switching to playing her mom?
I really wanted to make the “switch” between characters feel as magical as possible, so for me that meant making strong physical choices for each character. Ellie slouches and is tired all the time, for instance, while Katherine stands straight as a line and moves with lots of purpose and energy. Creating those kinds of distinctions with Heidi Blickenstaff (with whom I share both roles) was a lot of fun.
When did you first realize you had a gift for music?
Oh gosh. Well, I’ve wanted to sing ever since I was a little girl. My parents were in a band together before I was born, so I guess it’s in my blood. My passion for writing came later, when I was around 14. I played my first song for my mom and she liked it, and she’s pretty honest about that stuff, so that’s the moment I started to really go for it.
Dream concert ticket (any band, any decade)?
Sara Bareilles, Natasha Bedingfield, Shawn Mendes, Sigrid…so many!
Probably Hey Jude.
Oh man…so many 90’s romcoms. I’m a sucker for Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, and While You Were Sleeping. I literally can’t get enough.
Cereal. Any kind.
THIS IS US! And Code Black…there are rumors it’s coming back…it HAS to come back guys!
Last fashion item purchased?
I didn’t buy it per se, but my Freaky Friday premiere ensemble was my favorite carpet look ever! The minute I put it on there was this instant “YES … this is the one” feeling. I loved the monochromatic theme that tied it all together and it was so comfy and just perfect.
Three people—dead or alive, real or fictional—that you’d like to invite to dinner?
Ooh…King David, Helen Keller, and Tea Leoni. And Amelia Earhart (I just wanna ask her where she is!).
Do you have a party trick?
If you count doing a terrible version of milly rocking, then yes.
Tell us a secret?
I have no idea what I’m doing (please keep that between us!)
What does popular mean to you?
The only thing that matters, to me at least, in this business is to be a grounded, normal human being. Whatever your version of normal is. That’s the only thing that will make me popular with myself. :)
Can you tell us about any shows or projects you have coming up?
Expect new music. Soon. Like, really soon.