At 24 years old, Australia native Cleopatra Coleman is spinning her way onto the big screen by playing a DJ in the new movie Step Up Revolution that hits theaters tomorrow.
While this may be our first time seeing her on the ones-and-twos in Step Up Revolution, this Aussie actress knows her way around the DJ booth. After landing the role of Penelope, an Australian DJ who makes all the beats for the mob in the film, she had to take DJ lessons, and that’s when she realized she also wanted to spin tracks off the screen as a hobby.
"I enjoyed it so much. Now, I’m booking professional gigs, and it’s just so much fun. It’s nice to have another creative focus other than acting," she said.
Cleopatra is no stranger to the big screen. She got her first role on an Australian TV show called "Silversun" when she was just 15. She also took ballet classes and started performing on stage at the age of 4. Although moviegoers won’t see her busting any moves—except for from behind the deck—in this film, she did say acting was just an extension of her dancing.
"I was always more of the actor of all the dancers in my school. I just really enjoyed performing," she said.
Cleopatra said after reading her characters description, she discovered they were just alike.
"She’s a pivotal character. They described it at first as a Gwen Stefani style of dress and kind of tomboyish attitude, and I was like, ‘That’s totally me. I can definitely do this,’" she said.
This is the fourth instillation in the Step Up franchise, and Cleopatra said she thinks it’s a combination of the dancers, choreography and the music that play a role in keeping the films fresh. She also gave credit to movie director Scott Speer, stating that he did an amazing job.
"I’m proud of it. I really like it. I’m just excited for people to see it," she said.
Cleopatra said the biggest difference between this Step Up movie and the others in the franchise is that dancers don’t battle other dancers, and this movie is extremely relevant to the time with the Occupy movements.
"It’s dancers coming together and supporting each other for the greater good. [It's] more political than any of the other films. Having said that, it’s got the classic love story and all the hot dance moves, all the hot music, and it’s in 3D. It’s awesome," she said.