After starring in Sia’s “Chandelier” music video, Maddie Ziegler is continuing her Hollywood takeover. Amid filming for Season 5 of the Abby Lee Dance Company’s Lifetime reality-TV series "Dance Moms," the 12-year-old powerhouse performer has landed several gigs apart from her co-stars, most recently including a photoshoot with Elle magazine and a role on one of the Disney Channel’s hit shows.
Maddie recently announced on social media that she will be guest starring on Disney’s scripted musical/comedy series “Austin & Ally,” a show that follows the story of an aspiring musician, a songwriter and their two friends. Maddie will reportedly star as Shelby on the program, alongside its long-standing stars Laura Marano (Ally Dawson), Calum Worthy (Dez) Raini Rodriguez (Trish De la Rosa) and Ross Lynch (Austin Moon). “Thanks for having me @Austin_Ally! So excited to be on set!” Maddie said on Twitter Tuesday.
Taking over the Disney Channel might not be the only project in the works for the “Dance Moms” stars. Last week, Maddie posted an image of herself posing outside of the Sony Pictures Entertainment lot in Culver City, California. “…Had a great time at Sony Pictures,” Maddie teased on Instagram.
— ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) November 18, 2014
While there is no word of a release date for Maddie’s “Austin & Ally” episode, her fans don’t have to wait to soak up her interview and photoshoot with Elle magazine, which was released Tuesday. In the piece, titled “She’s Just A Girl,” Maddie can be seen posing throughout her Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home which she shares with her “Dance Moms” co-stars, sister Mackenzie, 10, and mom Melissa Gisoni. The family’s dog Maliboo, gifted to Mackenzie by the Ziegler’s dance coach Abby Lee Miller on the “Dance Moms” Season 3 Christmas special, also makes an appearance in the spread.
In the interview, Maddie talks about everything from her Type A personality -- she admits to being a perfectionist -- her (shocker) shortcomings when it comes to athletics, her personal style and, of course, dance.
“Dance has definitely made me a better role model,” she said. “When I’m performing, I’m always thinking about my face and my look. I used to have a much harder time with it.”
Maddie last guest starred on a scripted program, Show Mobile’s “HitStreak,” in July. Following her lead role in Sia’s Web-famous music video “Chandelier,” she has also appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and “Dancing With the Stars.” Maddie is currently filming Season 5 of “Dance Moms” alongside Miller. The show is speculated to be returning to Lifetime early next year.