We return with another installment of Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies! This time, we have an exclusive interview with Dylan Sloane, who will star as Neil in the show. We can’t wait to talk to Dylan about his role as Neil, his thoughts and experience with the show and cast members, and more. Due to the show’s release, this article will avoid extensive spoilers for those who haven’t watched the show yet. However, as is mentioned in an earlier interview, there will be mentions of some spoilers about its predecessor, Grease. We highly recommend watching Grease: Rise of The Pink Ladies to fully experience this interview. And now, onto this interview and its refresher.
Welcome back to another round of Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, everyone! We know what this show is all about. But for those who need a refresher, here’s a brief overview of the show. Enter the 1950s before the start of Grease, where four misfit outcasts decide to bring a storm of moral panic to Rydell High. They eventually become the founding mothers of the first high-school clique, who call themselves the Pink Ladies. We already went in-depth for this series in our earlier interviews with Charlotte Kavanagh and Nicholas Mcdonough. Be sure to check up on those interviews to have the full scope of what Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies is all about!
Be sure to check out the interviews with Charlotte and Nicholas here! The two stars as the characters Rosemary and Gil, respectively: https://youngentertainmentmag.com/yem-exclusive-interview-with-charlotte-kavanagh-from-grease-rise-of-the-pink-ladies/ and https://youngentertainmentmag.com/yem-exclusive-interview-with-nicholas-mcdonough-from-grease-rise-of-the-pink-ladies/.
Let’s have a brief moment to mention the old, classic film Grease. For those who remember this classic musical from the 1970s, this musical is what started it all. Released through Paramount Pictures, Grease became known as the most highly acclaimed musical of all time, from both a critical and commercial standpoint. The soundtrack from the musical was voted the second-best-selling album of the year at that time. Eventually one of its songs, Hopelessly Devoted to You, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The awards don’t stop there. The musical has also received nominations from the Golden Globe Awards and the People’s Choice Awards. Each award ranges from Best Motion Picture to Favorite Overall Motion Picture.
What’s fascinating about this musical is that it differs from the stage musical with the same name. The Director, Randal Kleiser, took many liberties with this music from its source. An example of this was the location, as it was originally an urban Chicago setting before switching over to a more suburban setting. The same could be said about its contents and music inspiration. The original carried more raw content and presented darker topics while keeping a thematic approach towards early rock and roll as its score. It’s pretty interesting, huh?
Returning to the article, here’s a refresher on Dylan! An actor born in Vancouver, Canada, he made his debut in the short film Gravity Boy back in 2006. His credits grew from there, ranging from his appearance in Once Upon a Time, his voice acting in the video game Dragalia Lost, to his role as Philip Pifer in Aurora Teagarden Mysteries and Jason Christensen from Fakes.
We first ask Dylan what his first official introduction to Grease was. Dylan answered that his first, personal introduction was through the television. He states that his Mom was a huge fan of musical theatre, and he watched that movie several times when he was growing up. He does mention that he’s personally more of a fan of Grease 2. When asked if his Mom was excited about Dylan‘s role as Neil, Dylan mentioned that she was excited about it. He talks about how he did dancing and singing lessons as a kid at his Mom’s behest and jokingly said that it was all a part of her master plan. If you want to hear more about Dylan‘s reaction to receiving the role, be sure to check out the video below!