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Celebrity Travel: Go away with Aria Brooks

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For 15-year-old actress Aria Brooks, playing Libby in the Disney+ film "Better Nate Than Ever” was like being with a good friend. “I think Libby and I are similar in a lot of ways,” said the teen, who resides in Atlanta with her family. “We stand for a lot of the same things, like feminism and Black power. Libby and I have very similar energy because we're always the life of the party. We also have a lot of self-confidence. I feel like my self-confidence developed more after playing Libby.” Yes, but does Brooks like her fictional character enough to want to travel with someone like her? “Libby would definitely make a great travel companion,” she said. “She brings the fun with her wherever she goes.”

Q: What intel can you share about your latest Disney+ series, "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series"?

A: This season is going to be so much fun! It takes place at a California summer camp and this year’s production is “Frozen.” There are a lot of new faces and I’m honored to play Alex, an eighth-grade camper at Camp Shallow Lake.

Q: Do you film mostly on a set or on location?

A: For “Better Nate Than Ever,” there were so many scenes that were shot on location. We got to film at the New Amsterdam Theatre, the American Museum of Natural History and even in the middle of Times Square. This was a super fun experience because I got to explore these places when we weren't shooting. It was incredible to do what I love while also seeing so many amazing places in New York.

Q: Do you have any plans for the summer?


A: Most summers, my family and I go to Virginia to visit my dad's side of the family, so it’s likely we will do that this year. My little sister's birthday is around that time too, so we'll definitely do something fun to celebrate her. It is difficult to plan that far in advance because my schedule is constantly changing.

Q: If you had to cancel travel plans with your family due to the pandemic, where were they to?

A: In 2020, one of my goals for the year was to plan a vacation for my family. I wanted to take my family on a Disney Cruise because I've wanted to go on one since I was nine years old. I wanted to take them on a cruise to the Caribbean, but the pandemic hit and messed up those plans. I'd still like to go some day.

Q: What was the first trip you took that you remember? And did you love it ... or not so much?


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