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SPA Hosts Ross Lynch For Conversation And Q&A

Ross Lynch discussed career, coworkers, and cookie dough ice cream at a conversation and Q&A session with avid –– and at times frenzied –– Penn State fans, at a Tuesday night event hosted by Penn State’s Student Programming Association.

During a Q&A with Onward State staffers and a publicly moderated conversation, Ross Lynch remarked on his acting, singing, and songwriting experiences behind the curtain at Disney Channel, Warner Brothers, and more.

As an experienced performer from a young age, Lynch has excelled in many roles, including playing Austin in the long-running Disney Channel show “Austin and Ally” as well as Brady in the wildly popular “Teen Beach Movie.”

More recently, Lynch transitioned into a different stage of performance, playing Jeffrey Dahmer in “My Friend Dahmer,” Harvey Kinkle in “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” and toured with his band (and brother) Driver Era across the globe.

Lynch remarked on his experiences fondly, recalling memories of his early life even before his rise to fame. He mentioned experiences with stage fright, remembering a moment of nervousness back in his days of school performances in which he was bribed with a Playstation to go onstage –– a reward he notably never received.

These early experiences stand in stark contrast to his compelling performances of late.

“You are just dropped into the moment and everything else goes away,” Lynch said. “It’s almost like you don’t have the capacity to think about anything else.”

Alyssa Wagner | Onward State

Further discussing his experiences in acting, Lynch shared a story from his stardom in Teen Beach Movie.

He shared that his performance in the viral musical number “Cruisin’ for a Bruisin'” was done through the pain of an injury suffered the night prior, when night swimming with the cast in Puerto Rico. Lynch related this to another experience performing the Austin and Ally number “Better Than This,” in which he was suffering from sickness while buckets of water were being poured on him.

Lynch’s relationships with “Austin and Ally” cast members is still strong, even coming to Penn State directly after a visit to the home of costar Raini Rodriguez.

Alyssa Wagner | Onward State

“You know the type of old friends you can not see for a while and then you do and you’re right back in it?” Lynch said. “That’s us”.

Lynch also addressed rumors of a reunion, saying “the producers are like gung-ho about it. We all want to work together again, even if it isn’t for a reunion special.”

Divulging information about his plans to visit Penn State’s campus, Lynch was urged to visit a few university hotspots, namely the Nittany Lion shrine and the Berkey Creamery. To which his first, and evidently urgent, response was: “Do they have cookie dough? I love cookie dough ice cream.”

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Tessa Pardon

Studying political science and criminology, you can find me debating with a friend, watching How I Met Your Mother and How to Get Away With Murder, or cooking extremely complicated meals in my apartment.

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