The young actress-singer stars in the original Disney Channel movie Camp Rock with Joe Jonas, but her mind's digging much deeper than Hollywood

Demi Lovato
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She's only 15, but Demi Lovato's resume is already packed with experience, including two years on the popular kids' show Barney and Friends and a guest appearance on the hit FOX series Prison Break. What's next for the young actress-singer? A starring role alongside Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers in the upcoming original Disney Channel movie Camp Rock, in which she plays a not-so-sure-of-herself singer named Mitchie Torres.

Read on to find out what goes on in the up-and-coming star's head – the answer might surprise you! And check out Camp Rock this June 20th.

Tell me about Camp Rock…
Camp Rock is about a girl named Mitchie Torres, and she wants to go to this prestigious rock camp, but she can't afford it. So her mom says they'll go and work in the kitchen, and that way [they] can afford it. In the meantime, I'm trying to fit in with the crowd, so I start lying innocently to fit in. And Joe Jonas – who plays a character named Shane Gray, who is a ping-pong star – hears my character's [singing] voice. We become very good friends because he confides in me, and I confide in him, and I don't ever look at him as a celebrity. I look at him for who he is.

Your character Mitchie is insecure about singing. Are you insecure about singing in real life?
No. Definitely not. My first time stepping on stage was in kindergarten. I sang Celine Dion's “My Heart Will Go On” at the talent show. I've always been a true singer at heart.

Have you written any songs?
Yes, I've written like 200 now. I write the lyrics and the music. I've actually been co-writing with the Jonas Brothers. I went on tour with them for a few weeks to write my album. We don't know when it's going to come out, but we aim for this year, definitely.

Do you play any instruments?
I play piano and guitar. I've been playing piano since I was 7. I used to play by ear, then I started playing classical with a teacher. I was given my first guitar at 8, but I didn't even touch it until a few years ago, when I started home schooling, I got kind of lonely, and I was looking at my guitar, and I was like ‘you know what, it really helped me through a rough time.'

Between the working and the home schooling, do you feel like you're missing out on a normal teenage life?
Well, this is our job, we do it, we love to do it, and it's nothing out of the ordinary to us. To other people it might be, but to us, it's just normal. So we feel like normal teenagers, and we have our little teenager problems. But they're kind of harder to deal with if you have to be here at a certain time or you have to learn this script – it makes it hard to deal with something, like a boy problem. It gets kind of stressful…

Do you ever feel pressured to act older than you are?
Totally! Me and my best friend Selena Gomez, we joke [about it] all the time. We tend to hang out with older people, because our mindsets are the same as our older friends. It's frustrating, because people see us as 15-year-old girls, when really we think a lot deeper than some of your average [teens].

How so?
Just the other day we were saying, ‘isn't it weird to think that when you look in the mirror, all you see is organs and tissue, and that's not really who you are?' (laughs). Being from a certain heritage doesn't make you who you are. When people ask, ‘So what are you? Are you Hispanic?' I am who I am. I'm nothing. I, my soul, is not Hispanic, but my genes are. We talk about random things like that.

Do your parents ever worry that you'll get involved in the wrong crowd, or that you're growing up too fast?
People surrounding me, people who don't really know me always worry, but my parents don't, because they know that they raised me. They know I'm going to make mistakes, like everyone, but they trust me. They keep a good watch on me – I have a 10 o'clock curfew, but they let me have my freedom [too]. If anything, it's more annoying when people who don't know me say, ‘Oh, don't turn out like this person,' and I'm like, right, my moral mentality cannot sustain the pressure (laughs).

What's your favorite movie?
Donnie Darko, and I love Girl, Interrupted.

Those are pretty heavy movies…
Well, I also love movies like Elf. And I love Mean Girls. Tina Fey rocks in that movie. It was actually kind of like my life story when I was in public school. (laughs)