' Heather Hemmens - Seventeen.com" data-pin-url=" data-pin-media=" data-img320=" data-img320-w = "300" data-img320-h = "400" data-cut=320 src="//sev.h-cdn.co/assets/seventeen/20160914025118/images/blank.png" data-src=" alt="" data-img480=" data-img480-w = "300" data-img480-h = "400" data-img640=" data-img640-w = "300" data-img640-h = "400" data-img768=" data-img768-w = "300" data-img768-h = "400" data-img980=" data-img980-w = "300" data-img980-h = "400" data-img1024=" data-img1024-w = "300" data-img1024-h = "400" nopin="nopin" /, then you know Heather Hemmens as competitive cheerleader Alice Verdura who gets sidelined due to a wrist injury.She's not too happy when newcomer Marti (Aly Michalka) takes her place on the squad.Well, Heather may play cutthroat on TV, but read on to discover why she's one sweet and focused girl who will inspire you!
Heather Hemmens: I did my first play in fifth grade.
This same fifth grade teacher asked me several years later what I wanted to do when I grew up. She is a warrior for what she believes in, and I think we have that in common.
I knew the most fun I'd had was doing the play in her class, so when I told her that, she began to take me to local theater auditions and became my mentor and friend, and to this day continues to be. HH: I believe in acknowledging all breaks, big and small, personal and professional. However, the way she goes about getting what she wants is what separates us.
I would never engage in some of the manipulative and mean behavior that she finds such pleasure in. HH: I was never a cheerleader, but one of my very close friends was, and she is the one that taught me to do my first cartwheel.
I always thought they were so talented and focused, and now that I've had the honor to walk in their shoes for a moment, my respect for their flexibility, skill, and resilience has increased tremendously.
CG: Alice doesn't exactly play nice with others — but what are things like with the cast off camera?HH: Ha, yeah Alice is "frenemies" with almost everybody on the cast. But the great thing is that we all get along amazingly well, and spend almost as much time together off set as we do on.We like to go out to dinner together, catch movies, work out, all that.The cast is just really great, the type of people you could take a road trip with. HH: In junior high I was a crazy, super-hyper, loud mouth.Then in high school I became much more serious as I started to think about my grades, college, and what really mattered to my future besides gossip and boys. I became class president, and my friends were a great mix of all the cliques.