EDITOR IN CHIEF X WARDROBE | MICHAEL ST. MICHAEL @michaelstmichael
PHOTOGRAPHY | SHANNA FISHER @shannafisher
HAIR X MAKEUP | ERIN GUTH @eringuthmakeup
PRUNE: You have danced back-up to some of music’s hottest stars including Justin Bieber for his Purpose Tour. Talk to us about your dancing career.
SOFIA My love for dancing started at a really young age! I was 7 years old when I first started dance classes once a week at Arizona Dance Artistry in Phoenix Arizona. Early on most of my dancing happened in my living room where I would dance for my family everyday for hours on end! I joined a competitive dance studio called Diverse Elements, there I danced regularly each day for 5-6 hours per day in all styles of dance and really advanced in my training! It’s really where I got my start.
After a few years I got an agent and began to travel to Los Angeles performing in larger venues, booking commercial and TV shows as a background dancer. After performing on a few TV shows I started to notice the actors and quickly realized that acting is what I really wanted to do with my life... I could see how much fun the actors were having on set. After one of my first acting auditions I got a call back from one of the top casting directors who recognized me from one of my dance videos online and wanted me to come back for a TV show!! So I guess I can say my dancing career gave me the key to entering into the amazing world of Hollywood and it’s has been the best experience.
PRUNE: Now that you are a main character on a hit Disney show, are you still dancing?
SOFIA: Yes I will probably never stop dancing. I still train on my off days or any day that I’m not filming! I’ve been lucky enough to have many strong relationships in the dance community and it’s helped me to stay connected even while I’m away filming in Utah! I am now training at the sister studio to my LA studio called Millennium Dance Complex SALT LAKE CITY.
PRUNE: You play Buffy in Disney’s Andi Mack. Talk to us about the show and your character.
SOFIA Buffy is very much like me in that she is very confident, competitive and always is there to protect her friends! She doesn’t back down to anything or anyone and loves to speak her mind! I try my best to do the same in real life. Growing up I was really shy but with my Dad’s help I’ve learned to stand strong on the things I believe in.
(army green chicken jacket) MaryMe - JimmyPaul
(camo button up long sleeve with patches) Eli’noir
(army green pants with patches)Eli’nor
(green sock boots)Wet Seal
(white & tan striped maxi tank)TEE INK
(Cream & gold chunky knit jacket with fringe) MaryMe - JimmyPaul
(brown lace up boots) Wet Seal
PRUNE: Besides being Disney’s first show with a gay character, how does Andi Mack differ from other Disney shows?
SOFIA: The show is like no other show on Disney Channel! It’s a story for everyone; it’s characters and story lines will give everyone a chance to see themselves! The show is a direct reflection of the world today! Kids and adults will be able to relate to the characters and story line.
PRUNE: Since the show has gained a lot of popularity, how has your life changed?
SOFIA : Well some things seemed to never change like dancing. When I’m in a studio taking a class and learning new choreography I feel like the same old me. But sometimes when we are at events and all of the cast is together I’m reminded that there are millions of people from all across the world that watch Andi Mack! I am starting to get recognized a lot now that Season 2 has started airing on Disney Channel every Friday night. But I love it, the Andi Mack fans are the best and I hope to be a great role model for kids watching.
PRUNE: Who is most influential in your life?
SOFIA: I would have to say my parents are most influential in my life. My parents have taught me how to stay humble and to respect everyone no matter how big the show or my career gets. They have encouraged me to give to those who are less fortunate and to never stop believing in myself. They are both so giving and have given up a lot themselves just for me to be where I am today.
PRUNE: What is the best advice you have ever received?
SOFIA: The best advice I’ve ever received came from both my parents and my role model Zendaya! I was invited to meet Zandaya last year on the set of her show and she told me exactly what my parents have been telling me for years, “To be humble, keep your nose clean, do the right thing, and believe in yourself no matter what!”
PRUNE: Name a song that you like but feel like everyone else is sleeping on.
SOFIA: Hamilton sound track - I listen to it everyday while I shower.
(pink squad goals skull tank) Sugar
(rose gold pants with side tie) Eli'noir
(pink bubble jacket )MaryMe - JimmyPaul
(black booties gold heel) Wet Seal
PRUNE: Who is your celebrity crush?
SOFIA Cole Sprouse
PRUNE: In your opinion, who is the biggest fashion icon and why?
SOFIA Zendaya because she has been a constant reminder to me of what I can do in my life with hard work and dedication!
PRUNE: How would you describe your everyday style?
SOFIA My everyday style is sporty with a hint of femininity. I love the hip hop culture and it’s my favorite style of dance too so most of the time I like to wear clothes that have been inspired by the hip hop movement.
PRUNE: What are your 3 must have beauty items?
SOFIA Mascara, chapstick, and eyebrow pencil
PRUNE: Favorite makeup trend?
SOFIA: Feather eyebrows
PRUNE: Since you are often on set with talented hair and makeup artists, have you learned any tips or beauty hacks?
SOFIA I’ve learned to take off make up right way to avoid breaking out.
PRUNE: Finally, if you could eliminate any fashion or lifestyle trend what would it be?
SOFIA Jean boots