Fil-Am teen fulfills childhood dream in Hollywood

by Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Dec 12 2013 01:31 PM | Updated as of Dec 13 2013 04:52 PM

HOLLYWOOD - Fil-Am actress-singer Ashley Argota is one of the stars of "Aladdin and His Winter Wish,” a holiday production from the creators of “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance”.

Argota became famous through her comedic role in the Nickelodeon TV program "True Jackson VP." The popular teen show ended in 2011 but Argota remained busy.

"After True Jackson, I was on another show called 'Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures'. We did that for a year, for a season in the Nickelodeon and then I went to school for a while at NYU, and this year I shot a Disney Channel Original movie called 'How to Build a Better Boy' which will be out next year," she said.

Argota said she deferred school for now due to her projects. "But my goal is to graduate," she said.

The Fil-Am actress made her TV debut at 10 on the talent show "Star Search."

One of her biggest dreams also recently came true.

"I had it on my goal sheet, I wanted to be on a Disney Channel movie and it happened finally when I'm 20 years old. I got to play a mean girl which I got to play when I was very small and this time, kind of a magnified version of that mean girl and it was a lot of fun to play, I must say," she said.

But before her Disney movie comes out, fans can watch Argota perform on stage in the holiday retelling of the classic Arabian Nights tale.

"My upcoming play at the Pasadena Playhouse called "Aladdin and His Winter Wish" and I'm gonna play the princess and I'm gonna be doing all these while I'm recording my debut album--an album that's pop and R&B. I want it to be a combination of all my favorite things--kinda Kelly Clarkson meets Jessie J," she said.

Despite her busy schedule Argota asked her Filipino friends to include her in fundraising activities for typhoon Haiyan victims.

"Just to see how helpless everybody was overt here, how devastating everything was, I had to do something to help," she said.

Aladdin and His Winter Wish will be staged starting this week until December 29.