Dancer and actress, Victoria Baldesarra, is arguably the happiest person in the world.
The 18-year-old Canadian, who was cast as Michelle in the hit Disney show The Next Step at 13, says she is living out her dreams.
Along with 10 of the cast from the TV show, she is about to headline a live stage show in Australia – not as her character Michelle from the show, but as herself.
“It feels a little bit more comfortable to be myself in the live show instead of acting as Michelle because, obviously, that’s not me,” Baldesarra told Mamamia.
“But there is definitely a vulnerability, not everyone knows me as Victoria — a lot of people know me as my character on The Next Step so it’s really cool for fans to see who we are as people.”
The TV show has attracted teenage superfans and Next Steppers are found across the globe with last year’s live tour selling out in Australia.
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Baldesarra describes the show as a fake reality-based studio drama series that is a “breed of its own”, unlike anything on TV.
With 120 episodes under her belt, she is aware of her teen following and wants to be a good role model.
“Self-confidence means so much to me because I know it can be really easy with technology and social media to be really hard on ourselves,” she said.
“I’m still a teenager so I know what it feels like to feel that pain and to feel like you’re not good enough. I just hope to inspire people to love themselves and to be positive and follow your dreams.”