Where Are They Now? — The Stars of “Make Your Move”

Let’s catch up with the two leading stars of Make Your Move, which was released earlier this year in Korea and in the United States. If you missed the film, it is available on DVD or Blu Ray. Just for the dancing and the music from American and K-Pop artists alone, the film is so worth it.

Derek HoughDEREK HOUGH (plays Donny) – The five-time champ of Dancing With the Stars and Emmy Award winner in choreography is back for his 14th season. Derek’s partner for the season  Bethany Mota, a young You Tube vlogger with millions of subscribers. Recently Derek and Bethany had the opportunity to perform to Gene Kelly’s iconic song, Singin’ In the Rain. Click here for more details, and a video of the performance.

Derek is also going to appear in four episodes of the popular ABC show Nashville. Derek will appear for the first time on October 8 in an episode entitled, “I Can’t Get Over You to Save My Life.” Below is a promo of his appearance.

 

BoA KwonBOA KWON (plays Aya) – BoA has been involved in a comeback tour in Japan, the release of a new single,”Masayume Chasing”, as well as a new album entitled, Who’s Back?. Just recently, she completed a SMtown Concert in Tokyo for 2 days with other SM entertainment label mates.

 

In filmography, BoA is set to make her domestic film debut in a Korean movie called Big Match. The film is a techno-crime thriller about the happenings at a gambling house. In the film, she plays Soo-Kyung (a woman of mystery). The film is to be released in December 2014.

 

What Inspires Duane Adler’s Writing & ‘Make Your Move’ [INTERVIEW]

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We found this great fantastic interview with MAKE YOUR MOVE director, Duane Adler, by Mae Abdulbaki from Punch Drunk Critics. In the interview, Duane discusses his transition from screenwriter to director, how it felt directing Derek Hough & Boa in their first film roles, and how writes and envisions a dance scene! Duane also talks about his possible next directing project, which sounds very interesting! We’ve included some of our favorite parts before, but be sure to click here to read the entire article!

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You said that you felt you were the best person to direct this movie. Was there another director attached to the project at any point in time?

No. This was something I pitched. I wanted to do an East meets West story. An American boy and an Asian girl. And I felt like tap dance was underutilized as an art form in movies. There hasn’t been a tap dance movie in years, probably since Tap in the late ’80s. I was kind of watching what was going on in Tap and there were some tap dancers and I watched what they did and I was like, “this is really cool!”

It’s very edgy and raw and urban. So I knew I wanted the lead character to be a tap dancer. I was looking for something for my love interest that would really have a percussion element to go along with the tap dancing and something that’s unique to Asian culture. And I thought, “what about taiko drums? Those are really cool, I love those things.” So I Googled tap dance and taiko drums just to see if anybody had done something or was doing anything with those instruments, and I found this group in New York called Cobu.

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As a director, how was it working with first-time actor Derek Hough and with BoA in her first English-speaking role?

You know, as a director, I couldn’t have asked for more from both of them and I couldn’t have felt luckier because they were both workaholics. Neither of them had done a movie before. Derek was on the West End when he was 18, but never been in a movie before. But obviously from being on the show [Dancing with the Stars], he was very camera-savvy and very used to working with a lot of people around.

And BoA, she’d grown up around the spotlight, so that part of it was easy for both of them. But the challenge for both of them, and was something that they both embraced, was the work that it takes to be relaxed on camera and to not feel the pressure of having to be perfect every time. Both in the dance numbers as well as the acting. To be able to know that this isn’t live television and that we can take two or three takes. They can warm up into this. They both just went with it and trusted me and trusted the process. We asked an enormous amount of them. They started dance rehearsals five weeks before we started shooting. They lived in the dance studio with the choreographers and the dancers. And they embraced it all and were ready to go.

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When you sit down to write, coming from a dance perspective, do you imagine the dance scenes in your head as you’re writing certain scenes?

Yeah. Yeah, I do. When I write a dance scene, I do write on the page a lot describing it. I don’t try to describe the dance moves though. I don’t try to say, “she spins on toes in a three-spin pirouette.” I don’t get into the technical terms, but I try to take the reader on an emotional journey. I ask myself before I write any dance numbers, “what’s the story of this dance?” And that’s where I start. What are the characters trying to express? What are they trying to say? Not unlike how a musical would work, when the character breaks into song, and that’s what’s happening here with our characters.

Each time Derek and BoA dance, we’re furthering the story and they’re saying something to the other person that they’re not saying in words. So I’ll put that on the page and might write

a page and a half, a page, describing that. And then I’d share that with the choreographers and the music department. And Derek actually wrote one of the songs with that in mind. He co-wrote the “Let Me In” song when they do the beautiful duet in the studio. So it’s all really a collaborative experience, but it does all start with what I envision when I’m writing it.

What I didn’t want to do with this movie is make it a dance battle movie. I wanted to make these dances in this movie much more intimate. Much more storytelling. I didn’t want the movie to feel like it stops for a dance number. I wanted the dances to be dramatic and sensual and romantic. Just two characters expressing themselves.

Read the rest of this great interview here!

Great Article on ‘Make Your Move’s Director, Duane Adler!

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Duane directing BoA and Derek in a scene

Did you know that MAKE YOUR MOVE was Duane Adler’s first time directing a feature film? Did you know that he came up with the concept, wrote the screenplay, and found the two main leads Derek Hough and BoA? MAKE YOUR MOVE is Duane’s baby and we are so happy that the movie has finally been released so that everyone can enjoy this wonderful movie!

The Baltimore Sun published an article on Duane (who grew up in nearby Washington D.C.) Below is an excerpt from the aricle:

“I felt I was the best person to interpret this story — and as a writer, I don’t always feel that way,” says the North Carolina-born Adler, 45, who grew up in suburban Washington, D.C., and Odenton and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park.” Directing is a different beat. It’s time-consuming, it’s hard. I think you have to be really passionate if you want to go down that road. But this [story] was an idea I had, and I did want to direct it from the start.”

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Adler says he’s perhaps most proud of the diverse cast he assembled for film. “Make Your Move” stars Derek Hough, of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and Korean pop-star BoA. Members of COBU appear in the film, and the supporting cast includes Will Yun Lee (CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0”) and Wesley Jonathan (TV Land’s “The Soul Man’).

“Our industry’s changing daily,” Adler says, “but there’s some trepidation when it comes to cross-cultural love stories and cross-cultural casting.”

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Still, Adler is optimistic that audiences are ready to embrace such a polyglot cast in a film that centers on conflict among people, not races.

“Not one time in this movie is race an issue,” he says. “Not one time does anyone say, ‘You can’t be with that girl because she’s Asian,” or ‘You can’t be with that boy because he’s white.’

Read the rest of the article here!

Derek Hough Tidbits on ‘Make Your Move’ & Fun Instagram Video!

Check out this great interview called “5 Ways to Make Your Move with Derek Hough” from Backstage.com! In the article, Derek explains five important things that keeps him motivated in life and career.. and filming MAKE YOUR MOVE! We’ve posting our two favorites, but be sure to click on the link to read them all!

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Derek’s special message to fans about ‘Make Your Move’

Go the extra mile.
“The character is a tapper, a hoofer, a street performer in New Orleans and I’ve never tapped before in my life,” says Hough. “It was actually one of the things that fascinated me about it and excited me because I knew it was going to force me to learn a new skill.” Although they offered to use stunt feet, it was important to Hough to do all the dancing himself. “I wanted every sound and every movement to be my own, and to be honest about it and to be true.” Hough trained for two and a half months, but luckily, since he was a drummer, picking up the rhythms was fairly easy.

Training gives you freedom.
In addition to his dance training, Hough studied theater in London. The training helped to give him freedom in his acting and dancing. “It’s really psychological, and [you learn] about yourself and being honest with yourself and true to how you feel in that moment.” He’s applied this technique to his acting, dancing, and choreography. “Whether I’m doing a routine where I want to move people, or if I want to feel moved myself, I definitely tap into those moments where it’s not just dancing or movement. It might just be a hand gesture or just a slow look, or even just the way you slightly tip your head forward. These subtleties speak volumes.”

Also check out this fun instagram that Derek posted today in honor of the release of MAKE YOUR MOVE. It’s a behind the scenes video at the filming of the video LET ME IN… you can see Duane Adler in there getting some action too! Haha!

#fbf recording the music video for LET ME IN from the film MAKE YOUR MOVE . Which comes out today . #power

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Awesome Behind-the-Scenes Video of ‘Make Your Move’! See How The Dances Were Created!

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We absolutely love this exclusive behind-the-scenes video that was released by Seventeen Magazine! In the video, we get a little inside look of how the dance scenes were created and the diverse music was incorporated into MAKE YOUR MOVE. We get nice interviews from Duane Adler, Derek Hough, BoA Kwon, Napleon and Tabitha D’Umo, and Yako Miyamoto!

Watch the video here!

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Some quotes that are particularly notable:

Duane Adler on Derek – “Derek Hough is a freak of nature. The guy can do anything and he makes it look easy. But the secret is that he works harder than anybody that I know.”

Napoleon on BoA – “Boa is just…. She shines!! She gets tired like everyone else in rehearsals, but when it’s time to turn it on… SHE SHINES!”

Duane on BoA – “There is nobody I’d rather have in this film playing ‘Aya’ than BoA.”

Derek on BoA – “BoA….. There’s a lot of secrets I know about BoA!!! Ohh.. I’m just kidding!”

Duane on Derek & BoA – “BoA and Derek worked their ASSES off [on this film].”

Click on the screencaps in the gallery below to make the picture bigger!

BoA Talks About ‘Make Your Move’ & How She Wants A Boyfriend To Treat Her!

In this new interview from Koreak Joongang Daily, BoA talks about MAKE YOUR MOVE, how she wants her boyfriend to treat her, and her next movie project! BoA also clarifies that she did not want to sing in the film because she wanted to separate herself from ‘Aya’. Check out this beautiful picture they posted with the article! Thanks to @dreamsong91 on twitter for sending us the article!

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Do you think you are similar to Aya’s character?

Yes. Aya and I both are quite independent girls, and we love dance, apparently. Also, as I have spent quite a lot of time in Japan, I could relate to Aya more than anybody else. And we both have older brothers who we are very close to.

In the film, Aya says she doesn’t want a guy to control her. Do you think so too?

Definitely not [laughs]. To be honest, I want my boyfriend to control me and hold the upper hand in the relationship.

How can you compare dancing as Aya in the film to dancing on stage as BoA?

I have been a solo artist for about 14 years, so it’s kind of awkward to dance with someone else. And when that other person is a guy, it gets worse. When I first joined the film, I freaked out when Derek touched me in the dance moves. It took weeks for me to adapt to the situation [laughs]. Dancing in the film was a whole different experience since I had to convey the feelings of my character through dancing. Even when I was shooting the same scene, I could act differently depending on how I perceived Aya and Donny’s emotions. Now that I’ve tried so many different moves with Derek, I think I could dance to anything with him.

Did you think about singing in the film?

No. I did not want my image as a singer to be confused with Aya’s character, and I said so to the production team.

From last year’s KBS special drama series “Waiting for Love,” you seem to be focusing on your acting career at the moment. How’s your next film, “Big Match,” going?

“Big Match” is an action film, and I play the villain, going up against actor Lee Jung-jae in the story. It was fun to put on special makeup and fight against male characters. 

Read the rest of the interview here!

 

How Did BoA, Derek Hough, & the Rest of the Cast Join ‘Make Your Move’

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One of the most interesting aspects of MAKE YOUR MOVE is how diverse the cast is! We found this article from backstage.com about how MAKE YOUR MOVE casting director, Alyssa Weisberg, put together our wonderful cast. Take note that BoA had been attached to the project before Alyssa came on board and that Duane Adler was already interested in Derek as the male lead!

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“When Weisberg joined the project, BoA was already attached. Adler had see Hough at a taping of “Dancing with the Stars” and was already interested in him, as well. “By the time we went into pre-production, it was clear that Derek was our Donny,” Weisberg says. She also quickly cast Nick, played by Wesley Jonathan, and Kaz, played by Will Yun Lee. “Both actors gave fantastic reads!” Weisberg says.

No matter what genre Weisberg is casting, she says she looks for the same qualities. “I look for the best and most interesting actors for the roles. Finding actors who have a great presence and bring something new and fresh is such an amazing challenge.” She enjoys working with directors and producers who are “open to emerging talent and out-of-the box ideas.” Of course, with “Make the Move,” dancing was an important skill and Weisberg knew she needed actors who were great dancers for the roles of Tatianna and Natsumi, which were among the more difficult to cast.”

Read the rest of the article here!

We also found another video interview that Derek did during the MAKE YOUR MOVE press tour! Here he speaks about the movie with The Rhode Show!

Derek Hough Talks to ABC News About ‘Make Your Move’ & More!

ABC News via Good Morning America spoke to Derek about his new film MAKE YOUR MOVE, out this Friday, April 18. In the article, Derek speaks about how he relates to his character ‘Donny’ as he falls in love with Aya. He says that now that he is older, he can appreciate love stories, like his own film! LOL!

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“Hough added another benefit of growing and maturing is he finally in a place in his life where he can appreciate love stories, which is the theme of his new movie out Friday.

“It’s amazing how much clearer you get when you fall in love with somebody,” he told ABC News of how his life now relates to his character Donny.

Though he didn’t say whether there was a certain special lady in his life currently, he added, “love clarifies everything, makes it more enjoyable.”

“I see similarities in Donny [his character] and myself, just trying to figure out what it is you’re meant to do, following your passion,” he added.

Something that was different for the five-time “DWTS” champion was that acting in a movie isn’t live like it is in the ballroom or in some of the theater he has done in London.

He said he was pleasantly surprised after he felt he didn’t quite nail a take that he would get a second chance.

“With this film, I’d be really mad at myself and they’d say, ‘Derek it’s okay, we have more shots today,'” he added.”

Please read the entire article here!

‘Donny & Aya’ – Our Favorite Couple… Yup, We Ship Them! Do You??? [PHOTO GALLERY]

You can’t deny the incredible chemistry that Derek Hough & BoA had together on screen in MAKE YOUR MOVE as we watched their characters ‘Donny’ & ‘Aya’ fall in love! Check out this photo gallery of scenes from Make Your Move of our favorite moments of Donny & Aya!

 

BoA & Derek Hough Talk to MaxMovie About ‘Make Your Move’ Dance Scenes! [VIDEO]

Here is a new Korean promo video for MAKE YOUR MOVE! BoA & Derek speak in English, but there are Korean subtitles. They speak about their experiences creating the dance scenes in the film and Derek has a cute story about BoA! Director Duane Adler also makes an appearance!