They may have names like cartoon characters, but Booboo and Fivel Stewart are serious about lending their voices and status as teen celebrities to a worthy cause.
The brother and sister, who have toured with teen singers Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato, will give a free concert Saturday in Tempe to raise money and awareness for Childhelp, a national organization headquartered in Scottsdale that works to end child abuse. The concert is one of only two in the nation.
Seventeen-year-old heartthrob BooBoo is best recognized for his portrayal of werewolf Seth Clearwater in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," the third installment of the "Twilight" film series. He's also done stunt work on several films, including 2007's "Beowulf," and had roles on TV's "Everybody Hates Chris" and "CSI: Miami."
Fivel, 14, has hosted Hawaii's "Blue Dolphin Kids" television program and appeared in the TV series "Dante's Cove."
Fresh off the blue carpet at last weekend's "Teen Choice Awards," Booboo (real name Nils) and Fivel (given name Trent) answer a few questions for fans.
Q: Where do the names Booboo and Fivel come from?
A: (Fivel:) When I was younger, I looked like the mouse (in the movie) "Fievel Goes West," so that's how I got it. (Booboo:) My parents just gave me the nickname when I was a baby ... and it just stuck with me my whole life.
Q: A lot of people know Booboo as an actor, but you guys are also a music duo. What are you working on?
A: (Booboo:) We're working on an album right now; it's called "Change." It's a pop-electric-alternative feel. It's not too pop-ish, but it's not extreme hard rock music; it's more in between. (Fivel:) He sings and plays guitar ... and I play piano, and I sing.
Q: What about separate projects?
A: (Booboo:) I just wrapped the film "White Frog." I play ... a teenager who has Asperger's (syndrome). I'm the protagonist of the movie, and the story's told through my eyes. It's about a family that has an accident within the family and how Nick Young, the character that I play, helps bring back the family. We'll hopefully hit some film festivals. It's an indie film. It's a really amazing story. (Fivel:) I'm just working on my music, pretty much, going to the studio and recording my stuff. Singing is my main priority in life. Acting is fun as well, but it's not my main thing that I want to do.
Q: Why is Childhelp's mission a meaningful cause for you?
A: (Fivel:) Well, we work with a lot of children, and we love to help in any way possible. We actually feed the homeless almost every Thanksgiving or Christmas, and just helping out as much as possible is what we love to do. (Booboo:) Childhelp is an amazing organization - how they help children who have been abused by their parents or other people. When we heard about it, we just really wanted to get involved.
Q: What do you have in store for fans in Tempe?
A: (Booboo:) They can expect a really fun, exciting show ... and (an) autograph signing afterward - open meet-and-greet. We'll sign everyone's autograph, which is always a cool thing; we don't like to leave anyone behind.
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