Shawn Mendes Admits He Auditioned For The Disney Channel

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It’s hard to imagine today’s music scene without Shawn Mendes dominating the airwaves, but if you would’ve asked the singer what his dream job was as a child, it wouldn’t have included singing — at least not at first.

During an interview with i-D earlier this month, the Canadian singer revealed that his actual dream job was acting. He wanted to act so much that he once auditioned for Disney. Could you imagine Mendes as a Disney Channel star?

“I wanted to be an actor, like, so so bad. I took acting classes, I auditioned for Disney, and then I realized how nervous I got with remembering lines,” Mendes told i-D when talking about what he thought he’d be when he grew up.

Unfortunately, the whole acting thing didn’t take off — because clearly reading and remembering lines is key to success — but that didn’t keep Mendes from pursing the path to stardom, one way or another.

“Then music kind of fell upon me when I was around 13,” he recalled. “I started watching YouTube videos and singing and it became something that I was obsessed with. Next thing I know, I was fully in it.”

While we would NOT be opposed to Mendes branching into the acting world a la Harry Styles in Dunkirk, we are so happy he found a creative outlet with YouTube. Now, the young star is a mega singer, who has a massive following and we couldn’t imagine it any other way.


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