Category: Photoshoots

Aly & AJ: Imagista Feature – Photoshoot + Interview

Check out Aly & AJ’s feature for Imagista. Read the interview below and check out gorgeous pictures from the photoshoot.

It is one thing to be touring the globe; it is another thing to be doing it with your best friend and sister. Aly and AJ have found success both on screen as individuals and on stage as a music duo. Their kind and lovable disposition combined with their raw and undeniable talent is what makes these sisters so special. We had the chance to catch up with them and learn a little more about what pushes them as well as what makes them such positive role models.

Imagista: Where did u guys grow up?

AJ: We grew up in Southern California, we were born and raised in LA for most of our lives. We did spend a chunk of our childhood in Seattle Washington for seven years as kids. My family wanted to be closer to the rest of our family but due to our fathers business, which was located in LA, we ended up back in California.

Imagista: Do you feel like growing up in LA had an impact on your choice of career?

Aly: It was our love for entertaining and performing together in church and school that really sparked that fire in us. It wasn’t because we lived in LA. We started out pretty young. We were about six and eight years old when we started taking acting classes.

Imagista:
Who is older?
Aly: Me, I am two years older.

Imagista: Did you start performing at the same time?
Aly & AJ: Yeah!
AJ: I think Aly being the older sister really inspired me because as the younger sister I would want to do what she was doing. It became a clear passion for both of us at a young age and we knew this is what we wanted to do but we didn’t know we would be doing it as a profession.

Imagista: You guys have had so much success as together and also individually, how does that work? How do you balance your individual careers and your duo?

Aly: It can be. A lot of the time we need to talk about it together and decide what we can do and what we can’t do. For us, we manage it, because we are really close and we feel like we could make those tough decisions together. When Aj is filming a TV show I am at the mercy of her when it comes to music but that’s okay because I know that and we work around it. Continue reading Aly & AJ: Imagista Feature – Photoshoot + Interview

Pulse Spikes: A Throwback to the 80s, 90s, and 2000s with Actress and Musician AJ Michalka

Check out this new interview and beautiful photoshoot of AJ for Pulse Spikes.

If you have never been at a sleepover with a group of girlfriends, jumping up and down on your beds singing along to “Potential Breakup Song,” then you are really missing out. That song was, and continues to be, an anthem for all heartbroken and mistreated girls. Half of the voice behind it is AJ Michalka, who has built an incredible career from her beginnings on Disney. Today, Michalka stars in Schooled, a new show on ABC that is a spinoff of The Goldbergs, while releasing music independently with her sister, Aly. Together, the duo Aly & AJ recently released their single “Church” and will be heading out on tour beginning May 1st.

The spinoff show, Schooled, which you star in premiered this past January. For those who have never seen the show, how would you describe it? How did that show come about?
It’s been a long process. I have been a part of The Goldbergs for the past six years, and I have really gotten to love Lainey and develop her from the ground up. I feel very close to that character. And people have really come to love my relationship with Barry on that show. We kind of ended up closing that chapter, and here we are 10 years later. Lainey is working at her old high school as a music teacher. We are now in the 90s, so I’m able to spin off this character who is now an adult. It had a lot of different lives, it was not going to go, and now they’ve retold it. The network really believed in it and decided that this was something that could be a great comedy to overlay on top of The Goldbergs. It’s kind of the perfect scenario: two back to back comedies that both have similar tones and fanbases.

What was the inspiration behind “Potential Breakup Song”? How did that song come about?
A lot of it is electronic pop, 80s inspired, and less guitar than we have usually done. While we were making it, we were listening to Tame Impala, Beach House, Genesis, and Peter Gabriel’s solo stuff, bands that have inspired us in a really cool way. They are either 80s type bands or have influences from it. We try not to listen to too much when we create because it can infiltrate your sound in a way that you feel less authentic, and you want to be careful about creating your own thing that isn’t taken from anywhere else, as hard as that is. Still, that kind of music was really our biggest influence while making the record.

If you could describe your new album ‘10 Years’ in three words, what would they be?
Nostalgic, uplifting, and electric.

If you could only listen to three records for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, Beach House’s Depression Cherry, and Tame Impala’s Currents.

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Continue to trust yourself. You are what you are for a reason, and that’s exactly what you’re supposed to be.

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Disney ABC Television Hosts TCA Winter Press Tour 2019

Earlier this evening AJ attended the Disney ABC Television Hosts TCA Winter Press Tour 2019 for “Schooled”. The gallery has been updated with gorgeous event photos and portraits of her at it.

The Wrap Interview & Photoshoot

Check out this new interview and beautiful new photoshoot of AJ.

2018 Comic-Con International

AJ attended the Comic-Con International for “The Goldbergs” and “Schooled” this past weekend. The gallery has been updated with beautiful pictures of her at it as well as some photoshoots.

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2018 SXSW Festival

The gallery has been updated with additional pictures of AJ at the 2018 SXSW Festival. Thanks to my friend Mouza for some of the pics!


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Interview Magazine

Check out Aly & AJ’s new interview and photoshoot with Interview Magazine below!


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How Aly & AJ avoided the child star curse and invented a new sound
Aly and AJ Michalka (born Alyson and Amanda Michalka), a.k.a. the Y2K teen idols Aly & AJ, have journeyed from L.A. for their first New York fashion week. Aly, in particular, is a style maniac, although both arrived for this photo shoot in stunning outfits; AJ wore black patent leather pants that squeak when she walks. Despite busy days in press junkets and playing shows (they recently performed for Ferragamo at a party launching the brand’s new scent), the sisters seemed chipper, posing like professionals.

The occasion for their trip? After ten years spent focusing on acting projects—Aly stars on Veronica Mars-creator Rob Thomas’s iZombie, AJ on hit family sitcom The Goldbergs—the sisters Michalka have released an EP, appropriately titled Ten Years. The four-song EP, led by single “Take Me,” is a floaty wisp of confectionary dream-pop. The siblings call their music “nostalgic,” but it also smacks of the now, with an ’80s synth style re-popularized by producers like Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid.

“To me it feels a little bit like a soundtrack to life, and I think that’s the most interesting part about the production,” says AJ. “I tend to lean towards songs that almost feel like they’re the score to a film, and I feel like this record really does that.”

In adulthood, the Michalkas have much more control over their work (the production of Ten Years was self-funded). Though they have always written their own songs, these are the tracks with which outside hands have interfered the least. “I think the most important thing is that we’ve really grown from being these 16- and 14-year-old songwriters that were writing about experiences that we [hadn’t had yet], like having a boyfriend or losing someone important in your life,” says Aly. “We were just writing those assuming what you would feel like if that happened to you.” Continue reading Interview Magazine

AMO Ferragamo Launch Party, AM to DM & Photoshoots Additions

Hey everyone! Aly & AJ have been pretty busy the past week promoting their EP “Ten Years”. In addition to performing “Promises” on TRL they also performed their entire EP at the AMO Ferragamo Launch Party. Pictures of them performing at the launch party have been added to the gallery. In addition, the gallery is now caught up on all recent photoshots and I have added screen captures from the “Take Me” music video to the gallery. And lastly, screen captures from Aly & AJ’s recent AM to DM interview are now in the gallery — you can watch the interview here.


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0100 x Talk Shows, Interviews, & Other Screen Captures > 2018 > AM to DM Interview – 02.09.18
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0226 x Aly & AJ > Music Videos > Ten Years > “Take Me” Music Video – Screen Captures

Aly & AJ – Refinery29 Feature


10 Years Post-Disney, Aly & AJ Are Reinventing Themselves — & Their Style

In 2007, Aly and AJ Michalka — commonly known as Aly and AJ — released Insomniatic, the studio album that brought the world “Potential Break-up Song,” one of 2007’s most popular anthems. That year saw the sisters become Disney darlings, open for Hannah Montana on the Best of Both Worlds world tour, score their own teenage rom-com, Cow Belles, and walk the red carpet in balloon dresses, chunky belts, and printed Pucci.

It’s not 2007, though. It’s 2017, and the names Aly and AJ, at least as one, packaged deal, have been a twinkle in most millennials’ nostalgia-minded eyes. That all changed on Friday, when they dropped their first single in a decade, “Take Me.” Along came the inevitable headlines: “Aly & AJ Drop A Dreamy New Single Like It’s 2007,” and “Aly & AJ’s New Song ‘Take Me’ Is So Worth The 10-Year Wait.”

But don’t call it a comeback.

“I think I’d call it more of a revival of [us] finding music again,” AJ tells Refinery29. “We really focused on our acting careers, and even though music has always been our number one love, we just went through a long period of time where we hit a wall, just in regards to writing and our passion for music. And we found that [passion] again.”
Born and raised in Los Angeles (minus seven early years spent in Seattle), Aly and AJ were first signed at ages 15 and 13, respectively. “It sounds weird to say we were so young when we started, but we really, actually, truly were,” Aly notes. “Now that we have a little more wisdom and have just been in the business longer, we look back at things” — things like touring and flying around the world — “and go, ‘Wow, that really wasn’t normal.’”

They’re now 28 and 26; Aly is married, AJ is a series regular on the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs. Though not even 30, the duo has become a symbol of early-2000s nostalgia, something they admit is “trending” and certainly helps catapult them back into the mainstream.

“People have been coming up to us a lot after seeing that we have new music coming out and they’ll be like, ‘Oh my gosh, you were my childhood,’” AJ says. “And it just makes me laugh, because, you know, we’re young ourselves. To be a part of someone’s past is so interesting and weird. We haven’t been around that long, but it has been long enough for people to grow up with us in a way that made a really big impact.” Continue reading Aly & AJ – Refinery29 Feature

Aly & AJ’s Official Site: AlyandAJ.com Now Online!

Aly & AJ’s official site is now online, check it out here! The gallery has been updated with photoshoot pictures from the official site, as well as a few others from the photoshoot. Check out the solo shots of Aly at Aly Michalka Fan.


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