To some extent, I was used to growing up in public.
I was a pastor’s kid, so eyes were always on me, even then.
Then we made a music video for a cover song that we initially didn’t want to do because we hadn’t written it, called “Year 3000,” exclusively for Disney, which led them to start playing the song on Radio Disney and the video on the Disney Channel. We went from an opening act to headliners, first in half-theaters, then full theaters, then half-arenas to full arenas, all within a span of around six weeks.
Sometimes people flipped us off, threw water bottles at us.
Miley Cyrus played an already-famous pop star on a Disney show, Hannah Montana, and as we were starting to blow up, we got a boost by playing ourselves, as her favorite band on her own show.
That was definitely our first major love shown by Disney, and I think it might have been a trial to see whether they should give us a show of our own, and they did.
There were 40,000 people, and we needed to get a helicopter in order to make it to the show because the traffic was so bad.
I remember sitting in that helicopter, flying over all those cars, and thinking, This is really happening. They’ve done it with so many pop stars and young actors, from Hilary Duff to the High School Musical crew.
So we wrote a song together in the living room called “Please Be Mine,” which we thought would just be for Nick.