Daya Studies Up for 'School of Rock' Acting Debut: Exclusive

Daya in "School of Rock"

Daya in "School of Rock"

Singer/songwriter Daya will make her acting debut on an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon’s School of Rock, Nickelodeon’s reboot of the 2003 Richard Linklater film (which inspired a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, too) that’s currently in production on season 2. The Artbeatz/RED artist, whose Chainsmokers collaboration "Don't Let Me Down" is currently No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, will be playing herself. 

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"It was so much fun to work with the cast on School of Rock," says Daya. “I was a little nervous because it was my first acting gig, but it was such a great experience. We had so much fun on set and I can't wait for people to see the final episode!"

Nickelodeon shared a few first look photos from of Daya on set with Billboard.

In Daya’s episode, titled "I Put A Spell On You,” Summer (Jade Pettyjohn) gets hypnotized to improve her singing and plans to duet with Tomika (Breanna Yde) in an audition for a TV singing competition. But Summer’s new talent sparks a rivalry and both girls instead try out against each other. Daya portrays one of the judges for the competition. The episode will premiere this fall.

"Daya is so nice and talented, I had such a blast working with her and we even got to sing one of her songs, ‘Hide Away,” Yde tells Billboard. Who’s on Yde’s wish list to guest on the show? “I would love to have Ed Sheeran or Tori Kelly as a special guest star or maybe even Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin!"