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'X Factor' star Rachel Crow dishes on lending her voice to 'Rio 2'

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When 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios launched Rio 2, they added a few new voices to the cast for the highly anticipated sequel. One of those voices was Rachel Crow, the singer and actress who proved to be a fan favorite on The X Factor, who lent her pipes to the character of Carla - the daughter of Rio main characters Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway). With Rio 2 now available on home video, we talked to Rachel last week about joining the film and her own love of animated films.

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"It was super surreal," she told us of her Rio 2 experience. "I was just so taken aback by the whole thing. It was crazy. I couldn't believe that I was in this movie, especially since I'd seen the first [one]!"

"I've always been a fan of animated movies. Most people, no matter what age you are, can go see an animated movie," Rachel continued.

What were some of the films that she loved? "The Emperor's New Groove and all of the Disney movies," she told us. "Pocahontas, of course, [The Little Mermaid] and things like that. And then when Ice Age and Monsters, Inc. came out, I was really excited. The creators of Ice Age did Rio and Rio 2."

Given that, how enjoyable was it for her to work with the people that had made one of her favorite movies? "Honestly, I loved every moment of it," she enthused. "Doing all of the voice-over work, it was so fun. I would love to do it again. But I would also like to do more live-action."

And that's entirely possible. Since The X Factor, Rachel has not only released an album, but also started an acting career. "I did a lot with Nickelodeon," she explained, "and the one [role] I get tweets about the most is my character Winnie that I did for Big Time Rush. She was a crazy fan; she was like obsessed with Big Time Rush!"

What kind of project would she like to have come her way next? As it turns out, her dream job isn't too far from something she's already done. "Recently I got the privilege to work with Nick Cannon, and he is just so talented. I admire him and look up to him so much. He is one of the hardest working people that I know," she told us. "We did a pilot, and it was an all-girl variety show and it was awesome. I loved that and I love sketch comedy, things like Saturday Night Live and The Carol Burnett Show."

"There is some stuff that may come up very soon," she added. "And also, I've been working very hard on an album. I've been in the studio writing songs." It'd be her first new record since her EP, also called Rachel Crow, was released in 2012.

But even as Rachel looks toward the future as both an actress and a singer, she's particularly proud of her work on Rio 2 and hoping that it sends a positive message to audiences. "I just want everyone to know that Rio 2 is a fun movie. In my opinion it's a movie for everyone," she said, adding that "I think it's important to let everyone know you're special. I always want to make sure everyone knows that you're beautiful."

Rio 2 is available now on Blu-Ray and DVD; for more on Rachel, you can also follow her on Twitter (@iamrachelcrow)

(c)2014 Brittany Frederick. Appears at Examiner with permission. All rights reserved. No reproduction permitted. Visit my official website and follow me on Twitter at @tvbrittanyf.

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