The Landisville dancer will appear in the new Rebel Wilson Netflix movie Entertainment

Take this from Olivia Matter: it’s important to check your DM.

After all, it may take just one important message to bring a dance student to rehearsal and then suddenly to the set of a new Netflix movie.

“Year of the Seniors” is a new comedy starring Rebel Wilson, which will premiere on Friday, May 13. In the film, Wilson plays a cheerleader who falls into a coma in 2002 and wakes up in 2022, ready to regain her place among the high school hierarchy.

Among the ranks of the modern cheerleading team is Mater, who moved from Landesville to Atlanta, Georgia, just as COVID-19 came to the US in March 2020. Before moving Mater spent most of her teenage years at the Morton Dance Center in Landville, where she studied under the tutelage of owner Elijah Morton.

Shortly after moving to Atlanta, Mater began taking lessons in Dance 411 from instructor Brooke Bow. Only after a few months at the school, which also has its own talent agency, did Mater receive this fateful direct message.

Email led to auditions, and auditions quickly led to securing a role – with rehearsals to take place in just a week and a half.

“I moved to Atlanta to become the best dancer, and I used to compete,” explains Mater. «(Valid) was not even on my radar. I just moved here and was still training and looking for a way. That was what I was did not expect to feel so fast ”.


While Mater wasn’t a cheerleader in high school, she says she quickly mastered the necessary skills thanks to Bowe, who is a choreographer’s assistant, Wilson’s backup and the film’s chief choreographer, Akamon Jones.

“It was something I thought, ‘Wow, maybe I missed something as a kid because being a cheerleader is weird,'” Mater says. “(Bow) said

Although the turn was somewhat blurred between roles, Matter says that most of “Detachment” came with Dance 411, which helped her feel more comfortable on her first set. So far her character does not have a given name, Matter says she was encouraged to be herself that ultimately created the feeling that she is just playing a version of herself on screen.

As for the star of the film, Mater says she was already a fan of Rebel Wilson, but left the experience to even bigger fans.

“She’s gorgeous and extremely funny,” Mater says. The energy in the room has always been good because the choreographer has worked with her on all the Pitch Perfect films. Everything flowed really beautiful. The first day she was with us for rehearsals and just got there off plane from London. She had a great work ethic, and she came with us right away. ”

Mater’s assessment of work ethic stems in part from her years with Morton, who speaks in her own 10 years of teaching in his studio, she is one of the few students with the necessary desire to succeed as a dancer.

“While there are dancers who want to do this in entertainment mode or before graduation, they can still look at it and say,‘ Wow, what a milestone, ’” Morton says of Mater’s success. “There’s no end to everything, and I’m sure Olivia will tell you she’s on top of her dance now, but there’s a bigger door of opportunity ready to open that she doesn’t even know about yet. ”

Matter is really in the air about her next moves, whether it’s on the dance floor or the sound stage or in a concert hall. Just considering all the ways she could go, Matter gives up potential careers such as choreographer, dancer music videos and actress.

However, time spent working on the “Senior Year” may lead to another possibility of this Matter was not even considered before she stepped onto the set.

“I found a new passion for fitness (on set) when I was filming, it opened my eyes to the possibility of performing stunts and dancing, because they all go hand in hand,” says Mater.

The premiere of “Year of the Seniors” on May 15 will not only see the finished film for the first time, but also Mater. Although there is currently no plan for the party, it says Matter she happy to take the lessons she learned on set and apply them to any role she dances.

“With this experience come home I grew up as a dancer at Morton’s, I was there for eight years and sharing my experiences with everyone, young dancers, was one of the most rewarding things, ”says Mater. “As much as each of these kids loves dancing, it is not something everyone wants to keep doing as a college football player. So kids who want to make it their profession, I want to tell them it’s real, it’s possible you just should keep going and take risks ”.

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