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Demi Lovato Made Sure ‘Smurfs’ Flick Had a Strong Female Presence: ‘Times Are Changing’

To truly feel blue, Demi Lovato had to push herself. As the voice of courageous Smurfette in Smurfs: The Lost Village, “I was stepping out of my comfort zone,” the pop star, 24, reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. “When I’m singing, I’m in my element. This was so different. I was really focused.”

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Demi Lovato Smurfs the lost village
Demi Lovato voices Smurfette in SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE. Trae Patton

In the cartoon flick (out now), her character leads her pals on a dangerous journey through a magical forest in hopes of finding a mysterious town. For her part, Lovato can get behind such a daring move: “Smurfette and I are both serious about an adventure!” The L.A.-based star, dating MMA fighter GuilhermeBombaVasconcelos, 31, shares more with Us.

Us Weekly: Did you want to portray Smurfette a certain way?

Demi Lovato: Well, we’re both confident. So I wanted her to be seen as a confident young woman. She’s very independent. She wanted to go on this journey by herself.

Us: Past Smurf cartoons have been male-centric. Was it important to you that this film have a strong female presence?

DL: Times are changing and I think that’s what people want to see. I love that this generation is going to grow up knowing you can be a strong, independent woman. I also think storywise, this is something that hasn’t been done, so now we’re doing it.

Us: What would your real-life Smurf name be?

DL: It would be Singing Smurf, as silly and lame as that is!

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Us: These days, are you focusing more on acting than music?

DL: Music is my top priority, but I would love to continue acting at some point. Right now, I’m working on my next album. Hopefully you’ll see an album by the end of this year.

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