Exclusive: Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist's Harvey Guillén on Britney song

David Opie, Susannah Alexander
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Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist star Harvey Guillén has revealed that getting to perform Britney Spears' classic 2000 track 'Stronger' on the NBC show left him "giddy".

The actor made a dramatic exit from the musical comedy-drama during its second season, after Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy) was forced to fire his character George from his programming job at SPRQ Point.

George sang and danced his way out of the office with a rendition of 'Stronger' and actor Harvey revealed during an exclusive chat with Digital Spy that working with famed choreographer Mandy Moore on the number was "just amazing".

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"Oh my gosh. When I heard that I was going to work with her, I was just giddy," he said. "Her and her team couldn't have been nicer. These are great moves. These are amazing, professional moves that you're doing. But you don't realise that. You're being thrown in. 'Just do it.' And you have to do it.

"So even if you don't get the steps right the first time, she's the most encouraging person. She's like, 'That's OK. You'll get it.' And then we move on. There's no babying the actor who comes on set and might not know how to move. It's like, 'No, we're going to work together, and find what works with your body, and what works with the moves, and whatnot."

The actor, who is also known for his role as Guillermo in What We Do in the Shadows, added that Mandy "really pushed" him with the tough choreography, but said that he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

"I mean, that Britney number was sharp moves. It was just amazing to do that, because I don't think any other show would have even thought about giving me a dance number like that," he said. "They would have been like, 'Oh, yeah, let's just do a step touch with him there.' Something simple.

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"And for her, it was like, 'No, we're doing the move. We're doing the dancing.' She's such a legend to work with, and the nicest, nicest person. It was just great."

George may have seemingly left the show but could he dance his way back into Zoey's life in future? Harvey told us that he wouldn't rule out a comeback in future if the opportunity arose.

"It was wonderful. The cast was so welcoming, and they're all super-talented. They're doing great work over there," he said of his time on the show. "So it was nice to come and play with George for a little bit, like a visiting cousin.

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"And who knows? Austin [Winsberg, the show's creator] was talking about a potential storyline for the future. So if everything aligns, George might be back. You never know."

George's spectacular exit dance wasn't without incident though, as Harvey also revealed to Digital Spy that he accidentally broke a prop while rehearsing for the number.

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist airs on NBC in the US.

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