Alex Wong Shared the Playlist That Gives Him All That Energy
If you know anything about Alex Wong, you know that he's non-stop. The ballet-turned-commercial star is literally always dancing—in the street, in hotels, on tennis courts—and does some of the most mind-blowing cross-training workouts we've ever seen. Plus, we can't keep track of his many high-profile projects, and often find ourselves spotting him in our favorite movies and TV shows—from The Greatest Showman to "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."
What we're saying is that we'll have some of whatever it is he's having. And it turns out that a hype playlist is part of the secret to his endless energy. Lucky for us, Wong shared his go-to warm up songs:
The Power of Good Music and Good Friends
"I was driving in L.A. and was stopped at a stoplight with my best friend. We were shamelessly jamming to "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction and it went "you don't know you're beautif—BOOM!" We had been rear-ended. We were in such a good mood that we looked at each other, asked if each other was OK and started laughing. Just goes to show what a good song and friends can do!"
Why He Can't Stop Listening to The Greatest Showman
"This is an obvious one for me as I was part of the movie. Each song holds a very special place in my heart. They're mostly feel-good songs and great ones to sing along to!"
Why His Keeps His Music Choices Simple
"My tastes in music aren't too deep. I like the typical pop bop that you hear on the radio. Dance-wise, I love things with unique beats or accents. I also love great singers with amazing vocal ability, as well as some great Broadway hits!"
His Favorite Underrated B-Side Track
"I feel like 'Honeymoon Avenue' is the best song Ariana Grande ever made. I'm not sure why she never released it as a single. I love the beat and it reminds me of my friends and I dancing like crazy people."
How He Finds New Music
"I like listening to the radio, or for more unique tracks, I'll find similar artists and go off on a tangent and listen to each song on their album."
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