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“Dance Moms” star and Sia mini-me, Maddie Ziegler, talks about the “Elastic Heart” video, her chats with Sia and what it was like to work with Shia LaBeouf.

Maddie Ziegler has had quite the year – moving from reality TV as a part of Lifetime’s inexplicably addictive “Dance Moms” to bonafide dance stardom as part of Sia’s universally acclaimed visual for “Chandelier.” As y’all will undoubtedly already know unless you’ve been living in a Tibetan monastery for the past week, the pair tried to recapture their enormous success with a little help from the oddest man in Hollywood, Mr. LaBeouf, on Wednesday. Whilst racking up 22 million+ views in three days, the video also generated a truckload of controversy surrounding supposed sinister undertones, which resulted in endless think-pieces (“How amazing!” said no one) and plenty Twitter-hate (is there any other kind of hate these days?) forcing Sia to comment on the issue.

Maddie isn’t letting the somewhat ridiculous discussions about pedophilia get her down though. See what the tween-star had to say to Entertainment Weekly about working with Sia and Shia below:

On first contact with the faceless superstar:

She tweeted me, and she was like, “I’m a big fan of the show, and I would like you to be in the video for my new song, ‘Chandelier.’” I didn’t even see [the tweet]—it was my mom or someone on my team that saw it, and I was like, “This isn’t even real. Someone’s trying to prank me.”

On Sia’s undeniable but mostly unseen reach:

I was familiar with her songs, but I wasn’t a humongous fan. Because it’s not like she shows her face… When were filming “Elastic Heart,” I was singing one of her songs from a while ago, “I’m in Here,” and she was like, “Oh, you’re singing my song!” and I go, “That’s your song?” Like, all of my favorite songs are Sia’s and I didn’t even realize it!

On being an accomplice in Sia’s plot to rule the world:

I’m her mini-me, pretty much.

On former-celebrity Shia LaBeouf’s dance skills:

I was confused, like, “Wait, Shia’s not a dancer, is he?” … But he actually did really well, he did. He wasn’t a bad dancer at all. For him, it was mainly fighting, and acting, and running around. And screaming.

You can read the rest of the interview here. It’s an interesting glimpse into Maddie’s life since the runaway success of “Chandelier” but she doesn’t offer any kind of exposé of the ‘real meaning’ of the video that people seem to be so desperately clamouring for.

What she does say however, is spot on:

No one knows what the story’s about, and that’s a good thing, because you have to keep people guessing… I like that. I like when people have to figure out what it is.

People’s desperation to have a definitive answer as to what the video’s ‘really all about’ is, frankly, a bit sad. One of the most magical things about “Chandelier” was the ambiguity that left us with the incentive to make up our own minds about the clip; essentially, it could mean a hundred different things to a hundred different people. Let “Elastic Heart” have the same kind of appeal – in my opinion, that’s way more interesting.

What does “Elastic Heart” mean to YOU?