‘Magic Mike’ star tWitch talks learning stripper moves, spending time in Myrtle Beach

Stephen “tWitch” Boss as Malik in “Magic Mike XXL.”
Stephen “tWitch” Boss as Malik in “Magic Mike XXL.” Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Joining an established cast is not always an easy thing to do, but Stephen Boss – better known as the “So You Think You Can Dance” all-star dancer tWitch – said he jumped at the opportunity to join the guys of “Magic Mike XXL.”

“They welcomed me with open arms,” Boss said of joining stars of “Magic Mike” Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and others for the sequel, which hits theaters July 1. “It was really awesome.”

The film, a sequel to Warner Bros. 2012 movie “Magic Mike,” is about a group of strippers who take a road trip from Tampa to Myrtle Beach for a stripper convention. The cast was in town in November to shoot scenes for the movie, which mostly was filmed in Savannah over a two-month period.

He has had roles in several dance films over the years, including “Step Up 3D” and “Step Up Revolution,” some of which he also served as a choreographer. He also has had several appearances as a guest DJ on The Ellen Degeneres Show.

Boss is the “street team” mentor for this season’s “So You Think You Can Dance” in their “street versus stage” dance competition show, which airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on Fox.

Boss, who grew up in Montgomery, Ala., and now lives in Los Angeles said he’d only visited Myrtle Beach once before coming to film last November, but said he enjoyed the little time he had in town.

Boss talks about his experiences in Myrtle Beach, why he chose to join the film and what to look forward to on “So You Think You Can Dance.”

On Myrtle Beach

“We didn’t take vacations to Myrtle Beach [when I was a kid]. My first time going to Myrtle Beach was when I was teaching [dance] in 2008 for a convention. ... The Showstoppers [competition]. I stayed on the beach, but it was really cold out. It was like December.

“[It also was cold for filming in November.] It was a cool experience. I didn’t get to hang out that much. We were pretty much filming the whole time. .... But I’d like to come back during the season – in the summer time. ...

“The wrap party [at 8th Avenue Tiki Bar and Grill] was a good time. A really good time. We’d wrapped the movie so it was a great time – we could eat fried chicken and pancakes.”

On joining the cast of “Magic Mike” and playing a stripper

“It’s a matter of progress. It’s an incredible feature film with a great cast. I’m working with people that I’ve never worked with before – the people on the screen and the people off screen like [director] Gregory Jacobs and [executive producer] Steven Soderbergh.

“And especially Jada Pinkett Smith. I’ve loved her ever since [she was on] ‘A Different World.’ So that was really exciting.”

On learning the moves

“We had a choreographer, Alison Faulk. And Teresa Espinosa. They did the choreography on the first movie, too.

“The research was intense. There were a lot of laughs in rehearsal. You encounter a lot of awkward moments and a lot of crotches in faces. And that’s not an ideal time to stop moving, but there were times where that’s just what you had to do. You had to stop and think about what was next. ... Like, ‘what’s the next move?’

On ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

“I’m very excited about the season. The street team is mighty right now. And the girls [dancers] are really strong.

“I’m really excited about the new format and the whole season.”

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