Five Things to Know About Camp Rock Newcomer Matthew 'Mdot' Finley

Five Things to Know About Camp Rock Newcomer Matthew 'Mdot' Finley
Matthew "Mdot" Finley
Jennifer Graylock/AP

09/04/2010 AT 11:00 AM EDT

There's a new camper in town.

Meet Matthew 'Mdot' Finley, who costars with Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers in Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. But who is this 23-year-old actor joining the battle of the music camps? Here's five things you should know about the Disney Channel star.

1. Call Him "Mdot"
When he noticed his name was listed as M. Finley on music credits, the budding musician took it up a notch. "I decided to spell out the dot," he tells PEOPLE of his moniker.

2. He Loves R&B
When he's not on set, he's in the studio. The Camp Rock newbie is recording an R&B album. "I'm working with Darkchild (Rodney Jerkins) and Pharrell Williams," he says of the disc, which, "drops next year."



3. He's a Ladies' Man
Finley's never had a problem getting girls on the dance floor: As a teen, the Dayton, Ohio, native performed with an all-girls dance group, the Gem City Dance Crew. "I was the only guy in this girl hip-hop dance group," he says. "I loved being with all those girls."

4. He's Above Par
Finley always knew he wanted to go pro – pro-golfer, that is. "I actually planned to play [golf] professionally," he says, "before I went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston."

5. He Has an Avatar-Crush
When it comes to crushes, Finley has a blue babe in mind: Avatar star Zoe Saldana. "I'd love to have a date with her, and she can show up in her Avatar suit."

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