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Although Shake It Up's CeCe Jones struggles with Dyslexia, fans may not realize the actress who plays her has the learning disability as well.

"I had a tough time in school," star Bella Thorne tells us. "[Kids] see how CeCe gets through it like I did, and a lot of them actually write me."

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The Disney series follows best friends CeCe and Rocky (Zendaya Coleman) as they realize their dreams by being cast on a dance show, Shake It Up Chicago. Zendaya says that although the series is about having fun and letting loose, she appreciates that viewers can look at a character and see themselves.

Watch the full interview with the best friends — on- and off-screen — below.

New episodes of Shake It Up air Sundays at 8:30/7:30c on Disney Channel.