When I was the same age as my children I didn’t know the name of the actors playing on the shows I watched. In all honestly I don’t even know the names of the actors acting on the shows I now watch as an adult. Dove Cameron is a name I hear often because both of my kids love watching Liv & Maddie. And we’re all quite impressed with how she jumps from one scene to another acting as two different characters. I had the opportunity about two months ago to sit down on the set of Liv & Maddie and interview the cast (Dove Cameron, Joey Bragg, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Kali Rocha, and Benjamin King). They were all so very kind and you can tell that they all work so well together.
Just in case you don’t know the premise of the show:Liv, a popular television star whose show has just finished its run, and Maddie, an outstanding student and school basketball star whose popularity is on the rise until Liv makes a return to their high school. And their parents work at the school they go to, you know just to add a little more complication.
While sitting there someone asked if Dov ever gets confused and she said No, not usually and the rest of the cast agreed. They actually said that as a group everyone else gets more confused on which character she is supposed to be playing than she is. Which I can totally relate. To them they see the same person, while she has in her mind this is the character I’m playing right now. It’s like seeing a twin but forgetting which one it is. Yep, I’ve made that mistake. She said that originally she wasn’t supposed to play a twin, Disney just said after 8 months from doing the pilot, see you Monday you’re playing twins. She was worried that she was going to be fired the next day. But she pulled it off and now they are in their third season.
Another question someone asked was what has been your favorite moment on set? Do you have any?
Dove : Yeah, honestly and I think that everybody like in the world is so tired of hearing actors say this because everybody’s like “every day is a favorite.” I can’t even think of a favorite moment because there’s so many. And while that’s actually true because we really like each other and we function like a real family. Like, I’ll come to Kali and Ben for parenting advice and we fight all the time.
Benjamin : Oh yeah.
Dove : I always win and stuff. But you know, but we really do have fun every single day. I think the first moment that came to my mind was when we got picked up to be a full series and they gathered us all.
It was, because we only initially got ordered for 6 episodes in Season One. And they gathered us all in the twins room and they were like, “Hey, we have an announcement,” and our Director played it off like we were gonna have a really exciting Guest Star. He kept being like, “Yeah, the Rock, the Rock.” And we were like, “The Rock is gonna Guest Star!” And then we got picked up for a full Series.
Joey : It was like, “Oh not the Rock?”
Dove : No… I just think that’s really fulfilling as an actor. We were all sobbing, we were all sobbing.
Kali : Well it has been a long journey, it has.
Joey : That’s what’s so crazy is that it’s been… This is the 3rd Season, like we are right now where most Disney Shows reach their peak and are finished and are wrapping it up and they’re getting ready to start another Disney Show or to move on past Disney.
But it doesn’t feel like that. We still feel new.
You know, I feel like they have a few seasons left. They have great chemistry on and off screen and they laugh a lot together. We were laughing during the entire interview.