I’ve been sitting on some exciting information for months now, we had conversations with the entire cast. Disney Descendants 2 is an amazing sequel to the first installment to Descendants. The Descendants costumes are bigger and better. The Descendants 2 music and dance numbers are bigger and better. The Descendants cast is bigger and better as Kenny Ortega knocked another great hit out of the park with Disney Descendants 2. So turn your TV and tune into the Disney channel, or Freeform, ABC, Disney XD, Lifetime, Lifetime Movies and on the branded apps 8PM ET. For now we want to bring you our close up to the cast.
My daughter loves the cast of Descendants 2. She loves that I’ve been able to interview them and she’s counting down to when she can watch it on the TV on Friday night. She really can’t wait. I know her favorite character is Mal, but our favorite actor is harder to pick. Sophia Carson is the sweetest, Cameron Boyce is the most charming, Anne Mcclain is amazing, Dove Cameron she’s alright, kids know her from Liv and Maddie, and Booboo Stewart well Twilight. So I’ll start with him.
Booboo was really soft spoken and quiet. Being in the spotlight isn’t his thing but he does love his craft.
We asked him of all the musical numbers in the film, which one is your favorite?
Stewart: I have to say “Chillin’ Like a Villain.” It’s just really great. We had a great time shooting it. It was a beautiful disaster! We were filming outside and it was not supposed to be a tsunami. Along with the wind and the rain, it was brutal, but you can’t tell when you’re watching it. I can’t help but smile watching, not just because of the song, but because of the energy that’s given to the performance.
“Ways to Be Wicked” was actually hard to film because we didn’t use real apples to rehearse. What a waste. We just used tennis balls and things like that. That was one of the trickier challenges because you have this army of dancers, and if one person drops the ball then you have the tennis ball rolling around while everyone else dances.
We also sat down with Sofia Carson and she’s adorably sweet.
We asked her if we will see more of Evie’s villainous side in the film?
Carson: You’ll see a different side of Evie because in the first film, when we met her, Evie was very much her mother’s daughter. She was very consumed in what she looked like and she was sadly willing to believe that her reflection in the mirror is what defined her as a person. At the end of the movie, she realized that as girls, [our looks do not] define us. That doesn’t make us more important or beautiful or special. It’s who we are in our hearts and to be the fairest of them all is to be fair inside. In the second movie, Evie has really grown into herself. She is strong and independent. She’s smart. She’s a fashion designer. She has made her dream come true without a prince and she’s become a leader. At the same time, her best friend Mal, [who is like] her sister, is lost and really confused. Their relationship is really beautiful and important and it’s a story of girl power, which I love.
Dove Cameron has grown up quite a bit in the spotlight. She has no problems talking in front of the camera.
We asked her if there was anything that she brought from her own self into the film to help with the changes in her character?
Cameron: As an actor, I do that as much as I can in every role, but Mal is my ride or die. I fell in love with her when I read the “Descendants” script back in 2013. I had an emotional, visceral response. I said, “She’s my girl!” because I related to her so much. Even though all of the characters and Mal are in fantastical circumstances, their experiences are very relatable.
A lot of people – a lot of kids and a lot of adults who were once kids – don’t always have an easy home situation. They don’t always have all the support that they deserve. I think all of us in this room can relate to feeling like we lacked something there that we now have to deal with as we’ve gotten older. That was something that I had such a lovely time with, for myself psychologically and also as an actor, to inject pain into an experience that we [all share].
This is a movie for children, and so we have to ride that line between [communicating] really helpful and relatable messages, but still keeping it light. That was challenging and interesting for me, and I did bring a lot of things I felt like I lacked from my own childhood. It definitely helped keep Mal real. It also helped me as a human to explore somebody else’s issues, and to fix my own at the same time.
My favorite actor out of the bunch is Cameron Boyce. I love him, he is so amazing to all his fans every time I’ve seen him he has a smile on his face and is treating people respectfully. Yes I sound like a mom.
What do you hope to see come out for your character’s role?
Boyce: People are really excited to see what happened to these kids in the second movie. When you leave them, they just left this horrible, desolate place to go somewhere that’s this beautiful new world and they’re still getting used to it at the end of the first movie. The world in Auradon is really important, and then some other stuff happens where we have to return to our roots. That is hard for us too because we’re getting used to this newer place and we’re still fighting with that. That doesn’t stop.
For Carlos specifically, in the first movie he was like the younger brother, a little bit of the comic relief. He was just the guy who was not really helpful to the group and they were sort of dragging Carlos along. In the second movie he finds out how he can bring something to the table for the team, and it’s different than everybody else. Obviously Jay’s the muscle and Mal is the brains, and Carlos figures out that he’s a sensitive guy. He realizes that he can use that sensitivity to bring the whole group together and it’s pretty cool.
New to the cast is China Anne McClain who plays the evil Uma, Ursula’s daughter. China was amazing. She’s an excellent singer as you will see in Descendants 2 (but you might have already known she was a great singer from her past music).
We asked her a couple questions:
What is it like joining the cast of “Descendants?”
McClain: Joining the cast of “Descendants” was surreal for me. It was an honor because everyone loved the first film and I was a fan of the first film. I thought it was beautifully put together. And Kenny Ortega is just great. I really wanted to work on it so when I got the call saying I got the role, I said, “Yes!”
How did you feel about being Ursula’s daughter?
McClain: She is one of my favorite movie villains ever. She has so much attitude. In preparation, I watched “The Little Mermaid” about 20 times before I went to Vancouver to shoot. I was looking at her mannerisms, how she talked and everything that she said, and that helped me a lot on set.
What was it like working in those awesome, crazy costumes?
McClain: It was difficult working in the costumes because I had a skirt and heels on, not to mention the heavy braids and the leather jacket I could barely move my arms in. I had to do a dance number in all of that, and part of the process is just getting adjusted to the costume. We did three weeks of rehearsing before we started shooting, and part of the rehearsal was that I had the wig on. I thought, “I’m going to wear this so I can get used to doing the dance numbers in it.” So, after I got adjusted to it, it was pretty much cake.
Friday night is the night. Descendants 2 will be on almost every channel ABC owns.