Last week I had the pleasure attending the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 World Premiere as well as the ABCTVEvent and got to learn more about each, meet cast members, and more!
This event was hosted by Disney (all expenses were paid in exchange for press coverage).
If you loved Descendants, you are going to be amazed by Descendants 2! I recently had a chance to sit down at ABC Studios with the cast of Descendants 2, as well as the writer and director of the film, and from the sneak peaks they showed us (the film is not complete just yet) — I cannot wait for the movie to air!
My daughter loved watching Descendants with me, so I’m marking my calendar for Friday, July 21st so that we can watch Descendants 2 together. It will be a great family movie night, and since the movie will have a simultaneous premiere on FIVE networks (Disney Channel, ABC, Disney XD, Freeform, and Lifetime), we will definitely be able to find a channel to watch it on.
Descendants 2 Synopsis
In “Descendants 2,” the story deepens as the Villain Kids (AKA “VKs”) — Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay — continue to try to find their place in idyllic Auradon. When the pressure to be royal becomes too much for Mal, she returns to her rotten roots on the Isle of the Lost where her archenemy Uma, the daughter of Ursula, has taken her spot as self-proclaimed queen of the run-down town. Uma, still resentful over not being selected by Ben to go to Auradon Prep with the other Villain Kids, stirs her pirate gang including Captain Hook’s son Harry and Gaston’s son Gil, to break the barrier between the Isle of the Lost and Auradon, and unleash all the villains imprisoned on the Isle, once and for all.
Check out the trailer for the movie, and the hit new song, Ways to Be Wicked!
Descendants 2 Cast Interviews
Being bad never looked so good! These costumes are amazing, and keep following along to find out how you can get your hands on your own Descendants 2 costumes! Curious how Ben got his “rotten to the core” look? We’ll find out July 21 when Descendants 2 premieres!!
Interview with Dove Cameron (Mal):
Panel: What was it like getting back into the role of Mal?
Dove: Basically everything that Mal was in the first one, we all (the writers, me, the director) kind of threw it out the window. It was a weird experience for me as an actress to feel like I knew a character really well and then lose her (as Mal loses herself), and then find her as she does (Mal).
Panel: Is there anything you brought of yourself, or your personal life to help you become Mal and get into that character?
Dove: Mal is my ride or die. I had an emotional response when I read the first script because I related to her so much. All the characters are in fantastical circumstances, but their experiences are very relateable.
Interview with Sofia Carson (Eve):
Panel: You have such an incredible voice and you do a little bit of everything (acting, dancing, singing), what is your favorite out of everything that you do?
Sofia: You know, I get asked that all the time. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t just love performing. I was a little girl dressed as Belle, or some other Disney princess, twirling around in my house singing, dancing, acting. I fell in love with performing and feel so lucky that I get to do it every day in my life.
Panel: What was it like working with the new actors when they came in?
Sofia: It was so cool! It is always an interesting dynamic because the four of us have become, you know, the four VKs, the core four, and they introduce these three new awesome villains. Just from the very first day it was like they were always part of the family.
Interview with BooBoo Stewart (Jay):
Panel: Comparing to the first movie, did the difficulty level go up, or did you have to prepare yourself more (physical difficulty)?
BooBoo: Physically this movie was more demanding. In the first one I didn’t know what to expect, so it felt physically demanding. But I went into the second one knowing we were gonna be rehearsing, but it was even more so, so it was very physically demanding.
Interview with Cameron Boyce (Carlos):
Panel: Compared to the first choreography and then the second. Which one was harder? The second looks a lot more elaborate.
Cameron: The first one, I wouldn’t say it was harder or more technical, but I think in the first one, there is a certain mindset that you have to bring because it can be challenging because we go three weeks just practicing before we shoot anything. So you have to really buy into the whole thing. Kenny (Ortega) asks a lot of everyone and expects a lot.
It can be a little scary at times, but I would say that on the first one I sort of learned how to completely go hands on, and in the second one I was just excited to do that again.
Interview with China McClain (Uma):
Panel: Did you actually have to get braids or was it a wig, a one-piece?
China: Whew! Let’s see, they braided the perimeter of my head, and the back and the rest of it was a wig. So they braided all of this (points to hairline on forehead and back of the head) with teal extensions and I walked around for the length of shooting with just this braided! It was really cool though, it was quick (to get ready), they just slip the wig on and the hat and I was done.
Panel: What was it like working in those awesome crazy costumes?
China: It was difficult working in the costumes because you know, I have on a skirt and heels, not to mention the heavy braids and a leather jacket and I could barely move my arms. I have to dance in it all and part of it is just getting adjusted to it. Part of the rehearsals I just wore the wig so I could get used to doing the dance numbers in it, then after that it is a piece of cake.
Check out Uma with fellow Villain Kids, Harry, and Gil.
Ways to Be Wicked Music Video
Come back at 6:30 pm CST April 30th when this music video will go live!