To wrap up our blogger adventure in LA we stopped by the Hollywood Centre Studios to visit the set of Disney Channel’s Live and Maddie. This Disney Channel sitcom has been airing for a short time and has made a positive impression on young teens. I think it is the identical twins played by Dove Cameron. Dove is two identical twins with entirely different personalities. Liv Rooney is a girly girl who was an actress in Hollywood for four years. She was offered more roles in other shows and movies, but decided to come home instead because she missed her family and wanted to see them again. Her sister Maddie is a tomboy with a facility for sports, particularly basketball.
The Cast of Liv and Maddie
Liv – Liv’s a triple threat who can sing, dance and act. But her most challenging role is about to begin: attempting to be normal!
Maddie – The athletic half of the Twins. She worries Liv‘s larger than life personality will send large ripples through the small hometown.
Joey – The awkwardly confident brother. Although he is only slightly younger than Liv and Maddie- he is much less mature.
Parker – The diabolical younger brother. His biggest joy in life is mocking his older brother Joey.
Pete – Maddie’s basketball coach. He supports Liv’s dreams, but doesn’t always understand the things she’s talking about.
Karen – The school psychologist and working mom of four. The ideal mom to manage the competing personalities of the twins.
As a part of our visit the cast took a moment to visit with our group. Here are a few questions from our session.
Q: Are you (Dove C) like Maddie in real life?
Dove: Actually, funny enough like super, super short version of the long story. I originally only played one character. And then when they brought us back after 9 months of testing, they sort of informed all of us that it was now a Twin Show. So I didn’t audition for either character, so when the opportunity presented itself, our Director Andy Fickman was just sort of like, who do you want these girls to be? And so I just sort of split my own personality down the middle and then turned it up extreme Disney style. So I’m kind of a lot like both of them.
Q: Compare doing a film vs a TV Show?
Kali: It’s sort of like a School year, like when you start a school year, you’re like, “I’m gonna get all A’s and I love extracurricular activities,” and then you get to the end of it and you’re like, “I need Summer.” So, you know, everything in moderation. I feel like when you get to the end of the Season, you feel like – I want to do a movie. And then you do the movie and you’re like, “I can’t wait to be back on a Monday through Friday schedule!” So they’re both fun for different reasons. I think everybody goes through that for different reasons.
Joey: Completely different, like we know everybody, we knew the crew here because we’ve done 3 Seasons for the most part with the same people in this giant big Black Box thing all day so you get to know these people. But coming here is kind of like…
Kali : A Family.
Joey: Yeah, like a safety zone. Like when you go to a movie, it’s a new crew, new cast, it’s a new everything. And then you come back here and this feels like home base, so a sense of security.
Kali: I’m gonna cut you off here.
Joey: Please do.
Kali: I would also say, and Ben and I could speak to this, we have kids. We are a Mom and a Dad. And a TV schedule is just so lovely for that whereas a Film or an Episodic, you know, which is basically like shooting a Film, you’re gone. You know, you’re gone around the Clock. So this has been a really nice experience for us to be able to incorporate our kids into this world and they watch the show.
Q: Question for Dove from a reader. They wondered if you ever get confused, sometimes you’re Liv and sometimes you’re Maddie. Do you ever confuse your Character?
Dove: Well I was so petrified because the Twin thing was just sort of something that just like happened. So they were like, by the way, you’re going to be playing Twins. We’ll see you on Monday and I was like Ha Ha. I’m gonna get fired. I’m gonna lose my job. They’re gonna choose somebody else. So I was just so scared to get it wrong that I like severely over compensated and like went crazy far in the direction of like they have to be completely separate entities. So during the first Season, I think none of that happened. But I mean, I’ve never gotten confused but as the Seasons go on, I’ll walk into a scene, and I’ll be like Wait, who am I?
We visited for at least 20 to 30 minutes, if you would like to see all of our Q & A leave a comment below.
I was already a fan of Liv and Maddie before the visit, so I highly encourage you to take a break in the afternoon and watch a little bit of Liv and Maddie.