I always love an underdog. Not that BooBoo Stewart is an underdog by any stretch of the imagination, but he is a super shy, really sweet, down to earth guy who just happens to be ridiculously good looking and painfully talented. His interview with us was a calming experience and made me want to visit the farm where he lives and still wakes up at 6am to do chores.
Filming the music video, “Ways to be Wicked” was not an easy feat
It 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.
He found Descendants 2 more rigorous to film than the first
Physically, this movie was more demanding. The first movie was more of a mental challenge because in the first “Descendants”, I didn’t know what to expect. So that’s why the second movie was more physically demanding than mentally challenging. On the first movie, it felt like, “Wow! This is really rehearsing here!” And then, in the second one, I went into it knowing we were going to be rehearsing, but it was even more challenging.
Jay’s lesson in the movie is about how to be resilient and deal with change.
There’s a really nice, subtle storyline that he has with the character Lonnie. He’s the captain of the Swords & Shields fencing team and it’s in the rule book that it’s a guy sport. Lonnie shows up and pushes him to let her be on the team. As far as rules go, Jay has to decide between sticking to tradition or breaking the rules and being kicked off the team and losing his title. So he has to accept change and his decision there is a nice storyline.
There’s a lesson BooBoo Stewart would like for young boys to take away from the movie.
I feel like this lesson is touched upon the first film, but even more so in this film. Young boys are very competitive and they want to be the best. And Jay, in the first film, is a typical guy. He wants to be the best. Just having an open mind is such a different, rare thing for a young boy to have. So I’d like it to not even be a question that young people should have an open mind. It just should be how it is. Jay’s opening the door for the people to follow. I want to make sure young boys come out of it with more of an open mind.
He’s a lot like his character, Jay in one important way.
Jay is very active physically, and I’m a very active person myself. I just got into climbing and I do martial arts. Every other day, I’m training in martial arts. I like hiking and camping. But I know we are both very active.
BooBoo has something to say about diversity in film.
Not only in the movies but in life, I hope we’re heading away from a lack of diversity being the norm. In movies, you shouldn’t have to cast people of ethnicities just to be diverse. That shouldn’t even be a thought. It should just represent all the cultures you see when you walk down the street and you see an Asian person and an African-American person and a Hindi person. That’s just how it is in life, so why isn’t it like that in movies? The person working a cash register can be an ethnicity, so it shouldn’t have to be a conscious thought that we have to be diverse in movies. So, I’m really happy that stuff like “Descendants” shows that the world is diverse. So I don’t want the inclusion of diversity to be a question among actors or just people in general.
BooBoo sees the effect that popularity has on some actors and he works hard not to let it happen to himself.
I’ve been around the industry from such a young age that I feel like I know how to handle it. I know who I am, so I try not to let that affect me, and I have friends and family who can tell me when it’s gotten to my head just a little bit. They’ll say, “Reality check here!” I think it’s really important to surround yourself with people who you know are your true friends. You can have friends that know you through things that you’ve done. But we just have to engage and really know who your friends are who will bring you down to that level where you can be down-to-earth. It’s really easy for fame to go to people’s heads, and I see it happening. I see people go up and up in popularity]and when it’s over, when the attention isn’t there anymore, that’s when you have people fight. They go off the deep end, or you feel like you should be looked at a certain way. People forget about celebrities super fast. As quick as they love, they just as easily forget. So it’s very important to know that this is something that will not be around forever and just enjoy the time that it is here.
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