Cameron was absolutely adorable to interview. I loved his honest energy and willingness to just be open and honest about what he hopes kids get out of his character’s role in Descendants 2.
You really haven’t seen anything like this.
You guys haven’t seen anything like this. I’m really excited for you guys to see it. But it’s just like I said, everyone was really committed to taking the next one to bigger and better places, and I feel like we accomplished that.
He had a feeling Descendants was going to be a phenomenon.
You had the feeling because of the people that you’re working with, specifically Kenny Ortega with his resume, “High School Musical” and things of that nature. Going in, we felt like if we all really bought into it, it could be something special. And I think we accomplished that. That’s why we’re so excited for the second one to come out – because people are going to flip their lids and that’s exciting.
Kenny Ortega helped the actors get into the right headspace by showing them some popular Broadway musicals.
Kenny is a real student of entertainment in general. I remember on the first movie, he showed us clips from 10 different musicals to get a feel for what he was going to draw inspiration from. There’s a little bit of everything really. He showed us everything from “West Side Story” to “Newsies.” There were so many different classic musicals that he pulled from to essentially say, “Hey, this is what we’re going for.” And that was for the first “Descendants”. For the second one, he kept up with that theme.
Cameron has been a dancer since Preschool!
I have been a dancer since I was in preschool. I danced ever since I was six. Then I started acting but obviously doing this movie is the most fun for me because not only do I get to act, which is amazing, but I get to dance too. It’s like the best of both worlds for me.
Carlos gets a bit of a new persona in Descendants 2
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.
Cameron feels like his castmates are family.
We were doing a photo shoot just now and we couldn’t stop having fun. We’re giving each other noogies and it’s the craziest thing. It’s really cool. Every time we see each other it feels like we’re back on the set. We’re all a family which is rare and special. I think we all are very grateful for that.
Cameron says his character, Carlos has an important message for young kids watching Descendants 2.
Specifically for Carlos, I think one of the main things that we focus on in this franchise is self-worth and really making sure that you feel like you belong, whether you actually do or not, because everyone belongs but maybe you don’t feel that way. Maybe the physical, or whatever it is, is different. Carlos is the youngest and I don’t want to say the weirdest, but he is afraid of little dogs and there are some things about him that are [different]. But he definitely finds himself in the second movie and he goes through regular kid things. He goes through girl troubles. He figures all that stuff out eventually and he reaches out for help, which is important. He’s a little bit lost and flustered and confused and has feelings that he has never had before. Instead of keeping it to himself, he’ll say, “Jay, how I do this?” or “Mal, help me out a little.” I feel like that’s important to have a dialogue with people that you care about.
CATCH CAMERON AND THE REST OF THE VILLAIN KIDS WHEN “DESCENDANTS 2” PREMIERES FRIDAY, JULY 21 (8:00 P.M. ET/PT) ON FIVE NETWORKS – DISNEY CHANNEL, ABC, FREEFORM, DISNEY XD AND LIFETIME!