Cameron Boyce plays Carlos in both Descendants movies. In this movie, we see a more confident Carlos, one who had found his place amongst his friends. We had the opportunity to ask Cameron all about his character and his new castmates.
The Set of Descendants 2
After the first movie, we knew we were going to do the second one. The whole time we were thinking, “Okay, how are we going to top that? How are we going to make something that’s bigger and still better?” You don’t want to just go bigger but you also want to go deeper with the characters, but the physical sets themselves are just insane in the second one. 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.
Descendants Being A National Phenomenon
You had the feeling because of the people that you’re working with, specifically Kenny Ortega with his resume and “High School Musical” and things of that nature. So 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 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. Just having Kenny on set, you know that you’ve got to put your best foot forward and really bring it, but it’s so fun.
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.
Most Difficult Dance Number
I would say the finale probably. There were a lot of variables that we had to take into account. That probably took over four or five really long days. It was intense honestly because there were some elements that we added that made it a little difficult and that were not a part of how we rehearsed it. It was challenging, but we got through it and it looks amazing. The finale is probably my favorite number.
We go three weeks before we shoot anything just getting into shape. A lot of people aren’t dancers, they’re just actors, so they have to figure that out and it’s really difficult. So you have to really buy in and Kenny asks a lot from everybody. And he expects a lot. He does the important things, whatever he has to do, during the day and he comes back and he’s expecting [us to have something done]. He’ll say, “Five, six, seven, eight” and [he is expecting us] to do something. It can be a little scary at times. But I would say that on the first one I learned how to completely go hands-on and in the second one I was just excited to do that again. You have to be comfortable. On the first one there was a learning curve, but on the second one I was ready to dive into it.
Coming Into Your Own
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.
Camaraderie On Set
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.
It’s so exciting because obviously, you want to see what happens to the characters from the first movie but , these new characters all bring something that’s so special. Everyone is so talented. It’s insane. I’m very excited. They definitely blended in with our family immediately. There was no real transition. It felt like, “All right, come on in, let’s do it!” It was really cool.
We are similar in our ages. I think Carlos is the youngest and I’m obviously the youngest. So I think we both look up to our older siblings and we have that in common. Carlos is a sassy little guy. He’s smart and he’s quick on his feet. I don’t know if I’m as quick as Carlos but I would say that’s something we have in common too.
Relating to Carlos
There are a lot of different morals in the story, 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. 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.
Descendants 2 movie premieres simultaneously on 5 Networks on Friday, July 21 (8:00 P.M EDT): Disney Channel, ABC, Disney XD, Freeform and Lifetime, plus on each Network’s branded digital platform.
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