As part of my (most) expense paid trip to LA for the #GotGVol2Event, I had the chance to learn more about the sequel to Disney’s hit movie the Descendants and find out why we should all see Descendants 2. I shared a little peek into Disney Descendants 2 movie after I got home.
But now that the movie is set to premiere this week, I’m excited to share more about my experience interviewing the cast and crew!
5 Reasons You Have to See Descendants 2
Descendants 2 will premiere Friday, July 21st at 8pm ET simultaneously on Disney Channel, ABC, Disney XD, Freeform and Lifetime. There are so many reasons why you should see Descendants 2 so don’t miss it!
We had a chance to sit down with some of the amazing cast and crew from Disney’s Descendants 2, including:
- Dove Cameron (“Mal”)
- Sofia Carson (“Evie”)
- Booboo Stewart (“Jay”)
- Cameron Boyce (“Carlos”)
- China McClain (“Uma”)
We also had the opportunity to get a look behind the scenes with Costume Designer Kara Saun and Director/Choreographer Kenny Ortega!
It was amazing to hear about the experiences they all had in creating the amazing world of Descendants 2. If you haven’t seen the first Descendants movie, the world of Auradon is one full of rich characters, music, dance, and color. It’s great family-friendly entertainment.
I’ll admit that I watched the first movie all by myself! And enjoyed it! So I’ve been counting down the days until Descendants 2. I recommend watching it with your family.
But the cast and crew gave us some great reasons for why you need to see Descendants 2!
Dove Cameron on Why You Should See Descendants 2
If you’re not familiar with the Descendants franchise, actress Dove Cameron plays Mal in both the first and second movie. She’s the daughter of Maleficent. If you’re wondering what Mal has been up to since we met her in the first Descendants movie, you have to see Descendants 2.
In the new movie, it’s clear that Mal isn’t quite sure how she fits into the world of happily ever after in Auradon. She goes through challenges many of us will be able to relate to. So why should you see Descendants 2?
According to Dove Cameron, “Even though all of the characters and Mal are in fantastical circumstances, their experiences are very relatable. A lot of people don’t always have an easy home situation. They don’t always have all the support that they deserve. I think all of us in this room can relate to feeling like we lacked something there that we now have to deal with as we’ve gotten older.”
If you’ve ever felt that way or want your kids to understand that people of all ages face challenges (even in the fantasy world), then you should definitely see Descendants 2!
Sofia Carson Has a Reason You Should See Descendants 2
If you know anything about Sofia Carson’s character Evie (daughter of the Evil Queen) in Descendants, you know she’s very into fashion and her looks. It’s not something that’s unfamiliar to those of us with daughters.
Even though Carrigan is only three, she’s picking out her own clothes and telling me how to do her hair!
But in the second movie, Evie is all about being a strong woman and that’s a message I support completely!
Sofia explained, “In the second movie, Evie has really grown into herself. She is strong and independent. She’s smart. She’s a fashion designer. She has made her dream come true without a prince and she’s become a leader.”
I look forward to my kids having such a great female role model in a movie I know they’re going to enjoy!
Booboo Stewart on Having an Open Mind
When we sat down with Booboo Stewart who plays Jay, the son of Jafar, he shared that he feels “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.”
As a mom to a son, this is also a message that I love. I want Weston to grow up with an open mind. He loves watching Disney shows and movies, so I think it’s wonderful that Descendants 2 has a message like this!
Cameron Boyce On a Softer Side
Cameron Boyce, who plays Carlos in Descendants and Descendants 2, brought up something wonderful about his character in the new movie. He shared that “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.”
I love the lessons that the characters are bringing to the film for both girls and boys. It’s definitely a reason to see Descendants 2 with your family on July 21st!
China McClain Lets Loose
The newcomer to the Villian Kids family is Uma, the daughter of Ursula. She’s played by the talented China McClain and she fits right in with the rest of the VKs! We got to see a clip of her performance and the girl can sing!
So why should you watch Descendants 2 and check out the newest VK kid?
China shared that, “It’s cool to play a villain. This is my very first time [playing one] I think. We all have those feelings inside that we just want to unleash on people sometimes, and that’s the definition of Uma’s character. She has always bottled up feelings that she randomly unleashes on people and is not sorry for it at all.”
I loved her fresh take on what it means to be a villain. I know I tend to bottle up my feelings so seeing a character work through that is something I definitely want my kids to be able to see happen with a character I think they’ll love!
Behind the Scenes of Must See Descendants 2
We also got to take a look behind the scenes when we sat down with Director and Choreographer Kenny Ortega as well as Costume Designer Kara Saun.
So why should you see Descendants 2? According to Kenny Ortega, “If you’re like I am, when you watch this movie you’re going to feel a little bit of Michael. You’re gonna feel a little of the classic movie musical. You’re gonna feel a little bit of Peter Pan and the adventure of old Disney. I think that it’s an inspired piece, certainly as a director.”
Sign me up! I grew up doing musical theater as a kid so I’m all about sharing the magic of a movie musical with my kids.
If you’re a fan of Project Runway (Grambo and I have watched every season!) then you might recognize Descendants Costume Designer Kara Saun. She’s now working her incredible fashion magic in both of the Descendants movies!
We asked Kara Saun what inspired the rich world of fashion in Auradon and she explained, “I call it the Disney vaults but I’ve been there quite a few times and I watch the movies over and over again. Even now I just watch the movies over and over again and then everything else is based on the storylines. I have to tell the fashion narrative for each and every character so that when we see them it makes sense. When you see the movie [“Mulan”], seeing Lonnie in those pants makes sense. I know what looks good on Dove. She has the tiniest waist and so no matter how small I make [her clothes] I always have to take them in. It’s fun knowing the talent too and knowing what they like, because to me when [talent likes their wardrobe] it helps their performances. So I really want the characters and the talent to love what they’re wearing.”
You just have to see Descendants 2 to experience the incredible depth and beauty of the amazing costumes! They add even more dimension to the world of the Villian Kids! And they are gorgeous!
Descendants 2 will premiere in an unprecedented, far-reaching programming event featuring a simultaneous premiere across five networks within the Disney|ABC Television Group including Disney Channel, ABC, Disney XD, Freeform and Lifetime on FRIDAY, JULY 21st (8:00pm ET).