“To our angel, there are not enough words. There will never be enough words. I couldn’t bring myself to do this because doing this makes it real. Letting you go is not something I know how to do. And I just can’t fathom living in a world without you. I love you, Cam. And I will love you. Forever,” she wrote on Instagram.
Then, in another post, added, “What I would do to hold you this tight today. But I know you’re dancing in heaven. Happy Birthday My Cam.”
During an interview with People Magazine, the actress broke down in tears while talking about her late costar.
“It’s a very difficult thing for me to speak about,” she said. “We didn’t only lose someone, the world lost someone that was so beloved.”
Then added, ““It’s been so beautiful to see the support from everyone, especially for his family and the foundation, which is the most important thing right now. That’s been very overwhelming. But it’s a tragedy.”
On GMA, Sofia also talked about Cam, saying, “If you could bottle up happiness, that was Cam. He was pure happiness and pure joy. There really will never be any words to describe the pain and how much we miss him. And not much helps except knowing that he lived life with more happiness with anyone I’ve ever known.”
Just ahead of the one year anniversary of his passing, the brunette beauty remembered Cameron during an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“I’ll never forget that day. All of us were just overwhelmed and thinking [how] he was just the happiest, most beautiful soul. And, that no matter what, his soul will live on forever in his legacy because he’s loved by so many and had the most selfless heart.”
She added, “It was more a feeling that Cam gave when he was around you. I think his sister put it so beautifully — that he was sunshine wearing shoes. That’s exactly who he is.”
“Cameron was one of my favorite people alive in the world. Over the last six years, since he was only 14, Cameron talked me down from countless ledges, talked me through eating disorders, helped me out of a dark relationship and through endless breakdowns,” she said in an emotional Instagram video. “He would whisper the dance moves to me on live television when I didn’t know what I was doing…I couldn’t count on my hands the number of times we ruined something because we couldn’t stop making each other laugh.”
The actress continued, “Everyone keeps talking about how talented he was, and he was undoubtedly the most talented person most of us will ever know. But what was special about Cameron was who he was in the small moments…the moments in between the big ones when he didn’t have to be good or kind, Cameron was always good and kind.”
While talking to Seventeen, in July 2019, the actress talked about Cam.
“I had always thought, ‘d**n, what a charismatic, bright and brilliant kid,’” she said. “This is going to sound so weird, but we’re about to do this new thing together, and I’m going to hug you, because I can promise you now, we are going to be friends. From that first day onward, Cameron was my friend and he treated me, like he treated everyone else, like they were the most important person in the room. I loved him like a brother, and I learned from him every day, how to be joyful, how to be resilient, how to be patient, no matter the circumstances. I couldn’t begin to quantify the wisdom and generosity that this kid had. I still learn from him every day.”
In July 2020, Dove talked about a possible Descendants reboot and explained why it would be hard without Cameron.
“Obviously, it would be really, really hard on the cast to do a film without Cameron,” she told the “Chicks In The Office” podcast. “I’m sure there’s a part that would feel very healing and very much like we’re coming home…It’s very much a personal kind of experience, so I think it would be healing to come back to it like a homecoming, but also I think it would be really hard and I don’t know if we would be up for it.”
“Putting pen to paper after something like this is difficult to say the least…I don’t really know what to say. My heart is broken. But I do feel that any experience with Cameron is one worth sharing. What I can say is, I will miss him so deeply and my heart is shattered for those who were close to him, for they know how much he loved them and how lucky we all were to experience the rarity that was Cameron. My heart absolutely aches for the Boyce’s and for his closest friends. For my Descendants family. For those he impacted from a distance. Cam only ever spoke or acted out of a place of love, and lead by example. Over the time I knew him, both from near and far, I was never not astounded by his endless humanity and his care for those he knew, and those he didn’t. He radiated a palpable light. How cruel life is to take him away. I love you forever TCB, thank you for showing me what it means to live life to its absolute fullest. Your endless joy and love and goodness was completely singular and the world is now lesser off…. This does not seem real. I will miss you so much my dear friend,” she wrote on Instagram.
In another post added, “Today we celebrate the most incredible boy I have ever known. Cameron. I love you. Today is hard. But this film is filled with the essence that was you, and that is the most beautiful thing to witness. How incredibly grateful I am to have called you a friend. Words will never express this loss, but today we reflect on the special memories we were so lucky to create with you.”
In an interview with People Magazine, the Charmed star also revealed she was with him two days before his passing.
“We were at a friend’s house for a Fourth of July barbecue,” she said.“It was a normal awesome day. He was so happy. We’d never see him unhappy. He had such palpable good energy. The day was normal and it was lovely. Cam was always the life of the party.”
Then added, “There are days where it shatters my heart. It’s hard to wrap your head around something like this when someone is so young but also incredibly special. It’s unfathomable. There is no one like Cam. It’s a horrible loss. But I’m so grateful to have known him for his far too short time with us.”
“Not only did we all lose an outstanding actor and dancer. We lost a soul that could never be replaced. A guy who was the most caring and funniest person you will ever meet. Can’t believe it. Love and Miss you Forever,” the actress wrote on Instagram.
In an emotional video, she remembered Cam by saying, “I’m so sorry and you guys lost something that the rest of us didn’t lose. You guys lost blood a son, a brother and I lost my best friend. My closest friend, my longest friend. I’ll never again have a friend like Cameron.”
During an interview with TMZ, she added, “He’s my best friend. He was the most fun person to be around. He was so pure and innocent.”
“I am still and will forever be struggling to understand how this is really possible. I remember sitting beside you at dinner three years ago, wide eyed and in disbelief I was even in the same room as you. Thank you for your kindness and your light and thank you for being someone I could look up to as an actor and as a person. Cameron, you will forever be in our hearts,” the actress wrote on Instagram.
“My dearest Cameron…my forever Carlos. I’m at a total loss of words, my heart is aching, praying for your precious family, I love you Victor! You came into my life for: A Reason: To shine light and laughter in dark and hidden spaces — Thank you Cameron! A Season: we had so much fun creating magic on the set and at @amazinggraceconservatory. A Lifetime…precious memories that I will cherish forever! Iconic characters tethered together forever! Wow, everyday is a present, a gift from God! Today I Celebrate your life, legacy and love you brought to the world Cameron! I will never forget your infectious smile and how you made me feel, I’m so thankful our lives intersected!” she wrote on Instagram.
In a separate post, she added, “Cameron always chose to be charitable on his birthday and would be so touched that proceeds from this birthday fundraiser will go towards two causes close to his heart: ending gun violence and curing epilepsy.”
“There’s one more star in heaven… it doesn’t make sense and words are hard to come by during times like these. A few small things I think the world should know. Cam’s inspiring energy and incredible talent allowed for him to accomplished more in his 20 years on Earth than many people do in a lifetime. A performer, mentor, philanthropist, friend, brother, son. This kid always had a smile on his face. One of the kindest humans I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and the privilege of working with. He approached life with humor, joy, passion and astonishing talent. He was a mentor, spending hours and hours working with goof balls like me to make sure I knew what I was doing filming the dance and sword fight numbers in D2 and D3, and a friend. He raised thousands for clean water non profits in Africa and always had time for fans. Cameron loved his family and spoke ill of no one. It’s tragic saying goodbye to a friend who had so much ahead of him… Rest easy brother. We love you and we miss you,” his costar wrote on Instagram.
“I did the Descendants movie, and all those kids are like my kids. Just like the Glee kids are. Just like the Hairspray kids are. But Cameron Boyce was one of my babies,” she remembered during an appearance on The Talk. “I remember that we were, you know, ‘Five, six, seven, eight’ — rehearsing, rehearsing and rehearsing, and that kid never ran out of energy. And I said, ‘You’re like Justin Timberlake. You’re like a humming bird. You never stop.’ This is a true story.”
She continued, “Well, I’m in Vegas — Sin City — and I’m looking up the day, the morning, I found out, and I’m laying there, and what do you think flew by me? I thought, ‘Okay, Cam, I got you.’”
“All I can say now is that Cameron had so much more to do and so much more to give. He was amazing in so many ways. I will miss him forever,” she wrote on Instagram.
Then in a separate post, added, ” I will forever cherish my time with my Descendants family. This movie is dedicated to you Cameron. You are magnetic and electric and this movie captures that so well. You are loved so deeply and by so many. Thank you for creating memories with me that I will never forget.”
“Darling, sweet Cameron. I find this news unfathomable, that a brilliant light such as yours could be gone. I think immediately of your beautiful smile, your infectious energy and your absolutely boundless talent. You, the baby of the crew, so young they were forever pumpkining you out for ‘fake Carlos’. To have watched you spin your way through these years with kindness and humility and just begin to come into your own…it is cruel and ugly to see that taken away. I send an ocean of love to your family with whom you were so close and who must be drowning in heartache. As a mother I simply cannot comprehend. It is small comfort that at least you shone more brightly in your few years than most do in a lifetime. Dance through the stars, keep shining. I just still cannot believe,” she wrote on Instagram.
In a separate post she added, “Here he is, so quintessentially Cameron, vibrant even when just hitting up craft services. I have not been able to stop thinking of this young man and his family whom he so deeply loved – and was loved by. Film family is a magic that happens when strangers are thrust together during production and it turns to something greater. On these films we grown-ups stood on the sidelines in awe and watched these kids grow up before our eyes. They felt ‘ours’ in a certain way, we felt parental about them, wanted to protect them from ills they didn’t yet know existed. But we never could have protected him from the whim of fate, of illness. Of this. We never saw it coming and I wish I could go back and tell him again what a fabulous kid I thought he was. I thought I’d see him again in a few weeks, that dazzling smile, the way he danced through everything he did. But I don’t get to say anything to him again and so I guess I can only thank him for reminding me to live in the present. To remember to reach out and not to wait. I will remember your dazzling smile whenever I think of you Cam. You are missed.”