If you're a Disney Channel fan, then you know what the name Dove Cameron means. She's a legit queen on the network, slaying the roles of identical twins on her series, Liv and Maddie, along with starring in three DCOMs, Cloud 9, the epic musical that is Descendants and it's highly anticipated sequel, Descendants 2. She's already accomplished so much during her only 21 years of age, but there was a chance that Dove almost gave up her chance to be the DC legend she is today.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the starlet opens up about how she was ready to give up on chasing her acting dream all together when she landed an audition for Liv and Maddie, which at the time was called Bits and Pieces and the concept of the twin characters wasn't a thing yet. When she found out she had actually booked the leading role(s), she was ready to not even accept it, due to the fact that personally, she was dealing with the sudden loss of her father, who died by suicide and she didn't think she could handle all of the fame and pressure that comes with the Disney Channel territory.
"I crumbled and panicked, because I knew everybody would think it’s a dream come true, but I was having genuine panic attacks because I knew that Disney Channel was an overnight thing, and my dad had just died, and I was not trying to be in front of everybody because I couldn’t even process myself," she confessed. "But I was sobbing to my mom, who helped me weigh the pros and cons, and I finally got clear-eyed when I realized that Disney Channel is for kids. And I love kids. And I was going to get to work with kids all the time. And I started to cry all over again. Because what a treat, to be able to be someone for kids, to be a good role model, to be a big sister because I never was one."
And the rest is history. At 15 years old, Dove decided that she was going to follow this dream of hers and take the role she had worked so hard to land. She went on to say that being on Disney has really taught her so much and it's still kind of crazy to her that she ended up with these amazing roles and opportunities, all thanks to the House of Mouse.
"It's been the most incredible boot camp/college experience. It's awesome in the actual sense of the word—like, truly, inspiring of awe—to be a part of something so exclusive that could have easily been somebody else," Dove said. "I'm sure there will be more of us, and I don’t think I’m anything insanely special, but to be considered a part of something like this will never wear on me. I don’t think I would have access to the parts of me that I now have access to, or be as evolved as a human, if Disney Channel had not said, 'Go.'
Well, we beg to differ when it comes to Dove thinking she's not all that special! We happen to think she's a literal beam of sunshine who is meant to make the world brighter, through her acting, music, and just being herself. It's nice to know how appreciative she is for everything that's come her way so far and there are plenty of people out there who are forever happy she said "Yes" when Disney came calling. She's proving she's a force each and every time. #Proud.
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