If you’ve watched the Disney Channel at all in the past 5 years then you have seen Leigh-Allyn Baker. Her role as Amy Duncan in Good Luck Charlie has touched many. In Bad Hair Day she is not only acting, but is producing. Leigh was nice enough to screen the film with us and then have a short Q&A after the movie was over. Check out a few tidbits below!
BAKER: It was really fun for me to watch it with all of you because I’ve never seen it with an audience. It was really refreshing for me. I sat for six weeks with an editor for this movie and so you see it so many times and in the middle of it you think oh, this is a great movie, it’s so refreshing for Disney. After you’ve seen it a hundred times you’re like eh, it’s okay. So you totally don’t know. You lose perspective. So it was such a fun ride to watch it with you guys and feel your energy and hear you kind of predict different things or get a kick out of things. It was really interesting.
Q : What was the inspiration behind the movie?
BAKER: There was as script that was originally taken to Disney channel. It was quite different from this but it was a teenage girl and a male cop and I, what I hear from Disney channel is that they thought well if there is an adult that we would like to try something new. A film that has an adult heavenly in it for the first time let’s try with Leigh Allyn, see if she’s interested. Really then that’s when the inspiration started forming on what we wanted to do with this movie and we wanted to first and foremost, we wanted to make people laugh but really secondly it was really important to us to grab people’s heartstrings and give a really good, unique and powering message. As you can see I feel like this film is, you know, is fraught with comedy and heart and great messages for girls. You know, she doesn’t end up with her prince charming. She chooses MIT. Heck yeah, she does, you know. I loved all the computer lingo and it’s fabulous!
So yeah, that was it. Just to have, you know, a film for Disney Channel that adults can watch with their kids that has a unique different message. Like let’s go out on a limb and do something really different for the channel and see what the response is and Disney Channel was brave enough to do that because this is very different for them.
Q : When you read the script what made you wanna get more involved in the executive producing role rather than just being apart of the action?
BAKER: As my husband said they’re finally gonna pay you to micromanage everybody else. [LAUGHTER] I felt it was very tempting to see if I had it in me. To see something build from the ground up and to really be brave and be bold to put my vision and not hide behind somebody else’s vision but put my own out there and see how it went. I mean you guys know Amy Duncan is — I’m sure you can tell when I adlib or when I riff on Good Luck Charlie. You can tell in here too. I know you all (were) laughing when I do certain, silly things. So I just wanted to see what other creative elements I could bring to this.
Q : You do producing and acting and voiceover for video games. Which one do you like to do the most?
BAKER: I have an animation series called the Seven D which I play the Queen Delightful if you haven’t seen Seven D. it’s really good. Check it out, Disney XD and Disney Channel. So my favorite was this. To produce, to executive produce and act because you really get to have your hand in all elements I mean down to no I want, I want Liz’s dress to look like this. I want Monica’s dress to look like this. I want the shoes to be like this. What if this joke goes here? What if on this scene we have them build the relationship and it’s really because of her mother. You get to just really live in every element of the movie down to editing it and sitting in on the final mixx.
Q : I think Laura did a great job. When you were casting did you look at a lot of girls and how did you ultimately decide to go with her as the lead?
BAKER: There are so many talented young actors in this town but Laura Marano has a certain maturity and skill set that I think was really necessary. We needed a girl who could pull off being in the lead for prom queen and miss pretty perfect and could also pull off knowing how to work that computer and have the smarts and the thinking and the brain stuff going on. Laura just came in and she just knocked it out of the ballpark. It’s not easy to find young talent that can go toe to toe in comedy with an adult. You guys saw it on Good Luck Charlie and now you see it here. That’s what it looks like. She did a great job.
Q: After doing this is your focus now going to be in more of a producer type of role?
BAKER: Honestly I can’t see one without the other. I really can’t. I’m not ready to not be acting because as you can see I have so much fun. I don’t know what happens to me but there’s this other thing that takes over my brain and I’m just having a blast and I just start saying things. Sometimes I think did that just comme out of my mouth? So I really can’t see one without the other at this point.
Q : What’s the worst bad hair day you can remember having?
BAKER: When we did the promos for this. I was like –they turned me around in the mirror and I was like, huh, irony. Wow. Yeah, that would be it.
Q : What’s next?
BAKER: We shall see. I would like to develop my own series, actually and I’m working with another gentleman my age who used to be on the Disney Channel. I won’t tell you doing what….to hopefully develop a show.
The upcoming Disney Channel Film BAD HAIR DAY (premiering Friday, February 13th at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT)
***Disclosure: I attended #BadHairDay My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***