Set in Massachusetts,the series tells the story of the Diaz family, specifically focusing on Harley, the middle of the seven children. Harley makes her way using her abilities as a prodigy in engineering to deal with the problems of being in a large family.
During the #MOANAEvent we also stopped by to screen a bit of Stuck in the Middle and chat with the cast: Jenna Ortega (“Harley Diaz”), Ronni Hawk (“Rachel Diaz”), Isaak Presley (“Ethan Diaz”), Ariana Greenblatt (“Daphne Diaz”), Kayla Maisonet (“Georgie Diaz”), Malachi Barton (“Beast Diaz”), Nicholas Bechtel (“Lewie Diaz”), Cerina Vincent (“Suzy Diaz”) and Joe Nieves (“Tom Diaz”). During the interview the cast had us alternating between awwwww’s and laughing hysterically. THIS is what a family feels like. You can tell just by the interactions that the cast has become family. Now let’s get to the interview:
Q: Do you like being stuck in the middle?
Jenna: I love being stuck in the middle. I like Harley’s storyline because at first, she’s kind uncertain of like where she’s going with her life. She feels very invisible but later on she realizes that she is very important. She plays a very important role in her family. I think it’s important to know that for those middle children out there who feel like they’re not noticed that they are. And they are very important in the families because they make their families their families.
Q: What’s the chemistry like on set?
Ariana: Family, just straight up family. Off the set, we hang out at dinners. And we really love each other.
Jenna: We see each other Monday through Fridays so it’s like we’re always together. It’s like they’re my second family.
Joe: And that happened right from day one. It was immediate and fantastic.
Malachi: In real life, we don’t have any siblings. So it’s like interesting but it’s really fun to have siblings onset.
Cerina: I’m not a mother in real life. But I always wanted seven kids. And it just like was a weird childhood thing. And I have them all but in a different form. It’s really cool. We’re bonded.
Isaak: What’s great is that because we’re like a real family we have everything which really helps brings the onset chemistry. I mean we have the bickering and we have the jokes and we have the emotional moments together that really helps bring that to the screen. You know if everything was happy and joyful 24/7 I feel like it’d be very phony. But because we experience all the emotions that kids do it really helps onscreen.
Q: Any Pranks on Set?
Jenna: We have to get Isaak before he gets us. So Isaak is like the biggest Oreo fan. So my siblings and I, we got a packet of Oreos and we opened one of them. And we put deodorant in there. And Isaac runs in and we’re eating like the normal ones. And he said, oh my gosh, give me one, give me one. So we give him the deodorant ones.
Issak Pressley: I walked right into it. The whole cast was laughing, saying that he screamed like a girl.
Q: To sum it all up in one word each, what does Stuck in the Middle mean to you?
“Stuck in the Middle” short-form series debuts on the Disney Channel App, 11/24 and on-air 12/16.
***Disclosure: I’ attended the #StuckInTheMiddleEvent + #MOANAEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***