Andi’s life is about to be turned upside down when her older sister Bex returns home. Be sure to catch new Disney series coming 2017
While out in LA we were able to chat with Peyton Elizabeth Lee who plays “Andi Mack”, Lilian Bowden who plays “Bex”, Lauren Tom who plays “Cecilia”, Creator/Executive Producer Terri Minsky and Executive Producer Michelle Manning about this great new series for kids, tweens, and families airing on Disney Channel.
Q: Where did the idea from this series originate from?
Creator/Executive Producer Terri Minsky: This is weird to say to a large group of people, but I read a profile of Jack Nicholson. He was raised with his mother as his sister and I thought, that’s an interesting idea. You just keep it in your file of ideas and then when somebody says to you, do you have any ideas, you go, yeah, I have Jack Nicholson.
So that’s really where it originated from. I wish it was as cool as I know somebody who went through this, but you do, so that’s like one degree of separation. And, I don’t know if that’s the most satisfying answer, but that’s where it came from.
Q: When each of you read the script, were you surprised by that reveal at the beginning? Was it meaty to jump into as an actress?
Peyton Elizabeth Lee who plays “Andi Mack”: Definitely. I think the first time I read it was before I even got the part, right? So you’re reading it and you’re like, this is so amazing. Already just going through the first episode and you think how she’s an amazing writer.
Creator/Executive Producer Terri Minsky: They didn’t even let you read it for the first audition.
Peyton Elizabeth Lee who plays “Andi Mack”: No, not for the first audition. It was much later. But I hadn’t gotten the part yet, so you’re reading it and even the beginning, you’re already thinking it’s so amazing. The voice is so unique and different from everything that you usually see. But then when you get to the end of the first episode, I was like wait, what? Cause you’re just like reading through the script, and… wait, what? And so I had to read the last scene like five times before it really sort of sank in, you know? And then it just made it that more meaningful to me.
Lilian Bowden who plays “Bex”: It was super surprising. So that reveal was in the sides that I auditioned with and they were the second pair of sides. And the first pair of sides is this super fun lighthearted scene that was closer to the beginning of the pilot. I remember reading the sides and thinking, oh, my, gosh, this is so funny. This is really funny. This is great. Oh, this is great. You know, oh, this is a Disney show. This is great. And then that second scene when it takes that turn… that was the thing that cinched me, and I was like, I have to get this. [LAUGHTER] It has to be me.
Lauren Tom who plays “Cecilia”: And for me, I really read it thinking this is something that’s got some meat on the bone for me because I didn’t wanna — I have two kids that are 13 and 16 and so in order for me to pull myself away from wanting to be with them, cause that’s when they need you the most, in a way, I thought, I didn’t wanna be that mom, dinner’s ready, you know?
I just thought that I would go a little brain dead, but Terri’s writing is just so phenomenal that I was like, yeah, I think I need to attach myself to this for so many reasons, just how innovative it is and the diversity and, and feeling like when I was growing up, I didn’t have a lot of role models and I just — well, I’m so old that [LAUGHTER] I was watching, you know, the Harriet, you know, whatever that show was where I never felt like I could be those perfect white kids that I was looking at because they just didn’t have anything to do with my reality whatsoever. Whereas this show is so much more real and reflective of what’s going on in the world today. And then also just having so many people of color on it.
They hit the mark with this one. It’s heartfelt, funny, diverse, and most importantly real. I can’t wait for my daughter to watch this. In fact we have have it set to record on our DVR tonight. I saw the first episode, but want to experience it with her. This is important one folks. You will be hearing more about this soon!
Andi Mack makes its television debut with a one-hour premiere event FRIDAY, APRIL 7 (8:30-9:30 p.m. EDT).
***Disclosure: I attended the #AndiMack Event My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***