Dove Cameron and her on and off-screen Liv and Maddie boyfriend, Ryan McCartan, are so effing adorable! The new Hollywood couple announced some big news recently, and — in case you missed it — there about to have a whole lot in common with another young couple. Here’s a hint, earlier this month Becstin was featured in Becky G’s music video, “Lovin So Hard,” and now it looks like Cameron and Ryan are about to make that same bold move… except, they’re taking it one (huge) step further!
When we got to the chance to talk to Dove, of course we had to get her to spill on all the deets. She also had tons to share about her badass role in the new movie, Barely Lethal. Trust us, you have to read the full story below!
Congratulations on Barely Lethal! Were you able to relate to Liz?
“I think that every human, and this is something you know like, your years from 14 to like 23 are kind of like super, super existential and you’re figuring out life. One thing that has been really big for me is I used to see all these people that had their own identity — like the the funny one, the crazy one, the sweet one, the shy one or the whatever and I really wanted to figure out which one of those I was. Then, I sort of realized nobody is the “blank” one, we all just kind of fit ourselves into boxes because it’s much more comfortable. But I think humans are constantly growing and changing and they have a bit of every single thing in them. And, some days I’m angsty, some days I’m angry and then some days I’m really withdrawn and shy or have a lot of energy. Every single character I’ve ever played has a little bit of me in them just because every single human in the world has a little bit of everything in them.”
What drew you to this role specifically?
“I thought this role had a lot of range in terms of, like, at one point you sort of think she’s the antagonist, maybe she’s the mean girl and then at the end she’s loving and supportive and she actually helps Hailee (Steinfeld) and she’s really comforting. You see all these emotions come out and you know everybody like that. Like, your aunt can be mean to you one day and then she’s a caretaker and your best friend. I just really thought there was a lot of opportunity to bring a lot of realism to her because she’s so multidimensional. Also I thought she gave girls permission to be crazy and unattractive, and then care and be self-conscious and then experimental. I think girls especially get so caught up in thinking like, ‘oh I have to be prim or proper or fun and sunshiny’ when like you can be literally anything. You can be mannish, you can do whatever and it’s acceptable. I think Liz is an emblem for that, so I was really interested in that.”
Liz is dealing with divorced parents and feelings of abandonment. What would you say to your fans who are also going through difficult family situations?
“It’s so hard, I’ve totally been there. I think when things get hard with your family it’s really easy to want to isolate yourself. The world is so harsh, so when stuff happens outside you want to go to your family, but when stuff happens inside your family you sort of start to feel like ‘I’m alone, there is no place I can go to where just nothing will happen to me.’ I think it’s really easy to become withdrawn and I would say that’s the biggest mistake you can ever make. I’ve been there, I totally withdrew from my family when things were getting crazy and it’s one of the biggest regrets of my life because I had to rebuild relationships. I know that’s a super, human thing and honestly it’s getting more and more common. You’re not alone and even if you don’t feel comfortable reaching out to your family look up to other people who have gone through it and know that everybody has dealt with their own version of it. It’s the worst feeling in the world to feel like you’re alone.”
In the movie, Megan (Hailee Steinfeld) researches teen films. What is your all-time favorite teen film?
“10 Things I Hate About You…for sure. Not only was it set in my hometown of Seattle — whoop, whoop — but it also has the Shakespeare element to it because it’s based on Taming of the Shrew and it’s such a charming film. I think Kat in the movie is kind of like Liz, where she starts out where everybody is like, ‘stay away from Katarina, stay away from Liz, because she’s the jerk of the school’ and then she ends up being really soft and vulnerable. I think that’s cool to turn a tough girl into a soft girl because I feel like girls think they need to be soft all the time when we can be fierce.”
What was it like working with Hailee?
“It was wonderful. She’s such a pro. I have never met someone more…I’m hesitating to say career-driven, because I think a lot of people can think like, ‘she only cares about her career,’and that’s not what I mean. It’s more, in situations where I would never think of an opportunity or something maybe I shouldn’t say, she’s always like, ‘Dove’ [laughs]. She’s very good at what she’s does. I’ve never met someone more professional and driven. She’s also really fun and she’s sweet and talented. She’s really easy to work with, she’s great.”
She has an AH-mazing voice. Have you ever sang together off set?
“There was a lot of singing and jamming in the hair and makeup trailer. The funny thing is, in Hollywood there are so many weird things where you technically can’t do this and that because of contracts, but I would love to collaborate with her. She’s a super sweet girl, we’ve obviously worked together, she’s got a great voice, so that would be great.”
You also had the chance to work with Sophie Turner. (READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH SOPHIE HERE.) Are you a Game of Thrones fan?
“My boyfriend and two of my best girl friends are super into Game Of Thrones and all three of them are like, ‘you can’t start in the middle. You have to watch season one, episode one and go all the way through.’ So I’ve been kind of waiting for a weekend to binge, Netflix style. I’m one of those people, like I’m a Doctor Who fan, so I have to start from the beginning and unless I have time I don’t want to dedicate time to that because then I will just be thinking about that, So, I’m going to start doing that too.”
How was she on set?
“She’s great. She’s such a trip. She looks very statuesque — like she’s going to be very serious — and then she’s all excited, like, ‘hi I’m Sophie!’ She’s super loud, goofy and she’s such a tomboy. She’s the nicest human in the world. She makes everyone feel like a friend.”
Let’s talk Liv and Maddie! What can you tell us about the upcoming season?
“I’m not going to lie to you, I have seen zero scripts. But, I have been getting updates from my real-life boyfriend, who is also Maddie’s boyfriend on Liv and Maddie about some stuff that’s been going on. I know that there’s a new project involved for Liv, which is cool. I know that there’s just so much romance drama, which i know for sure because there is some crazy stuff going on with casting right now. We’ll have to wait and see.”
What about the rest of Season 2? Any surprises in store?
“I think the last five or six episodes of season two are some of my favorite ones that we’ve ever shot for Liv and Maddie. I don’t exactly know what happened, but all of sudden the show just got so much, not like bigger, but like, I always think of a show as in the 10 standout ones of the season. The rest of them are calmer, like maybe they are put in there as fluff episodes because you can’t have drama if it’s just drama all the time. There are some that standout more than others and I think there is a huge collection of them at the very end of season two. Everything just sort of spikes. All of my favorite episodes are coming up. One of my favorite ones just came out — the breakup episode.”
Of course we can’t let you get away without talking about your upcoming music video with Ryan. Tell us the details!
“So much is happening. Ryan and I actually produced and starred in this video, so we really had our hands all over it. We hope everyone receives it well. It’s our own music, we wrote the song, we’re singing the song, it’s our first single, we’re doing it all at once. We are also releasing the band name at the same time. So it’s like single, video, band name! In Hollywood you usually just show up and do your part, you perform, but this is really personal to us because we put so much work into it. We’re really excited and nervous for everybody to see it. There’s some dancing in it. It’s got kind of a dark theme. We worked with a director who is a friend of ours who is very Tim Burton obsessed. We asked him if he wanted to direct our first music video and do with it what he wanted. So, it’s very his style, very stylized. It’s got a little bit of Ariana Grande and Mika when they did “Popular.” You know, it’s very Burton-y and theme-y and stylized, so it’s going to be really cool. I’m really excited.”
You’re getting ready to star in the DCOM Descendants as the daughter of Maleficent. What is the most exciting part about that role?
“I love her. I love her like I love my best friend. I am obsessed with the character, which is why I wanted to do the movie so badly. As an actor you get to know characters as you play them, sort of like you’re reading a book. Just playing the character doesn’t mean it has anything to do with yourself. It’s sort of as if you were reading this book and everyday you got up in the mirror and said the lines that the character said. It’s not me loving me, it’s me loving something outside of myself and all the things that I think about them. You kind of have to fall in love with the character to portray them because you notice all these things about them in your head when they don’t exist. So, I love her and I really care about her, which I think is important. I think my favorite thing about her is that she’s so tough and so fierce, but that doesn’t mean that she’s only that. She’s sort of like Liz in the sense that her character arc is just ridiculous. I can’t even begin to tell you how crazy her character arc is. I’ve never gotten to portray a bigger range of emotions and, let me just tell you, about halfway through the movie there is just so much ugly crying. I’m like all out there you guys. There is so much emotion in it, so I’m really excited. It was just the most amazing cast and crew and I’m like shaking, I’m so excited for everyone to see it.”