After four incredible seasons on the Disney Channel, Liv and Maddie comes to an end TOMORROW freakin’ night and we truly aren’t prepared. “I’ve actually been working on [the show] for five years, though it’s only been on the air for four — that’s a long time when you’re young,” the show’s star, Dove Cameron, recently said about her time playing the Rooney twins. “You’re just never prepared for it to end, and to get there is surreal. I don’t know how to process it. It’s really sad. I couldn’t have asked for a better cast and we’re going to keep in touch…it’s one of those lifelong friends…family, really.”
As much as the 21-year-old’s breakout role on DC was destiny, it took some road bumps to get there. While a lot of actors get denied parts they desperately want, Dove’s ~wonky~ auditions were more like roller coasters than complete fails. Now that Liv and Maddie is over, we’re sure the blonde will have many more opportunities to try out for other TV series, movies, plays, etc., which unfortunately means more legit failures are inevitable.
1. Amber Von Tussle, Hairspray Live! — Dove seemed like the perfect choice to play Hairspray Live!‘s mean girl, but executives weren’t always convinced that she was best fit. “They said they couldn’t offer me the role because I was going off to do Descendants 2 and I was going to miss too much rehearsal time,” she told JustJaredJr. about the casting process. “They didn’t feel safe letting me do something live with that little rehearsal time.”
The 21-year-old actress was very upset and “fought and fought and went back and forth” until she finally got another chance to prove she could do both roles.
“Then I went to go see Hamilton in New York while I was promoting my EP. The night I saw Hamilton, I had five missed calls from my reps. And they said, ‘Alright, they want to see you one more time for a dance audition, and then they are prepared to really offer you the role.’ I walked out of Hamilton and flew back to L.A. the next morning. I got three hours of sleep, and then I went in to audition for choreographer Jerry Mitchell. I was so nervous because I’m not a dancer, I’m much [more] an actor and singer. After the audition, Jerry said, ‘Alright, I’ll see you at the table read on Monday.’ So that was one of the most scary moments of my life.”
2. Mattie Ross, True Grit — Before Dove was known as one of Disney’s hottest stars, she was just a young girl who loved movies and decided to audition for a film on a whim. “The first and only thing I went out for when I lived in Seattle was True Grit,” she said. “I had no training and I didn’t even have a headshot.”
Despite her lack of experience, the part “ended up coming down to Hailee [Steinfeld], who got the role, one other girl, and [Dove].” While DC didn’t get the role that landed Hailee an Oscar nomination, it was after that audition that her parents decided to move the whole family out to Los Angeles so she could seriously pursue her acting career. Everything happens for a reason!
3. Alanna, Liv and Maddie — While Dove was always going to be a part of this Disney Channel show, she originally thought it was going to be in a much different capacity. According to IMDB, the 21-year-old was initially set to play just one character named Alanna (who doesn’t exist on the current show, BTW) on a series that was supposed to be about a step family learning how to live together (think The Brady Bunch). In fact, the 21-year-old wasn’t even meant to have the show revolve around her!! “I didn’t audition to play the twin; I only auditioned to play one person,” Dove explained. “It was a completely different show in the beginning. I played one girl named Alanna who is neither Liv nor Maddie, and she didn’t have a twin — there were no twins.”
While DC was initially “terrified” to play two characters and “let Disney down,” she now sees the experience as the “best acting exercise, the best education, and the most life-changing thing.”
All the Disney Channel stars Dove Cameron has allegedly dated:
Dove and her Liv & Maddie co-star started dating way back in 2013 when the blonde was only 17 years old. Their relaysh escalated very quickly and the pair got getting engaged last spring. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like engagement was exactly bliss for the Girl and the Dream Catcher bandmates, and they split under 6 months after announcing their plans to tie the knot! It appeared that Dove was the one who chose to break things off, as Ryan said, "Dove has decided this relationship isn't what she wants. We still love each other very much. Please be sensitive, as this is painful."
During Rove's three-year stint together, they were plagued by a couple cheating rumors... one included that she was actually engaged to another one of her Disney co-stars: her body-double, Emmy!
After Dove posted a silly photo to Instagram of her hanging with her doppelganger with the caption, "She said yes !!!" the comments section blew up with confused (and tbh, judgmental) remarks about the two girls dating each other. The 21-year-old was NOT having it and updated the post saying, "Wasn't even gonna comment, but for real: it's 2016. I'm dating @mccarya and not engaged to my female best friend Emmy, but for real?"
Luke and Dove look darn good together, but that's the complete extent of their relationship... even though some were convinced that these two Cloud 9 co-stars were totally hooking up.
After Ryan and Dove went to Splitsville, it appears that the 21-year-old hit the rebound with this fellow Descendants actor. Almost immediately after the breakup, these two were spotted spending a lot of time together, and to add more fuel to the fire, their co-star Sofia Carson called them out on Twitter!
Dove tweeted, "Why am I so obsessed with jawbones on humans," to which Sof replied, "I'm guessing you['re] referring to a particular jaw bone (cough cough)." Look up more photos of Thomas because his jaw is definitely a winner and we're kind of obsessed with it, too!
If you're counting, this makes FIVE co-stars that Dove has been romantically linked to! Garrett, who starred alongside the 21-year-old in Hairspray Live!, was filmed smooching the blondie on-set while the cameras were NOT rolling!
While it's possible the actors were just "practicing," or "getting into character," fans were thinking that with Dovey's track record, maybe on-screen chemistry had leaked into off-screen romance again!
After people saw this video of Dove kissing another girl during their January Las Vegas vacay, fans were eager to find out if she was bisexual or just sharing an intimate moment with her platonic BFF. A December tweet reading, "I love girls/women so much. Like. Wow. So much appreciation for my own sex. Wow wow wow. boys watch out imma steal yo girl," seemed to push speculators to believe that Dove is queer to some extent!
While the Disney star never explicitly announced anything, a "like" is worth a thousand words and she threw some likes to different tweets including one that said "like this if your gay or like this if your gay" and another reading, "like this if you and Kiersey are dating." So... does that mean the coupling is confirmed? Nothing is 100 percent until the words come out of Dove's own mouth.
After people got a hunch that the "If Only" singer was queer, it seemed to be a matter of time before fans started trying to set her up with other hot ladies who are out in the acting biz... including another Disney star, Bella!
After a fan named Lucia tweeted, "@DoveCameron what about you hooking up with @bellathorne ? You both would be goals," some heavy flirting went down. The Shake It Up actress (who P.S. came out at bi last August) responded, "Yeah trust me. I have thought about it" complete with some flirty Emojis! Dove got back at her saying, "We would look pretty cute together #powercouple." Obvs, everyone freaked thinking that the relaysh was officially a go.
Unfortunately, the 21-year-old then deleted the tweet and changed it to "bahahaha #powercouple." WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?