Gam me on

Cameron Boyc ce is ready to prove than he’s more than just a Dis­ney Chan­nel star.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ - By AN­GELIN YEOH en­ter­tain­ment@ th hes­tar. com. my

CAMERON Boyce e kept re­fer­ring to him­self as a “reg gu­lar kid” through­out our 15- minut te phone in­ter­view from Los Angele es, Cal­i­for­nia. But how many regul lar 16- year- olds do you know is the e star of Dis­ney Chan­nel’s Desce en­dants, TV se­ries Jessie, and voicee of Jake in the award- win­ning g Jake And The Never Land Pira ates kids show?

Boyce, who h has been act­ing since he was eig ght years old when he made his mov vie de­but in Mir­rors op­po­site Kiefer Sut ther­land, in­sisted that noth­ing has c changed. He cited main­tain­ing a clo ose re­la­tion­ship with the same gr roup of friends he had even be­fore e the TV stuff hap­pened as the r ea­son he still feels like a nor­mal, , ev­ery­day guy.

“My friend ds are very present in my life. I s still have friends from dance c class and school that I talk to on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. That’s my reg­ula ar kid stuff. I al­ways try to find the time for the things I love,” he said.

Au­di­ences started pay­ingp at­ten­tion to Boyce as the mis­chev vi­ous, wise­crack­ing Luke Ross in Jessie. WhenW the Dis­ney Chan­nel se­ries con­clu uded last year, Boyce up­graded to a lead­ingl role in the new show Gamer’s Gu uide To Pretty Much Ev­ery­thing. He shared d that get­ting the lead role of­fer is a hu uge val­i­da­tion for him.

“It feel re­ally good to know that my hard work is recog­nis sed and ap­pre­ci­ated. I thought it was re eally cool that they want me to stick arou und for an­other se­ries. I also looked for­wardf to play­ing a lead­er­ship role. Jessie e was pre­vi­ously led by Debby Ryan ( whow played the tit­u­lar char­ac­ter). I’ve le earned so much from her so it was go ood to be able to use that knowl­edge for th his new ex­pe­ri­ence.”

In Gamer’s Guide T To Pretty Much Ev­ery­thing - Boyce pl lays Con­nor, a pro­fes­sional video gam mer who is forced to take a break due a nasty thumb in­jury. How­ever, his sp pon­sors started cutting ties with him, so Con­nor can’t con­tinue to com­pete e, and has to go back to school and b e a stu­dent again. While there, he mee ts a group of friends ( played by M Mur­ray Wy­att Run­dus, Felix Aviti ia and So­phie Reynolds), with w whom he forms a team and start to prac­tice for the World Gam­ing Pr ro Cham­pi­onship.

Boyce laughed when we asked if he is ac­tu­ally the grown- up ver­sion of Luke.

“There are some sim­i­lar­i­ties! But Con­nor is a bit more ma­ture while Luke is care­free and silly. Con­nor has a set of goals he wants to ac­com­plish. He is ded­i­cated to his craft as a pro­fes­sional gamer. I don’t know if Luke has any goals to ac­com­plish apart from prank­ing peo­ple and caus­ing mis­chief.”

In the show, there’s an as­pect called the Gamer’s Vision where the char­ac­ters imag­ine them­selves as play­ers in a video game to get through var­i­ous ev­ery­day sit­u­a­tions. It gets a lit­tle bit chaotic on the show be­cause of the dif­fer­ent quirky per­son­al­i­ties.

“Con­nor’s job is to wran­gle his team­mates all to­gether and get them to fo­cus on one task. Which ac­tu­ally never hap­pens be­cause then the show will just be about peo­ple sit­ting around play­ing video games all day.”

Grow­ing up, Boyce en­joyed watch­ing other Dis­ney Chan­nel shows like That’s So Raven and Han­nah Mon­tana. He said it means a lot to now be a part of Dis­ney.

“It’s an iconic thing. Dis­ney tal­ents are put on a dif­fer­ent class. They have also pro­vided a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties for me. I’ve been work­ing for five to six years now. It’s been a heck of a ride. I’m very grate­ful to them.”

When the op­por­tu­nity came for Boyce to prove him­self as a se­ri­ous ac­tor, he didn’t hes­i­tate. Boyce re­cently caused a stir on­line when he posted a photo of him­self cov­ered in bruises and burnt marks, which turned out to be just makeup for a char­ac­ter he’s play­ing on med­i­cal drama Code Black.

But it was a dra­mat­i­cally dif­fer­ent im­age for a young ac­tor who has made a name for him­self as a Dis­ney Chan­nel star. A few web­sites de­scribed the im­age as “dis­turb­ing”. But Boyce has no prob­lems shar­ing that im­age.

“Peo­ple gen­er­ally put Dis­ney stars in a dif­fer­ent cat­e­gory. We’re not ex­actly ac­tors or co­me­di­ans. There is a stereo­type. I just want peo­ple to know that I’m an ac­tor first, along with other Dis­ney kids who will be break­ing stereo­types as well. I’m will­ing to do gory stuff along with com­edy and drama.”

He ex­plained that shar­ing the photo was about show­ing his fans that kids on Dis­ney Chan­nel have the po­ten­tial for big­ger things.

“We’re push­ing our­selves. We should be show­ing our fans and au­di­ence that we are ver­sa­tile. For me, shar­ing that photo was about telling my fans that I’m go­ing to be on Code Black.

“I was so ex­cited about it be­cause peo­ple get to see a dif­fer­ent side of me and re­alise that I’m se­ri­ous about be­ing a re­spect­ful ac­tor.”

airs Thus­days at 9pm on Dis­ney XD ( As­tro Ch 617/ 637).

Boyce is de­ter­mined to prove him­self as a se­ri­ous ac­tor.

Avi­tia, Boyce, reynolds and run­dus are the stars of show about a team of pro­fes­sional video game ath­letes. — Photos: Dis­ney XD

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