Un­cer­tain fu­ture for Dove Cameron

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By WIL­LIAM ROBERT FER­RER

When Dis­ney Chan­nel’s De­scen­dants 2 pre­miered in the United States last week, it marked the end of an era for its star, Dove Cameron (pic).

Cameron gained fame when her Dis­ney Chan­nel sit­com, Liv And Mad­die, de­buted in 2013. Now, four years later, the se­ries has reached its end and the fu­ture of the De­scen­dants fran­chise is un­clear. But Cameron isn’t con­cerned.

“This is go­ing to sound silly be­cause I know ev­ery­one on my ca­reer path has like a five-year plan, a 10-year plan. But I just don’t want to think about it. Ev­ery­thing that has come in my path has been com­pletely ac­ci­den­tal and to­tally mirac­u­lous,” Cameron says in a re­cent phone con­ver­sa­tion.

If it sounds like Cameron is selling her­self short, she is. The 21-year-old has quite the re­sume. She’s ap­peared on tele­vi­sion, in movies, on­stage (this sum­mer she’ll star as So­phie in the Hol­ly­wood Bowl’s Mamma Mia!), and she’s pro­duced her own mu­sic.

“I love tele­vi­sion, I love film, I love record­ing, I love singing, I love all of it,” she says.

Af­ter at­tend­ing Sakai In­ter­me­di­ate School on Bain­bridge Is­land, which Cameron de­scribes as “idyl­lic ... kind of good for the soul,” Cameron moved to Los An­ge­les when she was 14.

Cameron is cur­rently fo­cused on pro­mot­ing the se­quel to 2015’s De­scen­dants ,a movie about the chil­dren of Dis­ney he­roes and vil­lains, fea­tur­ing Cameron as Mal, daugh­ter of Malef­i­cent.

Though Cameron in­sists she had a dark streak as a child (she used to draw tat­toos on her arms, she says), the charm­ing and un­flag­gingly pos­i­tive ac­tress seems to have lit­tle in com­mon with her fic­tional coun­ter­part. Cameron is the type of per­son who says things like “we should prac­tise grat­i­tude in ev­ery­thing” in ca­sual con­ver­sa­tion. She prac­ti­cally ra­di­ates op­ti­mism.

Asked about pres­sure to “break bad”, or re­ject the Dis­ney brand, as many do (see: Mi­ley Cyrus), Cameron says: “I don’t re­ally be­lieve in ‘break­ing any­thing’ be­cause there’s noth­ing that I’ve done along the way that’s been in­au­then­tic.”

This is Cameron’s word of choice: “au­then­tic”. Cameron uses this word so many times dur­ing our tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion that she ac­tu­ally catches her­self and com­ments on it (“That’s the word of the day, I guess,” she says).

What comes next may be un­cer­tain, but Cameron’s com­mit­ment to be­ing au­then­tic is not. “I want to stay as au­then­tic to my own needs as I can. And just work re­ally hard, move in the right di­rec­tion,” Cameron says. – The Seat­tle Times/Tri­bune News Ser­vice

Photo: AFP

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