Interview With Sofia Carson from #Descendants2
Descendants 2 is a follow up of the first Disney Channel original movie, Descendants! Prepare to see this television movie on ABC, Freeform, Lifetime, LMN, Disney XD, and Disney Channel all at the same time on July 21st, 2017.
The movie starts off where Descendants ended! It’s about the children of famous Disney movie villans who are trying to adjust to life with the other children of Disney heroes. The characters the movie will follow the daughter of Maleficent, the son of Cruella de Vil, the son of Jafar, the daughter of The Evil Queen from Snow White, and many more!
I had the opportunity to sit down with Sofia Casron who portrays Evie, the daughter of The Evil Queen! Sofia is all about girl power, fashion, and living life to the fullest! It was absolutely spectacular to learn more about her!
How did it feel going back to film the second Descendants?
It was surreal. The first Descendants was my first movie. It changed my life and I fell in love with Evie. I loved being able to tell her story. We’ve become such a family and working with everyone is just a dream. So, when we found out the sequel was green lit, we were just beyond thrilled. It was surreal to return to the characters and to tell their stories and see how they’ve evolved. The movie is just so much bigger in scope. It’s so epic and beautiful. I can’t wait for everyone to see it.
What is your favorite part out of the acting, dancing, and singing that you do in the film?
I get asked that all the time. Every time I go to sleep, I’m thinking about which aspect I’d choose out of acting, dancing, and singing. I don’t remember a time where I didn’t just love performing. I was a little girl dressed as Belle, or some other Disney princess, twirling around in my house singing, dancing and acting. I fell in love with performing. I’m so lucky that I get to do it all every day of my life and that I have roles like Evie. She gave me the opportunity to sing, to dance, and to act. I hope to do what I do for the rest of my life.
What was it like working with the new actors?
It was so cool. It’s always an interesting dynamic because there was the four of us, the core four, and then they introduced these three new, awesome villains. From the very first day, Uma, Harry, and Gil were always a part of the family. They really added such an incredible dimension to the film. They’re so cool and so wicked. Gil is hysterical. It was a perfect match.
Will we see more of Evie’s villainous side in the film?
You’ll see a different side of Evie because in the first film, Evie was very much her mother’s daughter. She was very consumed in what she looked like and she was sadly willing to believe that her reflection in the mirror is what defined her as a person. At the end of the movie, she realized that our looks do not define who we are. It doesn’t make us more important or beautiful or special. It’s who we are in our hearts and to be the fairest of them all is to be fair inside.
In the second movie, Evie has really grown into herself. She is strong and independent. She’s smart. She’s a fashion designer. She has made her dream come true without a prince and she’s become a leader. At the same time, her best friend, Mal, is lost and really confused. Their relationship is really beautiful and important. It’s a story of girl power, which I love.
Do we see the relationship between Evie and Doug evolve?
You’re going to be really happy with their relationship in this movie. They’re business partners. Doug, who’s really good with numbers, is helping her organize the business side and the financials of it all. At the same time, they’re together and Evie’s so happy because Doug loves her just the way she is. She loves him for who he is and it’s a really beautiful, sweet relationship. He just adores her. He sees her and it’s the sweetest thing. He’s also the coolest guy. They have some really, really sweet moments.
What is it like for you when you see fans wearing Evie-inspired costumes?
There is no feeling in the world that compares to it. I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world with this film and to do press for it. No matter what country or city I go to, there’s a little girl dressed up as Evie. Whether she’s speaking Spanish or French or Portuguese, it’s so impacting to see how far this movie has traveled and how many lives and little girls it can impact. I’ve had a really beautiful experience.
I like to go to the Children’s Hospital as much as I can. My sister and I went to the hospital for Halloween I was dressed as Evie when I met a young girl who was suffering from sickle cell anemia. She spoke to me about Evie in ways that I never even knew and in dimensions that I had never even considered. Hearing what Evie taught her and how she felt connected to Evie was the most incredible experience. I think this is why we’re so lucky to do what we do. Yes, I get to dress up every day and sing and dance, but to be able to tell stories and have them impact young girls like that… that’s why I feel so lucky to do what I do.
Does fashion play a big part in your life?
Yes! I love fashion. Growing up, I was always in my mom’s closet wearing her heels. All the girls of Descendants 2 wear the same size in shoes and we like to borrow each other’s shoes. I love fashion and I always really want it to be a big part of my career. I love that Evie loves fashion and that she is the film’s fashion designer. I have so much fun with Kenny working on how to create Evie’s wardrobe. In Descendants 2, he really wanted to see a lot of me in Evie’s wardrobe because I tend to gravitate towards things that are very feminine and classic, but with an edge. I love icons like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, just that sense of timeless, feminine fashion.
What is the message that you want young women to take from you?
Growing up, I was a typical daughter. I was obsessed with Beyonce, J-Lo, Lizzie McGuire… all these incredible female role models. I grew up with really strong women, my mother and grandmother, who were always an inspiration to me. I thought, “If I’m ever lucky enough to be able to do what I love, I want to be that type of inspiration for other little girls in everything that I do, everything that I say, every role that I take on, and every song that I release. It’s very close to my heart to make sure that everything I do has an empowering message for the 16 year-old daughter out there who I know is looking at me. I just want them to know Evie’s message, which is that as girls, we can do anything and be anything. No one should stop us. I want them to know that the most important thing in the world is to be beautiful, but that beauty comes from our hearts.
ABOUT DESCENDANTS 2
The story deepens in the music-driven sequel to the global smash hit “Descendants,” as the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains – Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay (also known as Villain Kids or VKs) – try to find their place in idyllic Auradon. When the pressure to be royally perfect becomes too much for Mal, she returns to her rotten roots on the Isle of the Lost where her archenemy Uma, the daughter of Ursula, has taken her spot as self-proclaimed queen of the run-down town. Uma, still resentful over not being selected by Ben to go to Auradon Prep with the other Villain Kids, stirs her pirate gang including Captain Hook’s son Harry and Gaston’s son Gil, to break the barrier between the Isle of the Lost and Auradon, and unleash all the villains imprisoned on the Isle, once and for all.
DESCENDANTS 2 PREMIERES JULY 21ST, 2017
It will air at 8 PM simultaneously on Disney Channel, ABC, Disney XD, Freeform and Lifetime. For more information and to keep up with the latest scoop on the film, be sure to like and follow Descendants 2.