Quarantine may be frustrating, but with the amount of virtual events occurring, it’s certainly entertaining.
Shows from 10+ years ago have had virtual reunions. 90210, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sonny With A Chance, and Jessie are just a select few.
Well, E! News consulted with the cast of Austin & Ally, and long story short, they reunited on Zoom. Austin & Ally premiered on Disney Channel a little over 9 years ago.
The reunion included Ross Lynch (Austin Moon), Laura Marano (Ally Dawson), Raini Rodriguez (Trish De la Rosa), and Calum Worthy (Dez Wade). E! News co-host, Lilliana Vasquez, also joined the call, to serve as the reunion moderator.
While Lynch, Worthy, and Rodriguez were the final pick for the series, Marano admitted that she was afraid of not getting the role. It was between Marano and another actress. However, things worked out in the end, when Marano was casted for the part of Ally Dawson.
One thing that fans may not have known, was that a majority of the episodes were filmed in front of a live studio audience. Worthy admitted that he loved performing in front of an audience. “It felt like we were doing a play, but because there was also music involved, we were also like at a concert. It was just so magical.”
Rodriguez mentioned that the audience would “aww”, whenever something cute happened in one of the scenes. It happened so frequently, that the writers caught on, and began writing “aww” lines, for the actors to say in the show.
She also revealed that before the filming each episode, the actors would walk onto the set to a song that fit the theme of that episode. For example, during the first and last episodes of the season, Rodriguez said that the cast walked on stage to “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge. Yet, during one of the break-up episodes, they entered with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift playing in the background.
The cast also talked about the first time that they met each other, and their first impressions were so positive and sweet. The only cast member that lacked the memory was Ross Lynch. Lynch couldn’t remember when/how he met Raini Rodriguez, so she had to spark up the memory. She said that the two met in a Disney building, during one of their first table reads. It’s impressive that most of the cast could remember these obscure moments from almost ten years ago, and yet, I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast this morning.
They talked about favorite fan moments, favorite surprise guest visits (Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were the main two), and Rodriguez even admitted that if Austin & Ally was still going on, Trish Delarosa would most likely be managing Cardi B. She said that the vibe between them would be great, and the fact that they’re both obsessed with animal print would make them the perfect duo.
Marano stated that if the show was still going on in 2020, her character (Ally Dawson) would be figuring out how to manage her music and the music school, collectively. “She also might be going through a bit of a crisis right now”.
If you watched the entire series, you’d know that the show ended with Austin Moon and Ally Dawson 30 years into the future. They were married, had kids, and overall, they were successful and happy.
Well, Lynch mentioned that Austin Moon would have been a great dad. He would have taught his kids how to play the piano, guitar, and even a bit of basketball.
Since Dez Wade had always dreamt of being a director, Worthy admitted that it would only make sense for Dez to continue that dream in 2020. “I think he’d be making some pretty cool stuff. I see him making stuff kind of like Taika [Waititi], the director of JoJo Rabbit.”
Lilliana Vasquez asked the cast to choose a group vacation destination, and it sparked a conversation about an Austin & Ally film. They spoke about a possible plot, set in Hawaii.
While nothing is confirmed, the cast seemed to enjoy their time together on the show. So, who knows what the future might bring, post-COVID19.