Why Naomi Scott didn’t want to have her own Disney show early in her career
“You’re 18, you’re getting into your femininity, I thought, ‘I think this time is over.'”
Naomi Scott is officially a Disney Princess courtesy of the 2019 live-action remake of Aladdin, but there was a time she could be a Disney Channel star too – but she chose to pass the opportunity on .
During Collider Ladies Night to celebrate their new audio / podcast series Soft Voice, Scott looked back at her early days in the industry working on Disney UK production Life Bites and the original Disney Channel film Lemonade Mouth. Given the formative nature of early appearances, I asked Scott what the setting of such Disney productions was like. She started by putting Life Bites in the spotlight:
“Life Bites was that little British production. That was great. That was so much fun. And so it was again [a] Five-minute sketch show, so not necessarily part of the great American machine. I’m sure some of the other Disney stars, child stars who showed up on a show were a whole different thing and a whole different kind of pressure. ”
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Even when it came to making the 2011 feature film, Lemonade Mouth, Scott suspects that her experience was nothing like the “Disney machine” that many might imagine. She stated:
“I made the Disney Channel movie Lemonade Mouth. [it] In fact, it was probably different from that. I was already 18 at the time, so I had a little understanding of who I was, what I wanted to do, what I didn’t want to do. My friend Bridgit [Mendler]I’ve been on a show since she was 14. So when it comes to lemonade mouth, I’ve stepped back in [at] I feel like I knew a little bit about myself at this point. ”
Though Scott had already been to an extent by the time she was working on Lemonade Mouth, there was something valuable about this set – the excitement of the craft service:
“All I remember is that they just had the best breakfast on the set. [Laughs] I also remember getting introduced to craft services for the first time. And to me it’s this US production and I said, “Oh my god, you have a candy cart that just came by!” And for me I just thought, ‘I did it. I wanted that. That’s what it’s all about. It’s all about candy on a cart. ”
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While Life Bites and Lemonade Mouth weren’t part of that “Disney machine,” so to speak, Scott had the opportunity to go down that road at some point, but the timing just wasn’t right. This is how she described it:
“I think as soon as it comes into the shows, by the way, they were definitely interested in going that route. I had the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of some of these other girls. Have your own show around that has to do with music etc etc. And it’s so interesting that when I was 18 – 17, 18 – I knew I didn’t want that. And I think it’s because of those deals again; They lock you up for so long and when you are already, as I said, 18, you come into your femininity, I thought: “I think this time is over.” If I was 14 and it was like “Disney Channel, have your own show”, great! But I think there is [frustration] – and you can see it, and I’m sure a lot of these actors are open about this and about these Disney stars we’re seeing now, maybe the frustration of wanting to grow as adults and still feel kindly as seen one thing. I knew I didn’t want to, so I kindly missed this opportunity. ”
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An important career move for Scott right there and at this point, it’s fair to say it was the right decision considering how much she’s accomplished since then! If you’d like to learn more about Scott’s experience on projects like Power Rangers, Aladdin, Soft Voice and more here, you can follow our in-depth Collider Ladies Night conversation below:
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Perri Nemiroff has been part of the Collider team since 2012. She is the co-host of Collider FYC, The Witching Hour, and host of the Collider Ladies Night interview series. Perri is a proud graduate of Columbia University’s Film MFA program and a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Perri divides her time between Los Angeles and New York, but devotes every waking hour to her cat, Deputy Dewey.
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