It's goodbye, Charlie! After four seasons on the air, Disney Channel's most popular show, "Good Luck Charlie," is coming to an end, and we've got an exclusive clip and some thoughts about the show from its star, Bridgit Mendler.
The finale, titled "Goodbye Charlie," has Mendler's character, Teddy Duncan, headed off to Yale, leaving behind her supersize family, a catalog of video diaries, and (sigh!) her on-and-off boyfriend, Spencer Walsh (Shane Harper).
In this exclusive clip from the finale, Spencer drops by Teddy's house to pick up his jacket. He also notes that Boston and New Haven are "pretty close" and says it would be awesome if they could see each other. But it'll just be "as friends," of course.
Here's what the "Good Luck Charlie" star told Yahoo TV about the finale, her offscreen romance with her onscreen love interest, her future plans, and the set item she kept.
On what she'll miss the most about "Good Luck Charlie"
"I think I'll really miss the Duncans," the 21-year-old actress said. "I think the characters and the dynamic that we all developed together was so fun, and by the end it just felt so effortless. It's like you're parting with a person when you leave your character, especially when you're working on something for that long."
On working with baby Charlie
"Mia [Talerico] was the most impressive baby I've ever worked with. It was fun going through all her different stages of babyhood with her."
On dating co-star Shane Harper
"We knew each other for a while, were friends for a long time," Mendler revealed. "And I think it was just one of those things where it kind of gradually turned into more. I think it's great that we knew each other for so long beforehand, so we were really friends."
On being cautious about dating someone she worked with
"I think everybody was very respectful about it and wanted to make sure that it wouldn't be weird to see the relationship going on on the show at the same time. It was wonderful the way that everybody was kind of a family and looked out for each other."
On what's next
"I've been buckling down to work on album number two for the past few months," the multitalented star and Save the Children ambassador said. "I would love to get more acting roles, but for the time being I'm focusing on music."
Watch Mendler's performance of "Hurricane" at Yahoo Studios:
On other Disney darlings turned gossip staple
"I think it's a really interesting transition time for any young woman," Mendler said when asked about the career paths of former Disney stars Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez. "Starting a TV show as a teenager and leaving it as an adult — you kind of enter into the real world after this time that you were in this safe little bubble. I think it's really a gift to do those years through the channel. I applaud those ladies."
A few of Mendler's favorite "Good Luck Charlie" things
Favorite episode: "Battle of the Bands." "I had a lot of friends in that," she said. "I like when there's interesting combinations of people on the show."
Favorite guest star: "I have my natural bias toward my boyfriend," she said with a laugh. "But there've been a lot of special guest stars. I loved having my other friends; Samantha Boscarino was on the show. Raven [Goodwin] was also really special; she was on the show through the entire time. And another really special one was the Muppets."
Favorite moment on the show: "The thing is, it's not one moment," Mendler told us. "The beautiful thing about having a family on set is the constant safety and comfort and joy of knowing and enjoying the people you're with. I think that's kind of the cool thing; it's not about having one special thing, it's every day being together and knowing each other."
Favorite memento from the set: "I got the chair in the living room, the big green and blue one," Mendler dished. "A little piece of the Duncan living room."
Favorite diary tip Teddy gave to Charlie: You'll have to watch the finale to get the answer. "I don't want to give away what she says in the last video diary," the actress says of her favorite sisterly advice.
"Good Luck Charlie" series finale airs on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. on Disney Channel.