Dove Cameron says it feels like 'Descendants 3' co-star Cameron Boyce 'is still here'

Descendants 3 star Dove Cameron has revealed how she and fellow cast members Sophia Carson, Cameron Boyce and Booboo Stewart said goodbye to the Disney TV movie franchise after wrapping filming on the threequel — the first of which was filmed in 2014.

“We cried a lot,” Cameron told Yahoo Movies U.K. ahead of Descendants 3’s U.K. premiere (it aired in the U.S. in August). “When we finished our last musical number, me, Sophia and Cameron — I don't know what Booboo was doing, off somewhere, as always! — we laid on the set for the finale, until they tore it down. For like, hours. We lay down on it just to be like, ‘We don't want this to end!’

“We were just crying on our phones, taking pictures and cuddling.”

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR DISNEY ABC - Actor Cameron Boyce, Dove Cameron, Booboo Stewart, and China Anne McClain seen outside of the Disney Channel's "Descendants 2" panel event at the Soho Apple Store on Monday, July 17, 2017 in New York. (Mark Von Holden/AP Images for Disney ABC)
Cameron Boyce, Dove Cameron, Booboo Stewart and China Anne McClain outside the Disney Channel's Descendants 2 panel event in 2017. (Photo: Mark Von Holden/AP Images for Disney ABC)

But post-filming, the third movie in Disney’s live-action Descendants TV film series, which follows the lives of the children of Disney’s classic villains, has involved a more poignant farewell.

In July, 20-year-old Cameron Boyce, who starred as Carlos, son of Cruella de Vil, passed away suddenly as a result of an epileptic seizure. The film’s premiere was canceled in his honor, with Disney instead making a donation to the Thirst Project, one of Boyce’s favorite charities.

“I watched it [Descendants 3] for the first time with my best friend, who's not in the film, and was ruined,” revealed Cameron, on how it feels to watch the finale now.

Cameron Boyce, Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson and Booboo Stewart in Descendants 3. (Disney Channel)
Cameron Boyce, Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson and Booboo Stewart in Descendants 3. (Photo: Disney Channel)

“In light of recent events and in light of it being the last one, and having no premiere, and things like that, my best friend was like, ‘You know, what we're doing today? You're going to put on all of your Descendants merch, we're going to get out your crown, and we're going to cry and make brownies. And we had a marathon, and I was wrecked. I wrote for ages and mourned the loss of it so much.”

STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 16: Cameron Boyce attends the 2019 Radio Disney Music Awards at CBS Studios - Radford on June 16, 2019 in Studio City, California. (Photo by David Livingston/WireImage)
Co-star Cameron Boyce died in July at age 20. (Photo: David Livingston/WireImage)

“Also, then when I watched it later with Booboo at the L.A. screening, we kind of looked at each other and were like, ‘Oh, that wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be,” said Cameron.

She also spoke of Boyce’s death.

“It feels like Cameron is still here, when you watch it. It wasn't as painful as we thought ... We've all been around each other so much more recently than we usually are than when we're not doing the films. I think it's felt quite healthy, quite like, everything's still kind of the same. It's not. But if we can kind of feel like it is.”

Mal and the villain kids must save Auradon from an evil threat. L-R: DOVE CAMERON, CAMERON BOYCE, BOOBOO STEWART, SOFIA ARSON (Disney Channel/David Bukach)
Cameron spoke out about Boyce's death. (Photo: Disney Channel/David Bukach)

Cameron also had some advice for young fans who may have difficulty saying goodbye to Boyce and the franchise, first released four years ago.

“The things that we feel closest to are the things that we feel most seen by sometimes,” she said. “I know I was that kind of kid, I grew up definitely like, music was my best friend … And for me, music was something I felt close to, something I felt like I knew, a language that I spoke ... And I think a lot of people feel that way about characters that they fall in love with.

“They're like, this is my person, I feel represented by them. I feel like they're very real to me. And I can understand that.

Dove Cameron arrives at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Cameron at the 2018 Golden Globes. (Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

“The beautiful thing about things that are created to entertain us and make us feel seen is that they exist actually mostly in our minds, even though we're watching something or reading something, really the relationship we have with it is in our mind.

“And so the beautiful thing about that is it becomes yours. And so even though these movies might not be happening anymore, those characters are yours, and they're real to you. And so they can live forever in you.”

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