Dove Cameron Opens Up About Having "Huge Imposter Syndrome” While On Disney

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Photo credit: Kevin Winter - Getty Images
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Since rising to fame, Dove Cameron has often gotten candid with her fans about her honest feelings and emotions. In sharing the real highs and lows of her journey, she’s initiated vulnerable conversations on important topics like mental health, identity, and societal pressure.

Now, in a new interview with the LA Times, Dove opened up about the start of her career on the Disney Channel and why she felt out of place on the network. (ICYMI, Dove starred in Liv and Maddie for four seasons from 2013 to 2017.)

“I never had that moment where I was like, ‘I am a Disney girl.’ I never looked at Miley or Demi or Selena or Zendaya or Bella or anybody — Hilary Duff or anybody that came before me — I never looked at them and thought, you and me — same,” the actress shared with the outlet. “I was always the strange outlier who doesn’t belong and who will never fit in.”

“I had huge impostor syndrome. I felt like I was wearing a rubber mask or something. So I don’t really look to anybody else for a roadmap. I mean, this whole narrative that I was on Disney and then found my way out with a pop song, it was a total f— accident,” she continued.

Dove went on to clarify that while the “the Miley/Selena/Demi trifecta” shot to stardom in the same era of the Disney Channel, she was alone.

“I was doing the twins show where it was just me and me, and then I was doing Descendants in Canada for three months. It’s an isolated journey,” she said.

In June, Dove told E! News that she’s “so much better” mentally after coming out as queer. In conversation with the LA Times about her sexuality and her career, the actress-slash-artist expressed that she has “no interest in living a life that isn’t entirely, energetically bold and truthful.”

“And my sexuality is such a natural part of who I am and how I relate to the world that if I thought keeping it a secret would positively impact my career, I just wouldn’t be in this line of work,” she said.

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