After months of anticipation, Descendants 3 finally made its Disney Channel debut on Friday, August 2. The third installment of the popular franchise was undoubtedly an emotional experience for fans and cast alike, especially in the wake of Cameron Boyce’s passing just last month.
As viewers tuned in to find out the fate of everyone’s favorite VKs (not to mention the long-awaited reveal of Mal’s father), the Descendants stars turned to social media to honor the characters they’ve played since the first film’s release in 2015. Over the past several years, Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Booboo Stewart, and the rest of the lovable Villain Kids have undoubtedly grown together, but also grown with their respective roles. Saying goodbye to their Disney personas after such a long (and magical) journey definitely can’t be easy.
Dove, who portrayed Mal throughout the franchise, took to Instagram several times over the past 12 hours to share a slew of behind-the-scenes moments from filming. From silly face memories to quiet moments of relaxation, it’s clear that the actor will never forget her time with her Descendants family.
“I wanted to post all of it, because I need to give it all away, I can’t hold it anymore,” Dove explained. “These past 6 years have been filled with more growth, more deep, true love and more vibrant LIFE, than most people experience in a lifetime and for that, I am forever grateful and forever indebted.”
She went on to say a bittersweet farewell to her Descendants journey. “I will be forever grateful for this world, this momentary allowance into what felt like a double life,” Dove wrote. “This world that was only ours, that we got to literally BUILD UP around us, that kept us safe, that let us escape to a place where everything made sense and everyone had love and a place they belonged, in our most formative and sensitive years. I needed you at 17, when I was lost and looking, and now I leave you stronger, deeply rooted and decidedly wild, if not a little heartbroken. Although, I never truly leave you.”
Likewise, Sofia paid a tribute to her character, Evie. “Five years ago, I walked into an audition room, that, little did I know, would turn my whole world upside down and paint it a beautiful shade of blue,” the actor wrote on Instagram. “To say that you changed my life would be saying too little…. Five years, three movies, and here we are. My heart full, eyes watering, struggling to find the words to say...THANK YOU. It has been my HONOR.”
Ahead, check out more of the Descendants 3 cast tributes...and be prepared to feel all the feelings.
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