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Exclusive: Dove Cameron dishes about this Sunday's Liv and Maddie and the Ask Her More initiative

 
19-year-old Disney Channel star (and August/September cover girl) Dove Cameron shines on Liv and Maddie, and in a special new episode airing this Sunday, November 22 at 7:55 PM, she—and very special guest Kristen Bell!—are taking the opportunity to address a problem facing Hollywood today. Too often, on the red carpet or in interviews, women and girls aren't asked the same sort of questions that men and boys get asked. Instead of getting to talk about their roles and acting choices, they're asked questions about fashion or their appearance. In response, the Ask Her More movement started to encourage reporters to ask girls deeper questions than just what they're wearing, and in "Ask-Her-More-A-Rooney" Liv gets to join the conversation. Check out what Dove had to say.

GL: In the new episode, Liv gets asked a couple of questions that focus on her appearance. Have you had any experience like that?

Dove: Well, I've got to say I feel like the conversation is already changing. I've been in a lot situations where I've been pleasantly surprised that a reporter didn't ask me about any of those things. I haven't experienced those questions to the point where I wanted or needed to complain about it. Often enough reporters' initial reaction will be, "Oh, your dress!" and they'll pan down to the dress and ask who it is. It's fairly common and I heard about that a lot from my friends, too, but our goal, mine and people in my position like Rowan Blanchard who is so inspirational, is to make that less common. Things are already starting to change it's so great that we can help reach a younger audience and change the way the next generation thinks. I'm so proud that we're able to do something like that.

GL: What kind of questions should we be asking on the red carpet?

Dove: I love it when people ask, "Why did you choose this character?" or "Why does this character mean the world to you?" When I'm thinking about a role, and why I want a role, it's because that role in particular means something to me. I think everybody feels that way and thinks about those things.

GL: It's so cool that you got to address a real Hollywood issue through Liv's experience. Are there any other stories you want to cover?

Dove: This was a big one for sure. We have also already tackled Liv playing a character that was originally supposed to be a man which I thought was really cool. That was a huge moment for me because that’s something that I never would have really thought of. There were times when people said that girls can't be tough in sports, but Maddie's the captain of the girls' basketball team. I remember people saying that Liv was just a bubblegum actress and songwriter and that she couldn't do serious or gritty roles and songs. I trust my writers and I’m sure as I get older and experience more things there are going to be more issues that I want to tackle. This show on Disney has given me such a great education where I really feel strong enough, opinionated enough, sure enough to want to trust myself to explore negative issues. I'm unendingly grateful to be in the position that I am and work with who I do.

GL: Speaking of who you work with... How awesome was it to have Kristen Bell guest star in this episode?

Dove: It was incredible. She really has the most generous energy and she’s very strong. She knows who she is and she’s very maternal and warm and allows for other people to have the spotlight and also still manages to be this incredible presence and command a scene. She’s kinda educational in the way that she lives her life. She was such an obvious choice for this role as a strong aspirational leading woman. She's such a great role model as a strong mother, a strong wife and a strong figure in the industry. I'm a huge fan.

GL: Are there any other celebs you'd love a chance to work with on Liv and Maddie?

Dove: I'd love to work with Jessica Lange. Disney is a slightly different platform that what she's used to, but I think she's incredible. I love Jessica Chastain, too. All the Jessicas. And obviously my big here—and great friend now—is Kristin Chenoweth. I think she'd be a great fit on our show. She's talked about it before and I would love to get her on. I love meeting and working with new people, though. That's one of the joys of acting for me. This show has brought so many people and new friends into my life, and I love getitng to work with my friends. Who doesn't dream about that?

Watch this special exclusive clip from the episode to get your first look at Dove and Kristen in action.

What do you think about Ask Her More and the new episode of Liv and Maddie? Don't forget to tune in to Disney Channel on Sunday, November 22 at 7:55 PM to watch.

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by Chelsea Duff | 2/1/2016
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