Brenda Song, Former Disney Darling, on Returning to TV with Dollface

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When it came to casting her on Suite Life, it was Ashley Tisdale who originally tested for the role of London Tipton. “They were going full, true Paris Hilton parody,” Song said. “And when we read for the roles they were like, ‘No, actually, you guys switch parts. ’ Hollywood wasn’t doing that then. “People thought I was crazy because I said I loved to audition, but I said I loved to audition because every audition was like a job to me,” she continued. “I didn’t get a lot of auditions.

While many former Disney stars may struggle to release themselves from the family friendly brand’s stronghold, Song remains grateful for the time she spent as part of the network. “I feel like I’ve been very lucky and can look back and say I haven’t done a project that I haven’t been proud of one way or another,” Song admitted. “I’m proud of them for different reasons.

At the end of the day, Song survived a Disney upbringing, has worked consistently for years, and somehow still remains true to herself. “Having been in this industry for so long, I’m in a place where I feel like I know what my strengths are,” Song said. “I hope that my comedy continues to evolve and stays modern and relevant.

Now that she is 31 years old, Song is at a point where she feels content with the kinds of roles she’s getting, especially with her newest series. “I will say Dollface is my dream job,” Song admitted. “With this cast, shooting in L. A. , and with this character, I’ve never had a character that felt more me".

Three transformative things happened, at once: “My mom got breast cancer for the first time, I booked Suite Life, and I was accepted into the college I’d always wanted to go to,” Song said. “My dad, who’s a schoolteacher, sat me down and said, ‘Here’s the thing.

That title would go to one of her costars was overwhelmed with holiday cheer while filming the episode. “It was Shay, who was sitting there and was like, ‘I saw the Christmas tree behind him and I looked around and felt like I was living my childhood dreams,’” Song explained. “I was like, ‘Shay you’re killing me! ’ Shay was actually the biggest fangirl, which is really funny.

Ultimately, her plea to the network executives worked, and they let her take the part. “The Social Network was not only career-changing, but life changing,” Song added. “I learned so much on that project.

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