Cameron Boyce Talks Descendants 2, Biracialism & His Sister’s First Boyfriend
RAW: What was it like growing up in L.A.?
CAMERON: L.A.’s the best city in the world when you’re talking about weather. Honestly a lot of people in L.A. get a bad rap just because they’re in L.A., but a lot of the people in L.A. are really motivated and really nice people. It’s just what I’ve noticed, so that’s been really good. And just sort of having the world at your fingertips.
RAW: What was the first movie or TV show that made you think, “I want to be an actor.”
CAMERON: As corny as it sounds, I would probably say Disney stuff just because you watch that as a kid. And that’s sort of your life. You’re watching all the re-runs, and keeping up with the Hannah Montanas and the Ravens of the world. What they did looked really fun to me. I told myself, if I ever get the opportunity to do that, I would definitely try to do it.
RAW: Which of your peers who are amazing actors that inspire you to be better?
CAMERON: I know a lot of people who inspire me to be better. I think the person that I was really taken with, was Dove [Cameron], honestly. The way she sort of became, was cool to watch. And I took a lot from her.
RAW: Have you had freckles your whole life? Was there ever a time you hated them?
CAMERON: I never hated my freckles actually. It’s funny, I’m in good spirits about my freckles always, I always have been. But there are times when a kid will look at me and go, “What is wrong with your face? Do you have like chicken pox? What are the dots on your face?” I never really, you know… You just gotta laugh it off, ’cause these are going to be here forever. It’s not like I can get rid of them, or want to get rid of them. Just got to love what you got.
RAW: What is the most important piece of advice that your father and mother have given you?
CAMERON: My dad always talked about not wasting your talent, which is something that has sort of stuck with me. I would say that is a good one, for my career. He’s always been my best friend and he’s sort of been my light for me. And my mom, there are too many I can’t even. The best advice my mom probably gave me would just be to take the good from certain scenarios. Recognize the bad and do your best to cut it out, and then take whatever good you feel from, whether it’s a person or a scenario, and run with that as opposed to the negative.
RAW: What’s your ethnicity?
CAMERON: Oh man. Your guess is as good as mine. I’m a lot of different European. I know my grandfather is from the Caribbean. And my grandmother is… You know, I’m sure they both have lineage in Africa because I’m black. I like to say that I’m bl-ewish, I’m black and I’m Jewish. So you know, me and Drake, we got that in common.
RAW: Was there a specific instance when you realized you were neither fully white nor black?
CAMERON: I always sort of knew that just because… I mean, when you’re mixed, and I know a lot of mixed people can relate to this, people sort of place you in a weird category. Especially if you have freckles, or if you’re really light with curly hair, or if there’s something different about you, green eyes, something weird. Not weird, but different. And as a kid, I always sort of liked the fact that I didn’t look like everybody else. Some people struggle with the fact that they don’t look like everybody else, but it’s totally what makes you beautiful and unique. I would say, don’t worry about who looks the same, and who looks different. I’ve always sort of known that I was mixed and different, and I’ve always loved it.
RAW: Why is The Thirst Project so important to you?
CAMERON: The Thirst Project initially just really inspired me because it was basically a group of college students who were sort of just like, “hey let’s do this.” And it ended up becoming this organization that’s raised over eight million dollars to go to a cause. That’s insane in it’s own right. Then when I learned more about how the global water crisis is something that can be completely demolished in our lifetime, it just makes you that much more crazy about it. Like oh my gosh, let’s end it then, let’s do it. But honestly, Seth Maxwell’s story really inspired me, just because he was so young and he’s made such an impact on a lot of people’s lives at such a young age. I feel like a lot of young people need to understand that they can do the same thing–they aren’t powerless, that they can actually make a change.
RAW: What are your favorite movies?
CAMERON: John Hughes is the man, so Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller, and a lot of that stuff. And then Pulp Fiction is one of my favorites. Samuel L. Jackson in that movie is one of my favorite characters of all time.
RAW: Who are some of your all time favorite musicians, and who are your newly discovered ones?
CAMERON: Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Prince. Pretty much all the legends that kids are like, “Huh?” Those people. And then new people, it’s hard to find people that I really like these days, because a lot of things sound the same. But like I said, Anderson .Paak is one of my favorites right now. Leon Bridges is so dope. Gallant is really cool. Sabrina Claudio is dope. Eryn Allen Kane, people like that.
RAW: Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years?
CAMERON: Hopefully in a house half as gorgeous as this one. I see myself just trying to be happy. A lot of money and stuff like that, while it is good, it’s not important. So whatever it is that makes me happy in that time, that’s what I’ll be doing.
RAW: What is your favorite Booboo Stewart story
CAMERON: The time Booboo played me his original song . I don’t know how much I should say, honestly, because I don’t know how much he wants people to know about it, because he’s either embarrassed or probably shouldn’t get out. But that was pretty cool.
RAW: Your sister has her first boyfriend. How do you feel about that, and will a guy ever be good enough?
CAMERON: These questions are really hitting home right now! It’s hard for me to cope, but at the same time, he’s actually a good kid. I met him, and he instantly started talking about shoes with me, which I think was just him trying to spark up a conversation. But I appreciated the effort, and I asked him if he liked guacamole, to which he said no. And then I was like, “You’ll never be good enough for my sister then.” He’s trying to win me over, so he’s a good kid, he’s a good kid.
RAW: Do you have any fun stories from your birthday trip to Mexico?
CAMERON: Man, Mexico was amazing dude. We went jet skiing, ATVing, zipling. I went to my first ever club, which was terrible. Clubs are, I don’t know if they’re all like that, you know, but man. It was interesting. I saw like five people just dying. I don’t know what they were even doing, laying on the sidewalk, just not having it. It was an experience.
RAW: Who was your first celebrity crush?
CAMERON: Probably Beyonce when I was like eight. Oh, “Beautiful Liars,” that music video. Guys. And Shakira, stop playin’, that’s crazy. That’s a good one, that’s a good one for ya.
RAW: Where’s the perfect place to take a first date
CAMERON: I have a good first date story. It’s not good, it’s terrible. I took a girl up to the outlook on Mulholland, not knowing that you can’t park there past nine o’clock. And I got an $88 ticket. Yeah, read all the signs kids, just don’t do something dumb like I did.
RAW: Can you do any celebrity impressions?
CAMERON: I guess. Although I’d really have to think about it. I can do Sofia Carson, it’s really breathy. And my chin is always up and then down. And I like to put my hands on my hips like this. And talk, really slowly. Thank you so much. I love you all. (winks)RAW