Dove Cameron knows people have never been sure what to make of her. The 23-year-old got her start on Disney, starring in the sitcom Liv and Maddie before helming the musical film franchise Descendants, in which she played Maleficent’s daughter. While she thrived on the platform, her life and celebrity felt separate from the entertainment engine for which she was working.
“I always felt like I was an actress-for-hire rather than a brand ambassador or a ‘Disney kid,’” she says bluntly. When Descendants 3 aired earlier this summer, her final appearance in the franchise, the feeling of something being “severed” came as a shock. “When it ended, I really didn’t anticipate having any sort of emotional page turn.”
What seemed to affect her more was public perception, especially as she was in the midst of figuring out her next move. “A lot of people had more ideas about me than even I had about myself,” she says, laughing. Cameron admits that her own personal preferences and image never helped the image placed on her.
“I happen to look quite clean, and I happen to not be interested in things that we would typically call ‘inappropriate,’ like things that might be bad for the brand,” she explains, referring to the impulse by past Disney stars to be rebellious. “I just happened to be one of those people that wasn’t naturally inclined to behave like that.”
As she came close to the end of her time with the company, Cameron realized she craved creativity, something that made her feel more like a participant, more than a watcher within the industry. So, after signing with Disruptor/Columbia Records, she explored other options and began working in the studio with seasoned writers and producers like the Orphanage, Jonas Jeberg, Delacey, Carly Paige Waldrip, and Chloe Angelides. Together, they cooked up a “pretty meaty collection” of songs she’s beginning to release. Dreamy, rock-tinged love song “Waste” and the darker, synthy break-up opus “Bloodshot” — both released last week — are the long-awaited taste of the new Dove Cameron, the real Dove Cameron.
“I do get the sense that I can feel a little bit far away from even my fans I have now, and I don’t know if that’s because of a highly glossy image,” she says. “I do think this music opens up more of who I really am.”
For both, Cameron wanted to approach stereotypical coming-of-age feelings from fresh angles. On “Waste,” a song she describes as one of her absolute favorites, she wanted to step away from the “melty, dripping, sappy love songs” she tends to loathe.
Before you went in the studio to start recording music, what did you envision your music sounding like? And how do you feel you achieved what you imagined?
Funny enough, my taste in music has always been relatively the same. I’ve been listening to Sleigh Bells since I was 13, classic rock since I was born, Lana [Del Rey] since I was 14, and musical scores and sonatas all my life. I have always had a highly stylized, romantic and dramatic taste in production, whether it was super minimal, or creatively placed bells and whistles, I love music that doesn’t sound like the rest. But, I never heard my own music — I could never project my taste into my own personal sound. So finding it for the first time was definitely a blind effort. I felt like I had all my senses removed and I had to re-learn my taste. Though, I did always know whatever I created would be different than what I personally listened to and liked. I wouldn’t ever be so arrogant or silly as to say that I’ve “found my sound” this early on, but I would say, I never dreamed that my music would make me feel as specifically me, as concentrated or vulnerable and as exposed as some of my first few releases have made me feel. So, I assume I’m on the path.
What are the stories behind “Waste” and “Bloodshot”?
“Waste” is very much about that feeling of being so fucked-up over someone that you just want to waste yourself on them, bleed out every ounce of you and live inside them. That kind of agonizing, pain/pleasure, mad love is what we all either know personally, or want. Obviously, I am in a very public relationship [with Descendants costar Thomas Doherty], so it’s safe to assume most love songs are about him.
“Bloodshot,” on the other hand, is less specific. I am very known by my label to say ‘I hate a breakup song,’ which I don’t anticipate changing anytime soon. To me, they’re boring and they make me itchy. What I love about “Bloodshot” is that it’s not necessarily about a breakup, but it is definitely about a loss of some kind. For me, it’s about loss, which I am always trying to put to lyrics.
What made you want to release both songs at the same time? Did it have to do with their contrasting takes on love?
I wanted to release them together because, just as you said, they’re very contrasted, and so am I, and so are my fans. “Bloodshot” is definitely the softest and most intimate of all the songs I’ve done, and “Waste” is one of my favorites. “Bloodshot” is vulnerable, and “Waste” is a bit sexy. I’ve waited so long to release my music, I didn’t want to start with [only] one. I wanted my fans to have a bit more to start with, and hopefully if you don’t hear yourself in one song, you hear yourself in the other.
How long have you been writing your own music?
I’ve been writing music all my life. My mom is a poet, and my dad was a pianist, so music and writing was always a part of the deal. I doubt any of my earlier stuff will ever see the light of day, as I have changed so drastically as a person, even just in the last few months, and my feelings about the world, love and myself are changing every day. I may listen to the same kind of things, but my writing is light years apart and I’m very grateful for that. It is part of the joys of being an artist.
Dove Cameron was interviewed by Gabe Bergado for Teen Vogue and talked about her two original songs:
“These songs highlight two very different sides of me which I thought was important in my new music. I have been growing and changing a lot over the past few months and I needed my music to reflect that. It’s not only representative of who I am, but it also allows my fans to connect to the music more,” Dove tells Teen Vogue. “‘Waste’ is one of my all-time favorites; it is so intense and sexy. It is about an all-consuming love. ‘Bloodshot’ is more intimate and vulnerable. ‘Bloodshot’ is about loss, whatever form that takes for you, whether that’s a breakup, a friendship that ended, or a death. A universal feeling, loss, that I’m always trying to put it into words. One that I think we need to talk about more.”
When Dove Cameron steps into the Cosmo offices, I can’t talk to her. It’s not that she’s on an important phone call or that I’m struck speechless by her celebrity. No, it’s that she’s on strict vocal rest and vowed to be silent throughout the two-day photo-shoot. The 22-year-old triple threat is currently starring in Clueless the Musical off Broadway and performing eight shows a week, so it’s pertinent that she find rest where she can, doctor’s orders. As an editor, I was nervous. How do you create a positive environment on set for five hours a day when your talent won’t say a word? I needn’t have worried.
Like the stereotypical Disney-bred star—she played twins on the network’s hit series Liv & Maddie for four seasons starting when she was just 16 years old—Dove entered the space with unparalleled pep. Under-eye masks plastered on her cheeks and a bright smile on her face, she lit up the room, despite just recently recovering from one hell of a flu and serious back issues (which would later take her out of a couple shows).
With her Siri dictation app in tow, she became fast friends with everyone and led us in a Joan Jett jam session while shooting her look based on The Craft. By the end of our time with her it was clear, without her saying a word, that Dove Cameron has what they call in the industry, “it.”
Fame, while never the goal, kind of just happened for Dove. After growing up in Washington and spending time in India where her parents used to design jewelry, her mother moved her and her sister to L.A. when she was about 15. She claims the success of Liv & Maddie occurred overnight, which led to her ubiquitous presence.
Since starring in the Descendants franchise as the conflicted daughter of Maleficent (played by her spiritual twin Kristen Chenoweth), her digital fandom has skyrocketed. Dove’s Instagram boasts 23 million followers who are more than willing to buy her merch, tickets to her limited New York performance, and new music—when she’s ready to release it. (Look out for that at the top of this year, she tells me… at least, once she has the time to promote it.)
Over a week after our photoshoot, I meet Dove again at a Joe & the Juice close to her hotel in midtown to finally get into it. Like the most well-known Disney stars before her (Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, etc…) superstardom seems to be well within reach, but there’s something different about Dove. Something that reminds me Molly Ringwald, Anne Hathaway, and Neve Campbell—the teen queens of the high-school rom-com era.
As we talk over cold brews with almond milk and an energizer juice (both Dove’s) I realize what it is: she feels a bit more grounded, touchable, and surprisingly, a little wounded.
Dove came into the iconic role of Cher Horowitz, the original launchpad of teen queen Alicia Silverstone’s career, incredibly last-minute. She’d just finished filming project after project. From appearing in Netflix’s Dumplin’ to voicing Gwen Stacy in Marvel Rising to wrapping Descendants 3, Dove was tired, but unwilling to miss out on the role of a lifetime.
“We decided that it’s a lightning in a bottle moment,” she says. “Clueless the Musical is happening right now and probably never again. They’re not going to come to us in six months. It doesn’t wait for you, a theater doesn’t wait. So do it now, or you don’t do it.”
After seeing Dove portray the original valley girl heroine, it’s hard to imagine anyone else filling those designer shoes. She’s the same Beverly Hills popular girl you already know and love (complete with the iconic yellow plaid skirt set), and yet nothing like Alicia Silverstone’s Cher. Dove’s Cher, she explains, is complicated. She’s naive, but somehow wise. “Clueless,” yes, but sometimes completely self aware. continue reading at cosmopolitan.com
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Dove Cameron, a 2018 Daytime Emmy winner for Disney Channel’s Liv and Maddie, will take the lead in the upcoming Off Broadway production of Clueless: The Musical.
Cameron, sources close to the production say, will play Cher, the role that made a star of Alicia Silverstone back in ’95. The new musical version, with a book by the original’s screenwriter and director Amy Heckerling, direction by Kristin Hanggi (Rock of Ages) with choreography by Kelly Devine (Come from Away), is set for a limited engagement beginning Nov. 20 and running through January 13.
It’s been a good year for the 22-year-old Cameron, who won her Liv and Maddie Emmy for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s, Preschool Children’s or Educational and Informational Program, and got a recurring role on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She’ll return for the third installment in Disney Channel’s Descendants musical series next year (directed by Kenny Ortega).
In a new interview to TigerBeat, Dove Cameron talks about her new Bellami Collab. Check the interview below:
TigerBeat: Tell us all about what you’ve been working on with Bellami!
Dove: I’m designing my own extensions and I’m adding my own individual platinum color! I hear a lot of girls who want to get my exact platinum hair color, but it’s very hard to find in extensions because to dye your hair that color is quite damaging so extensions don’t really hold up, but Bellami’s hair is super strong.
I’m also adding a few new colors and broadening the range they have available. They invited me into their salon, told me to take a look at their color wheel and wanted to know what I felt like was missing. I added a couple colors, especially for some of my friends who I know can’t find their exact espresso brown and things like that.
TigerBeat: What do you love most about wearing extensions?
Dove: I’m a very girly, over-the-top, feminine, dramatic girl, and that’s exactly how I became an actress. I like to transform myself, I like to be a million different people. That’s just kind of a human thing. I see all my fans posting about having two moods with pictures of someone in very black, dark, dramatic colors with high heels and spikes, and then on the next day it’s someone in soft, pink sweaters, wearing ballet flats. I was exactly the same!
I really feel like hair, especially these days when the options are getting so much broader, is just an extension (haha) of how these girls are getting ready.
It’s fun, especially for girls who are looking up to people on the red carpet. Someone like Zendaya has beautiful curls one day, and then she has a bowl cut, and then the next day she’s wearing a pixie cut. Same with me! Some days I’ll have a short, blunt haircut, and the next day I’ll have it down to my lower back. It’s a fun way to transform yourself, and it’s a bit like a costume.
TigerBeat: What message do you want to send through the products you create?
Dove: I want to send a message of freedom of expression with beauty and the ability to find yourself through transformation, and design yourself.
TigerBeat: What else should we know about what’s to come for you and Bellami?
Dove: This first line of extensions is not the end of it, and extensions might not even be the end of it. I’m a very girly girl and I love to give my fans tools to help them feel like the best versions of themselves.
Check out Dove Cameron’s interview for Kode Magazine:
Kode | Dove, You’re currently filming for the movie Dumplin’ with Jennifer Aniston, an actress well known for her work as Rachel Geller on the hit show “Friends” and other projects. What are other big name actors you would like to work with? Any specific storyline or roles?
I am! I am so happy to be a part of such an incredible cast and work with such an incredible director. I’ve always been a huge fan of Jennifer and she’s been so kind to me. In terms of other big names, I’ve been lucky enough to work with a lot of my heroes already…Kristin Chenoweth, Kenny Ortega, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Nettles…a lot of Jennifers! I would say, after those, next on my list would be Stanley Tucci and Jessica Lange! They’re my favorite film actors.
Kode | You seem to connect with your co-stars on projects like Descendants and develop strong friendships. Do those relationships come naturally for you or are they more of it takes a while to build these friendships? Are there any actors you’d work with again?
What a cute question! Yes, I’ve kept practically every friend that I’ve ever made on all of my projects so far. People are my favorite part of being alive, and loving them comes easily to me! I am in almost constant communication with my peers and loved ones. It’s a treat, and I feel lucky that they love me back! I would work with everyone again, ten times over.
Kode | Your range of characters have gone from good girl in “Liv and Maddie” to bad girl with your character in “Hairspray”… When you’re handed a script or think of characters you would want to play what comes to mind? What draws you to a certain character or role?
What usually draws me is a number of things. If the character is well-written, the lines come easier, there’s less of a struggle to sell the lines. So, I notice that immediately in any script, when they read like a real human being. Second, even though I have played a wide variety of characters, they’ve all had a through line of what I would call “healthy mania”. I am definitely a high energy, highly emotive human with lots of thoughts in my head all the times, and I want my characters to reflect that! So, they have to be interesting and watchable and multidimensional.
According to TV Overmind, Dove Cameron will be one of the guest judges of Season 16 of Project Runway:
We can’t forget to mention that the show will be hosted by returning celebrities Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum. They will be joined by judges Zac Posen and Nina Garcia. Now to get to the designers we’ll be seeing soon. The Judges are also important cast members who appear as guest on various episodes. They will include Anne Fulenwider, Georgina Chapman, Rachel Brosnahan, Maddie Ziegler, Sophia Stallone, Carly Chaikin, Olivia Munn, Demi Lovato, Yolanda Hadid, Katie Holmes, Maggie, Q., Dove Cameron, Kate Upton, China Anne McClain, Kelsea Ballerini and Asia Kate Dillon.
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A few days ago Dove Cameron was interviewed by Samantha Sutton for Coveteur and she talks about her beauty routine.
Read her full interview bellow and don’t forget to access our photo gallery and check out her new photoshoot.
One of the things we truly love about Disney star Dove Cameron? She’s brutally honest, especially when it comes to her beauty routine. Does she sometimes forget to wash off her makeup? Totally. Has she been using the same hairdresser since she was 14? Yes. And did she go through a phase where she used—wait for it—Sharpie around her eyes? You betcha.
The blonde-haired, wide-eyed, pouty-lipped beauty really held nothing back during our chat, and even hinted at a possible hair transformation. Discover all of her tips and tricks and a kinda out-there, go-to lip color, below.
Her favorite lip color:
“I couldn’t tell you what brand or actual shade, but—this is going to sound gross—but you know like when there’s a fresh cut and blood is still blue almost? That sort of, like, really deep, beautiful bluish red? It’s so beautiful. I can’t stand, like, a cherry red. It needs to be like blue blood red.”
How she saves face after straying from her skincare routine:
“I go through two weeks where I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I can totally sleep in my makeup and not drink any water and not sleep more than two hours a night and just drink all the coffee and travel and nothing happens!’ Then it hits me and I have to go on a detox. I never learn. But after that, I have a system. I always get a facial, and a week later maybe another facial to get everything out of my face. I like Kate Sommerville, but any sort of basic facial will do. I also just try to keep no makeup on and just use cleanser in the morning, cleanser at night and moisturize like crazy.”
Check out the new Dove Cameron’s interview for Modeliste Magazine:
Dove Cameron, is best known for playing a dual role as identical twin sisters in the Disney Channel teen sitcom Liv and Maddie and starring in Descendants with the highly anticipated sequel Descendants 2 coming out in July 2017. With a singing career on the rise, and vocals so compelling, transformative and thrilling, Dove has garnered a wave of recent attention and has been lavishly praised for not only her acting and singing careers but for being authentic, empowering, a role model for girls and unapologetically true to herself. She is 21 years old and about to embark upon perhaps the most exciting stretch of her career—- a document of self-discovery immersed in creativity, honesty and the pursuit of her dreams.
Modeliste: Describe your favorite fan experience.
Dove: Well, okay. I have a lot. I don’t know if I could ever choose one favorite fan experience, and that’s not just me saying that. I have a really cool kind of singular relationship with my fans because it took me forever to even acknowledge the fact that I had fans. That’s so confusing to me. As a human being, you see yourself through all of your stages. I remember what I looked like with braces. I remember who I was in my onsies when I was like four. To think of that human having people who see something different or aspire or whatever, relate to on a massive scale is just strange. It’s definitely not something that I think every human is born feeling. It’s not a natural thing that happens to everybody.
It took me a really long time to sort of get my brain around that and then once I did, it was like I don’t want to have a separation between me and my fans. I want it to be like a friendship. If you see something in me that you relate to and connect with, I probably do too. If I were to get to know you, but there’s so many of you that I can’t really get to know every single one of you.
I have this really friendly give and take with them and the other day I was in New York and I just hit up like four of them, randomly. I was like, “Hey. I know that you guys live in New York. What are you doing tomorrow?” They were like, “Oh, nothing.” We went and we got fries and then we got our nails done. It was just totally spur of the moment. We spent like the whole day together and they picked out my nail polish color. We ordered a lot of fries. It was amazing. Then later, one of those fans actually had me draw a heart and she got it tattooed on her wrist. I thought that that was kind of amazing. Not that I’m condoning that, but it was just so sweet. It was one of the most permanent things that I’ve ever seen and I love that.
Modeliste: What has been your funniest or most memorable red carpet ever?
Dove: See, I’m terrible at a red carpet. I just will never learn. I see all these photos of these girls in red carpets and like, okay I can do that. Then I get on there and I see myself in photo shoots and that person knows how to pose. On a red carpet, I do not know how to pose. I don’t know what happens to me, I think I just get anxious. There’s too much going on. I see the same faces and so sometimes I’ll have conversations with the paparazzi on the red carpet. You get a lot of me being real, like with spit coming out of my mouth, being like “hey!” I haven’t fallen yet. Now that I’ve said that I’m going to fall. Every one is memorable because I just lose my mind on red carpets. I have to embrace the fact that I’m a ridiculous human and they’re all memorable when you’re me.
Modeliste: Who is someone you would love to costar with in the future?
Dove: Wow. My two male actors that I’m obsessed with are Stanley Tucci and David Tennant. I love them so much. I feel like I know them. I’m like a fangirl. I’m obsessed with them. I also love Lee Pace. I fell in love with him during his Pushing Daisies days. That kind of comes fast. Then for women, I love Jessica Lang. Who else do I love? Obviously Meryl Streep. Kristin Chenoweth was my main hero that I really wanted to meet and spend time with. We’ve obviously built a really incredible working relationship. I want to work with her for the rest of my life. It’s a lot.