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Disney Channel has produced a handful of iconic movie musicals over the years, and now the next generation of stars is taking the reins with the Descendants franchise. The film, which centers around the children of classic Disney heroes and villains, first premiered in 2015 to rave reviews and was eventually followed up with an equally successful sequel in 2017. While past DCOMs have failed to amount to the same success as The Cheetah Girls and High School Musical, the Descendants franchise has risen to the occasion with its catchy numbers and original storytelling, which is in large part due to director and choreographer Kenny Ortega.
Now, the franchise is taking things up a notch with the release of Descendants 3 this Summer. While all the original characters — or villain kids as the fandom calls them — will be back in action, there will also be a few new faces in the mix, including newcomer Jadah Marie as Celia, the daughter of Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog. Ahead of the release of the new trailer on Disney Channel this Friday, I had a chance to talk with the 13-year-old about joining the franchise, getting into character, and becoming part of the Disney family.
POPSUGAR: You were previously on the show Mann and Wife, but this is really your first starring movie role. What made you get into acting?
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Jadah Marie: Well, I started [acting] because of my dad. My dad is an actor, Christian Redd, and I just love what he has done from the "Jesus Walks" video [by Kanye West] to working with Snoop Dogg. I was at a meeting with him and his agent, and I was doing the absolute most, and he was like, "Well, how about your daughter? Is she into anything?" And he was...
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