The Possibility of an Austin & Ally Reunion Just Got WAY More Real
Austin & Ally has been off the air for over a year now, but we definitely haven’t forgotten about the awesome Disney Channel sitcom starring Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy — especially since there’s been some buzz surrounding a possible reboot in the form of a Disney Channel Original Movie! Recently, Calum chatted with us about his new series, Cassandra French’s Finishing School, and while we had him, we just had to ask about the possible reunion.
After Disney announced that season four would be Austin & Ally‘s last, there was some talk about doing a movie to go out with a bang, and Raini, Laura AND the co-creators, Heath Seifert and Kevin Kopelow, all said they were totally in favor. We can now add the 26-year-old to the list of stars who are pro-reunion, because he told he us he’s 100 percent interested in returning to his character.
“I think that all of us would actually be on board [for a reunion],” he said during our interview. “I can’t speak for everybody but I would love to make an Austin and Ally movie and revisit these characters after a little over a year and a half of not playing them… and [for the cast to] all hang out again. I just hope we could film it in some place like Hawaii or somewhere that we could all go on vacation. That would be pretty fun.”
Even though the actor said that he and his A&A co-stars hung out “more this year than [they] have in a long time” and keep in nearly constant contact thanks to their bustling group chat — all four Disney stars are super busy working on other projects right now, which may be a bit of an issue. Calum is currently filming his new TV show, Cassandra French’s Finishing School, which is a comedy about a 20-something trying to teach her one-night-stand the ~proper~ way to treat a woman. It’s definitely a little more *risqué* than his Disney hit, but the redhead thinks it’s the perfect next step.
“I do respect the fans that have followed me throughout my journey on Disney Channel and some other projects, so I really want to make projects that they’ll also enjoy and make sure that I won’t exclude them from my journey as well. So, when I took on this role I actually didn’t think it was too raunchy for them; I thought this is the perfect next show for them to watch. If you started watching me when you were 12 or 13, now you’re 16 or 17 — these are the types of shows I think you’ll really enjoy.”
It’s true — the show is absolutely hilarious and tackles important issues like women’s rights, hookup culture and body positivity. In fact, Calum said that Cassandra French actually opened his eyes to some of the obstacles that women face in today’s society.
“There’s a scene where [Brooke Markham]’s character is basically body shaming my character and kind of explaining how difficult it can be to be a woman and have everyone judge every part of your body all the time and she does that to my character. When I first read it I loved the scene; I thought it was great. I prepped it and I had a vision in terms of how I wanted to play it.”
Once he was actually in the moment, however, everything changed.
“When we actually got on set and started filming it, as she was saying these things I started to tear up and I almost was crying in the middle of the scene. Just because I’ve always known what women have to go through, intellectually, but then to actually have it happen to me I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, I can’t imagine the pressures that puts on women every single day.’ It really changed my life in some ways.”
So, there you have it — Cassandra French’s Finishing School, which, FYI, is based on a novel by Eric Garcia, is a LIFE-CHANGING show.
The first season is available through Audience Network on DIRECTV and AT&T U-Verse and all episodes will be available through Fullscreen Streaming Service starting on April 10th.
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