The Set of This Disney Show Was Actually Terrifying AF for the Cast
The Disney Channel has been turning us into emotional wrecks this year. Just thinking about that last episode of Jessie is enough to get the water works going, and we still can’t fathom that there is only one episode left of Austin & Ally.
To add fuel to out emotional fire, we talked with Lab Rats‘ Kelli Berglund about the fourth and final season, and she revealed some shocking BTS moments that you’re never going to believe. Even though we’re saying goodbye to the Bionic Island team, by the sound of the spinoff series, Elite Force, it’s gonna be good! According to the 19-year-old brunette, we should also keep our eyes peeled for Bree’s new wardrobe, because it may just feature some of Kelli’s designs from her brand new collection, MUSE. Read all about her awesome collab with The Style Club here:
Congratulations on the launch of MUSE! Can you take us through the early stages of MUSE?
“I’ve been working with my stylist, Adeel Khan, for the past three years, and he’s just really opened my eyes up to style, and high fashion in general. He knew Hilary (Novelle), who’s in charge of The Style Club, and we had this great idea to do a line that is affordable, but still has that high fashion influence. I’m a teenage girl, and I know what girls like to wear, so we collaborated our ideas and came up with MUSE. We went through the design process and had about a four hour meeting with Hilary, and came up with the designs, styles and concepts. The name “MUSE” came right away, and we were like, ‘That’s it!’ I’m so excited with the way everything has turned out. I would wear everything in the line, and I think girls are going to love it.”
What are some words you would use to describe the collection?
“I definitely think it’s very versatile; there are sweeter pieces and colors in there. We have this pink dress, that also comes in black. If you want it to be edgy, you can go with the black. I would say “edgy” is a word that fits in the line. We have pieces that give edge, but aren’t too pushy. I think it’s very expensive-looking, even though it’s not that expensive.”
Do you have a favorite piece from the collection?
“Probably between one of the suede jackets, which is so high quality and I’m so impressed with the way it turned out, or this big fluffy sweater that I have, that’s so fluffy it is unreal. I’m all for it.”
We read that you would love for your Lab Rats cast to sport some of the looks from MUSE. Do you think that’ll happen?
“I’ve actually talked to my wardrobe people on set about it, and I would love to incorporate some of my designs into my character’s wardrobe. I think it would be super cool. This year on Lab Rats: Elite Force, I’ve been able to put a lot of my own style into my character’s style. This entire line is my own style, so I think it could work really well with that. It would also be pretty cool to see my own designs on my show. It’s sort of weird, but really cool.”
Speaking of Lab Rats, the fourth and final season is sadly wrapping up soon. What kinds of stunts and action can fans expect to see in the final episodes?
“I’m sad that it’s the last couple of episodes, but things get really exciting in the these episodes. We have this villain that comes in, other than Krane, who’s been the main villain for years. I don’t want to give anything away, but it goes down a very emotional and high-intensity packed path. There’s a lot of action in the last episodes; there was this one scene where we were actually crying in the episode, because we were so afraid that something was going to happen. You wouldn’t think on a Disney show there would be scenes where we are crying because we think something bad is going to happen, but it’s been so super emotional and I think that’s why our show is sort of different. We have our funny episodes and stupid jokes sometimes, but it really does get super intense, which is why I think fans like our show, too. Along with all the action and fight scenes, I’m excited for our fans to also see the deeper stuff.”
Those scenes sound intense! Have you ever gotten hurt or had a stunt go wrong while filming?
“Luckily, that’s never happened. We’ve never been injured or anything, but there have been times when I’ve been super scared to do something. Of course, we have our stunt doubles for like, crazy stuff where we could hurt ourselves. There was one stunt I had to do where I was on these two cable wires, and I don’t think this episode has aired yet. They had to pull me back, like ten feet up into the air, and I had to do a flip backwards, and somehow land as if I had fallen. It had to look like I wasn’t trying, but I had to try to make it look like I was falling. I was just terrified to do it. The first time I did it during rehearsals, I bent my arm a little to the left and it got caught on the cable. I was freaked out and I was like, ‘I cannot do this.’ I ended up doing it a couple of times, though, and it worked out. Other than that, I’m not injured and I’m good!”
What was it like on set the final day of shooting?
“Oh my gosh, there were so many tears on the last day, it’s not even funny. Everyone on this show is like family to me, and everyone feels that way as well; the cast, the crew and every single person. Knowing that Billy (Unger) and I were coming back to do Elite Force, but Spencer (Boldman) and TJ (Williams) weren’t, was really hard for me to handle on that very last day on set. The last scene we did on the last day was a very emotional scene, and it’s where they explain where Spencer and TJ are going to go. It’s sort of sad, because in the scene we were saying goodbye, but in real life we were saying goodbye, too. They told us to keep the first two takes clean, and then the last take we could let all our emotions out, and everyone on set was crying so hard. Luckily, I’m working with the same crew I have for the past four years, so it wasn’t a goodbye with them, but to be saying goodbye to two people that are so dear to me was really hard. But, it’s not like I’m never going to see them again in real life; Spencer actually stopped by set the other day, and it was a huge surprise to everyone. We’re still able to see each other, but it’s weird when that small part of your family isn’t there anymore. It’s all good, though.”
Are any of the sets the same?
“Everything is different. It takes place in an entirely new setting, and of course we have our new characters. I think I would get in so much trouble if I even mentioned what the other sets were (laughs). It’s super secretive right now, but I will say that it is different from the Bionic Island, and it’s very different from the first house we lived in for the first three years of the show. It’s something totally opposite to both of those, so figure it out, I guess! I can’t say anything (laughs).”
Did you keep anything from the original set?
“You know, I actually thought about that. I never took an item with me from the set, but I did take a lot of my wardrobe with me. I really liked everything my character wore, so I took a lot of her wardrobe. In the first two seasons, my character’s thing was Dr. Martens; I wore them every episode and in every color, even super obnoxious colors, so for the sake of old times, I took a pair with me. I don’t know if I’ll ever wear them, but I had to take one pair. There was also a cute floral skirt that my character wore in the first episode that they still had, and even though I would never wear it, I had to take it with me.”
Our readers are super excited for Lab Rats: Elite Force. What has it been like working with some of our fave Mighty Med stars? Has the atmosphere changed at all?
“It’s definitely different, because half of the cast is completely new. I honestly wasn’t sure what it would be like coming into this, because I’m friends with all these guys in real life, but sometimes when you start working with someone, it’s different. Honestly, it’s been so great, and I’ve gotten close to people that I’ve never thought I’d get close to; I’ve gotten really close to Bradley (Steven Perry), who I was always acquaintances with. Now all of us just joke around all the time on set. Of course, Paris (Berelc) is one of my best friends, and it’s nice to have another girl on set after all of these years, especially someone that I get along with so well. It’s fun having Billy (Unger) there, because he’s someone that I’ve been used to working with for so many years. Jake (Short) is awesome, and I honestly can’t say enough good things about this. We all have a very good character interaction going on, and I don’t think any of us have to try to like each other on set.”
Did you guys do anything fun to kick off the merging?
“We actually had a cast dinner that Disney arranged for us; all of our parents were there and our director and producers were there, too. A lot of it was for the Might Med kids because, we’ve worked with this crew, but they haven’t. It was nice to welcome them into our world and talk to everyone about how awesome it’s going to be. It was a really great night and a good idea to kick off the season.”
Do you have anything else you can share about Elite Force or other projects you’ve been working on?
“We have our season finale of Lab Rats coming up, and I’m not exactly sure when Elite Force is going to premier, but definitely sometime next year. I also have a movie coming out called, Raising the Bar, that I filmed last summer in Australia. It’s about gymnastics and it’s super cute. I was a dancer growing up, and along with dance I did a little gymnastics, so I was able to do my own stunts in the movie. It was an awesome filming experience, so I think all the fans of Lab Rats will love this movie as well, because it’s a cute, little story about teamwork and believing in yourself. That comes out next year.”