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DEBBY RYAN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
How is being on set of JESSIE different from Suite Life?
The set of JESSIE is different because there are new kids with a fresh perspective and there is a lot of excitement. We have worked hard to keep this a fun and wonderful kid environment. I really want to keep my fans from Suite Life who are going off to college and want something fun to watch.
Tell us a funny moment that has happened while filming JESSIE.
I bought the kids marshmallow blasters and one day they said they had a surprise for me and that I needed to go to my dressing room. I thought they had written me a song, or were going to show me a dance routine but instead they ran into my dressing room and blasted me with marshmallows! I even tried hiding under a pillow but that didn't work! You always mess around with someone you love and that's how we are.
How is it working with the kids on set?
It is really fun! They love learning and are doing really well. I kind of feel like I'm nannying in real life and that I am their big sister. Even though they are still kids, they are very professional. I'm teaching them how to play the piano and they teach me dance routines and martial arts. I love them so much and give them hugs all the time!
Do you spend a lot of time with the cast when you aren't filming?
I do! We are a family and really do love each other. We have had a laser tag competition and we ride scooters around the set all the time.
Do you enjoy mentoring the kids?
Absolutely! We talk a lot about bullying and help raise awareness. Some of us have been bullied and we want to stop it. We also sit down every week and talk about our biggest accomplishment that week and really listen to what each other has to say.
What's it like filming with a giant lizard?
I love the lizard. His real name is Frank and the first day he left his mark in the elevator and the kids were giggling a lot after that. Sometimes it takes a while to get the right shot with him but I think he is a great asset to the show.
What's your favourite moment on JESSIE so far?
I think at the end of the pilot when the whole family is together and we get to see everyone's personalities come out. Everyone is different but we are still a family.