by Dove Cameron Fan on May 9,2015   •   0 Comments

Some actors take issue with being called “a princess,” but Dove Cameron isn’t one of them.

The Disney Channel star relishes that label, prompted by her role in Disney’s Descendants, director Kenny Ortega’s upcoming adventure comedy with musical numbers that was filmed here last summer.

Cameron, 19, was treated like royalty while shooting scenes downtown and at Hatley Castle for what Entertainment Weekly has described as “the year’s most-hyped Disney Channel original movie.”

“I didn’t realize that many people would turn out,” Cameron said with a laugh, recalling crowds that swelled while Ortega filmed outside the B.C. legislature, masquerading as a fairy-tale castle in the kingdom of Auradon.

In one eye-catching sequence, Cameron, who plays Mal, daughter of evil Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth), pulled up in a white horse-drawn carriage with Ben (Mitchell Hope), son of Belle and the Beast, amid much pageantry, and bows and cheers from a colourful throng of background performers.

It was the last week of filming for the modern-day fairy tale that also introduces Evie, Carlos and Jay, teenage descendants of classic Disney villains the Evil Queen, Cruella de Vil and Jafar.

Cameron’s co-stars in the movie Ortega choreographed with Paul Becker, his Victoria-born longtime collaborator, include Booboo Stewart, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce and Kathy Najimy.

Prince Ben’s first proclamation would be to offer the teenage troublemakers who were exiled to Isle of the Lost a shot at redemption by sending them to a prep school in Auradon. He hoped the positive influence of their classmates, the offspring of classic Disney heroes including the Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan, might rub off on them.

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