Can you believe it’s been 20 years since Even Stevens first debuted on Disney Channel!
To celebrate the milestone, some cast and crew members of the beloved sitcom got together for a reunion, making it a must-watch for OG fans!
Sadly, Shia LaBeouf was not available for the call, but many of his former co-stars were! Christy Carlson Romano (Ren Stevens), Nick Spano (Donnie Stevens), Steven Anthony Lawrence (Beans), Tom Virtue (Steve Stevens), AJ Trauth (Twitty), Lauren Frost (Ruby), Jim Wise (Coach Tugnut), and George Anthony Bell (Principal Wexler), were joined by executive producers David Brookwell, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Matt Dearborn, and additional crew from various departments on the epic call.
In addition to LaBeouf, Spano explained Donna Pescow (Eileen Stevens) and Margo Harshman (Tawny) were also unable to make the reunion. Still, despite the Louis Stevens portrayer missing out, Shia was definitely a topic of discussion! Specifically, the semi-autobiographical flick Honey Boy, which the Transformers actor stars in as a version of his own father. For those who didn’t catch it, there are references to the series, including oversized Hawaiian shirts and pies to the face.
“I saw Honey Boy, and it’s not so much that everything else was so bad, it’s just our set really was such a solitude, and a home for so many people, cast and crew. We all took such a huge refuge in coming to work, because it wasn’t work, it was coming to see our family.”
Spano was in agreement:
“A lot of fans obviously went and saw Honey Boy, and the takeaway from that was that it wasn’t as great a set as I think all of us fondly remember it to be. I think that it was a special time at Disney. It was a special time for all of us, and before we end this call, maybe you guys could share something about the show or being on the set. But I want to leave people with a different impression, because we all go through difficult times in our lives, and we all experience moments very different than other people do, but I think that working in show business as long as I had…there was nothing but a great sense of community and family on Even Stevens, and we actually all cared about each other.”
“Life is challenging. We’re going through some difficult times right now as a nation, but Even Stevens will definitely be one of those places that was a safe place and a home, and if anyone was going through a difficult time, we cared for each other and we were there for each other.”
The group also reflected on what landed them their respective parts on the show. Referencing Miz Carlson Romano, show creator Dearborn shared:
“Can I tell you the best audition I’ve ever seen? I’ve worked a little bit, but I’ve never seen an actor get a part faster than Christy Romano. She came in in a blue blazer and owned the room, and before she even got into the audition, you go, that’s her. Everybody knew it.”
And as for the hilarious Beans portrayer, whose display name simply read “Beans!!!!” on the call, he explained how a lengthy pirate joke got him the job!
But Even Stevens wasn’t the only Disney cast to have a reunion! The cast of Brink!, the third ever DCOM, also reunited recently in support of Feeding America.
Watch stars of the flick Erik Von Detten, Christina Vidal Mitchell, Patrick Levis, and Sam Horrigan catch up (HERE) with Mashable!
You can catch Even Stevens and Brink! on Disney+ for a much-needed dose of nostalgia!
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