Posted on September 25, 2014
Stars Of Life With Derek Hang On For The Hit TV Series Ride
"This is my first summer off in about seven years and I'm just so excited. Lying by the pool everyday and working on my tan, I love it," says Leggat. Having just wrapped on a Lifetime movie shot in Virginia a couple of weeks ago, Seater is also looking forward to a break. "(I) definitely just want to hang out for the rest of the summer while I've got this tiny little cherub of a niece here," he says. Continuously clashing as bickering step-siblings on Life With Derek, Seater and Leggat deserve a break after helping lead the show to the head of the Family Channel pack. The first episode, which aired in March 2005, was the highest-rated series premiere ever on Family. The show is now also on the Disney Channel and has continued to rise in popularity with young audiences. This September will see the premiere of the show's third season on Family, as cast and crew start shooting the fourth season at the same time. "It's been kind of wild. The show has just taken off," says Seater, who adds he is "always happy to do more of something so good," about shooting the fourth season. Both Seater and Leggat say the show's appeal comes from the range of characters and themes presented. Life With Derek tells the story of a blended family who move in together after the parents marry. The oldest of the five new siblings are Casey MacDonald (Leggat) and Derek Venturi (Seater)--polar opposites.
"I just think it has something for everyone to relate to," says Leggat, noting that many family-oriented shows are geared toward younger kids, but Life With Derek also appeals to older teens. "It's not too concept-heavy," adds Seater. "It's about a family and it's about a blended family, which I think is something a lot of kids and parents out there relate to. And so for them to be able to see it as something normal on television I think it's something really easy for the whole family to connect to. And we have a really good creative team who've made a really funny show." Although they play 15-year-olds on the show, off screen Leggat is 21 and Seater is 20.
How does it feel to go back to high school each season? "It's actually fun. I loved high school so I get to go back every year. It's sweet," says Leggat.
Both say because they were 16 when they shot the first season, it's easy to reconnect to that time when they have to get back into character. It's also easy for the duo to fight onscreen because they are good friends off screen.