Life With Derek Goes On Vacation
What happens when LIFE WITH DEREK goes on vacation? In VACATION WITH DEREK, the first original movie from Family Channel, viewers have the chance to revisit their favourite characters from the show as Casey falls for Jesse (played by SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA season one winner Nico Archambault), Derek falls for Roxy (played by Kristen Gutoskie) and the rest of the family try their best to get along and settle their differences - all with a beautiful lakefront resort as the backdrop!
Last Tuesday, the stars of VACATION WITH DEREK, BAXTER, CONNOR UNDERCOVER, OVERRULED! THE LATEST BUZZ and WINGIN' IT came out to celebrate the movie's premiere at Toronto's Isabel Bader Theatre. Amid the cheering fans, we got a chance to chat with the actors as they walked the red carpet.
The cast of BAXTER arrived first. Dewshane Williams described the excitement of the night's premiere as "what you dream about. You never think it's going to happen. And when it actually happens, you just have to take a second, breathe and you're totally back in there."
When asked which cast members they would take on vacation and where they would go, the cast revealed just how close they are: Tara Joshi wanted to take Holly Deveaux and Brittany Bristow and escape to "some place warm and exotic," Shannon Kook-Chun said that he and Dewshane were just "talking the other day and [they] want to go to Japan, but [they'd] actually like to go with the boys," while Holly diplomatically declared that she'd take "all of them and we'd go to Hawaii!"
And even though the show hasn't premiered yet, CONNOR UNDERCOVER stars Max Marrow, Lola Tash and Jordan Francis received some of the biggest cheers of the night. Max seemed amazed by the attention:
I've never been to anything like this before, so its very new, crazy and I'm not sure what to do. I'm just like, okay, make sure you don't trip!
We also asked Jordan, who will reprise his role as Barron in CAMP ROCK 2: THE FINAL JAM, to spill a few secrets about the sequel, and he said, "It's going to be off the chain. A lot more dancing. You'll definitely see some new characters, too. There's going to be a new camp across the lake!"
Zoe Belkin and Munro Chambers came out to represent THE LATEST BUZZ and said that Teen Buzz's headline for the premiere would declare it as "fantastic!"
Also making an appearance were WINGIN' IT's Demetrius Joyette and Dylan Everett, who said that he was excited to see VACATION WITH DEREK's Michael Seater again: "He's a great actor. I got a chance to meet him [before] and I was blushing!" Dylan and Demetrius also mentioned that they'd be filming WINGIN' IT during the summer.
Of course, the stars of the night came last, with VACATION WITH DEREK's Ariel Waller and Jordan Todosey walking the carpet together first. Jordan likened the filming of the movie to "a family reunion." When asked what scene she was most excited for fans to see, she had this to say:
"Maybe my first on-screen kiss? But honestly, the whole movie. I don't know if I could choose just one!"
The rest of the cast seemed to be in agreement, but Kate Trotter, who plays Felicia, Casey and Lizze's grandmother, highlighted another memorable scene:
"When we passed around the new baby. [The family] has a new baby and finally, it's the child that combines everything... They were twins, so every time one would start to cry, we'd bring on the other baby, but it was a great time."
Daniel Magder, who plays Edwin, was also quick to point out that "everybody remembers the staple of our series being the family dinner scenes. Those are not gone; those are back! If you want to get the LIFE WITH DEREK feeling of family togetherness, then that is what to look forward to."
He also went on to say that filming the movie in Algonquin Park as opposed to on a closed set "was interesting. You wouldn't get the same vibe in the studio, but when you're changing the scenery, you can change the cast around and everything just slides right in."
As for the positive response towards the show and the movie's premiere, Ashley Leggat, who plays Casey, said, "There's always the thought: what if no one came, what if no one wants to see the movie? Our fans always surprise us and are so supportive. They've been on-board since day one."
Don't miss VACATION WITH DEREK when it premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Family Channel!