Dove Cameron just opened up about how stressful it was to land the role of Amber Von Tussle in the upcoming production of Hairspray Live!
It turns out, Dove wanted the role of Amber bad. Really bad.
But it almost didn’t happen.
In a phone call this morning with JustJaredJr.com, Dove explains why.
“I was in talks to play Amber for three months,” the 20-year-old star shares. “I got the call they offered me the role half an hour before we went on and did the final curtain call for the last season of Liv and Maddie, so it was a very emotional moment for me. And then they took it back!
Dove continues, “They said they couldn’t offer me the role because I was going off to do Descendants 2, and I was going to miss too much rehearsal time. They didn’t feel safe letting me do something live with that little rehearsal time.
We fought and fought and went back and forth. Then I went to go see Hamilton in New York while I was promoting my EP. The night I saw Hamilton, I had five missed calls from my reps. And they said, ‘Alright, they want to see you one more time for a dance audition, and then they are prepared to really offer you the role.’
I walked out of Hamilton and flew back to L.A. the next morning. I got three hours of sleep, and then I went in to audition for choreographer Jerry Mitchell. I was so nervous because I’m not a dancer, I’m much an actor and singer. After the audition, Jerry said, ‘Alright, I’ll see you at the table read on Monday.’ So that was one of the most scary moments of my life.”
See Dove as Amber Von Tussle — and the rest of the cast in character — here!