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Kenny Ortega Says You'll Fall In Love With Uma's Gang of Pirates in 'Descendants 2'

Kenny Ortega Says You'll Fall In Love With Uma's Gang of Pirates in 'Descendants 2'

China Anne McClain, Dylan Playfair and Thomas Doherty are about to become your favorite pirates ever.

The three newcomers to the Descendants family star as Uma, Gil and Harry in the upcoming Descendants 2 and word on the street has it that they’re incredible — just take director Kenny Ortega‘s word for it.

“And as great as it was to land China – who’s this amazing triple threat: actress, singer, dancer – and then see what she could do with the character of Uma,” Kenny boasted in a new interview with Huffington Post.

“…I think that ‘Descendants’ fans are also going to get a big kick out of Uma’s two lieutenants: Harry, Captain Hook’s son played by Thomas Doherty, this terrific young actor from Scotland. We’ve also got Dylan Playfair, who does a great job as Gil, the son of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast.”

Get ready Descendants fans, because “these three really add to the fun of this film.”

Descendants 2 will premiere on Friday, July 21st.

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5 Things From The 'Descendants 2' Premiere You Might Not Have Noticed

5 Things From The 'Descendants 2' Premiere You Might Not Have Noticed

The Descendants 2 premiere was filled with so many of our favorite stars that we were actually starstruck!

Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson and China Anne McClain led their co-stars to the red carpet, where just about everyone who is anyone on Disney Channel was there to celebrate with them!

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Descendants 2

However, since there were SO MANY STARS THERE, we know that you might have missed a few things — we almost did, kind of like the High School Musical reunion.

Click inside to see the FIVE THINGS you missed at the Descendants 2 premiere last night:

Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, & China Anne McClain Stun at 'Descendants 2' Premiere!

Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, & China Anne McClain Stun at 'Descendants 2' Premiere!

Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, and China Anne McClain totally slay while walking the red carpet at the premiere of Descendants 2 on Tuesday (July 11) at the ArcLight in Hollywood.

Other stars from the movie like Dianne Doan and Brenna D’Amico were there as well. Make sure to watch the movie on Disney Channel on July 21!

Before the premiere, Dove shot her RAW feature and revealed the title of her upcoming single for the first time.

FYI: Dove is wearing a Vivienne Westwood dress, Paul Andrew shoes, a Roger Vivier bag, and Neil Lane jewelry. Sofia is wearing a Vivienne Westwood dress. Dianne wore a Fabiana Milazzo dress.

25+ pictures inside from the Descendants 2 premiere… More Here! »

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'Descendants 2' Share So Many Secrets In Behind-The-Scenes Special - Watch Now!

'Descendants 2' Share So Many Secrets In Behind-The-Scenes Special - Watch Now!

The Descendants 2 behind-the-scenes special was filled with so much stuff about the upcoming movie!

In the special, new cast member Anna Cathcart, who plays Dizzy, the daughter of Drizella, takes fans around the movie’s set and introduces them to all the new characters you’ll see.

In Descendants 2, the story deepens as the Villain Kids (AKA “VKs”) – Mal (Dove Cameron), Evie (Sofia Carson), Carlos (Cameron Boyce) and Jay (Booboo Stewart) – continue to try to find their place in idyllic Auradon.

When the pressure to be royal becomes too much for Mal, she returns to her rotten roots on the Isle of the Lost where her archenemy Uma (China McClain), the daughter of Ursula, has taken her spot as self-proclaimed queen of the run-down town.

Uma, still resentful over not being selected by Ben to go to Auradon Prep with the other Villain Kids, stirs her pirate gang including Captain Hook’s son Harry (Thomas Doherty) and Gaston’s son Gil, to break the barrier between the Isle of the Lost and Auradon, and unleash all the villains imprisoned on the Isle, once and for all.

Descendants 2 premieres on Friday, July 21 @ 8PM on Disney Channel, ABC, Disney XD, Freeform, and Lifetime.

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China Anne McClain Describes Thomas Doherty's 'Method' Acting For "Descendants 2' (Exclusive)

China Anne McClain Describes Thomas Doherty's 'Method' Acting For

China Anne McClain was nervous coming into Descendants 2, but she’s gotten really close with all of her cast members — she even has matching tattoos with Thomas Doherty and Dylan Playfair!

In our exclusive interview, China told us about Thomas‘ character, Harry — and how he kept in character.

“Harry is Uma’s best pal and they’ve grown up together,” she told JJJ. “He is her first mate, her right hand man for anything that she wants. They’re ride-or-die for each other, they love each other. Poor Gil is very thick-headed and strong. But Uma has a soft spot for him which is why she keeps him around.”

She also revealed that Thomas is a method actor.

Thomas is very method so he would walk around set looking like a mad man,” she laughed, “like hair was all over the place, laughing and stuff. I enjoyed watching that.”

We wish we could have seen it!

Descendants 2 premieres on Friday, July 21st.

China Anne McClain Admits She Was Scared Coming Into 'Descendants 2' (Exclusive)

China Anne McClain Admits She Was Scared Coming Into 'Descendants 2' (Exclusive)

China Anne McClain stars as Uma in Descendants 2, a villain with a sweet side who was not featured in the first film.

We talked with her about what it was like joining a cast that was already so tight-knit.

“It’s a very established cast, Descendants,” she told JJJ. “I mean, everybody loves the first film, so it was really scary walking into the first day of rehearsal. We had three weeks of rehearsal before we shot anything.”

Fortunately, despite being admittedly “scared,” the cast welcomed her with open arms.

“Some of them I already knew and some I was getting to know and they made me feel like part of the family from the very first day,” she explained.

She also told us that the first person she interacted with on-set was, perhaps unsurprisingly, Kenny Ortega.

Dove Cameron Reveals the First Thing She Loved About Thomas Doherty (Exclusive)

Dove Cameron Reveals the First Thing She Loved About Thomas Doherty (Exclusive)

Before Dove Cameron fell in love with Thomas Doherty, there was something in particular that struck her about him.

The 21-year-old actress recently talked to JJJ about what she first noticed about her Descendants 2 co-star, and now-boyfriend.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Dove Cameron

“The first thing I loved about Thomas…honestly, that’s a really hard question to answer because I’m dating him now,” she told us. “So I think the first thing I maybe noticed positively – because I didn’t love him for a while – was that he was very…every conversation you had with him was very intimate. He saw through me immediately.”

Aw! How sweet is that? She recently told us the whole cast and crew noticed their chemistry before they even became a couple.

Dove also gushed over her other new co-stars – China Anne McClain and Dylan Playfair.

“First thing I loved about China – her and I have known each other for many years and we clicked immediately,” she said. “We’ve always been friends. She’s very happy and I’m very happy.”

“First thing I loved about Dylan was how immediately connected we were,” Dove told JJJ. “We’re kindred spirits. We talk for hours about philosophy and travel, and he was a very fast friend.”

Descendants 2 airs July 21 on Disney Channel.

China Anne McClain Encourages Her Fans to Embrace Their Imperfections

China Anne McClain Encourages Her Fans to Embrace Their Imperfections

Descendants 2 actress China Anne McClain recently has been embracing her (admittedly gorgeous) natural hair and challenging societal beauty expectations in the process.

In a powerful new Instagram post, the 18-year-old “What’s My Name?” singer continues to encourage her fans to love exactly who they are.

“Embrace the things about you that aren’t perfect,” she writes, “Don’t feel like you have to hide them. Embrace the zits/acne scars. Embrace the stretch marks. Embrace that beautiful little crooked tooth. They are what make us unique and special. They are what make you, YOU. #BattleScars.”

She also shared three selfies of her face without any makeup, looking radiant.

What an amazing message to share with her fans!