“It was weird because it all didn’t feel quite real until it all the shots were of?cially done,” Joey shared with JJJ about filming the final scenes. “I cried so much in rehearsal for the last scene that I was all dried up come ?lming.”
He adds, “I just kept thinking about how much I loved coming to work everyday and seeing all these people that I couldn’t fathom not doing that anymore.”
And if you’d ask if Joey would want to do it all over again, he would.
“Of course I would. Time of my life. I wouldn’t change a second,” he says. “Sure it wasn’t all sunshine and mouse ears but those not as good times made the great times even brighter.”
Joey added, “If I was stuck in a groundhog day scenario I would want to do the most recent ‘Ex-A-Rooney’. I got to be two different bad asses and do a handful of cool action rolls. What more could I ask for?”
Joey Rooney has grown up a lot over four seasons on Liv and Maddie, and actor Joey Bragg has a good idea of where he’ll be in 10 years time.
“I would keep it realistic but seeing who is currently in the white House I am going off the assumption that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!” Joey jokes with JJJ.
He continues, “I think Joey Rooney is going into his fifth year as a cast-member on SNL but is leaving to go protect the city of New York with his newfound superpowers.”
That’s a good prediction!
Speaking of his new SNL cast member status, Joey also opened up about how big the stand-up debut storyline was for him personally.
“[It meant] The world,” he shares. “Our show runners Ron and John were at the forefront of making this happen. When they approached me to write ten minutes, I was elated but nervous.”
“You never know how it’s gonna translate to a different platform not to mention I can’t see the audience the material was written for. I think it turned out really well thanks to our director Chris Poulos.”
So what’s really in the future for Joey Bragg? Click inside to find out!More Here! »
But, did you know that he’s in a brand new movie, with Bunk’D‘s Nina Lu called An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance?!
In the new movie, which is available on Amazon Prime now, Ivy is forced to choose between her passion for gymnastics and her familial obligations when the big meet she’s excited for is scheduled on the same night as her family’s Chinese New Year dinner, while BFF Julie must deal with her parent’s not-so-cordial divorce.
“It was such a blast getting to work with so many talented Asian-American actors and taking on a different role,” Lance tells us of his part as Andrew Ling.
Learn 10 Fun Facts about Lance before going to check out the new movie!
1) I love swimming. Although I can’t go as often as I would love to anymore, it’s one of my secret hobbies.
2) I know I play guitar on School of Rock and many people think I don’t play guitar in real life, but yes I do! It’s mostly what I do in my free time!
3) Bowling is one of my great passions to do when I’m not working! I have my own bowling ball and everything!
4) I discovered Michael Jackson when I was seven, which is what sparked my passion for singing at such a young age.
5) My favorite food is sushi! I have loved it ever since I was young.
6) I started acting when I was nine after a director scouted me at one of my musical performances at church.
7) My favorite artist is John Mayer. He is an inspiration to me as an all-around musician.
8) My celeb crush is Margot Robbie! I find her to be such a talented actress as well as a beautiful woman!
9) I love extremely spicy food…I always try to eat the hottest things to test my limits!
10) I’m on a show called School Of Rock! So, if you’re not already watching, go and check it out on Nickelodeon.
“This is my favorite story ever,” John D. Beck says before sharing how Joey entered their world. “Joey Rooney was an incredibly difficult part to cast because we needed to find somebody who was not the typical kid…not a cool kid, not a nerd, but something we termed as confidently awkward.”
“He was sitting in the lobby and I made a note in my mind to make sure we saw him because I thought he was going to be the kid we needed for Joey,” he continues. “He walked in and the first words Joey Bragg took a look at Ron, who kind of does look a little like Joey Bragg, with the glasses, but isn’t thing like Joey is.”
“The first words he ever said to us were ‘Hey, you look exactly like I’ll look in a few years if I make a lot of bad life choices’. I was like, ‘This is my guy. You don’t have to say another word. You got the part as far as I’m concerned’. He did nail the part.”
Click inside to read what John and Ron shared about Tenzing, Dove, Kali Rocha and Benjamin King…
Let’s be honest, Liv and Maddie fans are some of the best fans out there, and the cast definitely agree.
“I don’t know if it has hit me yet,” Joey Bragg says honestly. “It’s amazing every time I meet a fan or a parent that claims to not be a fan. I love what we are putting out and I am just so glad that other people like it too.”
He adds, “It’s amazing to see how many times I’ve interacted with fans on social media and to think ‘Wow, this is just a fraction of what Dove must be getting.’”
There are a handful of moments that stand out to Joey after meeting fans of the show.
“There are some fans that get obsessed but when I was there age I got obsessed with certain things too. James Bond, Cars, perfecting my abs,” he jokes. “I just love that there is someone whose day can be turned completely around by me liking their most recent collage they made for Jillow.”
The Liv and Maddie series finale airs TOMORROW, Friday, March 24th @ 5:30PM ET/PT on Disney Channel.
When a series ends, you always hear stories of cast and crew taking mementos from the set — and Joey Bragg did the same, stealing one of his favorite pieces from the prop department.
So which item from the Rooney house in Wisconsin did Joey take for his own home?
“That little artichoke candle holder beside the couch in every episode,” he reveals to JJJ. “I broke that countless times forcing someone to glue it back together.”
Joey adds, jokingly, “Honestly, it’s set decorator’s fault for choosing a ceramic artichoke. Think of all the fragile hang-y off bits. Could have had a sturdy pineapple candle holder that had no break prone pieces.”
And where’s that artichoke candle holder now? At Joey’s home of course and “I’ve broken it ?ve times since wrap.”
Laurie Hernandez is so excited about American Girl‘s latest special and so are we!
The 16-year-old Olympic gymnast stepped out to support An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance on Monday (March 20) at the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics and JJJ was there to get the exclusive scoop.
Laurie was joined by the movie’s stars Nina Lu and Hannah Nordberg as they chatted about the upcoming special which centers around gymnastics, friends and family in San Francisco in 1976.
During the event, we had the trio take over our Instagram story and Laurie even shared some gymnastics tips with us!
Check out our entire Instagram takeover below…
American Girl Ivy & Julie Cast Instagram Takeover With Laurie Hernandez
An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance airs Friday, March 24 on Amazon Prime Video.
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