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Thomas Doherty Calls Zac Efron Comparisons 'Flattering' But Wants To Go On His Own Journey

Thomas Doherty Calls Zac Efron Comparisons 'Flattering' But Wants To Go On His Own Journey

Thomas Doherty is going to definitely be a household name after Descendants 2 premieres on Friday.

We mean, how could you resist that smile and the charming Scottish accent?

In a recent video interview, Thomas opened up to some of the comparisons between him and Zac Efron, who got a major boost from the High School Musical movies.

“I think that’s quite cool actually,” Thomas says. “This time two years ago, I wasn’t even doing this. I was still at college and stuff. Now, I have so many amazing opportunities. I have The Lodge season two and Descendants 2.”

He adds, “He’s a very talented individual, obviously. He’s had a wonderful career himself.”

However, while Thomas appreciates the comparisons, he isn’t looking to be the next coming of Zac at all.

“I don’t like to compare myself to anyone,” he says. “I think it’s important to go on your own journey and focus on yourself.”

This is How the 'Descendants 2' Newbies Bonded With the Original VK's (Exclusive)

This is How the 'Descendants 2' Newbies Bonded With the Original VK's (Exclusive)

We knew the original cast of Descendants was close, but the D2 additions became part of the family as well.

We recently caught up with Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson to talk about what it was like working with newbies Thomas Doherty, China Anne McClain, and Dylan Playfair.

We also talked to China about coming into the successful franchise!

“It was a little bit overwhelming at times, to be honest. The sets are so massive and unique. You haven’t really seen anything like it. With Uma’s pirate ship, and all of these amazing sets, and Thomas and Dylan were so excited as well,” China told us. “It was great. The first movie was so good, and the whole cast welcomed me. I felt like I was family after the first day.”

“It’s been so special to grow our family,” Sofia said. “And they all feel like long-lost brothers and sisters who were always part of the family. China is amazing. She’s a force to be reckoned with and she did an incredible job bringing Uma to life.”

“We met our first day, but a month before shooting, we do bootcamp where we learn how to sword-fight, we learn choreography, we work with Kenny [Ortega, the director] on our character development,” she continued. “I met China when she was recording ‘What’s My Name?’” I met Dylan and Thomas and everyone in our first day of rehearsal. You bond pretty quickly in those rehearsals because you’re there for hours and hours of the day.”

Dylan was completely new to me. He’s still one of my favorite people on the planet,” Dove told JJJ. “He’s incredibly intelligent, so if you made that character really intelligent, that would be Dylan. He’s so happy-go-lucky. He’s so sunny.”

China and I have known each other for quite some time,” she said. “I feel like it’s sort of a written rule that all the Disney girls have to cross paths. We actually met at a bunch of auditions. So I was really excited to be working together.”

As for her real-life boyfriend, Dove told us, “And then Thomas and I are obviously dating [she shows us a cute pic of them as her phone background]. That was the best. It was amazing to be able to work with them.”

And this cast spent a lot of time together off-screen too.

“We were always together. There’s this restaurant, we’d go there every night,” China said. “We went there so much that Thomas noticed when they changed one little thing on the menu. It was super fun. Or we would spend time in someone’s hotel room, and we’d play music, have our guitars, and sing and dance. It was really fun.”

Descendants 2 airs July 21 on Disney Channel.

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Descendants' Dove Cameron Explains How Mal Broke Harry's Heart (Exclusive)

Descendants' Dove Cameron Explains How Mal Broke Harry's Heart (Exclusive)

Dove Cameron is giving us a little backstory before the premiere of Descendants 2.

She and director Kenny Ortega, along with China Anne McClain and Thomas Doherty, decided on the reason behind Uma and Mal’s rivalry – and Harry’s very involved.

“They have a huge history. China‘s character Uma, and Mal, were sort of like Mal and Evie (Sofia Carson) when they were younger,” Dove told us. “They were good friends growing up. Mal actually dated Harry Hook before dating Ben (Mitchell Hope). So that was each of their first loves, which is kind of funny. She was the baddest girl and he was the baddest guy. It was sort of like a Johnny [Depp] and Winona [Ryder] thing. They were madly in love.”

“Some bad stuff went on with Uma and Mal. It was a big rivalry,” she explained. “We never really decided what that was, but basically, Mal disowned Uma and was like, ‘You can’t hang with me. You’re not good enough.’ Condemning her. She was like, ‘You’ll never be as bad as me’ and she kicked her out, and replaced her with Evie. So Uma has all this animosity toward her.”

“And then, Mal broke Harry’s heart,” Dove said. “We also decided that they got secret hook tattoos, and Thomas and I would draw them under our gloves every day. We were so into the backstory (laughs). Kenny would come up to us and be like, ‘Do you guys have the hook tattoos?’ And we’re like, ‘Yeah, Kenny. Every day.’ And he was like, ‘OK, good. Good.’ So funny (laughs). And when Mal broke Harry’s heart, he joined Uma’s gang. That’s why he hates Mal so much. He’s like a broken man because of that.”

Descendants 2 airs July 21 on Disney Channel.

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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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Dove Cameron Pretty Much Convinced the 'Descendants 2' Cast to Get Matching Tattoos (Exclusive)

Dove Cameron Pretty Much Convinced the 'Descendants 2' Cast to Get Matching Tattoos (Exclusive)

Dove Cameron may be making her time on Descendants super permanent – in the form of a tattoo!

The 21-year-old actress recently revealed that she pretty much convinced boyfriend Thomas Doherty, co-star Dylan Playfair, and director Kenny Ortega to get matching ink to commemorate filming the popular Disney Channel Original Movie franchise.

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“I know that the pirates got some,” Dove told us. “And I don’t care what you say, Kenny. Me and Thomas and Dylan…we talked Kenny into getting one with just the four of us. And then he backed out. But I’m going to get him.”

In case you missed it, Dove also recently told us the first thing she loved about Thomas. Aw!

Dove Cameron Admits She & Boyfriend Thomas Doherty Are Both Total Flirts (Exclusive)

Dove Cameron Admits She & Boyfriend Thomas Doherty Are Both Total Flirts (Exclusive)

Dove Cameron has no shame in her flirting game.

We recently asked the 21-year-old actress who the flirtiest cast member was on set of Descendants 2 – and her answer is super honest!

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“In real life?” Dove asks, laughing. “Definitely me or Thomas [Doherty, her boyfriend], which is great that we took each other. We’re so flirty.”

She also recently told us that the rest of the cast totally saw their chemistry from the beginning – even though they didn’t!

Descendants 2 airs July 21 on Disney Channel.

'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.