Raven-Symoné has worked with Disney and the Disney Channel for years, with her biggest role being that of Raven Baxter on the Disney Channel series That’s So Raven and its spin-off series Raven’s Home, and the actress recently spoke on the D23 podcast about her long history with Disney.
When asked about her affinity for Disney work, Raven-Symoné spoke positively about the Walt Disney Company (unlike some Disney Channel stars). “I think it’s been such a good fit because Disney has wonderful standards of morality and virtue and understands that family comedy is important,” the actress explained.
“I have been a part of family comedy since I’ve been in the industry and I know what it’s like to be able to have the grandparents, the mother, the granddaughter, the daughter, all sit down and laugh at something. And Disney does it the best. From their movies to their stage shows to their television shows, you can find something in it for everyone”.
“I appreciate them,” she added, saying that she was happy to stay on Disney Channel despite being a 36-year-old adult. “I’m an adult too, I’m a married woman, I am here, but I’m still enjoying my time,” Raven-Symoné said. “The character that I’m playing is super fun,” she pointed out, “[and] I get to grow my creativity.”
Raven-Symoné is an executive producer and director on Raven’s Home, and she revealed that “because of the company trusting me and knowing that I understand branding in a sense, they [have] trusted me to go on other shows and direct for them because I grew up”.
“It’s funny, when I came back to the channel to work on Raven’s Home there was a lot more stuff being talked about on the channel. It kinda grew up in a sense,” she mused. She also added that “things are opening up and changing”, and pointed out that she admires Disney’s approach to change.
“They go with the flow of society,” the actress and former Cheetah Girl said. “They’re being relevant, they’re being so inclusive and understanding how important it is to showcase reality — in a Disney way, because there are standards as well, and I appreciate that. I grew up watching Disney, and my kids will do the same.”
When the D23 podcast hosts asked her about it, Raven-Symoné also spoke about Disney’s approach to the new “Don’t Say Gay” bill in Florida, which she called “a disgrace” and has already vocally opposed. “If we can do something, we need to,” Raven-Symoné said firmly, referring to the cast of Raven’s Home walking off set in protest.
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“[The walkout] was a little bit of a decision — I didn’t want [us to] get sued later because we didn’t do our job”. However, she acknowledged that “knowing that our mother company, the Walt Disney Company, supported us as well was magnificent”.
Raven’s Home is on its fifth season, and Raven-Symoné and her wife Miranda Maday also have their own Youtube reality show! Have you been watching either or both?