Australian actor Mitchell Hope makes his Disney channel debut in Descendants

Mitchell HopeAustralian actor Mitchell Hope chatted with us about his role on the new Disney Channel movie, Descendants, opposite Disney stars such as Dove Cameron of Liv and Maddie and Cameron Boyce from Jessie. Descendants airs on Family Channel this Friday, July 31.

You worked on Australian TV before getting this role, how did you go from that to landing this movie on the Disney Channel?
Yeah, it’s a big jump! Honestly, it was so cool, especially going from something like that on Australian TV where the industry is so much smaller to something on a bigger scale like Disney. It started really simply, just laying down a tape, doing a cold reading of the script and sending it over. It all started with me having 20 spare minutes and being able to go through a tape and send it over.

You heard about the audition through your agent and they said make a tape?
Yeah kind of, in fact it’s actually a funny story. I quit acting right before I got the audition. I was done with it, I was ready to go out and get a “real” job, you know what I mean? (laughs) I was going to go back to university and stuff. But my agent came along and she said, “Just do this one last audition,” and I knew that acting was going to be something that I was always going to do, so of course I said yes and she said, “Please just do one more after this, it’s a callback,” and I said, “Okay, sure.” And then finally she said, “I hope you’ve got your passport ready because they want to fly you to L.A. tomorrow.”

Do you think that this is something that you’ll stick with?
Yeah absolutely, I know that acting is what I’m going to do, it’s what I’m always going to do regardless of where I am in my life, it’s something that I will always come back to.

I was reading your Twitter and it sounds like you had an amazing time filming this. What was the most fun you had filming in Vancouver?
Hanging out with the cast was really cool. There were some nights where we just all met up in someone’s room and just played guitar, hung out, watched movies and stuff, it was a lot of really simple stuff but it was the things that I will remember for the rest of my life when I think back on Descendants.

Was there anything crazy that happened during the shoot?
All of it, the whole thing was crazy, especially for me, I’ve got nothing to compare it to. That was the craziest I had ever seen until then. Specifically, I remember Jedidiah Goodacre and Booboo Stewart doing some pretty crazy things together. They would always team up and play jokes on me or something and occasionally I would team up with them and we would play jokes on [director] Kenny [Ortega] or something. I can’t think of any specifics right now but it was just every single day we’d try and have a laugh with everyone.

Are you a practical joker? On Twitter you mentioned planting sunflowers in people’s gardens and offering the pizza delivery guy a slice. Those are pretty cool practical jokes.
Yes, kind of, yeah (laughs). It’s fun, I like to kind of entertain myself sometimes, sometimes I think things get a little boring, I think we all follow the same structure that we need to, that we are told to, so sometimes just push the boundaries a little, you know? Play a joke on someone, have a laugh, it’s just going to make things better for you.

Do you have dogs or other pets of your own?
Yeah, I just got a puppy named Harvey, he’s a little Rottweiler and he’s the sweetest thing ever. I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get back to him. I’ve been in L.A. for two days and I already miss him.

On your Twitter I saw you had photos of a dog you found on the freeway. Did you find the owner? 
Yeah we did, that was terrifying. We were driving 120 km/h on this freeway and we saw this tiny Jack Russell trying to cross the road. We picked him up and looked after him for a few days and we managed to find the owner. And then I had some strong words to the owner about leaving his gate open, his house is next to a freeway.

Good for you! Tell me about your role in Descendants.
I play Ben, who is the son of Beauty and the Beast. Ben is the young Prince of the land, he’s to be King soon. The story really starts with Ben and his upcoming royal decree as to when he’s pronounced King is to give a shot of redemption to people who don’t deserve their fate on the Isle of the Lost. The kids on the Isle of the Lost have done nothing wrong, they were born into poverty, they were born into evil, but they didn’t exactly choose their fate, choose where to be. So Ben thinks it’s the right idea to give them a chance, give them a second shot. In its essence it’s is one of those “choose your own fate” kind of stories.

What can we see you in next?
There are a few things happening and I’m trying to decide which route to go down, I haven’t completely decided what I’m going to do next. It’s going to be a little bit of a deliberation between me and my agent and my family, deciding what’s the best route for me to take.

Descendants not only airs on Family Channel on Friday, July 31, but also releases on DVD the same day and includes a free “Isle of the Lost” bracelet inside. Special Features include bloopers and cast dance rehearsal footage.

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  1. Izzy • August 1, 2015 @ 3:38 AM

    You are super cute Mitchell! Love #DisneyDesendance, super generous character and you kept trying to kiss Mal/Dove Cameron. If she wasn’t dating someone, u would look super cute! I love the scene when you are done with your game and start singing and Mal is inbarested by the song and also happy at the same time. Then the other scene when u give her your ring and she gives you the cupcake and she found out you knew that she put the love spell on you. I SO LOVE IT!!!!!=) Love u!!:)

  2. natalie ellis • August 3, 2015 @ 7:51 PM

    I love you and I think your cute I loved your show and I thinks its funny because your Australian and I’m British or as I say English but I’m from Oregon.

  3. Gabriella Kirchner • August 4, 2015 @ 3:28 PM

    OMG!!! U r so cute. I love ur character in disney descendents. I’m obsessed with the movie I watch it like 40times a day. I love the part when u and Mal (Dove Cameron) Go on ur first day. It was beautiful scene and that lake it was gorgeous!!I hope u do more disney act. <3

  4. Gabriella Aune • August 4, 2015 @ 7:29 PM

    Omg i loved decendents and the actors are amazing and talented and mitchell is so cute!!! i think u and dove would look wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!! better together that dove and her boyfriend! Anyway i would totally absolutly posotivly watch desendants 2 if it came out i already bought the first one the day it came out and watched it a 100 times ( and i bought the music i love all the charecters especially evie, carlos, jay, doug, ben, and MAL!!!!

  5. Kristy • August 14, 2015 @ 9:35 AM

    Omg i loved disney descendants movie was very inspirational to me. Also ive watched ” descendants “. Over 10 times already and its such an awesome movie. Also i liv u “mitchell hope”❤️❤️❤️❤️

  6. hadassah • August 17, 2015 @ 9:41 AM

    mitchell hope and dove cameron look so cute together the movie was so great i like how he sing for her it was rel nice i hope they stay a couple forever

  7. hadassah • August 17, 2015 @ 9:42 AM

    <3 <3

  8. Book lover • August 22, 2015 @ 9:42 PM

    after watching the movie, I couldn’t believe your accent. You really are a great actor and I’m glad you got this opportunity:) I hope u do more w/ Disney;) I personally love to act and I hope I can one day

  9. gigi • August 23, 2015 @ 10:04 AM

    hope it would be a second part of “descendants”love u mitchell hope u are soooooooo sexy i want a second part best movie ever.

  10. Kaitlyn • September 12, 2015 @ 4:43 PM

    Hey Mitchell I love descendants because of you u play as prince Benjamin right I love that name Benny boo is the silliest thing I have ever herd😍😍

  11. Ellie mavros • September 19, 2015 @ 5:52 AM

    i was inspired by Mitchell Ive always wanted to be a big time actress I was also very impressed by u coming from Melbourne just like me and making it to LA doing a Disney movie I loved ur movie ur extremely talented I wish I could meet u cause the sad thing is u probably won’t ever see this

  12. chiara • September 23, 2015 @ 3:35 PM

    ben(mitchell hope),mal(Dove Cameron),
    oh how you guys changed my life .I’m sure alot of effort got put into doing this movie desendents.I’ve always dreamed to be a actress and some how by watching desendents I wouldn’t want to give up on my dreams .oh and mitchell hope I think you are adorable the way you sing is amazing .Oh and mal( dove cameron) I think you are a really good actress I think you are amazing . And other charactors like Evie,Carlos,Jay,Doug keep doing what you guys do you guys are awsome. If desendents 2 comes out im defently gonna be there to watch . lovê you all ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

  13. chiara • September 23, 2015 @ 3:37 PM

    ben(mitchell hope),mal(Dove Cameron),
    oh how you guys changed my life .I’m sure alot of effort got put into doing this movie desendents.I’ve always dreamed to be a actress and some how by watching desendents I wouldn’t want to give up on my dreams .oh and mitchell hope I think you are adorable the way you sing is amazing♡ mal( dove cameron) I think you are a really good actress I think you are beautiful. And other charactors like Evie,Carlos,Jay,Doug keep doing what you guys do you guys are awsome. If desendents 2 comes out im defently gonna be there to watch . lovê you all ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

  14. magentaswan • October 28, 2015 @ 7:22 PM

    i sooo wan there to b a descendants two u and dove look great together wish u were together i think we al would have liked to c at least one kiss fom mal and ben

  15. magentaswan • October 28, 2015 @ 7:25 PM

    i sooo wan there to b a descendants two u and dove look great together wish u were together i think we al would have liked to c at least one kiss fom mal and ben and when the descendants two comes out then there has to b a kiss from ben and mal them two are much better together than dove and her boyfriend no offence by the way

  16. Avery • December 28, 2015 @ 9:15 PM

    Hi!
    I just watched your movie and it was amazing I have seen it before and both times it was amazing and interesting I just wanted to say you guys did a good job on it
    Avery
    Xoxo
    Love you all
    Bye

  17. lily • January 16, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

    I have to agree with magentaswan, you and dove would make the cutest couple! I’m not saying I don’t like dove and ryan… but… u two would make then hottest couple EVER!!!!!!!!

    xoxo,
    lily

  18. hannah ables • January 21, 2016 @ 9:50 AM

    i love prince ben mitchell hope did an awesome job. i wish they would make an second descendants.

  19. lisa collyer • May 10, 2016 @ 1:04 PM

    I love you Mitchell hope and Prince Ben is super cute… I want to see Mal and Ben kiss in Descendants 2…

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