You might think Raven-Symoné has done it all during her long tenure on Disney Channel — from journeying through the cosmos in Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century to wrestling a (totally real) snake on That’s So Raven — but the actress is about to explore some uncharted territory. Raven guest stars on tonight’s special live broadcast of Just Roll With It, airing live coast-to-coast at 9pm EST/6pm PST, and she has three words to prepare viewers: “Oh. My. Goodness.”
“Disney Channel is taking live programming to a different level,” the actress tells TVLine. “The audience can vote while watching and see their selections in real time. It’s about to get crazy. I’m so excited!”
The hour-long episode finds Raven playing “an eccentric character who puts an evil curse on the family,” and also includes Disney Channel stars like Miranda May (Bunk’d), Issac Ryan Brown (Raven’s Home), Ruby Rose Turner (Coop and Cami Ask the World) and Ruth Righi (Sydney to the Max). Raven says she’s always wanted to make an appearance on the show, so when the network came to her with the opportunity to join the first live episode, she didn’t hesitate.
And speaking of new terrain, Raven also recently stepped behind the camera to direct two episodes of Raven’s Home, the first of which airs on Friday, Nov. 22.
“I was told by many others that I should be [directing],” she tells TVLine, “but I was always scared, because that’s a lot of power in one person’s hands. I’ve always been judgmental of [actors] who come onto the scene and say, ‘I can direct because I’ve done this before.’ I’m like, ‘You cannot direct just because you’ve done this before.’ I didn’t want to be a hypocrite, so I’m trying to learn from all of the master directors I’ve worked with in the past. I don’t want any of my co-workers and co-stars to judge me the same way I’ve judged others.”
In order to feel more comfortable in her new position, Raven says she directed from the set, as opposed to sitting behind the camera like a director normally does. “I had to direct from the set, because that’s where I knew how to put a show together,” she explains. “I had to be where I normally am as an actor. As I continued to direct, I slowly moved out of that position. I’m getting there slowly.”