“After I went in to audition, the present was known as Completely Psychic,” Anneliese told Christy within the newest episode. “It wasn’t known as That is So Raven in any respect.”
“On the time, Raven wasn’t the lead. She was the sidekick. They had been searching for a lead and I got here in to audition for the lead.”
The lead position in the end went to another person and shortly after, manufacturing started on the sequence. Regardless of casting a distinct lead character — who was initially going to be known as Molly — Raven stood out to the producers.
“Once they filmed, they realized Raven was the funniest one and had a following, and they also bumped her as much as first place.”
As soon as Raven was moved as much as the lead position, auditions started once more for supporting characters. Anneliese went in for an enormous “cattle casting,” and she or he was finally chosen to play Raven’s finest good friend Chelsea on the present.
However Anneliese revealed Disney by no means envisioned a Black lady because the star of the present once they first created and forged for the present.
“I feel that was type of, like, racism at a low stage — I assume if that is even a chance. They could not actually see a Black lady main a present. They solely noticed her as a sidekick.”
Christy chimed in, including that Disney was specializing in monetary positive factors and making strategic enterprise choices with out excited about the “impacts of not simply who you are casting, however the tales, the illustration, and the visibility” of the youngsters concerned.
That is So Raven in the end grew to become a success, lasting 4 seasons and incomes two spinoffs: Cory within the Home (Disney’s first official spinoff sequence) and Raven’s House, which Anneliese starred in for the primary 4 seasons.
To study extra about Anneliese, try her full interview on the Susceptible Podcast under: