For these actors, Disney is their high school

Calum Worthy, left, plays Dez on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally, which stars Ross Lynch as Austin. (Photo Eric McCandless/courtesy of Disney Channel)

Calum Worthy, left, plays Dez on Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally, which stars Ross Lynch as Austin. (Photo Eric McCandless/courtesy of Disney Channel)

When teenagers grow up on television, they don’t have what the rest of us would consider to be a normal school experience. They are often tutored on set of their show or go to an independent study school.

However, growing up on Disney Channel brings a whole new light to growing up on set.

The actors run into each other on the studio lot, hang out at lunch, and go to events together all the time.

Jennifer Stone, 20, who played Harper on Wizards of Waverly Place, compares it to being in a high school class.

“You have your friends who are in different classes and you don’t get to see them all the time,” she said. “(But) in a school assembly, we all come together again.”

In the last few months, Live! Starring … You! interviewed multiple Disney stars who took part in the Tween Stars Live Tour last summer. They all expressed how close they feel to the other actors and actresses. They’re more like a family than co-workers.

Adam Irigoyen plays Deuce on Shake It Up. (Photo by Bob D'Amico/courtesy of Disney Channel)

Adam Irigoyen plays Deuce on Shake It Up. (Photo by Bob D’Amico/courtesy of Disney Channel)

“We are a tight knit group of people who all kind of click because we’re all in the same business and we all understand each other,” said Allie Deberry, 19, who plays Paisley on A.N.T. Farm.

Because all of the kids are in the same profession, there is a common thread that connects them and makes for fantastic friendships.

“There’s definitely a mutual understanding of what we do,” said Adam Irigoyen, 16, who plays Deuce on Shake It Up. “None of us walk around saying, ‘I’m famous, you’re famous.’ None of us look at it that way. We’re basically a bunch of regular kids.”

The Disney Channel actors are together constantly, whether they are shooting promos, participating in the Disney XD triathlon, or filming Halloween specials.

Calum Worthy, 22, who plays Dez on Austin & Ally, told us, “Even if we’re not on the same show, we end up spending a lot of time together. We end up going to see Iron Man 3 together, or doing promos together.”

Allie DeBerry, left, is close with her castmates on Disney Channel's A.N.T. Farm. (photo by Bruce Birmelin/courtesy of Disney Channel)

Allie DeBerry, left, is close with her castmates on Disney Channel’s A.N.T. Farm. (photo by Bruce Birmelin/courtesy of Disney Channel)

The actors have been able to form close friendships with actors on their shows — and even those who aren’t.

Allie raved about her off screen friendship with Sierra McCormick, who plays Olive on Disney’s A.N.T. Farm.

“Sierra and I hang out outside of set all the time,” she said. “We’ll be on set all day rehearsing and then we’ll go grab dinner and go shopping.”

Meanwhile, Calum shared details on his friendship with Spencer Boldman, who stars Adam in the Disney XD show Lab Rats.

Calum Worthy has made lots of friends through his job on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally, including co-star Raini Rodriguez. (Photo by Bruce Birmelin/courtesy of Disney Channel)

Calum Worthy has made lots of friends through his job on Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally, including co-star Raini Rodriguez. (Photo by Bruce Birmelin/courtesy of Disney Channel)

He met Spencer in Disney 101, a class the network offers for its new cast members. Their friendship grew during Calum’s first season on Disney Channel, when Austin & Ally and Lab Rats were filmed on a lot separate from the other shows.

“All the other shows got to see each other everyday when they were filming, and we didn’t get to,” Calum told us. “Because of that, Spencer and I became best friends — we hang out all the time!”

As far as Calum’s friendships on his own show, he described the dynamic between the cast members to be quite different than their relationships on Austin & Ally.

On the show, their characters are often yelling at each other, or sometimes even fighting. Of course not in a negative way, but Austin, Ally, Dez and Trish are on each other’s cases a bit.

But real life is different.

“In reality, we’ve never had a fight or an argument,” Calum said. “We’ve had this amazing relationship from day one. On the show we’re having a really great time, and that’s what we’re doing off set as well.”

Calum and his castmates (Ross Lynch, Laura Marano and Raini Rodriguez) grab coffee, go to movies, and travel together.

”Any day with them feels like the best day of my life,” Calum said.

We think all of the other Disney Channel stars would agree!

Rebecca Brandel, LSY! reporter, Mount St. Mary Academy, with contributions from LSY! reporter Rebecca Wojcinski and founder Tim O’Shei

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