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A Christmas Detour

Bridgit Mendler and Bradley Steven Perry talk about Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!

November 30, 2011
DISNEY CHANNEL

In "Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!", the Duncans head to Palm Springs to ring in the holidays.

The Duncans are hitting the road. You know what that means—trouble! In the Disney Channel original movie Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!, everyone’s favorite wacky family heads to Palm Springs, California, to ring in the holidays with the grandparents. But when mom Amy and daughter Teddy get separated from the rest of the Duncans, they must find a way to reunite with the family before they miss Christmas all together. Will they make it to Palm Springs in time for the holiday? Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! premieres tonight on Disney Channel.

TFK spoke to Bridgit Mendler, 18, who plays Teddy, and to Bradley Steven Perry, who plays mischievous middle sibling Gabe. Read on to learn more about the misadventures their characters face in the holiday special.

TFK:

What kinds of mishaps do the Duncans get into in the movie?

BRIDGIT MENDLER:

The major hiccup is that the Duncans get separated. Teddy volunteers to get off the airplane for a free ticket, and Mama Amy follows. They wind up not being able to get a flight out before Christmas, so they have to find a different way to get to Palm Springs. They get on a bus, but they get kicked off. They try to get a car, and it breaks down. Every way they try to get to Palm Springs winds up being difficult. It’s kind of like a series of unfortunate events.

TFK:

How did you like filming in Salt Lake City, away from the studio?

BRIDGIT:

It was really fun. It felt like we were all going on vacation together as a family. We all get along really well, so to be able to travel together was a treat.

TFK:

We meet some new characters in the movie, like Grandma and Grandpa Blankenhooper. Are they as wacky as the Duncans?

BRADLEY STEVEN PERRY:

They’re not as crazy as the Duncans, but they are very quirky and very unique. Gabe teaches Grandpa how to play video games, and he succeeds. Grandpa ends up playing video games all night long.

TFK:

What do the boys do while the girls are away?

BRADLEY:

They go to the pool, and they play a little paint ball. I’m not going to say how that happens, but they do.

TFK:

What do you think you would do if you were in the same situation as Amy and Teddy?

BRIDGIT:

I’d try the same methods. I’d definitely go for the bus first, since it’s low maintenance. I probably wouldn’t have had as much poise as Teddy had through all of these crazy mishaps. I think Teddy handled the situation well. I can only hope that I can do that if I were in the same situation.

Teddy and Amy try all kinds of ways to get to Palm Springs, including renting a bicycle and riding it through the desert.
DISNEY CHANNEL
Teddy and Amy try all kinds of ways to get to Palm Springs, including renting a bicycle and riding it through the desert.

TFK:

What would the boys have done if they had gotten off the plane instead of Amy and Teddy?

BRADLEY:

If it were the boys trying to get to Palm Springs, they would not be as smart about it as Amy and Teddy. They would’ve just started walking, you know? They wouldn’t have thought everything through, like renting a bike and stuff like that.

TFK:

Have you ever had any crazy family vacation experiences?

BRIDGIT:

Not too crazy. But my family runs pretty late, so we often almost miss flights. There’s one scene in the movie where the Duncans are all running towards the gate at the airport, and my family has definitely done that many times before.

TFK:

What was the most memorable part of filming for you?

BRADLEY:

For me, it would have to be the paintball scenes. We were filming in the mountains, and it was dusty and we were running and army-crawling down hills. I love playing paintball now. I was actually talking about going to play next week. It hurts when you get hit, but it’s fun!

BRIDGIT:

I’d have to say the night when Leigh-Allyn [Baker, who plays Amy,] and I were filming our dance number. We had been rehearsing it for a couple of weeks. It was really cold outside, and there were all these extras. It was really fun to perform the musical number that we’d been building up to for so long.

TFK:

So, there will be a musical number then!

BRIDGIT:

There will! I don’t want to give too much away, but there will.

TFK:

How is it working with Mia Talerico, who plays Charlie, now that she’s a little older?

BRADLEY:

She talks so much now. You can have a full conversation with her. When we first met her, she was 11 months old, and she wasn’t talking at all. Now she’s talking in full sentences. If you ask her to do something for a scene, she’ll get it. She knows what to do. It’s crazy.

BRIDGIT:

She’s adorable. She’s a feisty kid, who has a mind of her own. She’s really smart, and she’s learned how to take cues. We tell her what’s going to happen in the scene, and she knows how to behave and when to do her little bits. It’s a challenging thing to ask of a 3-year-old. She’s a remarkable baby.

TFK:

Where would you like to see the Duncans go on vacation next?

BRIDGIT:

If we could go to Hawaii or the Bahamas and actually film there, that would be great. That would be wonderful.

BRADLEY:

Rome, because then we can go film in Italy!

TFK:

What are some of your family’s fun holiday traditions?

BRADLEY:

We always go to my aunt’s house on Christmas Eve. Then we come home and open one present. I like doing that, but it’s hard to not want to open all of them!

BRIDGIT:

Every year, my dad reads The Night Before Christmas on the night before Christmas. It gets us all in the Christmas spirit right before bed. My family is all about decorating the Christmas tree. We have a lot of homemade ornaments that we’ve had for 12 or 15 years, or even since I was born. Those are always fun to put on the tree because you remember the story behind each ornament.

TFK:

Which is your favorite ornament?

BRIDGIT:

We have an interesting Santa ornament. He’s wearing skis, and he has this big, bushy beard that’s made of cotton balls. He looks like such a rock star. I love that one.


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