Halloween

Debby Ryan's Halloween

The Jessie actress tells TFK about filming her show’s Halloween episode

October 04, 2013
RON TOM—DISNEY CHANNEL

Zuri (played by Skai Jackson), Ravi (Karan Brar), and Jessie (Debby Ryan) dress in costumes for Halloween in the season premiere of Jessie.

Disney Channel's Jessie is kicking off its third season with a Halloween-themed tribute to Ghostbusters. The season premiere, called "Ghost Bummers," finds nanny Jessie and the Ross family kids throwing a Halloween party that is invaded by ghosts. With the help of Ravi and Zuri, Jessie must defeat the ghosts. The new episode airs Saturday, October 5, along with spooky episodes of Phineas and Ferb and Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man, as part of Disney Channel's month-long "Monstober" Halloween celebration.

Jessie

NICOLE WILDER—DISNEY CHANNEL
Jessie and Ravi dress as ghost busters to help Luke (Cameron Boyce) in a scene from the "Ghost Bummers" episode of Jessie.

Actress Debby Ryan, 20, plays Jessie on the hit show. TFK spoke with Ryan about filming the episode and getting in the Halloween spirit.

TFK:

Can you tell me about this year's Halloween episode of Jessie?

DEBBY RYAN:

It's a crazy episode. We do kind of a parody of Ghostbusters, which is so fun. We love homages. In this one, it's Halloween, so it's fun, but it's also a little bit spooky at times. The kids totally see ghosts. This evil spirit has come and used the building they live in as a conductor to open a realm to the spirit world. In the meantime, the daemons actually possess some characters: Mrs. Chesterfield, Luke, and Emma. It's us fighting them while we're in costumes. Jessie dresses like Marilyn Monroe.

TFK:

Have you ever stayed someplace that felt haunted?

RYAN:

No, but when I lived in Germany, I lived in this massive, old, creaky house. It was so cool to move to Germany when I was 7 and live in this beautiful, luxurious, wooden estate. It had a bit of a creep factor because everything in Germany is old, and when you walk on the wood floors, [they] creak. And because it's wintertime and it's cold, things squeak, and you hear things. Those things make for really great stories.

TFK:

You filmed the new Halloween episode a while ago. Did everyone get in the Halloween spirit on set?

RYAN:

Totally. Our director has, I think, the world's largest private collection of horror movie and suspense memorabilia, like Heath Ledger's Joker suit and [items from] Jurassic Park, just the craziest things, so he brought a lot of his collection. When you are watching the Halloween party scene, a lot of those decorations are his personal collection. We definitely all got in the spirit.

TFK:

As a kid, what were some of your most memorable costumes?

RYAN:

I was a hippie twice. And the funny thing about Kim Possible, which I was last year, is that I also was Kim Possible when I was 11.

TFK:

What was your favorite candy to receive while trick-or-treating?

RYAN:

Everyone once in awhile, they would have Fruit Roll Ups or Sour Patch Kids. I also love a good Hot Tamale. It was never about the chocolate with me. It was about the sour ones.

TFK:

What else can kids look forward to on this season of Jessie?

RYAN:

Jessie and Tony have broken up, so she's navigating him working in the same place she's living. They see each other every day but are growing and trying to be different people. Jessie is doing more acting and getting different kinds of job opportunities, really what she moved to New York to do. What's cool is that, as the kids grow up, they become more of a family to her and less like a job. But they keep her completely busy with crazy shenanigans, starting with busting ghosts.

TFK:

What other projects are you working on? I heard there is an album in the mix...

RYAN:

There is an album in the mix. I was working in kind of crunched time to record the album before going back to Season 3 because I knew I wouldn't have a voice [while filming]. I think we cranked out four or five songs, but unfortunately, we were no match for the impending third season. So this record is going to be out next year.

TFK:

You also filmed a small role for the new Muppet movie. What was it like working with the Muppets?

RYAN:

It was amazing, so legendary. You can go into any country and talk to any person of any age and they'll know the Muppets. That is a phenomenon. The scene that we shot was like a royal wedding scene. I liked being a part of that.

TFK:

You sound busy! What do you like to do to relax?

RYAN:

Somebody asked me that yesterday, and I'm like "Sleep?" But working kind of relaxes me. Getting done the things I want to get done, conquering mountains, and doing things that people said were not possible, that makes my mind feel at peace. It makes me feel like I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing. I guess that's how you know you are a workaholic.


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