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Living the Suite Life

TFK chats with Debby Ryan about The Suite Life Movie, premiering tonight on Disney Channel

March 25, 2011
CRAIG SJODIN—DISNEY CHANNEL

From left: Phill Lewis, Debby Ryan, Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse and Brenda Song star in the Disney Channel's The Suite Life Movie.

Zack, Cody and the SS Tipton crew are setting sail for Vancouver, Canada, for The Suite Life Movie, premiering tonight on Disney Channel. Spring break is just around the corner for the gang at Seven Seas High. In fact, it's their last one aboard the ship before graduation. So, it's no surprise that Cody (Cole Sprouse) and Bailey (Debby Ryan) have made plans to spend the perfect break together. That is, until Cody accepts an internship at a marine biology reserve instead, making Bailey furious.

But as it turns out, Bailey's not the only one fuming. When Zack (Dylan Sprouse) accidentally gets Cody fired from his new gig, Cody vows never to speak to his brother again. That's when the real trouble begins.

In return for a scholarship to Yale University, Cody accepts an invitation to be in the Gemini Project, which studies how twins get along with one another. The catch, of course, is that he must do the study with Zack. When strange things start to happen, though, the twins realize things at the research center aren't exactly what they seem. Now Zack and Cody must put aside their brotherly spat to uncover the truth. Will they make up and solve the mystery? And will Bailey forgive Cody for bailing on their plans?

TFK sat down with Debby Ryan, recently, in New York City. Read on to see what she said about Bailey's role in The Suite Life Movie, and about working with the boys.

TFK:

How does it feel to finally get a Suite Life movie?

DEBBY RYAN:

It's great! It's been a long time coming. We were all very excited because we got to film on location on a real boat, so the movie has a really cinematic feel. It has an energy and realness about it.

TFK:

What role does Bailey play in the movie?

DEBBY:

Bailey is upset with Cole because he didn't have the heart to tell her he'd gotten an internship at the marine biology reserve. She was so excited to spend their last spring break together. As plans change, Bailey is confused and a little bit hurt. So she's trying to decide throughout the entire movie whether or not she has a right to be upset. She wants to stand up for herself, but she also respects her relationship with Cole enough to make sure it isn't destroyed.

TFK:

If you were in Cody's shoes, which would you choose: Spring break with Bailey or the internship?

DEBBY:

To be honest, internship. You have to look at your future, especially at that age. If it's going to help Cody get into Yale, then he should definitely do the internship. That being said, he shouldn't have held it back from Bailey. If she had known, she could have gotten an internship at the reserve too, or they could have coordinated their schedules. There's definitely a way to have your cake and eat it too.

TFK:

After playing the character for so long, do you feel you're still learning new things about her?

DEBBY:

I do. There are things I'm still discovering about Bailey. In the movie, I'm so proud of Bailey for being mature enough to not throw a fit, but also for not letting herself be walked on. Relationships are important, but you are important too. You have to make sure you're good to yourself and that other people are good to you. She knows how to balance that.

TFK:

What was it like to film on location in Vancouver?

DEBBY:

It was awesome. I actually spent a third of last year in Vancouver. When I heard we were going to film there, I texted Cole. I was like, "First, we need to go to Japadogs, this Japanese hot dog place on the corner outside our hotel. Second, my favorite crepe [think pancakes] place is down the street. We need to get crepes! Third, I have a friend I want to introduce you to." We already had an entire plan by the time we got there. When I first moved to Los Angeles, they showed me around. So, it was cool to get to show them around my adopted city.

TFK:

What's it been like working with Dylan and Cole through the years?

DEBBY:

They're crazy! Those boys are insane. They're amazing because they've grown up in the industry. They know everything about it. I grew up in Europe, so I'm really well-versed in "reality," so we've learned a lot from each other. Obviously, there were growing pains, but it's funny because [we're so close now]. There are things I've told them that I haven't told anyone else.

TFK:

What are some things fans might not know about them?

DEBBY:

Dylan loves art. He draws and he has these figurines that he colors in. They're both really good at Super Smash Bros . . . I think Cole can name every Pokemon. Cole loves history and also knows a bunch about science. He's a bit like Cody, but suaver. He and I have had a lot of intellectual and spiritual conversations and debates.

TFK:

What are some things about you that your fans may not know?

DEBBY:

I rearrange my furniture every six months. I have commitment issues because I moved around a lot growing up. I don't like feeling settled, so I always rearrange my furniture. My mom knows it's happening if I close the door early in the morning and open the windows. After a while, she'll come in and I've moved the bed all by myself! Another thing is that I'm very hands-on with certain things. One of my favorite gifts that I've ever gotten was a belt sander. I'll run over my shoes with a car if I need to customize them. Also, I write a music blog, and I produce music.

TFK:

Which musical acts or singers do you think will be the next big breakouts?

DEBBY:

I think The Go! Team is probably going to have a good smash or two. Katie Costello, I love, in terms of alternative music. She's really great if you like musicians like Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor and Sara Bareilles. I think Grace Potter is going to be huge. I've been writing about her for about a year and a half. Now she's selling out venues and headlining. If you like classic rock, then Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights. And the band, Fun. There you go!

 


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