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Dove Cameron Says She’s Never Felt Like a “Disney Girl”

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While Dove Cameron’s acting career has taken off, thanks in part to her performances in the Disney Channel comedy series Liv and Maddie and the Descendants films, she has confessed in a recent interview that she never felt like she fit in with previous Disney stars.

“I never had that moment where I was like, ‘I’m a Disney girl,’” she told the LA Times this week. “I never looked at Miley [Cyrus] or Demi [Lovato] or Selena [Gomez] or Zendaya or Bella [Thorne] or anybody — Hilary Duff or anybody that came before me — I never looked at them and thought, you and me — same.”

She added that she was “always the strange outlier who doesn’t belong and who will never fit in. I had huge imposter syndrome.”

“So I don’t really look to anybody else for a roadmap,” she continued. “I mean, this whole narrative that I was on Disney and then found my way out with a pop song, it was a total f—ing accident.”

Cameron’s 2022 single, “Boyfriend,” delivered the star her first top 20 success on the Billboard Hot 100 songs list, peaking at No. 16 on June 11, 2022. She also ascended to the top of Billboard’s Emerging Artists list (dated May 14), becoming the country’s top emerging talent for the first time.

The artist came out as bisexual during an Instagram Live session in 2020, although she told Gay Times that the descriptor “queer” better characterizes her orientation.
“Every song of mine is a queer song because I’m a queer artist,” she told the LA Times. “Does that mean that every song is ‘I am G-A-Y?’ No. I think there’s gonna be a lot of room in my artistry to talk about things other than that I love women”