In Disney’s That’s So Raven spin-off Raven’s Home, Issac Ryan Brown plays the series regular role of Booker alongside his on-screen mother Raven-Symoné across all five series released so far, and for his portrayal of the character, he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award last year for Outstanding Young Performer in a Children’s Program. Other screen work for Issac has seen him play Young Dre in Black-ish, Wade in the 2019 Disney Channel Original Movie Kim Possible and the mini-series Kim Hushable, and Shawnte in feature film Kings. As a voiceover artist, Issac has voiced Gus in The Owl House, lead character Bingo in Puppy Dog Pals from 2017 to 2020, and Stinky in The Stinky & Dirty Show. Issac is a co-host of Disney’s Magic Bake-Off with Dara Reneé from High School Musical: The Musical – The Series, and he recently released his debut EP What I’m On and filmed his music video Feels Like and is hoping to release more music and head out on tour. We spoke to Issac about playing Booker in Raven’s Home, co-hosting Disney’s Magic Bake-Off and releasing his music.
You play the series regular role of Booker in Disney’s Raven’s Home, can you tell us about your character and what is he like to play?
Booker is a funny, but kind, teenage boy who has inherited the powers of visions from his mom and tries his best to make the best of his situations. Playing Booker is not difficult because I see myself so much in his character and a lot of choices and experiences he had, I actually have had myself.
How much did you know about the original series That’s So Raven before booking your role in the spin-off and how do you find the experience working on set of the show?
Because I didn’t really grow up in that era, I didn’t know much about it. My big sisters used to watch it a lot, but after booking Raven’s Home, I went and watched it.
What’s it like working with the rest of the cast, which includes Raven-Symoné as your on-screen mother, and how has it been developing your character throughout the five series already aired?
My cast has changed over the years, but the cast I have now is amazing. Everyone is so kind and great at their job. Raven is phenomenal. I absolutely love working with her and couldn’t ask for a better role model and castmate.
Last year, you were nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Young Performer in a Children’s Program for your portrayal of Booker, what was this like?
This was an amazing opportunity for me and my cast. I’m very grateful. It’s just a sign that I am doing something right and encourages me to keep going.
What are some of your stand-out highlights from playing Booker so far and what are you enjoying most about being part of a long-running Disney series?
One of my highlights from the character Booker is when he began his musical career where him, his twin sister, and best friend created a group and begin to perform at various events.
Can you tell us about voicing the role of Gus in The Owl House and what was the show like to work on?
I had a great experience working as the character of Gus. One thing I want to thank The Owl House for is the fact that they wrote Gus going through puberty when I was going through puberty, instead of replacing the role of Gus, which I thought was pretty cool.
You voiced lead character Bingo in the animated Disney Junior series Puppy Dog Pals from 2017 to 2020, how was it voicing the character over the years and is there anything you miss most about the role?
This was one of my favourite projects. Everyone was so welcoming and fun. Sam (Lavagnino), who played Rolly, was an amazing co-star. It got harder towards the end because my voice was going through a change, so I couldn’t really do the voice anymore without it hurting.
How was your time on set filming as Young Dre in the ABC comedy Black-ish and what was it like playing the younger version of Anthony Anderson’s character?
Black-ish was one of my first recurring roles. I remember being so excited to come to work. It was a fun experience and I want to thank Anthony Anderson for such an opportunity.
What do you remember most from voicing Stinky in The Stinky & Dirty Show?
I remember that working alongside the actor who played Dirty was amazing. He was great to be in the booth with.
You played Wade in the 2019 Disney Channel Original Movie Kim Possible, and the mini-series Kim Hushable, what was Wade like to play and do you have any favourite memories from working on the Kim Possible franchise?
Oh my God, I loved this role so much. Before Wade, I always wanted to play a cool, computer tech and boom, here we are. The entire experience was amazing, especially seeing it all come together in post production.
How did you find the experience working on feature film Kings as Shawnte and filming with the rest of the cast?
I was pretty young around this time but filming was fun. After knowing the story behind Kings, it made me a lot more serious about this role. Halle (Berry) was amazing, on and off set. I love her so much.
Over your career so far, you’ve worked on a number of other acting projects including Family Guy, All I Want For Christmas Is You, How To Get Away With Murder, Believe and Bubble Guppies, can you tell us about some of them?
I love these projects. These are like my hidden gems and if you know about them, you are a true supporter. I enjoyed them all.
You are the co-host of Disney’s Magic Bake-Off with Dara Reneé, how are you finding your time working as a presenter?
Hosting Magic Bake-Off was a breath of fresh air. I had been doing Raven’s Home for four seasons straight, and this was something different, and I love every bit of it. I made forever relationships on this show.
How is it seeing the contestants’ bakes for the first time and what do you enjoy most about being part of the series?
The contestants were great bakers. I could never. My favourite part of the show was the taste test at the end of every show. The cakes were as good as they looked.
As a music artist, you released your EP What I’m On in July, can you say about the EP and what was it like to work on?
This was my first time releasing an EP and my first time in a long time dropping music, so it was a lot to take in. I had to take everything into consideration when creating it, but it was overall an amazing experience. The producers I worked with made it easier.
How was it filming the music video for Feels Like and how has it been seeing the response to your new music?
Feels Like is my favourite song on the EP. I love the upbeat tempo and the vibe so filming the video was fun. Everyone who worked on it was amazing as well.
Do you have a favourite aspect of recording your own songs and how do you feel your music has changed over the years?
My favourite aspect of recording is writing. I love writing my own music, it’s like the icing on the cake. Over the years, my voice has changed. Not only has it gotten deeper, but I am able to control it a lot more and, of course, my writing is a lot better.
Where does your love of acting, presenting and music come from and how did you get into each?
I started when I was young. I was on America’s Got Talent at six years old. I guess my passion for music and acting comes from the love of wanting to entertain others, and also, it’s things I enjoy doing, so not only can I make others happy, but I am also happy while doing it.
What are some of your favourite films and TV shows to watch and music artists to listen to?
One of my favourite films is Black Panther and some of my favourite music artists are Michael Jackson, Usher, and Chris Brown.
Do you have any upcoming plans you can share and what are you hoping the next year brings for your career?
I definitely want to release more music and go on tours performing and meeting my fans and continue working on Raven’s Home and maybe even some films.
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