Jessica Marie Garcia stars as Willow on the Disney Channel hit, LIV AND MADDIE. I caught up with the talented young actress about what’s next with her character, what scenes she is excited for this season, and her favorite moments working on the show.
What stood out to you about Willow? What made you want to audition for the role?
I am from Orlando, so Disney is in my blood! Being a part of a Disney Channel show has been a dream of mine for forever. When I got the audition, her name was originally “Princess” so I was excited about auditioning for Disney and even more stoked that this may be the closest I would get to being a “Disney princess”! I fell in love with how the character was strong, athletic, and outspoken. When I got the role, they changed her named to Willow (which I love) and the rest is history! By the way, still waiting to be a Disney Princess.
What can we look forward to with Willow this season?
Willow is in the middle of a lot of fun and drama this season! The audience is going to see Willow try some activities that you wouldn’t think she would try and maybe even have to be the unlikely voice of reason for some of her friends. Stay tuned!
Are there any scenes you’re really excited for the fans to see this season?
Oh yeah! There are some great storylines and plot twists that I can’t wait for our fans to see! I can’t say too much because I have been sworn to secrecy but you will not be disappointed! Just know that it is going to be bigger, louder and more dramatic than last season!
What has been one of your favorite memories from your time on the show? Any specific scenes or episodes in particular?
Filming “Rate-A-Rooney” was the best filming experience I have ever had. Getting to shoot an episode that had such an enormous reaction from our fans was unreal. The episode tackled being bullied and feeling less than because of your looks. Being an overweight kid, I have had my own bouts with bullying so this episode meant the world to me. I am so happy with the way it turned out, and we helped a lot of kids, and I’m so thankful to have been a part of it.
What shows are you loving on TV right now?
I am obsessed with OFF THE BOAT. I think it is so clever and hysterical, and I relate so much. I also love BROAD CITY, a show that is lead by two hilarious and talented women. Where do I sign up?
If you could put Willow on any other show on TV right now which show would it be?
I would love to see Willow on K.C. UNDERCOVER. I think she would make a great spy! Well, only if she can use or find her “inside voice”.
You can watch Jessica on LIV AND MADDIE Sunday’s on Disney Channel.