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Interview with Raven-Symoné and the cast of Raven's Home

James Gilmore catches up with Raven-Symoné and the cast of Raven's Home, mainly about their school life

Interview with Raven-Symoné and the cast of Raven's Home

Cast of Raven's Home

James Gilmore

W!ZARD News Author

If you were alive between 2003 and 2007 (i.e. most of the people reading this), then you know about the phenomenon known as ‘That’s So Raven’.

For those not in the know, although we reckon that’s only a few, the show focused on Raven Baxter (played by Raven-Symoné) who – wait for it – can see into the future. The theme tune also had a line repeated by tweens all across the globe: THAT’S SO RAVEN, YEP THAT’S ME!


Well, now the show is back! Kinda.

In the new Disney Channel production ‘Raven’s Home’, Raven Baxter (still played by Raven-Symoné) now has two tweenage children (YES, RAVEN HAS KIDS) Booker and Nia and is living with her childhood best friend Chelsea (yep, she’s in it!) and her song Levi.

Raven’s Home’ airs on Disney Channel on Mondays to Thursdays at 5pm. To celebrate the launch of the new series, we spoke to the cast of the show about their school life!


Raven-Symonéhas always and will always play Raven Baxter

WR: What was school like for you?

RS: I really enjoyed school. I had some fantastic teachers, which really helped. School is really important in everyone’s life. In fact, I’m actually back in school right now. I’ve been going to college to study fine art and painting. I love it! My mum is super-proud of me for studying again.

WR: What were you like as a student?

RS: I would stay after class. I would go to class early. I was a teacher’s pet! I’ve been working on sets since I was three years old, so I treated school as if it was a job. I always worked hard at it.

WR: Did you go to school on set when you were younger?

RS: Throughout my life, I’ve constantly flipped between set school and public school. I’ve been very lucky because I’ve been able to do both, which means I didn’t miss out on detention and I didn’t miss out on not getting asked to the dance. I’ve experienced all sorts of school issues.

WR: What were your best and worst school subjects?

RS: I’m still bad at math. A friend of mine had to help me in my last maths class because I don’t understand numbers very well. I’m really good at writing papers and I love science – but English and maths are not my strong point.

WR: Did you ever struggle to make friends at school?

RS: That’s definitely something that happened to me. I did not have many friends at school and I was not part of the cool crowd. I had one friend in elementary and middle school. When I got to high school, I had friends – but it was a random group of people. It was different, random people here and there – but I loved them for that.

WR: What advice would you give to readers at school now?

RS: If you find one friend that lasts throughout your school career, you are a lucky person. It doesn’t happen to everyone and that’s OK. Remember, school eventually ends and it doesn’t last that long in the grand scheme of life, so don’t worry if you’ve not found lots of friends. At the end of the day, your best friend is going to be a sibling or family member – or it could be someone you meet after school. Don’t sweat it.


Jason Maybaum plays Levi Grayson and Issac Ryan Brown plays Booker Baxter-Carter

WR: What does school mean to you, Issac?

IRB: School isn’t just a place. School isn’t just somewhere you go or something you do. I feel like life is a great big text book and that’s what school is about. It’s about learning every day. You’re always learning something new in life, so I feel like school never stops. Personally, I really enjoy school. I’m home-schooled, but that doesn’t mean I’m on my own all the time. My home-school is set up with ‘class connect’ sessions, which means I can talk to other students. We chat together. We get on a mic and speak to each other, so it’s just like having classmates right next to me.

WR: Do you have to go to school on the set of Raven’s Home?

JM: School on the set of Raven’s Home is great. Our teacher on set is really fun! We’ve got a cool room for school on set, but it’s not about the room; it’s about the people. I love the people on set, so it’s great to be doing school work alongside them.

IRB: School on set is fun. Navia, Jason, Sky and I do our school work in the same room, but we also have a library room on set where we can go and read. I love the library room. It’s really exciting because one of our teachers got us a huge pile of cartoon books, which Navia and I love to read. We spend hours in there!

WR: What are your best and worst school subjects?

JM: I like social studies and computers. I’m not crazy good at maths, but I’m bad at art. I’m not good at art at all.

IRB: Maths and social studies are my two favourite subjects. I’m the best in those two areas, but English and art are my worst subjects. I can’t paint. I can’t draw. I can’t sketch. I’m hoping to get Raven to teach me because she can draw. She’s amazing at art!

WR: What advice would you give to readers at school now?

JM: Be yourself. I think that’s really important. Sometimes you see super-popular people at school and you think, ‘Oh, I’d love to be like that.’ My advice is: never try to be them. Always be yourself.

IRB: Try not to worry about how many friends you make. You don’t need loads of friends. Personally, I think school is about learning. If you learn as much as you can, you’ll eventually find your group of friends. Focus on studying and doing the things you like, and friends will come to you.


Raven’s Home airs on Disney Channel from Monday to Thursday at 5pm.

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