By Stacey Harrison
The cast and crew of Good Luck Charlie have gone through a lot together, but up till their most recent stint, that hadnâ€™t included leaving the comforts of their Los Angeles studio.
Bridgit Mendler, who plays oldest daughter Teddy, says the movie takes viewers on a â€świld rideâ€ť reminiscent of National Lampoonâ€™s Christmas Vacation and Planes, Trains & Automobiles. It was definitely an expedition for the actors, who not only had to film in new locations, but also had to adapt to a completely different way of shooting.
â€śThe script wasnâ€™t set up like our episode scripts where thereâ€™s a buildup to a joke and the jokeâ€™s delivered and the audience laughs,â€ť says Mendler, who also helped write the song â€śRun to Youâ€ť for the film. â€śThereâ€™s no [live studio audience]. We have to play the scenes a lot more real or straightforward, which was an interesting thing for the characters because they hadnâ€™t been out of the sitcom world. I had fun with it, and I hope people enjoy the way it comes across.â€ť
Filming just after Season 2 of the show wrapped, Mendler also says there was no problem as far as the cast getting sick of each other.
â€śOh, please, no. We love spending time with each other,â€ť she says. â€śIt was a cool experience because we got to be with each other on something like a vacation. You see different sides of people, and weâ€™re already like a family so itâ€™s just like going on a real family vacation.â€ť
Photo: Â© 2011 Disney Enterprises, Inc. Credit: Craig Sjodin