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Christy Carlson Romano Says She Didn't Always 'Get Along' with Shia LaBeouf on 'Even Stevens'

Christy Carlson Romano Says She Didn't Always 'Get Along' with Shia LaBeouf on 'Even Stevens'

Christy Carlson Romano is looking back at her time on the Disney Channel.

The actress starred on the network from 2000 to 2003 on the series Even Stevens, where she played Ren Stevens opposite Shia LaBeouf.

In a YouTube video she shared on Thursday (August 12), Christy opened up about her “overwhelmingly positive experience” working for the network and shared some insight into her relationship with Shia.

Click inside to read what she said…

She recalled auditioning and eventually joining the show, explaining, “I remember all of the things that ended up becoming my first job with Disney, I remember the moments leading up to it like it was yesterday because it was just so intense for a young person to go through. So you just don’t forget that sort of thing.”

She also noted that they filmed the show at the studio previously used for Baywatch and discussed what a typical day on set would look like.

“We literally, me and Shia, had David Hasselhoff‘s dressing room split in half so that we each had a side because I guess it was that big. We had a perfect amount of space just doing homeschooling and what not at the set.”

“There’s also kind of like, set politics, here’s some tea for you guys,” she continued. “Every set has some people that don’t get along. On my set, from time to time it was like, me and Shia, but I think there was other people that didn’t gel well as well.”

She went on to describe Shia‘s father as “a very negative presence amongst everybody” on set.

Christy also shared that she would occasionally speak out about the “physical gags” on the show that didn’t seem “thought out or budgeted enough with safety in mind.”

“But then all I had to do was tell them, ‘Look, guys, I don’t want to do this’ and then they never wrote those gags for me anymore and that’s fine because my character was like, a teenage girl anyway,” the actress said. “She found comedy in ways that didn’t have to do with physical humor — and Shia was more than willing to clown it up for everybody on the set so I just kind of let him have that and take the bullet when it came to doing the craziness.”

She also said that signing a contract with Disney as a child came with some restrictions.

“Basically you can’t do anything that will make you uninsurable, so you can’t go surfing, you can’t rollerblade, you can’t do high impact sports, you can’t do team sports, you can’t do certain things, unless the executives I think like, have to really evaluate it case-by-case,” she revealed. “And I’m not saying that they’re going to say no every time, but it’s a consideration.”

Christy added that she still keeps in touch with Disney Channel executives and hopes to return for a new show.

“I’m ready to work for them again but it has to be sort of on my terms,” she said. “They want me to kind of audition for stuff and I’m not necessarily old enough to be like, the mom of a 12-year-old. I totally get that and I’ve talked to casting about it and I’ve been like, ‘Okay guys where can you fit me in? Where can I become part of the family again?’”

“In my mind I have this like, sick fantasy of they’re just going to open the doors and they’re going to be like, ‘Yeah you can just have any role you want!’” she continued. “I’ve always sort of been the company man, I’ve always kind of been ready to work for them, ready to promote anything for them.”

Christy revealed that she and Shia hadn’t spoken for over two decades in a TikTok last month. Check it out

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