According to Zendaya, Raven’s guest spot on the show will be a dream come true as she idolized her as a young girl.
“I grew up watching ‘That’s So Raven,’ and that’s where I learned a lot of my comedy,” Zendaya told Variety. “It was kind of weird because I’ve learned so much from watching her, but I couldn’t do her stuff in front of her. She really pushed me to try new things and create my own thing. I definitely had to step my game up.”
Disney exec Adam Bonnet, who had a hand in developing both “K.C. Undercover” and “That’s So Raven,” says Raven’s return to the network in this capacity just seemed ‘perfect.’
“This seemed like a perfect opportunity for Raven to make a really noisy, memorable return to Disney Channel,” Bonnett said. “We always knew that Zendaya was a huge Raven-Symoné fan. Raven was her idol as a performer and really, as a person. The exec producer of ‘K.C.,’ Rob Lotterstein, reached out to Raven to see if she would guest star, knowing how much this would mean to his star. He called it his gift to Zendaya.”
The episode will feature Raven as a computer expert and former spy brought in by Zendaya’s character, undercover spy K.C. Cooper, to help rescue a high-tech robot kidnapped by enemy agents.
Bonnett says Raven and Zendaya showed immediate chemistry.
“The scene that popped out to me is when they were disguised as janitors,” Bonnett says. “That’s classic buddy comedy — these two girls posing as these two very old janitors. You really get the chemistry that these two had together from watching that scene. When I went to the run-through and I saw them rehearse, it just looked like they were best friends or sort of like a older sister-younger sister relationship.”
“K.C. Undercover” with special guest Raven-Symoné will air on the Disney Channel on Monday, Sept. 7.
Check out Raven and Zendaya as old janitors in the image below.