It’s officially ben ten years since Channing Tatum won our hearts — and Jenna Dewan’s — in ‘Step Up.’ So, we chatted exclusively with some of the stars to spill set details!
Of the cast we did speak to, we have to credit Damaine Radcliff (Mac) with one of the best memories on set — setting up Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan. He first said that when he was cast no one knew he could actually dance – “One day when they were rehearsing I walked in on them and started popping and there were all like, ‘Whoa!'”
However, he then pulled out the big reveal: “I think one of the coolest things I feel responsible for is setting up Channing and Jenna,” he told HollywoodLife.com. “Oh yes, I was the match maker that made that happen. I’m still waiting for my thank you card from them.”
So, what was the reaction from the rest of the cast? Well they all are very thankful and shocked that it’s already been ten years.
“When I think back on ten years in the city of angels, I feel really grateful that Step Up was the start of that journey,” Tim Lacatena, who portrayed Andrew, said. “It opened doors and also taught me some school of hard knocks lessons. I’m a lucky guy to have had the opportunity to be in this film.”
Damaine added that it’s crazy to think how far the film came. “Originally it didn’t even have a name. They called it Untitled Music High. They had a raffle to see who could come up with the name. Me and my buddy Spencer (Longmore) called it Turn It Up, or Step It Up. And they liked that, finally settling with Step Up.”
As for Drew Sidora, who played Lucy, it’s insane that it’s been ten years. “It truly catapulted a complete movement,” she said. “Step Up was the genesis that started a lot of our careers, so it’s been an incredible journey and I’m so honored and grateful to have been apart of such a great film!”
So, what was everyone’s favorite moments during filming?
After filming one night, Channing asked me to show him a ballet move. I picked a double tour, which is jumping in the air and turning around twice. He gave it a shot and pretty much nailed it first try. We then talked and laughed for a couple minutes. Such a great guy. He really made me feel welcome and like I had arrived at quite a special moment in my life. I definitely left set smiling.
I think my best memory of shooting was when I got my best friend Spencer in a scene. He came to visit me while we were filming — he, I and the Late great Heavy D were talking and figuring out how we could get him in the film. Ultimately Heavy D went with the idea that Omar (Heavy’s character) needed somebody to let him know the guys were on the scene with some stolen vehicles. That somebody was Spencer. Spencer got his SAG card and me and Heavy D built a long lasting relationship.
My best memory is definitely working with such an amazing all star cast and crew. Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Damaine Radcliff, Mario and the late Great Heavy D, need I say more! The dance scenes were my absolute favorite and we had a blast filming them. Performing and singing on stage gave me life! Having the opportunity to bring both my passions together acting and singing, was a dream; we all had great energy and it translated on screen for sure!