It’s tough to find true talent in the entertainment business. Someone who is not only charismatic and gifted, but is also a sharp and witty actor who brings that extra pizzazz to his role. However, to strike gold twice in one family? That’s just mind-blowing! Yet Matthew Lewis Royer and Benjamin Cole Royer are just that, two dazzling individuals who radiate pure charm and infectious hilarity. The tremendously talented twelve-year-old twins are currently tackling roles in Disney’s latest comedic tour de force, “Best Friends Whenever,” which airs Sunday night’s at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on the Disney Channel.
The series follows best friends, Shelby (Lauren Taylor) and Cyd (Landry Bender) who have inadvertently been given the power to travel through time by often-bumbling science dabblers Barry (Gus Kamp) and Naldo (Ricky Garcia). Brett (Benjamin Royer) and Chet (Matthew Royer) bring the series to vibrant life with their comic flair and adorable antics.
Examiner was lucky enough to get a chance to speak with this not-so-terrible twosome and discover that they are, indeed, quite the delight.
Examiner: Can you give us a quick synopsis of how you wound up on “Best Friends Whenever?”
Benjamin Royer: Our first audition went very well and we got a call back. After the callback, we had a testing with Lauren and Landry, and the four of us had great chemistry. That’s how we got on the show.
E: How close to yourselves are these characters?
Matthew Royer: We are the total opposites. Our characters are really mischievous! We might be silly, but we’re not mischievous.
E: Your characters have a lot of hobbies on the show, do you have any of the same hobbies?
BR: Yes, we like to cook with our mom. We make dishes together and it’s really fun!
E: What makes “Best Friends Whenever” different from any of the other jobs that you’ve had?
MR: This is the first time that I’ve ever had a main role on a TV show. It’s great because we’re in an ensemble cast and the way we put together our show is kind of unorthodox, we just try to have fun the whole time that we are filming.
BR: It’s different from every other show because we have a lot of fun doing it and it’s like family.
E: Is there a person who brightens up the set the most?
BR: Landry (Bender, who plays Cyd) is a jokester! She loves making jokes and making everybody laugh through the whole day.
E: Do you ever get to associate with actors from other shows?
MR: Yes, we are right next to “Girl Meets World” so we hang out with that cast a lot. We were taken to Disneyland with the cast of “Game’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything” and “Bunk’d,” too.
E: What is your favorite Disney show to watch?
BR: “Good Luck Charlie.”
MR: “Good Luck Charlie.”
E: Do you find acting to be easy or hard?
BR: Acting can be tough sometimes, but I look over the script and get it into my head immediately. I will remember it throughout the week, so, in that way, it’s easy. But sometimes, they’ll change the lines the day before filming and it gets tough to remember all of the changes, but I just do it.
E: You guys are definitely opposites of your characters because I’m not sure Brett and Chet could even remember their own names!
MR: Sometimes I do forget my name (laughing).
E: Being twins, you confuse so many people with which one is which, do you ever confuse yourself?
MR: Once in a while (laughing).
E: Have you ever taken the place of each other?
BR: We tried that in school once, but it failed completely.
MR: It was a small school and a small class, so the teacher pretty much knew who was who.
E: You guys are identical, how could someone possibly figure that out?
BR: I have a mole on the side of my face, my voice is usually a little more high-pitched, and I have extra freckles on my nose.
MR: I’m the good-looking one (laughing).
E: That’s right, you’re Matthew and Matthew plays Chet and Chet is a ladies’ man. Do I have that right?
MR: Yes, you do!
BR: I don’t look like a ladies’ man, but I am!
(Lots of laughing.)
E: If you’re both ladies’ men, who is going to wind up with Cyd?
MR: Hopefully I get Cyd and the storyline keeps going on and on and on.
E: How do you balance acting and school?
MR: We went to traditional school until about halfway through sixth grade, and then it didn’t really work. We are currently doing a homeschool program and we have a teacher on set who helps us out.
BR: We are currently a grade ahead of where we’d be if we were in traditional school.
E: You guys really are smart! How do you play such silly characters?
MR: It’s acting (laughing)!
E: Is there anything you’d like to say in closing?
BR: This is going to be a great season with a lot of surprises and a lot of good actors. It’s going to be great!
MR: We’re really excited about everybody watching this show. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Twitter!
“Best Friends Whenever” airs Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.
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