The cast of black-ish filmed their third season premiere at Walt Disney World in August – “our big family vacation episode” as executive producer Jonathan Groff describes it – but one star is already a Disney MVP.
Jenifer Lewis, who plays outspoken Grandma Ruby on the ABC hit sitcom, also voices the role of Flo in the Cars movies. And she stole scenes in 2009’s The Princess and the Frog as wise Mama Odie.
(Lewis, 59, is a former Broadway performer with powerhouse pipes – for proof, watch the clip above!)
Shooting at the Florida theme park gave the cast new opportunities to explore – and reminisce about past visits.
“My favorite Disney memory is the first time I went on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster,” says Miles Brown, who plays the Johnson family’s youngest son, Jack. “Or Expedition Everest because I did not know anything that was going to happen. Or meeting Mickey. I had a little dance battle with him.”
For Marsai Martin, who plays Jack’s twin sister Diane, it’s all about the Hollywood Tower of Terror. “That one was a little scary,” she says. “It took me months to get on that ride!”
Season 3 of black-ish kicks off Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.