If you would have told actor Riley Smith that people would be talking about the Disney Channel’s beloved Motocrossed for years to come back when he was filming it, he wouldn’t have believed you.
The Disney Channel Original Movie about a girl posing as her brother to compete in a motorcross competition first premiered in 2001 and quickly raced into our hearts. It’s safe to say that over the years, Motocrossed has managed to stay there among many fans’ top favorite DCOMS.
When we caught up with Smith at the CBS’ TCA red carpet earlier this month, the actor took a moment to reminisce about working on Motorcrossed and confessed that he never could have imagined the response the film ended up getting.
“I really just was making a dirt bike movie because I thought it was fun and I had no expectations,” Smith told People’s Choice. “Then it came out and the next day, I couldn’t go to malls.”
Smith also said that he can’t believe fans still want to talk about his character Dean Talon more than any other role he’s played over the years.
“I had no idea, nor did I ever think that people would still be talking about [Motorcrossed] 15 years later,” said Smith. “I would have never, ever, in my wildest imaginations thought that this was going to be the movie that had an impact on a generation.”
Up next, fans can catch Riley Smith starring in The CW’s brand-new fantasy drama, Frequency. The series tells the story of a police detective (Peyton List) that discovers she can communicate with her deceased father (Smith), who died 10 years prior, via a ham radio.
(With additional reporting by Jennifer Pirone)
Frequency premieres Wednesday, Oct. 5 on the CW.
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