Ryan McCartan — who you know as Diggy from Disney Channel's Liv & Maddie — is in a pretty awesome spot right now. Not only does he star on a hit Disney show, but he also has a musical movie project called Summer Forever coming out soon and oh, not to mention, he's dating the beautiful and super talented Dove Cameron.
M recently caught up with Ryan to chat all about his new movie and of course, his relaysh! When we asked Ryan about Summer Forever — a musical movie that is being released online and also stars Alyson Stoner, Megan Nicole, and Anna Grace Barlow — he was so enthusiastic and excited, calling the film his "passion project"!
"There’s something so delicious about telling a story and then when a character gets to the point where they don’t have the words for their anger or their frustration or their love or their happiness, they just break out into song. There’s something cool about that," Ryan EXCLUSIVELY dishes to M. "But also this is a really important story to tell because it zeroes in on that really awkward precipice, that really awful demographic between right after high school and right before whatever the rest of your life is. You’re in that terrible, terrible place where you lived your entire life being told what to do and now you have the rest of your life where no one’s telling you anything."
Summer Forever is set after high school graduation, during the last weekend of summer, right before the four main characters either leave for college or stay home and pursue other goals.
"The movie takes place in the last weekend of summer before everyone goes off to do their various things with their life. It’s sort of that terrifying and exciting point where they’re all like, ‘What the heck do we do now?’" Ryan says.
In the movie, Ryan's character, Liam, has a super big crush on his co-star Megan Nicole. (Okay, it's totally not a crush. He's like, actually head-over-heels in love with her!) And since we know of someone special whom Ryan loves in real life, we just had to ask him what his first date with Dove was like!
"I like telling our first date story because I feel like I nailed it," he dishes. "I took her up to this place up in the Hollywood Hills that has basically a panoramic 360 view of all of Hollywood and all of the valley. So we saw all the lights, the Hollywood sign, the Griffith Park Observatory and it was so romantic. We were up there until three in the morning just like talking and looking at the lights."
Wow! Doesn't that sound exactly like a scene right out of a movie? Job well done, Ryan!
"... It was the most perfect, most romantic first date ever," Ryan gushes.
For more scoop on Summer Forever, make sure to check out M as we'll be posting more exclusives! Let us know in the comments below: Do you absolutely love Dove and Ryan together? Click all the way through the gallery above to check out the couples' all-time cutest pics!