Now that Girl Meets World has sadly come to an end, the cast members are all moving on to new exciting things in their lives. Uriah Shelton, for one, has been gearing up for his new movie, Enter The Warriors Gate, which just premiered in theaters and is available on VOD and Digital HD.
M caught up with Uriah to chat all about his experience filming the action-adventure, which tells the story of a teenager named Jack (played by Uriah) who gets transported to China through a video game and must convert his gaming style into Kung Fu skills.
But that's not all. The Disney Channel alum also opened up to us about the end of GMW and the truth about his relationship with the cast members (Rowan Blanchard, in particular).
"I mean, honestly the whole Girl Meets World experience was wonderful. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to work with. Michael Jacobs was absolutely amazing. I think – I think, you know even though you kind of have [the] comedy, you have to have that kind of heart, like that kind of real heart to it."
Just like the rest of us, Uriah wasn't thrilled with the cancelation.
"I had already come to terms with it, per se. I mean I’ve been in the industry a while. You kind of get a feeling when a show’s not going to continue anymore. I really wish it had. That show helped so many people. I can’t tell you how many messages I get from girls and boys saying, you know, 'The show got me through a really dark time in my life.' And you know, 'It taught me so much.' It made them feel like they’re not alone. I was definitely hoping they would do a fourth season just for that reason. It had such a strong fan following. You never want to disappoint a fan."
He says he even saw things in Uncle Josh that definitely resolidified things that are important to him.
"Josh was really really dedicated to his family – you know, he’s always concerned about them."
So what about his thoughts on the fan-fave Joshaya ship? Uriah thinks they would've ended up together... eventually.
"The whole thing with Maya – it’s not really a relationship that’s conventional and didn’t necessarily work out in a lot of areas. But you know, they still like each other," he spilled. "I think they would’ve done well together. I definitely think they would’ve needed to wait a while – you know, you’re in it for the long game. The relationship wouldn’t have happened right then and there, but if it was meant to be and they waited – it’s meant to be, you know? I always kind of, you know, like to think it would happen down the road, but you know at this point it’s up to the fans’ imagination."
So how does Uriah feel about the cast IRL? We think it's safe to say you won't see Uriah hanging out with the cast – although, he's really proud of all of them.
"I’ve run into Peyton quite a bit. Peyton is actually the only one I’ve really ran into since the show ended. I mean, Sabrina’s, you know traveling around and putting out music – which honestly sounds great. As for Rowan, Rowan doesn’t necessarily like me. We’ve had a lot of [differences]. She doesn’t really like me. I don’t care. I mean, I don’t have anything against her. She’s a very, you know, passionate girl. She definitely wholeheartedly believes what she does. That video was just kind of like to calm the waters because the whole – I mean, I’m sure you all know the drama that went on about a year ago between the whole getting dragged stuff. You know, it was honestly just something to say – like look, you know you did good. You made a show that really mattered to people and really helped a lot of people."
We hate that there was drama to begin with, but we're glad Uriah can put it behind him.
"I don’t expect to be hanging out with them, but they’re really good people," he said.
As for his relationship with the Enter The Warriors Gate cast? Uriah has nothing but respect.
“All the actors that I worked with just played their roles amazingly," Uriah said. "They were absolutely amazing, and they all did excellent preparation – I mean, especially Mark [Chao]. Mark was so hardcore into the training, and you know as with me. Everybody really just went one hundred percent. I think it’s going to be a good movie for, you know, the whole family really.”
Seeing as the majority of the film was shot in China, it was definitely a learning experience for Uriah.
"I ended up getting a little bit of culture shock," he told us. "I had no bad experiences whatsoever when I was filming in China. I mean, the people are amazing. The food took a little bit of getting used to."
Despite the fact that being abroad took some adjusting, he totally loved getting to see and try new things.
"I got to go into another country and immerse myself in the whole culture."
There is a whole lot of action in the movie, and Uriah says it did not come easy. From stunts with wires to crazy fight choreography, it all sure took a lot of work. The actor dished about all the preparation that went into the film.
“There was actually a lot of training. I got to China, and we had the Beijing International Film Festival, and as soon as we finished up the festival, we ended up going out and we had about three weeks of really really really hardcore training before we even shot anything. We were training with our stunt crew weeks before we even like did our first shot. And honestly, it was the best experience ever because I’ve done martial arts for a while – and one of my dreams was always to train in China and I got to do that, and it was the best thing ever," he said.
So cool! It's super upsetting to come to terms with the fact that Uriah's run as Uncle Josh is over, but we're glad to see him hard at work with new projects. Besides, Girl Meets World is forever. But you already knew that.