As Disney Channel’s 2001 Original Movie motocrossed means everything to you (and it should be!), you’re going to love Friday’s episode of Nancy drew on a whole different level.
“The Gambit of the Tangled Souls” (The CW, 9/8c) turns Nancy’s world upside down when her fathers essentially return to their teenage years, resulting in one of Riley Smith’s favorite television episodes he has ever seen in his career. created. And he knew it would be from the moment showrunner Melinda Hsu Taylor presented him with the idea.
“She came up to me and said, ‘We have these two dads who were heartthrob in the teens, and we never really talked about that,’” Smith recalls. “She said, ‘A lot of people who watch the show may not know or remember it, but their parents do, so we thought it would be fun to make a standalone episode where you guys get back together. your teenage years.’ I was immediately sold.”
Smith, who played a professional racer in the aforementioned Disney movie, says Ryan spends quite a bit of time around motorcycles in the episode, while there are also little nods to Scott Wolf’s role on Party of Five. Jacket and all.
“I got dressed in my trailer on Day 1 and I thought, ‘I’m going to do the… motocrossed theme song’, this song ‘We’re At the Top of the World’ by Juliana Theory. If you know the movie, you know the song,” he says. (We do, and we do!) ‘So I put it in my trailer while I put on the sweater, I put my hair up and I’m ready to go. The first take we did was Scott and I driving down the road in this souped-up car. The opportunity to relive our glory days was a great one.”
Unfortunately, reality has a way of humiliating us sometimes. While shooting promotional photos for the Day 1 episode, Smith was asked to do a jump kick with a guitar, which he successfully did…until he landed wrong and threw his back out.
“The first three days I was shooting, I stumbled around like an old guy pretending to be a teenager,” Smith says. “If there was a way to remind myself that I’m not a teenager anymore, it was it.”
Playing Nancy’s biological father — even though we didn’t know that’s who he played first — it was a pleasure for Smith, who says, “Ryan’s journey was the most fun turnaround I’ve ever played. It’s been a lot of work for me and the writers, it’s been a group effort. He wasn’t very nice at first, but over time we’ve come to see why he was like that. It’s so much fun playing a guy who’s just trying to figure it out.”