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The teenagers of “That ’90s Present” could hand around in the identical basement the place the “That ’70s Present” crew spent many a summer season evening in a smoky circle, however they’re positively forging their very own paths. The Netflix spinoff, which premiered on Jan. 19, stars a contemporary forged that features Callie Haverda, Mace Coronel, Maxwell Acee Donovan, Reyn Doi, Sam Morelos, and Ashley Aufderheide, in addition to “That ’70s Present” originals Kurtwood Smith (Purple) and Debra Jo Rupp (Kitty).
The present follows Eric (Topher Grace) and Donna’s (Laura Prepon) teenage daughter, Leia (Haverda), as she navigates coming of age and making new mates within the actual place the place her dad and mom fell in love so a few years in the past. However regardless of the similarities between the sitcoms, the younger “That ’90s Present” forged are set on paving their very own approach.
“Every of us are our personal characters,” Haverda tells POPSUGAR. “None of us are attempting to be copies.” Although Haverda’s Leia seems to have inherited some components of her dad — together with his awkward attraction (although no teenager ever needs to confess they may be something like their dad and mom) — her character may be very a lot her personal particular person and decided to individuate and expertise life on her phrases.
Leia’s need for independence, considerably paradoxically, drives her to observe in her dad and mom’ footsteps by residing along with her grandparents, Purple and Kitty, for the summer season. There, she meets a bunch of latest mates, which embrace Jay Kelso (Coronel), the jokester son of none aside from Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) and his now-wife, Jackie (Mila Kunis). Kunis and Kutcher, like a lot of their “That ’70s Present” costars, do make cameos on the present, together with Prepon, Grace, Rupp, and Smith, in addition to different alums like Wilmer Valderrama (Fez), Don Stark (Bob Pinciotti), Timmy Chong (Leo), and Jim Rash (Fenton), who all have their very own particular moments on the spinoff designed to fulfill any nostalgic fan.
In an effort to bridge the hole between the unique forged and that of “That ’90s Present,” the older castmates took time to encourage the brand new era of their spinoff. “They had been all very welcoming. They welcomed us into their household,” says Donovan, who performs well-intentioned jock Nate. Morelos, who performs clever, formidable Nikki, provides, “They’re very supportive of this new era of Level Place youngsters. It is actually, actually inspiring to see this outdated forged raise us up and assist us in that approach.”
Doi, who performs the sharp-tongued Ozzie, says, “We’re all distinctive, and everybody has their very own particular moments with the unique forged. They had been all the time by our aspect. It did not matter in the event that they had been solely coming for that week or in the event that they had been solely coming a pair occasions within the season. They had been all the time actually supportive.”
The “That’70s Present” forged depart behind a memorable legacy, however in line with Morelos, getting into their basement would not essentially imply they’re getting into their shadow. “I believe it is extra stepping beside them,” she says. It additionally means stepping right into a courageous new world stuffed with flannels, Alanis Morissette, and ’90s dances, which Donovan says are his favourite development of the last decade.
Regardless of their contemporary characters and time interval, the brand new Level Place crew hope to inherit some components from the unique “That ’70s Present” forged. “I believe the chemistry that that they had in ‘That ’70s Present’ the place all of the characters collectively actually bonded — that is what we needed to have,” says Aufderheide, who performs the spirited, Morissette-loving Gwen (who additionally occurs to stay in Donna’s outdated home subsequent to Purple and Kitty’s). “All of us get alongside rather well in actual life. We needed that to flourish onscreen, whereas being our personal genuine characters.”
“That ’90s Present” is now streaming on Netflix.