Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez’s friendship has been a tabloid fave for years. Are they still friends? Aren’t they? And on and on and on. But we often forget that they have been friends since their first ever screen debut 15 years ago. These two met in 2002 when they were both cast on Barney, the beloved kid’s show about the singing dinosaur.
Members of the crew reminisced about the show to International Business Times, but we’re mostly squealing with delight over the adorable factoids about Gomez and Lovato.
Presented in no particular order, some of our favorite memories of the stars as youngins.
Selena wanted to wear a tutu on her head:
“Many of the episodes, the wardrobe department would include hats and scarves for the children to wear,” hair stylist Julie Janes-Love revealed. “One of my favorite times with Selena was when she wanted to wear a blue tutu on her head in one of the show’s episodes, and I remember having a blast playing with her and her hair especially on that day.”
Selena was actually the more outspoken of the two:
“Selena started out really strong,” said producer Linda Houston. “Demi was maybe not as outgoing as Selena, perhaps, at that time. She was a little more reserved and shy, which is surprising now, but Selena was very strong.”
Selena stunned them with her acting talent:
“I remember there was a little story we did called the ‘Fisherman and his Wife’ and after we looked at her performance on that shoot, we just looked at each other and said, ‘She is really something, she’s really a good actress.'” Houston remembered. “And she was probably like nine years old and we just looked at each other and thought ‘She’s going to go somewhere,’ and she did.”
The show was where they formed their friendship:
“Very early on, you could just tell, they clicked,” says director Fred Holmes. “Certain kids got along with other kids and they were just two of those that really clicked. They were pretty inseparable and ate lunch together and all those types of things.”
To hear more stories like this, check out the full interview at IBTimes.