During our December 2013 event we had the pleasure of hosting Tenzing Norgay Trainor. Tenzing plays the youngest brother of the Rooney family, Parker, on the Disney television show Liv and Maddie. Tenzing participated in our event activities at Disney World and gave us some insight about his role on the show as well other aspects of working in the industry.
Premiere and Advice to Kids
At the end of our December 2013 event in Orlando, Tenzing expressed his thoughts on the experience. “I’m here at Premiere and I’ve had a really good time. I’ve met a lot of new people – a lot of fans and I got to go to the Disney Park. It was really fun.”
Tenzing also gave some advice to other kids wanting to get started in the industry. “I would say get headshots and send yourself out. Just keep on going to auditions and eventually you’ll get something.”
The assistance and encouragement that Tenzing has received and continues to receive from his family members has been essential for his success. “Support from my family is very important. If I didn’t have my family to support me I don’t know what I’d do. I’d probably just quit and stop,” said Tenzing.
Tenzing also describes his relationship with his father. “I think that me and my dad have a pretty good relationship. I mean we’ve got to hang out more than me and my mom – not that I don’t hang out with my mom – but he drives me to auditions, he drives me to work, and he drives me basically everywhere that’s part of acting.”
Becoming an Actor
Tenzing tells us about his first experience with acting. “I don’t know what it is that made me want to become an actor. I did a theatre camp and I just had a blast so I guess that’s what made me want to become an actor.”
Liv and Maddie
Tenzing gives us some inside information about working on the set of Liv and Maddie. “As some of you know, Dove plays Liv and Maddie. It’s not actually twins, so the joke that we have on set is to make one girl look like two girls it takes three girls,” said Tenzing. “So we have two stunt doubles, one plays Liv and one plays Maddie, the back of the head, and basically they have a split-screen. So when Dove is on Liv’s side and I’m on the Maddie side and Dove’s not playing Maddie I can do whatever I want. It’s not going to show up on camera. Everything I do on that side doesn’t matter very much.”
Liv and Maddie is a Disney television show that tells the story of two identical twins. Liv Rooney is the star of a popular television show, which has just finished its run and Maddie Rooney is an above-average student who is also a basketball sensation. Maddie’s high school status is on the incline until Liv arrives back on campus that is. Another complicating factor in the life of the two girls is having their parents both work at the school.
Tenzing plays the role of Parker, the youngest Rooney who is both intelligent and a little on the manipulative side. He is known as a bit of a trickster and also does karate. In addition to his role on Liv and Maddie, Tenzing is known for his roles on Super Buddies (2013) and The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone (2013).