Miranda May and Peyton List Talk Filming During COVID, Season 5 of ‘Bunk’d’, Emma’s Return and More!

Miranda May & Peyton List talk about the differences filming Disney Channel’s Bunk’d during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as what it was like having Emma return. 

Chae Jones

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: January 14th, 2021 6:35 pm pst

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When Disney Channel renewed Bunk’d for a season 5 it went down in history with the network as the first show to ever receive that honor. Our host Chae’ Jones was invited to talk with Miranda May and Peyton List about season 5 of Bunk’d.

Credit: Disney Channel

Jones chatted with Miranda May and Peyton List about  this upcoming episode. Earlier this year, the film industry was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, the cast and crew of the show were able to return in October to start filming season 5 of the show.

When asked how that experience was for them, Miranda said, “It was fun. I mean as different as it is to film within the world now that COVID exists um, you think it’s going to be way different than what it is because you’re like we have the masks, face shields. We have all these different things to keep everyone safe and you’re like I don’t know  if we’re going to be able to do this the same way we always did it and you just forget it’s there. A hundred percent we had just as much fun as we did before and it was a blast. As different as it is as I said it’s still fun especially because I had this one with me.”

List added, “Yeah I was definitely grateful to go back and be able to work within a safe environment and everything else. I think that so many people aren’t able to work right now and so I feel very lucky. We were tested everyday. I mean it was so safe on set. They had COVID officers and COVID safety. Everyone’s very aware and I think that we kinda learn that if we wear masks and shields and you follow the distancing rules and everything else to keep a safe place to work. They did a really good job with it. I was really impressed.”

Credit: Disney Channel

List has played Emma Ross over the last ten years on and off. When asked how she felt about becoming Emma Ross again and being asked to be a part of the first episode of Season 5 List replied, “Oh, I was so honored to be asked to come for the first episode. I feel like Bunk’d will always be…hold such a special place in my heart. Especially because I was 16 when I started the show and finishing up high school…I graduated from High School doing it. I feel like the fans have grown up with all of us. Being able to reunite with Miranda and the cast and crew and everyone else and play Emma after ten years has been great!”

In the season premiere, Emma comes back to Camp Kikiwaka to run away from the fashion world when she fails during her opening night.  When asked what their advice would be for others who might be going to something less extreme as Emma went through in the episode, List said, “I would say you can admit when you’re not in a great place. You don’t have to keep up a front and you should be able to be honest with your friends. You know there are a lot of ups and downs in life and if they are not going to be there for you then who is? And I feel like that’s what friends are for. They gotta pick you up when you’re down and be there to celebrate with you when you’re winning. So just be honest with yourself and with the people around you and it’s okay to not be great.”

Miranda replied, “Yeah, I would say the same thing. I think it’s important to also realize that it’s okay to fall within trying to succeed at something that’s a part of it. It doesn’t mean you’re not great at it. We have fallen so many times in each thing that we’ve tried, and I will continue to do that in the new things that I try and I know she will too, but that’s a part of becoming great at something. You have to know what that feels like to know how to fix it and what to do in that moment. It’s okay to mess up sometimes it doesn’t mean you’re terrible at something. It just means you had a bad day. Just believe in yourself through something like that.”

List added, “Yeah and I think it’s easy with social media to feel like everyone’s winning around you and you know you’re the only one struggling. Like Miranda said the best people have to fail before they can succeed.”

Watch the Full Interview and catch Season 5 of Bunk’d on January 15th!

About The Author:

Chae’ Jones is an actress, host, and writer in Los Angeles. She currently hosts Disney News Weekly on Popcorn Talk Network.

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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