I’ve heard of people falling in love with someone they met at work. I’ve heard of actors falling in love with actors they met on set. Until today though, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of an actor falling in love with her future dog on set.
That’s exactly what happened on the set of Disney’s are remake of “Lady And The Tramp.”
“Once we started turning our attention to casting the main dogs, in that same breath we said, ‘We need to rescue as many of these dogs as we can.’”
Not only did these dogs get to be big time movie stars, they also got out of shelters, many permanently.
Yvette Nicole Brown (who you might also recognize from ‘Community’ and ‘Mom’) plays one of the human roles, Aunt Sarah, a cruel babysitter with no tolerance for dogs. In real life, the opposite is true for Brown.
She told People how weird it felt to yell at the dog actors during filming.
“Sarah don’t like dogs. Yvette does. Every day on set, I had to yell at beautiful, innocent puppies, which was horrible for me as a person but I think it was hilarious.”
When she accepted the role, she didn’t expect she’d end up finishing the movie with a new family member in tow. According to Brown, the dog trainer on set did some careful, deliberate matchmaking of dogs with cast and crew members.
“[The trainer] didn’t just let people grab a dog. She watched you the entire run of the show and at the end she goes, ‘I think I have your dog.’ I said ‘Oh! Who is it?’ and she says, ‘Harley is your dog.’ She was 100% right. Harley is my dog. I love him. He’s a maniac, but I love him.”
Brown’s obvious love for her new pup Harley is adorable. She’s even curating his own Instagram account now which is up to almost 3,000 followers.
If you’re a dog person, you were probably already planning on watching the 2019 “Lady And The Tramp” but in case you need convincing, you can watch the official film trailer below.
Clearly you really can meet the one at work!
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