Alyson Stoner opens up about ‘awkward’ kisses on ‘Suite Life’

Alyson Stoner recently spoke about an “awkward” kissing moment she had as a teen actress on Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

While an episode of her August 18 podcast “Dear Hollywood,” Stoner, now 30, reflected on the time they learned that an episode of “The Suite Life” was being scripted for their character Max to have twins Cody and Zack (played by real-life twin brothers) kisses Cole and Dylan Sprouse).

“My first kiss, and several times that I’ve experienced kisses, all happened on camera,” Stoner said. “I remember I had already booked the role of Max on Disney’s ‘Suite Life’ and did one episode.”

They continued, “A few weeks later they wrote an episode where Max had to kiss both twins and I don’t remember if both kisses ended up in the final cut.”

“Did I know that when I auditioned for Max? No. Was I ready for this? No,” they added. “I felt young and uncomfortable. But I was already under contract and didn’t want to be difficult.”

Stoner then explained that they were afraid to speak up at the time as they only had a recurring role on the show rather than a lead role and therefore had “less impact”.

They said they tried to justify the kiss at the time by saying, “Okay, I can have my kiss here, and then eventually I’ll get my own first kiss.”

Stoner appeared in several episodes of The Suite Life, which ran from 2005 to 2008. They played a friend to the characters of the Sprouse twins, who both turned 31 earlier this month.

In 2016, Stoner revealed at the Podcast “Night Time Show”. that they had a crush on Cole Sprouse when they were teenagers filming The Suite Life, and that Sprouse “dumped” her on her birthday.

“Cole, what the hell, Cole?” Stoner said jokingly at the time.

Alyson Stoner (second from left) and Dylan and Cole Sprouse (center and second from right) join other child actors on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.
Alyson Stoner (second from left) and Dylan and Cole Sprouse (center and second from right) join other child actors on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.

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Stoner launched the podcast Dear Hollywood this summer with the goal of “bumping Hollywood” by discussing issues with child stars.

“Premature young talent races to success only to repeat horror stories of addiction, depleted fortunes and suicide,” reads a description of the show.

Stoner acted in and was in several films and TV shows as a child famously presented appeared in several Missy Elliott music videos as a young dancer.

In June, during a performance On the podcast I’m Literally Screaming with Spencewuah, they said they were fired from a children’s show after publicly coming out as queer.

“They felt like now that they knew I was queer, I was unsafe to be around kids,” the actor said, without naming the show. “It was intimidating and also liberating.”

In 2018, Stoner wrote an essay about her sexual identity for Teen Vogue, saying she was attracted to “men, women, and people who identify in other ways.”

In 2021, they released Mind Body Pride, a book for “queer people and allies to reconnect with their minds and bodies, address their needs, and celebrate their individuality with pride,” according to a Description on Stoner’s website.

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