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Raven-Symoné Just Answered Everything We Wanted To Know About "That's So Raven" And It's Nostalgic AF

"They didn’t tell me I was gonna be holding a snake. I was actually scared, and I will forever be scarred."

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Let's just get straight to the point: Raven Baxter — and all of her crazy visions, insane antics, and outrageous costumes — was pretty much the highlight of the early 2000s. And while it's been a decade since That's So Raven graced our TV screens, things are finally starting to look up, because the iconic onscreen duo Raven-Symoné and Anneliese van der Pol are back once again with the brand-new spinoff Raven's Home.

In celebration of the new series, Raven stopped by BuzzFeed New York to answer everything you've always wanted to know about her iconic roles in That's So Raven, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, and much more. Here's what we learned.

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What was your favorite episode to shoot on That's So Raven, and another that makes you cringe?

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Raven-Symoné: The favorite episode in general, which was actually the hardest to shoot, would be “Country Cousins” because I played a grandmother, a father, and a baby, and myself. And that was a lot of work, but that one turned out awesome. A cringe show? Only because I remember the drama that it took to actually get through, was Cory’s birthday, which was with the dancing iguana and the snake. They didn’t tell me I was gonna be holding a snake. I was actually scared, and I will forever be scarred.

Which cast member were you closest to on That's So Raven?

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RS: The cast member I was closest with would be Anneliese van der Pol. We are still close today, we chilled after the show ended. It was funny because, like, I’m this person: I don’t text you every day, I might not call you every day, you might hear from me maybe once a month. But that’s because I’m workin’, that’s ’cause I’m talking to my momma half the time, and she understood that. So we always had tabs on each other, so I moved here and she called me and was like, “You’re moving to New York?!” I’m like, “Yeah!” She’s like, “I’m already here!” So we had our moment there, we went out a couple times, but we’ve always taken care of each other on our off time.

How would you say you and your character Raven Baxter have changed between That’s So Raven and Raven’s Home?

RS: Well, Raven Baxter has changed: She has two kids, they’re twins. She has a job, she’s divorced from Devon, and she’s a grown woman. Raven-Symoné

— I came out and I’m an artist, I’m a painter.

Who came up with Raven’s vision face?

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RS: The vision face was a work in progress for a while between me, my dad, and it was just a journey. And then it became real easy and simple.

Will Stanley be on Raven's Home chasing after the newly divorced Raven?

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RS: Bobb'e J. [Thompson]! It would be fantastic if Stanley were on Raven’s Home. I miss him! Aw, I just saw the episode where he ran behind the pink car being chased by dogs, I was doing research for the new show. I was like, oh my goodness, Bobb'e J. was hilarious. How’s he doin? How you doin, Bobb'e J.?

If you had to choose between "Oh snap!" or "Ya nasty," which one would you give up?

RS: I’d not say “Ya nasty” anymore. Because it’s like a petite couture word, it has to be worthy.

If there’s a Princess Diaries 3, would you consider being a part of the film as Princess Asana?

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RS: Do I get to sing with Julie Andrews again?! Yeah, I’m going back on Princess Diaries 3! If I get to sing with Julie Andrews again, that would be awesome! I mean, I’m a Mary Poppins fan, so that’s just heaven for me.

What's your favorite quote or line from That’s So Raven?

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RS: That’s hard, because she’s had a lot of quotes and lines. I’m trying to really dig in there in my mind and go through the list of things, because I’m not gonna say what you think I’m gonna say. Let’s see! I’ll just say “betrayed by the booty,” that would be a fun one. Because we had that today, in our real lives, as we toured New York. Some people were betrayed by their booty.

What was your overall favorite thing about being a part of That's So Raven?

RS: It would have to be the camaraderie we had behind the scenes. We had SUCH a fun time. I don’t know how many cakes I’ve had in my face and hair, all of the costumes we had, and the fact that we were a family. And it just goes to show we were because a lot of the crew, hair and makeup team and everyone came back for the installment of Raven’s Home.

What was it like filming Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century?

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RS: It was spandex from head to toe, and coils in my hair. My first crush during that film! We’re not gonna talk about it — anyways, moving on! It was great. I had a wonderful time with Kirsten [Storms], I had a wonderful time with the people on the set. It was cool! I had the best eel sushi bowl while filming the first one. Ever. You’re welcome.

That’s So Raven discussed issues like body-shaming. Will similar issues also be presented on Raven’s Home?

RS: Yes, similar issues will be presented as the seasons continue. As for this season, we touch on some topics, but not as in-depth as that one, not as in-depth as body-shaming. We touch on wearing makeup when you're not supposed to and stealing it, ways of mothering, ways of parenting, and lots of other topics with the kids. But we’re gonna dive into the real ones if we get a second season for sure.

Can you think of your favorite outrageous outfit from That's So Raven?

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RS: The one where I was about to marry a prince and I was in a red and golden frock. You know, you gotta use words like that when that outfit comes out — it was a frock. And it was very interesting, also, the one in “Country Cousins,” there was a black and white — I used to wear a lot of jean suits, like jeans with the top to match. It was just crayons colored on, on top of it. Those were the days.

Who was your favorite onscreen boyfriend?

RS: Let’s see, my favorite onscreen boyfriend would have to be Devon, only because he was like my friend too. And we were cool, and we work together now, and we’ve always kept in touch. He’s cool peoples. He’s not, like, weird. It’s okay. I like him.

How is it different going from playing a teenager to a mom on a show?

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RS: You know, I have responsibilities, and jobs to hold. Especially on Disney Channel, you know, there’s a big difference, obviously, because this is a kids' program, for sure — this is about my twins, this is about Chelsea’s son and their next-door neighbor, and we just happen to be the parents. But we’re still crazy, we’re still teenagerous, I guess we have to say. And Anneliese and I are always checking each other, saying we have to make sure we’re a parent, we have to make sure we’re acting like parents. ’Cause it’s hard, because Raven and Chelsea, we’re crazy. We have problems, even as adults.

Did you ever improvise lines in That's So Raven, or will you in Raven’s Home?

RS: I did not improvise that much on That’s So Raven in the very beginning. As we all got comfortable with who Raven Baxter was and I understood the guidelines of what I could and could not say on Disney, there were ad libs such as “Ya nasty” and “Oh snap!” As I go into Raven’s Home, it’s funny because I tell the kids, “You can’t ad lib yet!” And they’re like, “Why?” And I’m like, “I don’t know, it just is, it works, I promise! I hate it too, but do it!” So that’s just how it is right now, it’s fun, and I’m just trying my best not to ad lib. They used to call me AW (as written), ’cause I just wouldn’t do it. And now my memory’s real bad, oh, I feel so bad for them.

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