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Dove Cameron Says She Felt ‘Huge Imposter Syndrome’ While Trying to Be a ‘Disney Girl’

In this image released on March 13, Dove Cameron attends Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on March 13, 2021 in Santa Monica, California.
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Proving once again that it doesn’t always matter how successful you may be perceived to be, singer and actress Dove Cameron has opened up about feeling like an imposter — even while her career was skyrocketing.

In a new interview with the LA Times, Cameron spoke about her experience trying to find her identity while being a Disney star (Cameron rose to fame as a teenager, starring in the Disney Channel comedy series Liv and Maddie and in the Descendants film series).

See also: Dove Cameron reveals she’s never been straight.

“I never had that moment where I was like, ‘I am a Disney girl.’” Cameron said. “I never looked at Miley or Demi or Selena or Zendaya or Bella or anybody — Hilary Duff or anybody that came before me — I never looked at them and thought, you and me — same.”

As Cameron explained in the interview, these feelings of not quite fitting in with other Disney stars felt like something many of us feel: imposter syndrome. “I was always the strange outlier who doesn’t belong and who will never fit in. I had huge imposter syndrome. I felt like I was wearing a rubber mask or something,” she said.

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Now at age 26, Cameron’s career has shifted from Disney star to pop star: her 2022 song “Boyfriend” earned Cameron her first top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart earlier this month.

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