MAGNA, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - It is not every day that Hollywood rolls through the small community of Magna, so when it does, Main Street shuts down.
Right now, cast and crew members are hard at work filming Disney Channel's newest series, "Andi Mack," a show about the long, confusing (sometimes awkward) process of growing up. It is also the first time the network has ever filmed an entire series in Utah.
Good 4 Utah's Ali Monsen took an up-close look behind the scenes, Monday, and sat down one-on-one with the new show's lead actor.
"If you're 12 or 13, everyone's going through adolescence, everyone's having problems, conflicts, making decisions," said Peyton Lee, the 12 year-old who plays "Andi Mack."
Lee's character is about to celebrate her 13th birthday when her older sister returns home and turns her world upside down. The first-time lead actor says the story resonates with any young teen, including herself.
"There's a lot of, sort of, crosses because my life and Andi's life," Lee said.
Disney Channel brought their top creative minds to Utah to produce the show, including the creator of the "Lizzie McGuire" series.
The rest of the crew is hired locally.
"They expect to spend about $8 million [in Utah], so it's a great economic impact for us," said Virginia Pearce, Director of the Utah Film Commission.
For four months, the group has filmed at various locations and are now taking advantage of Magna's historic scenery, which some consider a hidden gem.
"It's got such a great 'any-town USA' vibe. It's such a quaint Main Street..." Pearce said. "It's almost like a back lot for Hollywood, and that's what the Disney Channel saw here," she explained.
Between long hours on-set and school work the young actors find themselves juggling, they say the Beehive State is starting to feel like home.
"Everyone in Utah is so nice and welcoming, and they've been very accommodating," Lee smiled.
"Andi Mack" is scheduled to premier on the Disney Channel sometime next year. The cast and crew plan on wrapping up in Magna before Christmas.
Although this is Utah's first full series with Disney, the network has a long history with the state. The company spent more than $129 million in Utah over the last two decades on 32 projects. Those include "Pirates of the Caribbean: At world's end," "The Lone Ranger," and "High School Musical," among others.
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