Trivia / That's So Raven

  • Actor-Shared Background: Both Raven Symone and Raven Baxter are terrified of snakes.
  • The Danza: Raven Baxter is played by Raven-Symoné.
  • Dawson Casting: Raven, Chelsea, and Eddie are supposed to be 8th graders at the start of the show. This is even Lampshaded in an early episode where Raven goes out on a date with a 17-year-old boy: "I forgot to tell you, I'm 14. (gestures towards her body) I know, it's hard to believe!"
  • Fake American: Anneliese Van der Pol, Chelsea's actress, is originally from the Netherlands. However, it's subverted (at least partially) in that her family came to the United States when she was only three and she has since become a legal American citizen.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Geoffrey Owens plays Eddie's father, reuniting him with Raven Symone from The Cosby Show.
  • Hey, It's That Place!: Raven and friends go to the school used in Saved by the Bell.
  • Name's the Same: Raven has a namesake who's also a girl with psychic powers. Coincidentally, in the Brazilian dub, both of them were dubbed by the same voice actress, Mariana Torres.
  • Recycled Script: Ricky Ullman played Chelsea's love interest in one episode; the turns out to be a cheater and somewhat of a Jerk Ass. The same plot was also used in an early episode of Phil of the Future.
  • Retroactive Recognition
  • Star-Making Role: Kyle Massey looked for work in Hollywood for a while. He and his family were in the airport and about to return to their home in Atlanta when he got his big break.
  • Those Two Actors:
    • Kirsten Storms and Adrienne Bailon have individually shared this with Raven, each playing a friend of hers in a DCOM, and an enemy of hers in this show:
    • Kirsten Storms as Zenon and Nicki.
    • Adrienne Bailon as Chanel and Alana.
  • What Could Have Been...:
    • Raven's name was constantly changing during production. Early drafts had it as Dawn, and Rose was another popular contender. They changed it to Raven when they cast the lead actress. According to Annelisse van der Pol, Chelsea's name was originally Emma.
    • Raven Symone actually auditioned to play Chelsea. Additionally Annelisse van der Pol was turned down for the part of Chelsea. When shooting the pilot, Raven said she preferred Annelisse for the part and she was subsequently cast.
    • There was supposed to be a spinoff called Better Dayz starring Alyson Stoner. The show would later be developed into Hannah Montana.

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