‘The Suite Life of Zack & Cody’: Brenda Song Learned to Drive at the Same Time as London Tipton

The Suite Life of Zack & Cody has become an iconic Disney Channel show. Although it aired for only three seasons, The Suite Life represented childhood for the kids who grew up with it. It also launched many entertainment careers. Among the most famous alumni from the show is Brenda Song. The Disney Channel star played London Tipton, the airheaded heiress who was friends with the Martin twins. 

For Song, being a child actor meant growing up onscreen and alongside her character. London and Song even learned to drive at the same time, the actor reveals.

She was already a seasoned actor before ‘The Suite Life of Zack & Cody’ 

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Brenda Song visits ‘The IMDb Show’ on July 16, 2019, in Studio City, California. | Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb

According to IMDb, Song’s first TV acting credit dates back to 1994, when she appeared in the series Thunder Alley. Song, who was born in 1988, was only 6 years old.

She continued acting throughout her childhood. She put the work into being an actor — she wasn’t just one-and-done. Song landed many small parts and a few recurring roles, but nothing the size of her Suite Life gig. 

Song started on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody in 2005 when she was around 17. Aside from the fact that she was already a working actor, Song was a typical teenager doing everyday teenage things.

For instance, she applied for college and got accepted to Harvard. However, she turned down the Ivy League school to play London.

She even learned to drive on the set of Suite Life. 

Brenda Song learned to drive on the Disney Channel show 

Song reveals in a recent Cosmo video that she learned to drive onscreen while playing London. The Suite Life of Zack & Cody had a storyline where her character was learning to drive, and Song happened to be learning too.

The actor and her former character don’t have much in common — after all, Song got into Harvard, and London probably couldn’t even spell “Harvard.” But when Song got into the car on the set of The Suite Life, she had a very London moment.

The actor had never been in a car with a manual transmission, and she had certainly never operated one.

“I was actually learning how to drive when we were filming this, and this car was manual,” she says in the Cosmo clip. “And I got in the car, and I looked at [co-star Phill Lewis], and I said, “Phill, why are there two pedals?”

What is Brenda Song doing now?

Not only is Brenda Song still acting, but she’s also still acting on the Disney Channel. She voices Anne for the animated series Amphibia. ‘

In addition, Song starred in the Netflix original movie Secret Obsession in 2019 and appeared in Shondaland’s Station 19. 

Also, Song has guest-starred in Disney channel reboots such as The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. She appeared in an Aly and AJ music video, too. And fans shouldn’t rule out a Suite Life reboot with Song, considering how invested she is in Disney

She’s also busy with her new show, DollfaceThe show premiered on Hulu in 2019, and season 2 just dropped. Song stars opposite Kat Dennings. Although the second season just came out, viewers are already clamoring for a third installment of the hit comedy. With a duo like Song and Dennings, who can blame them?

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