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Title: The Face Behind the Doodlebop
Description: Rooney Actor Looks to Future Roles

LuvMyBops - April 1, 2008 10:32 PM (GMT)
Hey everyone! Here's a new Chad/Rooney article that is very interesting. :rooncool: There are a lot of fun facts that I never knew before. I hope you enjoy it!


The face behind the Doodlebop: Rooney actor looks to future roles
[Aiken Standard, S.C.]

Mar. 25--Chad McNamara is one-third of one of the most recognizable children's entertainment groups in the world. Yet he could walk through a Chuck E. Cheese without so much as a second glance.

McNamara is Rooney Doodle, one of the three brightly colored, heavily made-up "Doodlebops," the popular Disney Channel singing and dancing troupe that will take the stage this Saturday at the USC Aiken Convocation Center.

McNamara secured the part at an audition in Toronto in 2004 and admits he knew little about what he was auditioning for.

"I had no idea what they were going to look like. I come from the dance world first. I just assumed I was there for another dance audition," he said.

He and his fellow Doodlebops -- Lisa Lennox as Deedee and Jonathan Wexler as Moe -- spent time at preschools as well as watching other kids' shows to refine their performances. As the show and cast have aged, McNamara said they have developed a synergy that shines through in their work.

"We can't really explain our dynamic because we started at the perfect age. We were at that cusp of learning and getting older, and now that we're all 25 and 26, it's like we just grew up together. Whatever we have is definitely unique," he said.

And when they take the stage this Saturday in Aiken, McNamara says he looks forward to the rush that comes with 3,000 preschoolers seeing, in essence, their first rock concert.

"Everyone can remember that first concert they went to," McNamara said. (For what it's worth, his first concert: Garth Brooks.)

"It's pretty unbelievable," he added. "No matter how ready you think you are for it, when those curtains open and there's 3,000 to 4,000 kids screaming ..."

McNamara is realistic he will not be a Doodlebop in perpetuity. But he does hope that the Doodlebops live on after he moves on.

"I hope it goes on forever in terms of kids being able to see it year after year. That would be my goal. I doubt the original Barney is still in the purple Barney suit," he said.

As for McNamara, he said he would like to return to stage, citing the role of Link in "Hairspray" as something he would enjoy. (In a Disney Channel degree of separation, the 2007 big screen version of "Hairspray" cast Zac Efron of "Disney's High School Musical" fame as Link.) And as much as he is enjoying his time as Rooney Doodle, it's nice to know that when the time comes, he can shed the makeup and make his own name and face in the business.

"For me personally, you don't want to be typecast. In the future in my career, it will be great to be able to work and do other things, and no one's going to say, "Isn't that the blue Doodlebop?"

Want to Go? Doodlebops USC Aiken Convocation Center Saturday, March 29, 1 p.m. Tickets: $40, $32, $25 and $15 For more information, call 866-722-8877 or visit

Favorite show as a kid: Polka Dot Door
TV show you can't miss: American Idol
Movie you could watch over and over:
What's your ring tone? Britney Spears (as a joke)
Home page: Doodlebops at Madison Square Garden
What's on your iPod? Juno soundtrack
Best way to spend an off day: Going to a movie
Actor you admire most: Edward Norton
Comfort food: Club sandwich and fries

-- The Doodlebops were originally going to be called The Heartbeats. However, another show in Europe already had that name. "When they tried to brand the show and get it official, they realized there was already The Heartbeats," McNamara said.

-- It takes a Doodlebop about one hour to get into costume and make-up.

-- The Doodlebops played 82 cities last year.

-- On comparisons to the Wiggles or Hi-Five or other kids' shows: "I think we're really different. I think those are all great shows, but we really, really wanted to focus on the music and the whole idea of letting kids see into the rock star world."

To see more of the Aiken Standard or to subscribe to the newspaper, go to

Copyright © 2008, Aiken Standard, S.C.

Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

P.S. I don't know about you guys, but I'm glad they changed the name to The Doodlebops. The Heartbeats dosen't sound quite right for them. Rooney Heartbeat? Weird. lol

P.P.S. I think Chad would make an awesome Link!

DoodleBear - April 2, 2008 01:38 AM (GMT)
Thanks for the article Torri. It was great and I love learning more about the Doodlebops.

kls89 - April 2, 2008 01:45 AM (GMT)
I love finding out more about my DB, especially my fave Chad. This article was sort of sad though thinking about the day when the DB are gone. I hope we are able to continue to follow the careers of all three of these talented young people.

DoodleBear - April 3, 2008 02:42 AM (GMT)
So do I especially Rooney/Chad.

DoodleBear - April 3, 2008 02:42 AM (GMT)
So do I especially Rooney/Chad.

SweeteeDeedee - April 3, 2008 03:05 AM (GMT)
Great article Torri!!! I really love hearing new articles about the doodles. it is sad hearing about the Doodlebops ending but I think Lisa Chad and Jon will be very successfull after the doodlebops especially with a voice like Lisa's, and dance moves like Chads, and all that energy from Jon. I think they will be more successful than any other childrens show is becuz in my oppinion I think they r the most talented kids band I have ever seen!!

abesmom23 - April 3, 2008 10:38 PM (GMT)
As always great article thanks for posting!! I would travel to just about anywhere to see Chad play Link that is my fave show and movie ever I think he would do a fantastic job!!!

Midnight Show x0 - April 4, 2008 06:32 PM (GMT)
great article, thanks for posting torri!

diamond8 - April 5, 2008 08:37 PM (GMT)
Thanks Torri for posting it. Really great article! :rooncool:

*Rooney D Fanatic* - May 1, 2008 06:49 AM (GMT)
Thats a very interesting artical about chad thanks for posting it torri

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