A lot of young Canadians grew up watching Disney channel'sLife With Derek, a comedy series about a blended family making it work, but what stuck out to the audience was the chemistry between step-siblings Casey MacDonald and Derek Venturi.
The siblings weren't blood-related and never had any explicit romantic plot lines in the show, but viewers definitely picked up on a vibe and even developed the ship name #Dasey for the two.
\u201cnah Canada needs to answer for this one\u201d— If Beale Street Could Twerk (@If Beale Street Could Twerk) 1579529388
Seater told Narcity that he and Leggat have always had chemistry in "spades," and shows that become popular need to have great chemistry between its characters.
"We're each other's favourite people to do a scene with, like, we have so much fun. The energy is electric, and it's just so good. So I understand that people really enjoy watching us together on screen," said Seater.
Back in 2020, Leggat even tweeted out her support of the Dasey ship, writing, "I love the yearly nostalgic Life with Derek trend that happens. BTW I still go down with this ship. #LifeWithDerek #Dasey"
\u201cI love the yearly nostalgic Life with Derek trend that happens. BTW I still go down with this ship. #LifeWithDerek #Dasey\u201d— Ashley Leggat (@Ashley Leggat) 1579619053
Leggat told Narcity that she supports the Life With Derek fandom and what it means to different people.
"It's the movement of the Life With Derek fandom, and it's just that," said Leggat "It means something different to everybody, and so whatever that is – I go down with it."
The beloved Canadian series just came out with a new spin-off movie, Life With Luca, which follows the step-siblings and their own kids on Canada's Family Channel with the majority of the old cast and some fresh faces.
But some fans were disappointed that after all this time, Derek and Casey didn't end up together.
"Found out Casey and Derek aren’t together on the Life with Derek spin-off, " tweeted out a fan.
\u201cFound out Casey and Derek aren\u2019t together on the Life with Derek spin-off\u201d— leslie cook (@leslie cook) 1676751830
Another wrote, "So Life With Derek is now Life With Luca and you're telling me Derek and Casey don't end up together????? Seriously?!?!"
\u201cSo Life With Derek is now Life With Luca and you're telling me Derek and Casey don't end up together????? Seriously?!?!\u201d— maria \ud83c\udf03\ud83d\udd70 (@maria \ud83c\udf03\ud83d\udd70) 1676945459
Despite the step-siblings not entering a relationship in Life With Luca, some fans can still feel the heat.
"It’s been 13 years and the sexual tension still going strong… Fanfic writers we NEED y’all," tweeted out a fan with a picture of Casey and Derek.
\u201cIt\u2019s been 13 years and the sexual tension still going strong\u2026\n\nFanfic writers we NEED y\u2019all \ud83d\ude4f \n#Dasey #lifewithluca #lifewithderek\u201d— \u029f\u01d0\u029f\ud835\uddee\ud835\uddf0 (@\u029f\u01d0\u029f\ud835\uddee\ud835\uddf0) 1676961585
Whether or not the tension actually exists between these characters, some fans still see it over a decade later.
Life With Luca premiered on February 20, and you can find the movie on Canada's Family Channel.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.