September 4th, 1987
|Behind the Scenes|
Lela Donna Dean is the leading female character in Wet Side Story. When Brady and Mack go into the movie, Lela accidentally falls in love with Brady, instead of Tanner, her original love interest. She is portrayed by Grace Phipps.
A long time ago, a young surfer named Sophie had met a hunky surfer named Rocky. They got married and had their first child, Butchy. When Sophie learned she was expecting again, Rocky decided to leave his family to go somewhere else. Sophie was pregnant with Lela when Rocky left. And when Lela was born, she hardly remembered her daddy. In Wet Side Story, Lela is a part of the biker group, "The Rodents". When Lela falls into surfer guy, Tanner's, arms she instantly falls in love with him. Due to them being apart of rival groups, Bikers and Surfers, they must keep their love a secret.
When Brady, who is a real person, is transported into Wet Side Story, Lela falls into his arms instead and instead falls in love with Brady rather than Tanner. To try to make the movie right again, Mack and Brady try to set her up with Tanner however, they ultimately fail and they are instead naturally brought together.
At the end of Teen Beach Movie, she, along with her brother and a few other bikers and surfers, gets trapped inside the real world.
In Teen Beach 2, Lela is one of the most important characters. She is the one that comes up with the idea of going to the "world" where Mack and Brady live: the future. She finds the necklace that Mack got from her, and tells everybody that it is a sign. She, along with Tanner, travel to the future and find Mack and Brady.
There, she is amazed of how much girl power there is on the future, she loves the food, and she even likes the learning in school. Mack and Brady start noticing that Lela starts becoming more modern, and start rushing to find a way to get them back to their world. Accidentally, they tell her and Tanner that they are characters from a movie, and she doesn't take it good.
Lela, now knowing that she is not real, refuses even more to leave and it gets harder for Mack and Brady to get them to the movie. Lela doesn't want to go for a lot of reasons, but the main one is because she doesn't want to live the same story over and over. Things get harder, however, when the characters start vanishing and disappearing, so Lela and Tanner are forced to leave. Mack tells Lela that she can change the movie and do whatever she wants. Lela and Mack say goodbye, and along with Tanner, they leave on Brady's new surfboard.
However, even if Lela and Tanner left in the right time, Brady and Mack forgot about each other. Lela, knowing this, makes the movie change to give them another chance of meeting, and it works. With the new movie, called "Lela, Queen of the Beach", it is all centered on Lela's life and her summer with her friends. At the end, Lela winks to Mack and Brady, as if she did all this to give them another chance.
PersonalityLela is a sweet, kind, bubbly, cute, adorable, baby-girlish, and big-hearted 1960's little girl. She generally takes a positive outlook, is almost always friendly, and is rarely seen being moody. She enjoys being a part of the bikers, but also would enjoy surfing and sunshine. She is known to change what she wears to attract boys.
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Tanner and Lela are the main characters in Wet Side Story. The two care for each other deeply, but are aware that their relationship may never work out due to being from opposing groups. Near the end of the movie Lela falls for Tanner when the movie is back on track, and they become a couple, like they were supposed to be in the first place.
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Brady and Lela were a couple and spend plenty of time together. However, their relationship gets complicated when Brady catches her instead of Tanner. Lela calls him her hero, and falls for him. Though he finds her attractive, he'd rather still be with Mack. At one point, however, she chooses Tanner over him, of which Brady is perfectly fine with since Brady is with Mack.
Although Lela's breaking into song gets on Mack's nerves, they have a close friendship as Lela considers Mack to be one of her best friends. Mack acts as a role model for Lela, offering her advice and doing activities with her, such as spending nights at Lela's house together. Lela feels close enough to Mack to confide information she couldn't to anyone else.
Lela and Butchy are siblings. They barely interact onscreen, though they do enjoy spending quality time together. Their typical activities include hanging out at Big Momma's and rivaling against the surfers. Butchy is rather overprotective of Lela, but how she feels about him is never revealed.
Along with Butchy, Lugnut, Chee Chee, and Struts are among Lela's closest friends in the biker group, and all of them like to hang out in Big Momma's, doing various activities, many of them opposing the surfers.
- Lela has always wanted to surf.
- She had a necklace that means "Friendship Forever". At the end of the first movie, she gives this necklace to Mack.
- She is one of the six people that accidentally got stuck in the real world at the end of the movie, along with Tanner, Butchy, Seacat , Giggles, and also Struts).
- In the Latin Spanish version, Lela's name is Lila.
- When Lela changed the movie, Wet Side Story was replaced by Lela, Queen of the Beach.
- The actress that portrayed her in Wet Side Story's name is revealed to be Sophie Gray.
- Her character is inspired by the West Side Story main female character, Maria, who falls in love with a member of a rival gang.
- Lela's mother, Sophie, was pregnant with Lela when Lela's dad, Rocky, left the family.
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