On her first day back, the 22-year-old star was greeted by a standing ovation from the cast and crew and an emotional speech by director Kenny Ortega, which she shared via Instagram.
“It was a no-brainer for the Academy, if you’ve seen the show,” Kenny said. “She’s absolutely extraordinary on it, and there’s no question that the Disney Channel has never had a brighter or more deserving actress. I knew she’d come back with it. I knew it.”
Watch the sweet moment below!
More Dove: Watch her Emmy acceptance speech here!