Right now, we could all do with a serious dose of escapism – so a brand new superhero movie dropping on Netflix this Christmas Day couldn’t have come at a better time. We Can Be Heroes stars Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Pedro Pascal, Christian Slater and a whole cast of talented child actors who portray the children of Earth’s superheroes. When their parents get kidnapped by alien invaders, the group of kids must team up and learn to work together if they want to save their parents and the world. We spoke to two of the film’s young stars, Yaya Gosselin and Vivien Lyra Blair, to find out more about this action-packed must-see movie…
YaYa, can you introduce us to your character and tell us what your favourite thing about playing her was?
YaYa: I play Missy Moreno, the daughter of Marcus Moreno. She is a little bit of an outsider I think. Her dad is a superhero but she doesn’t have powers, so she’s kind of in a place where she doesn’t fit in with the normal kids but then she doesn’t really fit in with the superhero kids either. She has to find her way to the right people and I that’s what she does in We Can Be Heroes. It was really cool to play a character that was completely an outsider and didn’t know where she belonged at first and then becomes this awesome leader of these super powerful kids and just being a part of this incredible team.
Vivien, what was your favourite scene to film?
Vivien: That is a very tough question because really all the scenes were fun! But probably all the ones that had kids in them. I really liked beating up the guards, that was fun and there were a lot of bloopers on that one. The guard that I kick into the chair had a string attached to his guard vest, so when I kicked him they pulled him up on the string to the chair and that was cool to watch.
What was the most exciting thing about being in this movie?
YaYa: I think the most exciting thing about being in this movie is getting to work with Robert Rodriguez, he’s one of the best kid movie directors ever. And getting to work with so many kids was also amazing. Previously, on all my other projects, there weren’t any other kids – or not at least that many – so walking into a room full of kids and being like ‘I do not know what to do’ was a fun way to find a bond with everybody. Now we’re all just a big huge family.
Did you all make friends on set?
Vivien: Totally. Me and Hala Finley, who plays OJO, probably hang out every night. Well, almost every night because she’s pretty busy.
What do you like watching on Netflix yourself?
Vivien: There’s this cartoon I really like called True And The Rainbow Kingdom. It’s all about this girl and these little balls with faces called wishes that can help you do certain things. They’re almost like tiny little superheroes! She can only get three that go in her little backpack and then she goes around and uses them to help people. It’s really cool.
If you could have any superpower in real life, which one would you choose?
YaYa: I think my superpower would be healing people, because in the time that we are in right now, I think that’s really needed. If I did have that power, maybe everything would almost go back to normal.
Vivien: I think probably talking to animals would be really cool. That would be a good superpower. I also agree with YaYa, maybe it could be something like super breath to blow all the germs off this planet. That would be cool.
Why do you think people should watch this film on Netflix?
YaYa: Kids have also had a really tough year because they can’t go to school, they can’t see their friends and they can’t do their extra-curricular activities right now. So I think ending off the year with this film is going to bring some hope back into their lives. Everybody is home right now, so I think sitting down with your family and watching a movie without technology or your phone and just really getting to spend time together is the best thing that we can do right now.
Vivien: I agree with YaYa and I think it expresses that no matter how tiny you are, no matter how different you are, no matter how young you are and no matter what you are – you can be a hero. I feel like that’s the moral of the movie.
Do you have any funny stories from set to share?
Vivien: Robert and I played this game called Avocado Smash on set and he would use it to get me excited. In the classroom scene where I shout ‘Go Sharkboy and Lavagirl!’, he wanted me to be really excited so he would say ‘just think, go avocado smash’. So, I shouted out ‘go avocado smash!’ and then we finally got it. Do you want to tell the other one YaYa?
YaYa: We were filming this scene in a spaceship where all the kids are fighting. Vivien’s character Guppy wasn’t really doing anything, so I was like ‘Guppy what are you doing, this is not the time to not fight’. Then Robert told me to say ‘Guppy, shark frenzy’ and she’s supposed to get really excited and go fight some bad guys, so Robert told me he wanted her to be even more excited. Then he went ‘YaYa say, go avocado smash’, because he knew that would get her excited, so I said it and her reaction to that was priceless because she had no idea I was going to say that!
We Can Be Heroes is on Netflix from 25th December 2020
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