Disclaimer: I attended a 3-day press trip where my expenses were paid for in order to cover and interview the events that I attending including this interview. I was not compensated for my opinion.
Jamie Chung and Genesis Rodriguez Inspiration for Girls!
While interviewing Big Hero 6 stars, Jamie Chung and Genesis Rodriguez, I learned they both have brains and beauty like their characters. Big Hero 6 does a really great job in not only being an amazing Marvel inspired animation but keeping several messages in their film that might encourage young girls to seek out interest in invention and technology.
Jamie Chung plays a character called “GoGo Tomago” and is a part of the team of 6! Jamie describes Gogo as Clint Eastwood..”when she does say something, it’s very on point and it’s quite sassy and you know, she’s described to me the Clint Eastwood, the Female version of Clint Eastwood.”
Aptly named GOGO TOMAGO knows what it takes to be fast.
She’s tough, athletic and loyal to the bone, but not much of a
conversationalist. Popping bubble gum and delivering well-placed
sarcasm are totally her speed. “GoGo is a total badass,” says Jamie
Chung of her character. “Even before the hero transformation,
she’s tough. She’s strong. She can totally hold her own.”
Genesis Rodriguez is an amazing Latina actress who plays sweet “Honey Lemon” from Big Hero 6. We asked Genesis what is what like when she was doing the voiceover if she was really animated. She responded with, “I have do the motion and I think Jamie is the same way, like you have to do the motion and get that sound out like it’s weird.”
Genesis also went on to talk about her fashion when auditioning for Honey Lemon, “What’s weird is that I did, the audition exactly like Honey Lemon and I hadn’t seen the Character at all. I took a very bold Fashion Choice. I did Socks in Heels and I did like an Undershirt and then a Dress over it. And I don’t do that like at all but I wasn’t, I don’t know why I went like that and then I saw Honey Lemon and the way she dressed and then this is freaky. I couldn’t have land it better. ”
It’s elemental when it comes to chemistry whiz HONEY LEMON.
Don’t let her glasses and funky fashion fool you: Honey may be
as sweet as her namesake, but she has a fire in her belly and a
can-do attitude that make her pretty much unstoppable. “She’s
a glass-is-half-full kind of person,” says Williams. “But she has
this mad-scientist quality with a twinkle in her eye—there’s
more to Honey than it seems.”
During the interview we discussed what they loved the most about playing their characters, breaking female stereotypes, and the strong messages from the movie. We talked about how great of company Disney is and how good of a job they do with what they produce! How much they loved princesses growing up and so much more!
One of the questions we asked both, “Other than your Characters, who’s your favorite Character and not Baymax?”
Genesis: Fred is hysterical. What’s funny is that — T.J. is such a great Comedian. He’s like totally Fred too.
Jamie: I liked Wasabi. I feel like a lot of resemblance with him. He was a Worry Wart and he cares about Safety and the Safety of everyone.
Question: There are so many emotional pulls in the Movie. Was there anything in particular that really triggered you?
Jamie: “Oh Man, I was, the first time I didn’t cry cause I was so like kind of absorbing everything and very aware and thought last night when I watched it with my nephew and my family and everyone, I like let myself go and the moment where he goes, I can’t leave me Baymax, I’m like (getting emotional as she is answering the question) Like I’m just about to cry right now like it was so good. I know already.”
Genesis: “I cried 3 times and I’m not gonna say the last two because I don’t want to spoil it to the Readers but the first time I cried apart from the fact that I’ve seen the Disney logo because that’s so surreal for me so I cried when the Movie started. It’s like scenes when he sees his reflection like he’d be with his Brother. Oh that kills me and when Baymax sees that he’s making him happier and he takes off again. Hashtag Spoiler Alert.”
They both then went on and on about how good the FEAST was that played before the movie!
Getting more in to Big Hero 6!
Jamie: “In terms of like sending the right message, you know, it is a Superhero Movie but it stresses the importance of education and Science and I love that the message that it sends is that intelligence and smarts is not sex biased, no more is it race biased. You know, everyone’s equal and — and everyone has that same opportunity to reach that, you know milestone in terms of education. So I think it’s cool to part of that and also in terms of 10, 20, 30 years from now, this Movie still will be relevant, you know.”
Genesis: “I was so excited, uh, for a Movie to talk about Robots and Technology. I was into Robotics too and I’m an official Nerd. Um, and to even have a Movie that’s making girls want to be in Technology and be smart, I hope girls especially will be wanting after this Movie, to be the first ones to raise their hands in class and realize that being smart is empowering and I mean, if we got to do that for them like again, we’re so cool, we’re so much, you know. Robotics is cool. Science is cool.”
Visit your local theater and go and experience this movie in 3D! You will love it!
From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014. For more information, check out www.Disney.com/BigHero6, like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/DisneyBigHero6, and follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DisneyAnimation.