Incredibles 2 Interview with Sarah Vowell (Violet Parr) & Huck Milner (Dash Parr)
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Have you seen Incredibles 2 yet? My family and I went to see it last Friday and they all LOVED it, I say they, because as you may know I got to watch it during the #Incredibles2Event and let me just say. The second time around was as funny and hilarious as the first time around, especially the Jack-Jack moments. Seriously, Incredibles 2 has now become one our favorite films to date. As my oldest son said, “I cannot wait to get my hands on the Blu-Ray/DVD to watch it again and again.”
Anyways, to continue with our Incredibles 2 extravaganza, today we are sharing with you our Incredibles 2 Interview with Sarah Vowell (Violet Parr) & Huck Milner (Dash Parr). These two are seriously entertaining and the “sibling rivalry” is on point! 🙂 Let’s start with the obvious question, we asked Hunk, who is his favorite superhero and he was quick to reply:
Huck: “Dash probably.”
Therefore, we had to ask him who was his second favorite? Where he replied:
Huck: “Probably Flash maybe. I like people who are fast because they’re just fast.”
Flash is also one of my boys’ favorites. Since Huck is new to the Incredibles franchise, was he a fan of the first Incredibles?
Huck: “Yeah, I was a big fan. My dad showed me it, and I really loved it. Yeah, I was just a really big fan.”
As I said before, Huck is new to the franchise, so how was it like being in this movie for him? And how was it for Sarah to return for the sequel.
Huck: “It was actually really fun. Brad Bird made it really fun, and he just made everything really fun and it was really amazing.”
Sarah: “I just trust him (Brad Bird) so much, especially after the first film. He always uses the best take, and he is like really entertaining. Because he’s the voice of Edna Mode. He is an exceptional voice actor himself. So, he does all the other parts. And usually the first take you never use. I don’t know about you (as she pointed to Huck), but because he does such great impressions. He does such a good Holly Hunter impression that if he is doing Elastigirl’s part, I always laugh first because the kids’ impressions are just so dead on.
It’s always really fun to do the things that come naturally, and for me that’s Violet’s sarcasm. She’s kind of a wise guy, and that’s what I’m like.
But he’s very useful during the more emotional scenes. And I was brought up to hide that stuff when you’re around people and especially sound engineers. There’s a scene where Violet has to cry, and Brad was very delicate and very helpful for me and really respectful. But, you know, because I trust him and because he really does believe in me and had to because I had never acted before the first film, so that relationship, it’s been a third of my life now, I like being in that room with him.
Because I mean, for those of you who get older, you know like the number of people who really believe in you and know what to do with you, it’s a pretty small number. And he has definitely been that for me.”
I cannot imagine any other person voicing violet beside Sarah, which got us wondering how did she end up in the first movie? She had this to say:
Sarah: “It was because they were casting or thinking about casting the first film, and I think Brad was in his car listening to the radio and heard one of my public radio documentaries (Chuckles) and was so taken with the gravitas and maturity of my voice that he heard a junior high school student who becomes a superhero in that. People, who are actors are like how do I become a voice actor? Go into journalism. (Laughs)”
Continuing with how was it for Sarah to come back for the sequel. How was it stepping back into the role? Did she have any difficulty with that?
Sarah: “I mean she and I sound a lot alike, so there’s that. And, you know, Brad and I became friends in the first film. Some of the other people who work behind the scenes, I have kept in touch with everybody. I would just go there just to have lunch with them sometimes. So, I was perfectly happy to just, you know, move into another room and get paid to be there. It has been a while since the first film, but like when you become one of these characters. You (referring to Huck) will learn this, Huck — you are Dash until you die.
Like that lady who was Snow White got old, and she was always Snow White. And so over the years, not a week goes by I haven’t talked to someone who wants to talk about how much they love the film or what Violet means to them. You know they always stay alive.
When I was a kid, there weren’t even VHS tapes yet and you saw a movie and it was gone. But I think since then because of VHS and then DVDs and now streaming, children watch these films over and over again and I’m sure, as you know, so do their parents. And so, at any given day someone is watching that movie. Violet stays alive just because of other peoples’ fandom.”
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Superheroes are fun, right? So just like we asked Craig (Mr. Incredible), Holly (Elastigirl), and Samuel (Frozen), we just have to know which superhero power in real life, would they like to have?
Huck: “Mine would be super speed like Dash, probably because I’m really slow in real life. I cannot beat my cousins or my sisters at any game involving running. So, I wanna be able to go somewhere and then just come back and be like I was here the whole time. Yeah, so I would just love to have Dash’s power.”
Sarah: “As a middle-aged lady, I would love super strength, because I don’t know if any of you have like those rubber jar opener things. Wouldn’t it be great to just open a jar of jam with your own strength? Or like have you tried the trick where you boil water in the tea kettle, pour that over the jar and then use the rubber jar opener to get it open. That’s the stage I’m at now. If I could open a jam jar or like move a car with my hands, either of those two things, I would love.”
Incredibles 2 is such a great movie with so many funny moments. We had to ask both Sarah and Huck, what were their favorite, most proud scene of their own characters’ superhero moment?
Sarah: “Oh. In the first movie. There was that moment in the cave on the island when they (Elastigirl, Violet, and Dash) need to go save Bob? And Violet is like I don’t know if I can do this, and her mother says you’ve gotta step up. And she decides, okay, I’m gonna try. And she goes out of the cave, and she stands up and almost does the superhero pose and puts her mask on. It’s like, yeah.”
Huck: “And then probably after that, Dash annoys her.”
Sarah: “Yeah, yeah. Well, I mean she’s in a superhero family. She’s not Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman doesn’t have a little brother.”
Huck: “My favorite part of my character in the new movie when he, well, it wasn’t really a superhero part. I just liked it when he was pressing buttons. Crushing a couch inside of a water feature.”
I don’t know about you, but when I watch a film, I often image the antics that happen behind the scenes. We’ve heard from the other cast that Brad Bird (the director) likes to make the cast actually do the stuff to make the sound more realistic. Did they get to anything really cool when they’re in the booth recording?
Huck: “Brad didn’t tell me to do this. I actually one time put on the Incredibles suit and ran around the entire Pixar Studios. And I’ll just run around the booth and sometimes you would wanna do that. And I couldn’t laugh. So, I had to have someone tickle me.”
Sarah: “I think like that really probably isn’t a thing with the real professional actors. Like, Holly Hunter, I think she doesn’t have to like run around to sound like she’s running (Chuckles).
But for me, especially working on the first movie, ’cause I had never acted before, like the hardest part, especially coming from public radio where you just say words, you have to make all these sounds. And so, like the first time I had to make a sound where Violet was being punched by her brother.
And I was like you’re gonna have to come over here and punch me. So, I would stand at the microphone. He would stand next to me and like hit me in the arms (Chuckles).
But I asked him to. Or like in this one, there’s a scene where Violet does a spit take and “puhh”. I had literally like poured water down my throat to do that and we got the take, but then I vomited all over the studio. Yeah. I guess that’s not quite as adorable (Chuckles), referring to Huck.”
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Having a teen at home, as well as, a tween many of the situations that Sarah’s character goes through are very related to me. Therefore, we had to ask, what does Violet represent to Sarah?
Sarah: “Like all the members of the family, their powers are stemmed from the psychology of like wherever that person is at their stage in life. So, like a ten-year-old boy has way too much energy and runs around. And the fact that Violet, especially when the first movie starts, she hasn’t really developed her powers yet, but she has them and they reflect kind of her insecurities and her annoyances.
Like becoming invisible is sort of like that teenage girl thing where you just wanna like, you know, hide. And then her force fields is like I don’t want to let you in.
But then as she develops her powers and becomes her person and comes into her own and learns how to use the powers, and not only learns how to use the powers but enjoys using the powers, then they become her strengths. And then those powers really reflect what she can do and not what she’s afraid of.
She kind of goes through the most growth of any character just because that is what is a teenager does. It’s like the rite of passage between childhood and adulthood. She definitely represents that. I will say though she does represent a certain sub-archetype of teenagers, a kind of wise guy, sarcastic type of teen.
So there is a certain kind of kid and adult who really identifies with that part of her, just how she says whatever’s on her mind. As you grow older, it’s not a quality that endears you to people necessarily. Like in this movie she literally has a line like, are we gonna talk about the elephant in the room. Like, no one ever wants to talk about the elephant in the room, but she does.”
After having seen Incredibles 2, the only thing left to ask is, what do you want people to get from her (Violet) as growing up with her character?
Sarah: “I mean I do like fantasize about it sometimes. Like, if she gonna be a foreign exchange student? And will she live with a superhero family? And in what country? And like what if she’s living with a superhero family in a country where women aren’t allowed to drive? How would that work, you know? Or how would she deal with all of that kinda stuff?
I mean she’s so apart of her family. What happens when she leaves the family? That is actually the story of every kid growing up. As a superhero, I’m glad the film takes place in the same time period and to see how those powers represent a certain kinda person. But for Violet, it would be interesting to see like what happens to her when she goes out into the world. Not just becoming a superhero out in the world. Like the first time, a young adult has to go grocery shopping. Like, what would that be like, all that stuff? So, I don’t know like what is her life going to be like.”
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Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.