Incredibles 2 just came out last weekend, and if you haven’t seen the movie yet – get to the theater and watch it. It is one of my new favorite movies. It is packed with action and everything “Incredibles”, but it is also very funny (especially thanks to Jack-Jack) and has several important themes for all different ages. Read our Incredibles 2 review here when you are done with this interview.
So far we have shared Craig T. Nelson (voice of “Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible”) & Holly Hunter (“Helen Parr / Elastigirl”) interview, Samuel L. Jackson (voice of Frozone) interview and “Bao” Director Domee Shi & Producer Becky Neiman interview. They shared so many funny and interesting things that really give a new light to the movie.
Today we are sharing our interview with Sarah Vowell (voice of “Violet Parr”) & Huck Milner (voice of “Dash Parr”). They only recently met (because they both recorded with Brad Bird) but the “sibling rivalry” is there. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to them.
Who’s your favorite superhero?
Huck : Dash probably.
Huck : Probably Flash maybe. I like people who are fast because they’re just fast.
Huck, were you 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.
What was it like being in this movie?
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 [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][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 (said pointing to Huck), but because he does such great impressions. Like 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 love what she says about how you know the number of people who really believe in you – it is so perfectly phrased and I can relate to it 100 times over! I also love hearing about her recording her part with Brad. I would love to hear him going one on one with some of these actors/actresses!
Sarah, how did you end up in the first movie?
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 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.
I love her sarcasm and witty remarks. She really is funny and reminds me so much of Violet’s character in the movies.
What was it like stepping back into the role? Did you 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 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 [the films] 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.
This is so true! Especially with digital copies and tablets, phones, connections on TV, I know that my kids are always watching their favorite movies. It makes it so easy and I am actually glad. I love keeping the spirit of our favorite movies alive.
If you had a superhero power in real life, what would it be?
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’m — and 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. Like, 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.
They are both so funny! I love her analogy. I think mine would be speed too, then I could get the house cleaned, chores done, work done, and be able to go places faster.
What was your favorite, most proud scene of your characters’ superhero moment?
Sarah : There was that moment in the cave on the island when they [Elastigirl and 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 with 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.
When she started talking about Wonder Woman I couldn’t stop laughing. So FUNNY! Also, the part with Dash in the Incredibles 2, is really hilarious.
I’ve heard Brad likes to make you guys actually do the stuff to make the sound more realistic. Did you get to anything really cool when you’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. 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. 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 [as running around the studio in a costume].
I love hearing these kinds of stories that you would never hear otherwise. Things that you would have never thought of, that they have to do in order to get the desired sounds for the part of the movie that they are working on.
Sarah, what does Violet represent to you?
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.
My daughter who is almost 14 can very much relate to this and I see it through her. I also love how she points out that the superpowers of the Parr family relate to what they are going through or the roles they have to play in life. Helen is a mom and wife so she has to be flexible, Bob is the dad and has to be strong and so on. I love it!!!
Violet’s character really grew at the very end where she took Jack-Jack and she said she’s gonna protect him. What do you hope to see more of her with —
Sarah: That was a spoiler. I hope it’s not…
Well, we saw it…
Sarah: Okay, good. Okay. Sorry, I drank the kool-aid. What was the rest of the question?
I was wondering what you wanted to see more of her from future films or what do you want people to get from her 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, you know, 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.
I loved the insight and fun that they brought to the characters that we all know and love. Learning more about the behind the scenes, about things that happened in the studios, how they feel about certain things . . . all of that makes up what their character is and I LOVE it!
Have you seen the movie yet??? What did you think?
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We just shared our Craig T. Nelson (voice of “Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible”) & Holly Hunter (“Helen Parr / Elastigirl”) interview, Samuel L. Jackson (voice of Frozone) interview,“Bao” Director Domee Shi & Producer Becky Neiman interview, BIG CITY GREENS Creators interview, Incredibles Film Review. Today we shared our Sarah Vowell (voice of “Violet Parr”) & Huck Milner (voice of “Dash Parr”)interview and over the next couple days we will be sharing our Bob Odenkirk (voice of “Winston Deavor”) & Catherine Keener (“Evelyn Deavor”) interview, and Sophia Bush (voice of “Voyd”) interview. Check back over the next couple days as we share the rest of our great Incredibles 2 Interviews and more with you!