An Interview with BIG HERO 6’s Jamie Chung & Genesis Rodriguez

Disclosure: Disney sponsored travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Los Angeles. Thoughts are my own. 

HOPEFULLY, you have already read about my BIG HERO 6 red carpet premiere experience, movie review, Disney Movies Anywhere news, interviews with the filmmakers, drawing demo (if not, click to read each one!) and now you are totally ready to read my interview with Jamie Chung (voice of Go Go Tomago) and Genesis Rodriguez (voice of Honey Lemon)!

An Interview with BIG HERO 6’s Jamie Chung & Genesis Rodriguez

Both ladies were extremely friendly, energetic, BEAUTIFUL and fashionable. It was hard not to love ‘em. Here is are highlights from our interview.

What was your favorite part about playing the character that you played?

JC: Go Go doesn’t say a lot at the beginning of the film, but when she does say something, it’s very on point and it’s quite sassy. It was just fun to sass it up and like literally if I said a line with too much of a smile, the Directors Chris and Don said,” No, No, No, No, No, a little bit meaner.”

There are so many emotional pulls in the Movie. Was there anything in particular that really triggered you?

[SPOILER!] GR: 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.

Had you voiced an animated character before?

JC: Nothing on this caliber. Once you’ve done a Disney animation film, it’s like kind of the top of the top, you know what I mean?  You’re good!

Did you like a strong having a strong female movie character?

JC : Absolutely, what I love about this film is that there is no stereotype. It breaks all of those boundaries in terms of being a nerd, and being not cool.  In terms of strong female characters, Honey Lemon and Go Go are so different from each other and yet they both represent strength in their own way.

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How did you prepare for the role?

GR: There’s really not much you can prepare because they improvise and you don’t have any idea what the story is about. It was a constant progression and change, so every day it’s like a new version and you go through all your lines of a new version.

JC: I think the most important thing is to be unique because once you’re in the room. You can really go and figure out where it’s supposed to be and say OK, you’re onto something and then you kind of go with that role and it’s like a speed bump, you know. So that’s the only thing that you can do and you know, you have to be able to play.  You really have to just tap into your inner kid and make that voice, you know.

GR: It may sound pretty strange but it’s just your voice, but it’s so much more than that, so I would stretch, like physically warm up my body and my voice.  I would be like stretch like we’re going in like run a marathon!

When you’re in Studio and you’re doing your voices, are you very animated while you’re doing it, like everybody’s listening to it in their heads and jumping around or is it very calm when you’re doing it?

GR: I have do the motion and I think Jamie is the same way – you have to do the motion and get that sound out. It’s so hard to do because you have to stay still. Nick is nowhere and you’re falling 6 feet and you’re landing on the floor, like that noise! You have to use your imagination but it helps you to move.

An Interview with BIG HERO 6’s Jamie Chung & Genesis Rodriguez

Disclosure: Disney sponsored travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Los Angeles. Thoughts are my own.