When you see a film…especially a film like Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good Very Bad Day, you wonder if the cast got along. In the film they may be having a bad day and are cross with one another, but underneath it all is the feeling of togetherness. I know with my family it’s more of a “I can mess with them, but you can not.
While we were chatting up the 3 kids: Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette & Kerris Dorsey you could see that closeness. At one part Ed was hamming it up and moving a water bottle around the table. Dylan was laughing at him. The Kerris quietly grabbed the water bottle away from him and moved it to her side of the table. All while answering a question and not missing a beat. Exactly what a true sibling would do. Read below for some fun excepts from the interview:
Q: What was it like to act with Steve? Was he funny everyday and off camera?
Ed: He was– no, he wasn’t funny– no, I’m kidding. He was like the funniest person. He could make anything sound fun, anything.
Dylan: It’s effortless. He can say what he’s having for lunch and you’re just like in tears on the floor.
Ed: Yeah, you could just look at him. And he’ll give you one look. And you will just be in uncontrollable laughter.
Kerris: One thing is he’s so smart. He’s such a smart person. I think you have to be that intelligent in order to be that funny because it’s so witty and so like impeccable. So that was really cool. You can just tell by looking at him, like talking to him that’s he’s just so smart. And the wheels are always turning
Q: What was everybody’s favorite scene with him?
Ed: I think the party scene.
Dylan: I’ve been saying the party scene.
Kerris: Party scene.
Dylan: Yeah, I mean it was like, what, 200 people and animals and swimming and music and food and just-
Kerris: It was so cool. We were there for a long time. So it sort of became like a home to us, you know? So, yeah, that was so fun. We actually ate the food at one point.
Q: How many takes actually did it take to film the party? Or you did it just in your own with one swing and everybody was happy with what they got?
Ed: It took a lot of dancing, a lot of barbecuing.
Dylan: Didn’t the party take three days?
Kerris: Yeah, we were at a set out in Newhall for two weeks, and then we did the party three consecutive nights. There were so many things to cover.
Ed: There was dancing, barbecuing, DJ’ing.
Kerris: Thunder from Down Under. The animals…
Ed: It didn’t even feel like we were working.
Kerris: Yeah, we had a party. We were all just dancing, and there’s one shot that we laughed over every time because it’s on Jen and Steve. You can see past us. I don’t know what we’re doing. We’re just like dancing the whole time. It’s like so awkward. I mean hopefully no one notices it.
Dylan: Now they will.
Kerris: It focuses on us. And we’re just like, ok, cool, this is happening.
Q: So (Kerris) a lot in your role in the film, you were sick. I just wondered if you had any good tips for us in case we wanted to take a sick day.
Kerris: UI feel like if I ever get like sick and sound sick my parents are gonna be like, no, mm-mm, we know your tricks. It’s all about the voice I’ve found. It’s more like nasally. So it’s like back in your throat and then in your nose. So anything like– M’s have to be B-sounding. I just watched a lot of like You Tube videos of people talking when they’re sick. People post videos of themselves in any capacity. So there are literally people like, hey, I’m sick today. You just listen to it. So yeah, it’s all about the voice. Then, really heavily lidded eyes and then maybe like eyeliner or something underneath your eye or something like that.
Q: Ed, what about you? Learning an (American) accent, so how was that for you?
Ed: It was pretty hard, but also kind of easy at the same time ’cause I was brought up on American film. There’s a lot of American TV, a lot of American film in Australia. So it’s not like it’s a completely different accent that I’m kind of thinking, well, it’s American. I knew what it was, but it was a little rough around the edges. Actually, it was really bad. So I had training. I learned all the little tips and tricks on just to sound authentic.
Kerris: Sometimes I would forget that you were Australian. Well, I mean I knew, but like I forget that when I’m talking to him now like after we were filming it was just like, oh, that’s your real voice. You have an Australian accent ’cause it was so good. It was so impeccable.
Q: What was the hardest scene for each of you to keep your composure in?
Kerris: The car scene.
Ed: Yeah, there was one scene during the car that was completely improvised. The director just said– ’cause I would walk around set going brr-brr-brr, just making the stupid noises. And Miguel the director said I just want all of you to do it. It was kind of what? So we all did it. Steve started doing it. You can see in the background everyone’s laugh. And like there was blood in our faces ’cause we’re moving our shoulders like that. It’s so hard to keep a straight face.
Kerris: That was so– like I don’t even know– like Steve’s instrument was like ya-ya-ya-ya-ya. [LAUGHTER] I was playing the trumpet. Ed was just like, I don’t even know.
Ed: I don’t know either.
Dylan: I’m the only one that didn’t have to do anything in that scene.
Kerris: Yeah, but you had to keep a straight face though kind of. So that was all the car scenes ’cause we were in such close quarters. I think we got kind of loopy at one point.
Q: Kerris, one of my favorite parts of the movie was the soundtrack. Then at the end I noticed you actually wrote the song Best Worst Day Ever. And you perform it yourself. What did it take you? Did you write it like that all the whim?
Kerris: Miguel actually called both of us and said he knows that we’re both musicians. I think he probably called you (Dylan) first. He said I would love it if you wanted to write a song for the movie. AMy sister’s a singer/songwriter. She’s so talented. I asked her if she wanted to write it with me. Then we had like a short window that we could do it, that we could fit it in. And so we were like fingers crossed. Let’s see. We watched the trailer sort of for inspiration. And obviously I knew what happened in the movie. We sort of tried to capture the essence of, you know, like Disney and the worst day sort of turning out to be the best day. It all came together in a way that it’s in the end credits. So we were really happy.
Ed: Can I say Dylan’s band has a song in the film.
Kerris: They’re called the Narwhals and Dylan’s band is amazing. In like a montage scene in the movie they played one of his songs. It’s called Surf, Surf, Don’t Drown.
Dylan: Aw, thanks. Hey, they just said it. They said it all for me.
Q: Steve said you guys wrote a song for him that made him a bit emotional. So what can you tell us about that?
Ed: That was the genius minds of Kerris and Justine Dorsey. Because all the way during the set we had this– on the party, we always had the song Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil. Is that it? I should know. I’m an Aussie. Um– [LAUGHTER]
So that was always in our heads. So the song was to the tune of that. But it was all about working with him and all about his character. And it was really cool. We all sang it. And, yeah, he did get really emotional. It was really nice.
Dylan: He got emotional.
Kerris: Yeah, it was one of the most special moments ever
Ed: I have to say, yeah, it was really sad, though. You know, because it was his last day. It was near the end.
Kerris: Yeah, it was very emotional. The whole crew was there on the set. We got to sing it together. We had the lyrics and everything. They had a little speaker that they let us use to play the song. And it was– it was such a like special moment.
Ed: That was a really special moment.
Dylan: It was amazing.
***Disclosure: I attended #VeryBadDayEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***