Press Junket Interview with the Cast of Disney + GODMOTHERED Friday 04 December, 2020

Godmothered is a new, modern-day fairy tale — and it’s the first Disney movie that actually follows “the Fairy Godmother” instead of “Cinderella.”

Set at Christmas time, GODMOTHERED is a comedy about Eleanor, a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training (Jillian Bell) who upon hearing that her chosen profession is facing extinction, decides to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers. Finding a mislaid letter from a 10-year-old girl in distress, Eleanor tracks her down and discovers that the girl, Mackenzie, is now a 40-year-old single mom (Isla Fisher) working at a news station in Boston. Having lost her husband several years earlier, Mackenzie has all but given up on the idea of “Happily Ever After,” but Eleanor is bound and determined to give Mackenzie a happiness makeover, whether she likes it or not.

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GODMOTHERED is currently streaming on Disney +. I actually got to see the film and interview with the cast via a virtual Zoom press junket! During the Zoom call, we got to chat with the entire cast about the process of the film and the actors perspectives of the movie and some behind the scenes info Check out some of the snipets from the GODMOTHERED press junket and then go stream and watch it for yourself!

Isla Fisher (“Mackenzie”)
Jane Curtin (“Moira”)
Jillian Spaeder (“Jane”)
Willa Skye (“Mia”)
Santiago Cabrera (“Hugh”)
Artemis Pebdani (“Duff”)
Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Grant”)

PRESS JUNKET SNIPETS FROM GODMOTHERED

Were they inspired by other characters of Disney such as the godmothers of Sleeping Beauty and the
Cinderella godmother to play their roles?

JILLIAN: Yeah, I mean the fairy godmother from Cinderella for sure, she’s the, uh, OG. She’s the original godmother. I was definitely
trying not to channel her too much so I had to create something slightly different. But I mean that’s the one to try to beat.

JANE: I basically channeled her because there was a lot of arms and waist acting. I just remembered I also played another Disney character and it was Sleeping Beauty’s 50th anniversary or 50th birthday and I played the wicked queen.

What was it like to perform wearing that dress the whole time [in the movie].

JILLIAN:  Yeah, I didn’t really have a costume  change besides I’m in PJs at one point but for the most part I am in a corset and a ball gown the entire time we shot. I will say that I actually really liked it. It really helps like get into character, stay in character, helps the posture. There was one day where we shot we were on a field and it was very cold. It was 17 degrees. I was just in the dress and I did was shaking uncontrollably.

Besides that, I feel like we made it work. Loved it, loved…I wish I kept one because I like to keep one costume for everything I do but this was a-a pretty massive costume to ask for.

For Jillian, was becoming a Disney character a dream of yours and did Godmothered fulfill that dream?

JILLIAN: Absolutely, both. I mean who doesn’t grow up wanting to be a Disney princess? I mean that’s the goal. The script came along and I’d always been looking for some kind of a magical being to play because my goal in life was to play a witch. And this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to it.

She’s got magic and spells, and-and is trying to make Isla’s character’s dreams come true.

How was it playing a prince in this film?

SantiagoI like that it wasn’t your typical prince. He’s kind of like the underdog and he definitely felt like Isla’s character was out of his league, rightly so. He was the guy who’s like a serious journalist who wanted to report important stories and good news.  He’s last in the ratings, sensationalist morning show, being abused by his boss. So, there was a lot of fun elements to it.

The importance of the comedy added to this film.

Isla: That’s what’s fun about this story is that we kind of think of it as a hybrid of Muse meets Elf. We’ve got a lot of physical comedy and a lot of psych gags and slapstick. And then we have also word play and my character is more, I’m kind of the straight man in the story which is something I haven’t really had the opportunity to get to play.

The cast sediments on how refreshing this fairytale with be for young children. 

Isla: For young girls watching, you know, happy ever after doesn’t necessarily include a castle, a prince, and a dress. It can be blessings you have in your life with your family or work.

Jane: I think it also represents what the world is today-it’s not 1860 anymore. It’s not, you know, castles and all of this kind of stuff. Happily ever after is what you want. It’s what you believe and it’s a goal that you can achieve on your own. If you want it, if you believe that you can get it, it’s something that’s not reliant on magic.

Will there be more a inclusive group of godmothers joining the fold?

JILLIAN: I actually got to see  just a one sheet of all the little fairy godmothers and I immediately rolled back and I said is that a boy or is-is that an-an non-binary person? I’m very excited this is progressive and-and inclusive  will make someone feel seen. I think at the end of the day, if we can be doing that in such a big movie and a Disney movie, that’s a beautiful thing.

GODMOTHERED Now Streaming on Disney +

Will you be watching this fun comedic holiday film on Disney Plus soon?

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