A huge thank you to Disney and Pixar for inviting me to the world premiere of Cars 3 and to experience this amazing opportunity.
I recently had the chance to sit down with Owen Wilson, Kerry Washington, Armie Hammer, and Cristela Alonzo to talk about Cars 3. Each shared their reflections on the movie, how they became involved, and how their character played a personal role in bringing the film to life. Sounds like the chance of a lifetime right? Indeed so! I had a blast and was inspired at the same time. Checkout my interview with part of the cast from Cars 3.
“John Lassiter actually came into the sound booth when I was recording one day, and I thanked him for giving me the opportunity to be part of a Pixar movie.” Cristela Alonzo
The voice of “Natalie” Kerry Washington and the voice of “Cruz” Cristela Alonzo
So can you share how you became involved with the roles, why you wanted to be a part of this film?
CA: I got a call while I was on my way to do a stand-up tour in Canada, and I got a call from my agent asking me if I wanted to go to Pixar. They didn’t tell me anything. They’re just like do you want to go to Pixar? I’m like well that’s a random question, but yes. They flew me up to Pixar. I had no idea I was being considered for anything I was wearing my Target vest. I became involved with the film in November of 2015.
KW: I got a call much, much later about asking if I wanted to play a role that would go way against my type. I said “yeah” honestly I’ve been a fan of this franchise for a long time I’m just honored to be a part of it and excited to do something that my kids could watch.
OW: How I became involved? I met John Lassiter who was sitting next to me at dinner, and he was telling me that about an idea I didn’t think anything would come of it. I didn’t know who he was at the time shortly after things fell together and now I have this little guy (Lightning McQueen).
AH: I wish I had a good story they called me and asked if I wanted to be in the movie? And I was like “yup.”
Kerry, is there something about this CARS character that you learned from?
KW : This is probably gonna seem like a stretch because it’s such a supporting character role, but we live in a disposable society. Natalie certain that Jackson Storm would win the race solely based on numbers. I heard a story recently about how Rutgers University paid more money than they’d ever paid to any visiting speaker ever the year that Snooki came to speak. There’s no judgment on that, but she’s a reality star and that was the same year that Maya Angelou spoke at their commencement. It made me realize that we can sometimes prioritize hot and new more than we prioritize wise and creative.
As a society, we need to be careful about that again no judgment about her.
When the cast was asked about their mentor’s Cristela Alonzo’s response stuck with me:
CA: My mentor is my mother who passed away years ago and my drama teachers in school. I went to public high school in a very small town, and these teachers saw something in me. I will tell you my high school was 99 percent Mexican, and we used to do plays. My freshman year, we did the Diary of Anne Frank all Mexicans. We just did the show I think that doing something like that taught me that you couldn’t limit yourself to doing things. We wanted to do the Diary of Anne Frank, and we did it
“Dream small” was a lesson Cristela Alonzo took from her upbringing.
The voice of “Lightning McQueen” Owen Wilson and the voice of “Jackson Storm” Armie Hammer”
I truly enjoyed the interview with Owen Wilson, Kerry Washington, Armie Hammer, and Cristela Alonzo. Keep and eye out tomorrow I will be sharing the newest Cars 3 merchandise!
Cars 3 drives into theaters June 16th
Photo credit: Louise Manning Bishop and Disney Pixar