In this interview, we sit down and chat with Genesis Rodriguez (voice of “Honey Lemon”) and Jamie Chung (voice of “Go Go Tomago”). where we discuss what it's like to play a strong female character, growing up on an all girl battle-bot team, and the cast's favorite scenes from the movie. Follow #BigHero6 for more interviews and behind the scenes information celebrating this great movie's upcoming release Nov. 7th, 2014.
Interview: Big Hero 6 Jamie Chung and Genesis Rodriguez
Q: How do you both like being animated? Have you ever done it before?
Jamie Chung: I’ve never done it before. Actually, I have been, but then the show got cancelled, so I’ve never been part of something successful, [LAUGHS]. It’s great and I’ve never been a part of the process fairly from the beginning in terms of when the actors come on. It’s four or five, six, seven, eight years into the project. But it’s interesting watching your characters come alive and kind of transform.
It’s great because the characters progressed as much as we got comfortable with the characters. So it molded out quite nicely.
Q: How did you find your voice Jamie?
Jamie Chung: It's funny because I feel like I'm a bit more warmer than my character and, you know they wanted it toned down, like very dry, like everything is a dry delivery. Even when I'm saying like ‘The view's great!”, and they're like no, we need it more dry. How do you say “The view's great.” dry, that was the challenge. It was a a lot more challenging.
Q: What about for you, Genesis? How was it?
Genesis Rodriguez: It was a lot of fun. It was equally exhausting too because my character was so high energy. She was the happiest person in the world and that took a lot of hours. This high energy really brought each line to that level.
So it was exhausting, but so much fun because you don’t have restrictions. You can say things so many different ways and you are really just unlimitless in options of how you can say a specific line and the more interesting you say it or different varieties the better choices they can put the puzzle pieces together and form each character.
Jamie Chung: It’s great editing.
Genesis Rodriguez: It’s great and good vision because Honey is very high energy and very sweet. She’s more soft spoken, strong and she gets this very beautiful moment where she becomes very sympathetic and there’s little arc- arcs that these characters go through that we don’t see in the moment.
Q: I read that you were on an all-girl's battle-bot team. How much of a coincidence is that to end up in a movie like this?
Genesis Rodriguez: Pure coincidence. I was actually, the director was telling me a little bit about the story at my audition, and I was like “I used to be on a robotics team!”, and he's like “What?!?”
Q: What did you think of the look of your characters and then your superpowers in the movie?
Jamie Chung: So cool. I mean, literally, like the first ten seconds seeing the Disney logo, you’re like, my god, this is real. We’re part of it and then the first ten minutes of the film, like the city that they imagined, and then brought to life kinda blew my mind coming from- growing up in San Francisco and seeing a futuristic version of it. I thought it was pretty rad. I love my character. She didn’t say anything the first half of the movie until they got to the car chase, and then she’s screaming her head off and that was obviously a choice for the character- a woman of few words. But it was quite magical to see it come to life.
Q: Talk about finding that ultimate strength as far as these characters are concerned.
Genesis Rodriguez: Oh, well, I’ve played strong female characters before, but they were always quite physical, and it’s kind of nice that the playing field’s pretty even with all the characters. They’re all very intelligent; they all attend this university; they’re all robotics engineers, and it’s a nice change, you know? It’s great to do both, but this isn’t the first time of playing a character like this. I mean, she is the living version of Honey Lemon, so, am I [LAUGHS].
Not that I was so much into chemistry, but I was a part of a robotics team growing up. So I went to this very demanding school. It was an all-girls school, and it was a very hard college preparatory school. It had crazy activities and, and I fell into robotics, and it’s a really big love of mine, and I wish I could do this in my spare time. It’s just very cool that it’s being portrayed in a kid’s movie.
I hope that with this movie, they are gonna inspire kids that wanna be scientists again, you know? I said this before- we’re living in a world where a lot of people are putting their personal life on social media and some kids just wanna be famous. I hope that with this movie, we can inspire kids to wanna be real super heroes with their brains- that they can achieve incredible things just by education and just doing really well in school. Hopefully, we can get some really good scientists after this movie.
Q: How far off do you think we are from robotics. Is it just science fiction at this point?
Genesis Rodriguez: This is totally true. I mean the nanobot that he (Hiro) was talking about, the microbots are very much true. They were saying that this is actual technology that exists right now. As far as the chip, I personally don’t know if that exists that you can install this kind of information yet. I hope to God this is really near future, but look at where we’re at with the 3D printing. We can make anything that we want whether it be something normal like repairing a door or repairing a heart valve. So it’s just really cool where it’s going and I think this is a very near future.
Jamie Chung: But it also plays the lines of what’s ethical and what’s not and, you know, right and wrong. I feel like those questions are addressed with this movie, as well, because just as you were saying, it’s amazing, 3D printers. I’m like, yeah- it’s amazing. You can make a working gun, which is crazy. It goes both ways.
Genesis Rodriguez: It goes both ways.
Q: What's your favorite scene from the movie?
Genesis Rodriguez: Without spoiling it?
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Jamie Chung: When Baymax sacrifices himself.
Genesis Rodriguez: Oh my gosh.
Jamie Chung: Like, let the fountains begin. I was literally like waterworks. That was a great scene.
Genesis Rodriguez: I have too many, but I mean the most, the first time I cried was the flying scene, ahhh, and just going through the city and he looked at his reflection with Baymax I was like oh!.
Jamie Chung: Or when he finds the video of his brother.
Genesis Rodriguez: And he's like I did it. This is all I wanted Baymax to do, like the whole purpose of Baymax is to help people, not hurt people. I mean there are so many great tear-jerking moments.
Q: What did you think of the transformation of San Francisco?
Jamie Chung: It was so beautiful. Even the rolling hills throughout Chinatown, you know, the Golden Gate Bridge, Treasure Island, it’s all there. Broadway Street, it’s really beautiful. They did a great job transforming it.
Genesis Rodriguez: They really did, like, honestly, I feel like this movie, visually is something unlike any Disney movies…
Jamie Chung: Stunning.
Genesis Rodriguez: The meticulousness of the details in every single set that they have- the restaurants. You can see just the framing, the cups, the plants- everything is so detailed. You have to just see the movie a couple times to appreciate just the world of San Frantokyo. It’s so beautiful.
Q: They tell you how you got your nicknames?
Jamie Chung: I’m assuming because she’s always on the go, and [LAUGHS].
Q: Honey Lemon’s…
Genesis Rodriguez: Honey Lemon is sweet until you piss her off…
Jamie Chung: And then she’s sour. [LAUGHS]
About Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6 is directed by Chris Williams and Don Hall, produced by Roy Conli, and features the talent of Ryan Potter (voice of “Hiro Hamada”), Scott Adsit (voice of “Baymax”), Damon Wayans Jr. (voice of “Wasabi”), T.J. Miller (voice of “Fred”), Genesis Rodriguez (voice of “Honey Lemon”), Jamie Chung (voice of “Go Go Tomago”). Big Hero 6 opens in theaters everywhere Nov. 7th, 2014.