The Ralph Breaks the Internet Cast Talk About Insecurities; ParentingWe're now at a point in history where children graduating high school have never been without the internet. But, growing up online doesn't come without its cons. Today, kids are faced with challenges we never had pre-internet, like cyberbullying, loneliness, loss of community, and the unhealthy trend of looking for anonymous acceptance from strangers. And the casts' insecurities? A chatty John C. Reilly shared his childhood nickname given to him by his parents who always reminded him, “Don't wear out your welcome.” as he traveled around various relative's houses throughout his neighborhood each day. Like many of us, Sarah Silverman grapples with being the age she is and the cellulite on her thighs. But, instead of letting her insecurities get to her, she pauses and flips her thought. That age, she'll never be that young again. And those thighs, they're strong and her body works. Those thighs help her stand and walk and move. While Phil Johnston opened up about feeling depressed and anxious for years and being afraid of those thoughts, and how some of his own struggles come out in Ralph. But what resonated with me the most was the outlook the cast has on parenting. At the end of the film, Felix and his wife talk about what the secrets of being a good parent are, and of course, we had to ask the cast what their secrets were to being a good parent.
- Taraji P. Henson: I'll just say honesty and truth. Now with the Internet, you can't shelter them much. You just have to be as honest as you can. Just tell them the facts and guide them. And hope they don't run into a wall.
- John C. Reilly: I would say the most important thing for me is seeing who the child is as opposed to who you want them to be or who you think they will become. But who are they? That includes what kind of school does this kid need to go to? Not what kind of school does our family go to? What kind of school does this kid need to go to? And if you have more than one kid, it's different for each one. So basically, recognizing the humanity of that person, the distinct identity apart from you. And accepting it.
- Rich Moore: I would say it was always never talking down to my kids. Always talking to them as human beings. And not trying to aim them towards things.
- Phil Johnston: I was not a terribly exceptional kid and I am not worried that my kids aren't geniuses. I'm not going to shove them into something that they don't want. I don't care that they're not the best at math right now. I love them and I'll help them, and they're going to be fine. I will do my best to keep them safe and let them know that. They have enough pressure in the world. They don't need it from me.