Godmothered is a fun new holiday movie on Disney+ about fairy godmothers. Wouldn’t it be nice to have one of those? The cast has a lot of chemistry on set and off set and was proven during the Godmothered Virtual Press Junket. Find out more about Godmothered below!
Godmothered Virtual Press Junket
The virtual press junket for Godmothered was moderated by Candice Huckeba from Radio Disney and included the following cast:
Jillian Bell (“Eleanor”)
Isla Fisher (“Mackenzie”)
Jane Curtin (“Moira”)
Jillian Spaeder (“Jane”)
Willa Skye (“Mia”)
Santiago Cabrera (“Hugh”)
Artemis Pebdani (“Duff”)
Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Grant”)
I love a good virtual press junket, because they seem a bit more informal, and I’m nosy and like to see people’s homes and backgrounds. I would have never recognized Santiago Cabrera. In the film he plays nerdy, but lovable newsman Hugh, and on the Zoom, he’s all Game of Thrones rugged. It’s fun to see their non-movie personalities.
What is Godmothered About?
Jillian Bell: “It is a story about a fairy godmother in training who I play, Eleanor. She goes down to earth to prove that fairy godmothers are still needed, and she is looking for a little girl by the name of Mackenzie Walsh and comes to find out that the little girl is now grown up. And it’s played by the lovely Isla Fisher. Mackenzie, the character Isla plays, doesn’t really believe that she needs a fairy godmother. But maybe she does. Maybe she does…”
A Balance of Comedy and Heart
Godmothered has some conflict in it, dealing with life, death, and moving on, but those moments are also lightened up with comedy to balance it out. And Isla Fisher also gets to try something new!
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.”
Utkarsh Ambudkar was known as the funny man on set and even got to improv some of his lines. He said Director Sharon Macguire’s husband is Indian, so he got special treatment. <snort laugh>
It’s About Family
The cast really seem like a big family. Jillian Spaeder and Willa Sky play sisters on-screen. But did they feel like sisters on set?
Willa: “I think I did.”
Jillian: “Yes, absolutely. We love each other so much and we had lots of cuddle parties and we played with lots of slime in our free time.”
And you could absolutely feel the love while watching the film!
Strong Female Messages
With every Disney film, there has to be a message, right? Godmothered is no different and is very empowering.
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.”
As a huge Disney fan, I believe in magic and fairy tales, but I also believe you make your own magic. Godmothered is a good mix of this. As the mom of 5 girls, I want them to be self-rescuing princesses, but also learn to rely on friends and family to lean on, because that’s what a circle is about.
To watch the full interview with the delightful cast of Godmothered, check out my friend Tessa’s video below! Godmothered is on Disney+ on December 4th! Add it to your holiday list!