INT: Angarano / Panabaker
Disneys comedy SKY HIGH features two fresh-faced talents, Michael Angarano and Danielle Panabaker. Angarano plays Will Stronghold, adolescent son of the famous superhero duo Captain Stronghold and Josie Jetstream. As if puberty isnt hard enough, hes starting high school and doesnt yet have any superpowers. Playing his hot/geeky pal is Danielle Panabaker. Panabaker has a young Heather Graham thing going that makes me feel naughty. Angarano make me feel naughty, too, but Id prefer not to talk about that.
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|Michael Angarano||Danielle Panabaker|
How much does the high school experience of Sky High mirror that of high school in the real world?
Panabaker: I would say that its really significant. Thats what attracted me to the movie so much in the first place is that sort of John Hughes feel the movie has, of these teenagers going through high school dealing with bullies and pressure from their parents and unrequited love. I think its pretty similar, you know, a part of growing up.
How closely do you resemble your character in the film?
Panabaker: Pretty close. I was the biggest nerd in high school, so thats kind of why I kind of felt Laylas pain.
Angarano: My whole first month of high school was me trying to get friends, just trying to get people to like me, really.
Does being in the industry work in your favor or against it?
Angarano: People dont really care that Im an actor, which is great. I love that. When you go to an all boys Catholic high school in the Valley nobody really watches TV or sees too many movies, so nobody really knew who I am, which is great.
Do you have a nickname?
Angarano: Nobody could pronounce my last name, so my Spanish teacher gave me the name Angie. And everyone on the soccer team would all me Ango, which I hate. Call me Angie but dont call me Ango. Thats just bad.
Do you guys have any special powers?
Panabaker: None whatsoever.
Come on, theres gotta be something youre good at.
Angarano: I like video games. (laughs) I dont know; I listen to a lot of music, watch movies. Im very boring. I never go out, really. I skateboard now. Thats really it.
Prior to making Sky High, did you have any experience working with CGI?
Angarano: I had very little experience with CGI and green screen. What I loved about it was that there were just as many stunts as there were effects (in the film). So, a lot of it was very hands-on. If I were to take somebody and throw them fifty feet into the air, I would actually be throwing somebody and they would just be on wires and I would have to look like Im throwing them. So it was very hands-on, a lot of it.
Panabaker: There was a little bit, all the stuff when the bus flies was green screen. We were in a bus that was actually shifting and rotating and moving, and that was pretty terrifying. And there was a little more at the end.
Danielle, whats it like having a sister whos also an actor?
Panabaker: Its wonderful. If anything, this business has brought my family together because we can sit at the dinner table and say, Oh, my gosh, wait till you hear this crazy story. And my whole family always comes to sets with me, so its something we can share as opposed to tearing us apart.
So you and your sister share a lot of stories?
Panabaker: We swap stories all the time. There are so many different aspects of this business. Were always trading tips, Hey, guess what I learned today? Its wonderful. I love it.
In these types of movies, how come the guy never realizes that his best friend is the hottest girl in school?
Panabaker: Good question!
Angarano: Good question. I have no idea. What I feel bad for Will about is that hes so confused at that point by the fact that he has no powers whatsoever and he would do anything to become a hero, to get into hero class and have nothing to do with sidekicks. But her on the other hand, she has this awesome power, but she chooses to be a sidekick. I think Wills way too confused at that point to realize that shes crushing on him but she probably has been for the last five years. So I dont know how he can explain himself. (Laughs)
What was it like working with Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston?
Angarano: I know Kurt as Snake Plisskin. I think everyone does. Working with them was so great. Theyre pros. There was never a time that they were looking down on us. A lot of people ask, Did he give advice? Hes not the kind of guy that gives advice. You could just look at him and learn. He kind of lets you do it on your own, in an encouraging way.
Panabaker: Hes the kind of guy where everyone gets excited when he comes on set because its so much fun. He has such a great sense of humor. Everyone from the crew was shaking with laughter because you are just enjoying yourself so much.
Angarano: Yeah. Working with him and Kelly together, theyre such a perfect match. Its kind of scary and intimidating because theyre so spontaneous and they approach each scene like its a blank slate, like its empty and we need to fill it up. It could be the funniest scene but they always add new things to it. Just kind of picking that up and rolling with them and adding your own input, there was a very collaborative spirit on the set.
If you could choose any superpower, what would it be?
love to be able to multiply because then I could be in lots of different places
at once. One of me could be sitting here, one of me could still be in bed and
one could be vacationing in
Angarano: I would fly, just to beat traffic. Just to not have to go on planes. How cool would that be. I would love it.
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