While on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 last May, I was completely blindsided with a Kurt Russell interview! We thought he would have already been wrapped from filming, but as we were finishing up lunch we were whisked away quickly with no idea what was going on. We were told to follow and that is what we did. We ended up in a blue room where filming was clearly going on – and then were told “you are going to be interviewing Kurt Russell in about three minutes.” What, did I hear that right? KURT RUSSELL? My fellow bloggers and I gasped and took about 5 seconds to freak out before we started wracking our brains for questions to ask a legend in the film industry.
No set visit is complete without a chat with the director – and James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, completely agrees with this statement. Even though we were pressed for time and all had flights to catch, he told us not to leave without a chance to talk to him. James even had assistants bring our luggage to our car so that we could have a conversation with him. We were all thrilled to work an interview with James in to our busy schedule. It had been a long day for all of us – James included. He mentioned that there were two sets running at the same time that day, one with Kurt Russell, and one with everybody else – so he had been running back and forth all day. We actually got to see both sets – we interviewed Kurt on his and watched the rest of the cast film on the other. What an experience – I still cannot believe it happened!
Karen Gillan is one bad b*tch in the movies – but she is the sweetest thing in real life! I had the chance to sit down and chat with her on the set of her new film Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 and she couldn’t be more different than her character, Nebula. She is bubbly and enthusiastic – two things you would never say about Nebula, Gamora’s evil adopted sister. She told us that it was so nice to be back on set with everyone. “It’s such a line to say like we’re like one big happy family, but we genuinely are.” We got the same vibe from the other actors we interviewed – that they were all genuinely happy to be back on set with each other. Karen told us that the atmosphere backstage is very much like what you see on the screen. “It’s that sort of banter – that sort of nature to it. That’s what it’s like off screen – and they play music, which really lifts people’s spirits. The music is an integral part of these films. Also everyone is really nice – there’s not one person that’s standoffish or surrounded by people. It’s not like that at all. It all filters down from the top – that’s from James [Gunn]. He sets a really good tone for everyone and casts nice people.”
While on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, one of the actors I was able to interview was Michael Rooker, who reprises his role of Yondu in the sequel. Michael is one of my favorite actors – I absolutely loved him in The Walking Dead as Merle – and as Yondu in the first Guardians movie. To me, he always seemed like he is an off the wall and fun type of guy. And boy was I right! The first thing he did when he walked in the interview room was look all of us ladies right in the face. He said “let me look at you – y’all are purty”. Not many actors take the time to look at you – really look at you – when you are interviewing them. He even asked us several questions throughout the interview, like where we were from and how many kids we each have. It was like he truly wanted to know about us as individuals. I think we all appreciated this, I know I did.
I think we can all agree that Dave Bautista seems like an intimidating man. I will tell you that he is bigger in person – but much less intimidating. As he walked in to the interview room on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 last May – in full Drax costume and makeup – I was a little bit speechless. What a force walking through that door – what an incredible sight! I am a giant Guardians of the Galaxy fan and to see Drax sitting in front of me was pretty amazing. But Dave is probably one of the sweetest, soft-spoken, and down-to-Earth guys I have ever met. We had a great conversation about how he felt about coming back to the set, how long it takes for him to become Drax, and he what he loves about his character.
While on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 last May, I had the amazing opportunity to sit down and talk with Zoe Saldana. This was a live set and because she was so busy filming, we only had a few moments with her (she was in full Gamora garb and looked AMAZING, by the way). Even though our time with her was short, my interview with her was one of the most inspirational few moments of my life. She stressed how important women’s health is and how we have to take care of ourselves, which is easy to forget when you are a busy mom. Ladies, we should come first!
Last May I was totally blessed with the opportunity to check out the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. I was able to watch part of a scene being filmed, check out the wardrobe and props departments, and oh yeah, interview some of the amazing cast. So of course, I go to interview Mr. Chris Pratt, Star-Lord himself. I have been a fan of Chris’ for a long time – The O.C., Parks and Recreation, Delivery Man – and more recently Jurassic Park and Lego Movie. I follow him on Snapchat (and if you don’t, you should). He is hilarious – and an incredible actor.
Back in May 2016, I got to take a super top secret trip to the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It was an experience that I will never forget. While there, I got to check out the wardrobe trailer, the props department, and watch a scene of the movie being filmed (I also got to interview most of the cast – those interviews are coming soon!). I don’t think it actually hit me until I had to sign the non-disclosure (and basically my life away) as I entered Marvel Studios. All of a sudden I thought – wow, I am actually at Marvel Studios and am going to see so many behind the scenes stuff for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2! I could put 1,000 exclamation points after that and it still wouldn’t be enough to describe how I was feeling at that moment. As you all know, I am a huge Marvel fan – so this was a pretty amazing experience for me. I am so thrilled to FINALLY be able to tell you guys all about it!
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2017 – and the time has almost come! I cannot wait to see this movie for so many reasons. I have been counting down the days and we are finally down to just a few months! Read on to see why I am excited for this movie (and why you should be too!).
I am a huge Marvel fan as most of you know, but what you may not know is that the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book series has been one of my favorites for years. So when Marvel announced they were making a movie, I freaked out. I was beyond excited. I couldn’t wait to see it. I loved it and have been itching for the second one since the moment I finished watching the first one on opening night.