Interview with Kaitlin Olson from Finding Dory
We were extremely lucky to be invited to LA for this exclusive interview with Kaitlin Olson from Finding Dory!
A Blue Tang Fish named Dory and a father/son clownfish duo will be swimming back into theaters this Friday for the opening of Finding Dory, the latest release from Disney/Pixar. In addition to these beloved characters, there are few new fins and faces in the ocean you need to know.
One, for example is Destiny, the whale played by Kaitlin Olson (“It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”). As part of the Finding Dory Event, I was able to interview Kaitlin with a team of bloggers. It’s always great to see moms who seem to balance career and family. Plus, she’s so funny!
Her sons came up quite a bit throughout the interview, which makes sense considering that they’re her priority and this project is also a family-friendly one.
You can read some of her interview below:
Interview with Kaitlin Olson from Finding Dory
On being part of a family film
Speaking of kids, did they see the movie last night?
They did. They loved it. My little one was scared. I was like, I’ll give you that, there was a scary squid. My older one loved the scary squid.
Kaitlin later spoke about being included in a Disney/Pixar film.
I seriously feel so incredibly honored to be a part of this movie. It’s a quality project I believe in – I feel like I’m repeating myself, but all the Pixar movies really relate to adults and children. I’m really focused on movies and shows that you want to sit down and watch with your family, because that’s just where I am in my life now too.
Kaitlin is currently in production for season 12 of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and a new show, The Mick, will begin airing on Fox at the end of this year. You can imagine she’s pretty busy. However, her family is her priority.
I always want to be there for bedtime, but there are times when I miss it. It’s rare that I go a day without seeing them. If I do, I’m there the next morning. I just do the best I can, like everybody. You know, there are lots of working moms out there. And I have the luxury of being able to have them come to me after school and play in my trailer. I can’t always hang out with them, because I’m working, but at least they’re close and they feel like I’m not too far away.
On her character, Destiny
What is your favorite characteristic of the character of Destiny?
I like that she can’t swim well and that she’s imperfect. There’s just something so great about that. And about all of these characters, there’s something imperfect about all of them, and they still are making it happen and helping each other out. That’s what I like about her most I think.
The idea of each character being imperfect is woven throughout the film. Each with flaws, each with strengths. All were able to use those disabilities to help them triumph.
Because she’s an imperfect swimmer, director Andrew Stanton tried something a little unconventional for Kaitlin to try while recording.
He really wanted me to sound wobbly like I was having a hard time swimming so they got me this weird balance board thing that he wanted me to stand on. The problem is, guys, I have such great balance that I just was like faking, faking being off balance.
In addition to the challenge of faking sounding off-balance, Destiny speaks whale. Try speaking whale just for a sentence or two. It’s hard!
I try not to speak whale as often as possible because I had to do it so much, but Andrew and Lindsey were so funny. At the end of every session they were like, okay sorry, but we just need a little bit more whale. I just feel so dumb doing it!
Kaitlin shared that one of her sons is a perfectionist (we all have one, don’t we?). Being able to share the idea that it’s okay not to be perfect. That message within Finding Dory was one that really resonated with her.
You mentioned you had a little guy who’s a perfectionist, when he saw the film, did he get it? Were you able to elaborate?
I’m using that as a tool to talk to him about that stuff, which is just so great. This is such a good nice movie and it’s really helping me with my parenting. It’s great to be able to point at something and not have it not be about your kid but like I’m not talking about you, I’m talking about her, and see how she did that — yeah, it’s great.
Do they get that it’s you?
Yeah they do, my oldest one definitely does. I can’t tell if my youngest one pretends he does because the oldest one does. I don’t really know what’s going on.
On the friendship between Dory and Destiny
In addition to the message surrounding characters’ imperfections, there’s also some strong messages about the value of friendship and family.
What lesson about friendship does Destiny’s and Dory’s relationship relate to kids and adults as well?
Family is really what you make of it. If you don’t have one, you can create one with good people around you, which is really amazing.
With the amazing cast of characters and strong messages ingrained throughout the film, Finding Dory is a must-see family movie. Finding Dory will be swimming into theaters this Friday, June 17, 2016.
Which message from Finding Dory would resonate most with your family?
We also had the opportunity to interview Ellen DeGeneres and Ed O’Neill. Be sure to read our exclusive interview with Ellen DeGeneres and Ed O’Neill on Finding Dory.
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