Young US actress Cailee Spaeny made her big blockbuster debut this year by playing the role of Amara on Steven S. DeKnightPacific Rim: Uprising.

To find out more about her experience, we had the chance to chat with the lovely Cailee ahead of the home entertainment release of the film.

SR. Congratulations on the film. It was a huge step for you! Can you tell us how was the casting process for the part of Amara?

CS. Thanks! Well it was a long process for me, as I was auditioning for a lot of stuff during 4 years, travelling from one city to another by car with my mom, and doing some recording auditions.

When I heard about Pacific Rim I was so excited, but worried too as I didn’t have much experience with action films, so I did a lot of action samples to take some advantage and to show the producers what I can do. Fortunately it worked and I got the part.

SR. How was your first day on set?

CS. It was with John (Boyega), it was the first time meeting him and he was so nice. He helped me to get all my nerves away, especially because we had to do all the scenes where we argue and fight to get the parts from the jaegers remains, which included some stunts, and honestly I’ve never had to do a stunt before.

All was filmed in cockatoo island in Sydney, it was surreal for me because i never imagined to be there filming a movie, also was my first time on a ferry.

SR. How was the vibe of the cast and crew?

CS. It was such a nice group, starting with our director Steven, who I never saw angry or frustrated, he is such a warm honest person. All the actors were amazing, and the Australian crew super nice, I made a lots of friends while filming there, it felt like everyone had my back.

“Steven (S. DeKnight) was a natural leader for us, very kind, patient. He was never mad, frustrated or angry, even when we made mistakes he would allow us to keep going as many times as we needed.”

I became good friends with one of the Australian makeup artist, and we keep in touch quite often. I cannot wait to go back.

SR. Steven also made his directional blockbuster debut with this film. What can you tell us about working with him?

CS. As you said, it was the first experience for both of us, he did some great TV episodes, before so he was very excited about the film.

Steven was a natural leader for us, very kind, patient. He was never mad, frustrated or angry, even when we made mistakes he would allow us to keep going as many times as we needed.

SR. The film left the door open for a third and final chapter. Will we see Amara back?

CS. I’d love to comeback! To be honest I don’t know anything at all regarding another film. However, I’ve read a lot of the fan fiction stuff fans posted online and I love what they write about Amara and what is going on with her after Uprising.

Fans have been great to me, they really say nice things about my character and I’m so moved by their support.

SR. Just to finish. Can you share with us any story off set?

CS. My favourite times off set must be when all of us used to go Karaoke. In China we had a Karaoke place inside the hotel and we went there every time.

Also going to the Big Wall of China with John Boyega and the boys was surreal!

Pacific Rim: Uprising on 4K, 3D, Blu-ray & DVD June 4, 2018

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