Stars Charlie Hall and Sabrina Haskett chat about Netflix’s upcoming teen movie Moxie and share their characters’ backstories.
Moxie hits Netflix on March 3, and the Amy Poehler-directed film promises plenty of teen spirit. In particular, the normally shy Vivian (Hadley Robinson, Utopia) rebels with a cause after learning more about the Riot grrrl days from her mother (played by Poehler herself).
Soon enough, his anonymously published fanzine reaches every corner of the school and affects students in different ways. Classmates like Kaitlynn (Sabrina Haskett, the next Happy hazel) eventually find a platform to voice their issues, while others like Bradley (Charlie Hall, With love, Victor) I don’t know what to do with the whole thing.
Hall and Haskett spoke with Screen Rant about the ways their characters are inspired by the movie, the off-screen bond, and what the word “moxie” now means to them.
Sabrina, could you talk about how Kaitlynn is inspired or empowered by Moxie?
Sabrina Haskett: Yes, of course. I think at first, she doesn’t really understand much of what Moxie stands for. She thinks it’s cool, she likes what it means and what it’s talking about, but I don’t think she really finds her voice or really what it represents until the middle of the dress code protest.
But I think it’s really cool how Vivian may not have made Moxie want to manage to specifically fight the dress code, but along the way, everyone finds their own fight to fight. And I think that’s really cool.
On the other hand, Bradley is a bit more between the war of two worlds with Mitchell and Moxie. Can you talk about his position at the beginning of the movie?
Charlie Hall: Yeah, I think at the beginning of the movie, I guess he just wants everyone to be happy. And that could mean keeping the status quo a bit, which is not always the solution.
I think as the story progresses, I hope he learns that and participates. I am not going to say [what]But he participates in something at the end that I think means that maybe he has learned the lesson that sometimes you have to fight against these rules. And sometimes you have to act.
I loved the Moxie girls’ on-screen bonding, because I really felt like they were really connected. How were the off-screen conversations for you, Sabrina? And what did you learn in real life from the script, Charlie?
Sabrina Haskett: I think what’s really special about Moxie is that that bond you see on the screen is also in real life. I think we all became best friends throughout this experience. To this day, we are all very close; we talk almost every day or every week, at least. I really have a love for each and every one of those girls in Moxie, and in this cast, which I think is very special to be able to reflect that beginning.
Charlie Hall: One thing I learned is that off-screen chemistry definitely leads to on-screen chemistry, that’s for sure. And then in terms of the overall message of the movie, I think I learned, or at least my knowledge of this was reinforced, that when they work together, there is really nothing that they can’t achieve. It doesn’t matter how big the goal is.
I love the morning announcements, they were so much fun. Was there any improvisation for them and how were they going to film?
Charlie Hall: Yeah, there was a lot of improv with them, which was a lot of fun. Especially when Amy Poehler is her director, she’s lucky to have one of the best improvisers ever. Like making new jokes and new lines, it definitely happened all the time with those morning announcements.
Although we also had a teleprompter, which was fine. But that was constantly changing, and we were popping up a lot in witty lines. So, improvisation was present and always happening.
Sabrina, how did having Amy Poehler as a director help you shape your character and inspire you as a woman in power?
Sabrina Haskett: Starting out, it was very intimidating to learn that Amy Poehler will be your director. I think I was very nervous, especially knowing the impact of what this message was going to be and wanting to be able to portray this character well, and really give him the character he deserved.
The best thing about having Amy as your director is that she makes you feel very comfortable. She was able to not only direct me, but also allow me to find my own character and really give her the way I wanted to bring her to life. She would just guide you. It was never really like, “This is how it’s supposed to be and this is how you’re supposed to do it.” It was a lot, “I want you to find that inside of you and bring it out.” It was very genuine and authentic, which I really love about her.
And Amy constantly inspires me every day. She is constantly growing and changing and finding new ways to do something stronger and more powerful and stand up for what is right, which I think is so admirable.
If everyone had to describe their characters with three adjectives, what would they use?
Charlie Hall: I’d say he’s energetic, clumsy, and nervous.
Sabrina Haskett: This is difficult. I’d say willing, smart, and strong.
What do you get out of the word “moxie” now after being in the movie? What does moxie mean to you?
Sabrina Haskett: I think for me, Moxie is just standing up for what you believe in, even if it’s somewhat unpopular. Don’t be afraid of what others think, but do the right thing anyway.
Charlie Hall: Yes, for me, definitely all of that. And also, there is a sense of perseverance. I think with that word, it’s like no matter what obstacles appear, they go through the wall. Just break it. Keep going.
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