Hotel Transylvania is opening its doors to moviegoers everywhere, just as kids begin to think about Halloween. Even though the resort is marketed to monsters, this is not a scary movie. It is actually quite funny and you won’t dread watching it with your kids. “I think it’s a good father-daughter movie,” says actress Selena Gomez, starring as Dracula’s daughter, Mavis, in this animated film. Adam Sandler plays the count, which is portrayed as an overprotective father.
The voice talent can’t get much funnier. Other characters in the film feature the voices of Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, and CeeLo Green. Even if it’s just animation, expect to laugh at the characters they built by just using their voices. Being a voiceover actor for the first time was a challenge for Gomez: “It was really weird to at first to get used to it, getting used to the timing of other characters.” But taking on her role as Mavis “was a no-brainer” for her, since “you don’t say no to Adam,” explains the petite brunette when referring to Adam Sandler, who also is one of the executive producers.
Hotel Transylvania, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky is Selena Gomez’s first animated feature film but she’s no stranger to the supernatural, as any tween will gladly tell you, after starring as Alex Russo on the Disney Channel’s The Wizards of Waverly Place. My daughter has been her fan for years, watching Selena on TV, listening to her music and even going to the screening of Montecarlo at the tender age of 6.
So, when I had the chance to interview the beautiful twenty-year old that is idolized by girls, tweens and teens everywhere, I jumped at the opportunity because I was curious to find out more about her. My daughter stayed home and no, I did not bring home pictures or an autograph, but I did leave the Soho Beach House in Miami with a sense of awe of the woman Selena Gomez has become. Her resume makes you feel like an underachiever.
Growing up in the limelight
At first glance, Selena looks very relaxed, dressed casually in skinny jeans, nude heels and a pink sleeveless shirt. When you hear her speak, you forget she is just 20 years old and the girlfriend of that famous Canadian pop superstar with the initials JB. You forget she has her own perfume, has filmed 4 movies this year alone and that she has her own clothing line at Kmart. You forget she did her first audition when she was barely eleven years old. You forget she graduated high school a couple of years ago while filming on set in Europe.
You forget all of that because she is mature beyond her years.
“I think it’s unfair when you’re 15, 16, 17 to be critical of a child. So that was a little weird. It was kind of a giant high school for me growing up because every single person had an opinion and sometimes it wasn’t nice and I did care a lot about that, because when you are a teen you care so much about what other people think,” says Selena Gomez. “But now that I am older, now I really, definitely could care less now.”
Which might come in handy when dealing with the press and real life. So I have to ask her whether she thinks humans are scary. Selena Gomez laughs. “Sometimes, of course, absolutely. But I think this movie twists it. The monsters are the good ones, and the humans are the bad people, so it’s cute.”
Selena Gomez gives advice to teens: meet in the middle
In Hotel Transylvania, Selena’s character, vampire-teen Mavis, reaches a major milestone (turning 118 is equivalent to your 18th birthday if you’re human), but it is her struggle to assert her independence from her father that makes her very human-like. Mavis realizes that the world she grew up in was carefully shielded and that despite her father’s best intentions (the overbearing Count Dracula, who is a widower and single parent), there is a very different world she wants to explore.
Selena Gomez already went through the struggles of her teen years and she had to find a way to reach a deal with her well-meaning but protective mom. Her advice to teens? “You’ve got to meet in the middle,” she says. “It’s all just about communicating.”
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