Thanks to Warner Bros. for giving me early access to the film and access to the cast of Max 2: White House Hero. The opinions I share are my own.
I was ecstatic to get the chance to recently interview Zane Austin and Francesca Capaldi from the new Warner Bros. movie – Max 2: White House Hero. One of the actors, Francesca, is no stranger to our home, as my kids and I have been watching her rise to stardom through the hit tv series Dog with a Blog.
Francesca has also guest starred on several other Disney channel series, such as A.N.T Farm and Jessie. Plus, she made her way into motion picture movies through the titles The Dog Who Saved Summer and 3 Day Test.
So far, I think it’s safe to say that the movies Francesca is choosing to take roles in have quickly become favorites in our home. Therefore, when Warner Bros. reached out to me with an invitation to preview this new film and speak with the two starring actors, I jumped at the bit.
Max 2: White House Hero
Max 2: White House Hero is a sequel to the 2015 theatrical release. In this second film, Max the hero dog is sent to Washington D.C. to serve on the president’s secret service detail.
For the leading roles, Francesca Capaldi plays “Alex”, the daughter of a foreign leader. Alongside her, Zane Austin plays “JT”, the first son of the president. Together these two characters uncover a plot that would put both of their nations in jeopardy.
Here’s a quick peek at the trailer. This is one action-packed movie I know my family is not going to want to miss!
Get to Know the Stars: Zane Austin and Francesca Capaldi
Having a chance to speak with these two young actors was fun. They both have such amazing personalities and are seriously fabulous role models.
After speaking with these two, my daughter took the notes and read them over intently. Some of their answers made her grin ear to ear and I knew that she was inspired. Here are the questions that were asked of them and their answers.
What would you say your favorite part of acting in the movie Max 2: White House Hero was?
Zane: My favorite part would have to be when Coup threw me into a freezer. Also, doing the white water rafting. That was an amazing experience that I had never done before. It was so rushing! I actually felt like I was going to fall into the water. If I did, I wouldn’t really care because it would have been really awesome.
Francesca: My favorite part of filming the movie was when I was in the water after the raft had popped and I had to wear a dry suit that was really uncomfortable. [Even with that] it was so fun being in that river. I seriously had the best time! Also when I was kidnapped by Olga and Coup, it was fun because I had never done anything like that before. I also had to learn an accent.
I was really nervous that I would mess it up. .
Was it difficult to learn a [Russian] accent?
Francesca: On the show that I was on before, I did a few accents. I’ve never done Russian before so it was cool to do something new. I loved it. I was just really nervous that I would mess it up so hopefully I did a good job.
How fun or difficult was it working with Max?
Zane: It was crazy! There were four dogs that we worked with. Jagger was the main working dog and was with me most of the scenes. Dude was one the one who did all of the stunts.
Francesca: Yes and the other two were Carlos and Pax. Carlos is the face of the movie. He’s the one who did the posters and went to the movie premiers. Pax also does a lot of action but not as much as Dude. They were all very talented dogs.
When I first met him, he instantly came right up to me and I loved him at first sight.
Which dog was your favorite?
Francesca: My favorite would probably be Jagger because he was really loving. He liked to come up to you and give you kisses. He was so cute.
Zane: I would have to say my favorite was Jagger because when I first met him I heard that he doesn’t really like to jump on people or give them kisses a lot. But when I first met him he instantly came right up to me and I loved him at first sight. He was just the sweetest dog.
What attracted you to this role? What made you audition for it?
Zane: Seeing the first movie, I loved it. It was such a great movie and I really wanted to be able to be a part of it. So once I heard that I was auditioning for this I told my mom and dad “I’m going to get this role. I know that I am”. I love dogs and it just inspired me to get this.
Francesca: When I found out I was auditioning for this role I thought about when I went to the [first movie’s] premier. I remember watching the movie and thinking “Wow, this is so great”. [Then] when I went to the audition I was surprised because the script is nothing like the first one. This one is more of a family related movie. I really loved it. When I found out that I got the part I was so excited to be a part of this movie. Plus having a Russian accent sounded like so much fun.
I always try to remain positive. . and just do my best. .
Were you shy when you first started acting? If so, how did you get over the shyness?
Francesca: Well, I’ve never really been a shy person because I’ve always been really outgoing. Although I do get really nervous before I go in for auditions. I always try to remain positive and go over the lines and to just do my best because that’s really all that you can do.
What animal do you have at home?
Zane: I was a golden poodle named Wilson.
Francesca: I don’t have any animals at home but I really want a maltipoo though.
How was filming the kiss at the end?
Zane: We had to film that like thirty times so yeah..
Francesca: I remember I was really nervous because my mom always said to me that you only have one first kiss. So my mom said to me that it is not really your first real kiss, it’s your first “REEL” kiss.
Baseball and soccer have helped me have a normal life.
What do you two do besides work and school to be your age?
Francesca: I don’t live in LA and I think that helps. Also, most of my friends are not in the business and I think that helps keep a normal life for me.
Zane: What I do is play baseball with my friends. Baseball and soccer have helped me have a normal life.
What is your favorite junk food?
Francesca: My favorite candy is Hot Tamales or Swedish Fish. I also love sour cream and cheddar Lay’s.
Zane: My favorite is Taco Bells Doritos Loco Tacos. They’re the best.
As far as acting in movies goes, where do you want to see yourself in 5-10 years?
Zane: I would really like to work with Spielberg. For actors, I’d like to work with Chris Pratt and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Francesca: I would love to work with Meryl Streep because she is such and inspiration to me and Emma Stone because I think she is such an amazing actor.
Where will we see you next? What is your next project?
Zane: I’ve been doing a lot of commercials lately and I’ve recently done one with Old Navy.
Francesca: I’ve been doing a lot of modeling, singing, auditions, and school of course.
Max 2: White House Hero is available now for digital download and will be available on Blueray and DVD May 23rd.
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