Thanks to Warner Bros. for giving me early access to the film and access to the cast of Daphne and Velma. The opinions I share are my own.
Do you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes during the production of a movie? What did the cast do to prepare? Who created the most hijinks on set? Well, today I wanted to share a few notes I wrote down from my recent telephone interview with Sarah Gilman. She’s the one who played Velma in the Warner Bro’s production of Daphne and Velma. Trust me, this isn’t something you want to miss!
Interview: Sarah Gilman of Daphne and Velma
Because we’ve already covered what the movie is about in the article linked above, let’s just dive right into the interview! My questions are listed in bold and Sarah’s answers follow. Enjoy!
What is the one thing you want girls to take away from the film?
I think what I want girls to take away from the film is that girls can do anything. Period. I think that this is a really good film that shows two young strong females who aren’t always talking about boys or waiting for someone to rescue them. [Daphne and Velma] are proactive and fast thinking. They are very real characters. They are scared at times and then find that inner strength and courage to keep moving forward and control their own destiny. I think that is a very important message to be in media right now for young females because historically we haven’t seen very much of it. I’m hoping that this is a strong message that really anybody who’s watching this movie can take from this film.
Were you a fan of Scooby Doo when you were younger and who was your favorite character?
Yes, I was a very big Scooby Doo fan! I was [probably] at the end of the generation to watch the original cartoon. My favorite character was either Velma or Shaggy. Those two were always the ones solving the mysteries and they were the ones who made me laugh. They were sassy and funny – so definitely a Scooby fan – definitely a Shaggy and Velma fan!
Do you have a favorite moment from behind the scenes on set?
We were filming in a real high school and when school got out we would come in with all of our equipment to film from 5 pm to 5 am. People were getting sort of tired, delirious and dare say, cranky at times. So Sarah (Daphne) and I would run around, making noises, and check in with everyone. There weren’t a lot of pranks done on set because everyone was working so hard all of the time and there weren’t many things that went wrong. So it was a pretty tame set in that respect but we definitely had a good time.
Who were your favorite female role models when you were younger and who are they now?
When I was younger my role model was Wonder Woman from the Justice League. I just thought that she was one that would tell the truth, a leader, and someone who could hold her own against the boys. I loved her growing up and now at 22, my role model is my mom. Seeing everything she sacrificed so me and my sister could have a really great life. She’s so smart and amazing with math. She’s a hard-working and tells the truth – she really shaped me into the person I am today.
Daphne and Velma are very different. Who would you say you are more like?
Definitely Velma! I am a very rational thinker to the point that it has gotten me in trouble. There were times when it was just method acting, we just connected so closely with traits that it didn’t feel like acting. It felt like I was just settling into myself.
What types of things did you do to prepare for this role?
I used to have my hair down to my waist but for this film, we had to cut it into the Velma hairstyle. Along with wardrobe, this stuff really does make a difference for me in terms of settling into the character. Then there was a lot of work that comes into it like knowing my lines. If I’m using my energy to remember the words then I’m not putting my full emotion into the acting. [Also] I didn’t go too crazy watching a bunch of Scooby Doo to prepare for this – a lot of the creativity and figuring out who Velma came from talking with our directors and our creative producers. We had to figure out who this three-dimensional Velma was going to be.
What work have you done in the past?
Most of my work has been on television or theatre – mostly sitcoms and comedies. This was my first real feature film experience and it was very different.
What were the biggest challenges you faced with this role and character?
The way that the pace moves – we filmed an entire movie in 17-18 days. Your memorizing lines a lot faster and a lot less time to work in the space. The biggest difficulty I had in portraying Velma was just the fear that I had to portray such an iconic character. There are so many people who know and love Velma – I was worried about making her a little different.
What made you decide to take this role?
I knew that if I said no to playing this iconic character I would regret it. And getting to work with such amazing people on the cast and crew! Plus, I’m studying at school to be a director and producer and this film is directed and produced by women! Seeing that in action and made possible is amazing!
In this movie, you get to do a lot of butt-kicking. Were you excited to explore this side of Velma?
Yes, when I read this script and saw that I have a fight scene I was so excited. This is usually a job left up to the guys and so being able to be the one who was the strong character was just the best of both worlds. They also let me just goof around.
What do you think makeScooby-Doooo, Velma, and Daphne so timeless?
For me personally, it’s the relationship between these five friends. I grew up watching them and I always wanted that to translate into my own life. I also think the mystery genre is a timeless type – it’s kinda fun and keeps you on your toes. It’s something that’s kind of fun for all ages to try and figure out.
Was there ever a time growing up when you and your friends were meddling kids?
I always tried to be a meddling kid but it never really panned out. (laugh)
Thank you, Sarah Gilman, for taking the time to talk with us! If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out her new movie Daphne and Velma. It is available on DVD and download May 22nd from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.