Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is set to open its doors to moviegoers in exactly one week and ahead of the film's T-Rex-sized anticipated premiere, the stars of the Jurassic World sequel made the press rounds to whet our appetite for the dino-filled movie.
During the movie's recent press junket, Fallen Kingdom co-stars Justice Smith (Franklin Webb) and Daniella Pineda (Dr. Zia Rodriguez) sat down with SYFY WIRE's Whitney Moore to chat about director J.A. Bayona's movie. The duo revealed how they felt about landing a gig on such a huge blockbuster film and opened up about their characters.
"It was really fun to play Franklin cause I got to explore his vulnerabilities and his sensitivities and I got to really let it go with the yells and the screams," Smith told us about playing former Jurassic World IT technician and the Dinosaur Protection Group's resident systems analyst and hacker.
“So that was cool to explore. And also I had a lot of fun being scared constantly by J.A. [Bayona] who wouldn't tell me when things were gonna happen so he would get a real response out of me," he concluded, with both Smith and Pineda adding that a lot of the reactions we see from them are pretty genuine thanks to Bayona's scare tactics.
Even though filming on the second Jurassic World entry was intense, Smith and Pineda said it was also a lot of fun, with Pineda comparing the experience to going to Camp Jurassic. Pineda also discussed getting to work with a London veterinarian who worked with African reptilian wildlife to prepare for her role and learning some mad surgical skills.
Like Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff Goldblum (who received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday) before them, the two young actors were also asked if they could engineer a dinosaur, what would it do and what would they call it. They also shared their thoughts on why feathers on dinosaurs make them more terrifying.
Dive into our exclusive interview for more and chime in with your thoughts below. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens on June 22.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.