In another clip from Variety‘s “Actors On Actors” series, Sterling K. Brown and Laura Dern sit down for an extended chat.
In addition to his weighty dramatic turn in the upcoming family drama “Waves”, Brown also provides a voice in the new Disney animated feature “Frozen 2”. Discussing the importance of inclusion and seeing a character of colour in the Disney world, the actor tells Dern it’s been a long time coming.
“I love that there’s a character of colour in this world of Arendelle,” he explains. “I think for such a long time black folks have had to wonder, What would it be like to have someone like me in this show, what would it be like to be Superman or Batman? And then you get ‘Black Panther’. Now, we have this character, Lieutenant Mattias, who I get the chance to vocalize, and I have a little action figure and Legos, and I’m like, ‘Ah, it’s really happening.'”
The movie’s message is also one of female empowerment that Brown can get behind.
“I’ve seen bits and pieces and it is every bit an action-adventure movie led by these two heroines that happen to be sisters, and they choose each other over and over again, they don’t need some dude to come save the day, they can save themselves,” he tells Dern. “I love being a part of that.”
As part of their lengthy chat, “Marriage Story” star Dern opens up about becoming a child actor and being raised by her actor-parents, Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd.
“I started making movies as an 11-year-old, and so becoming an adult actor is an amazing feeling because I’ve been raised by all these filmmakers who forced me to dive into the deep end,” she says. “Complicated, amazing, fearless filmmakers who would create insane circumstances or worlds — but ask me to be incredibly honest in it, or have something simple and honest, and asked me to be radically insane in those worlds. And so I think that’s where you get your bravery. And my parents are incredibly fearless, beautiful actors, and I watched them be fearless in areas and fearful in areas.”
Despite coming from a family of actors, Dern says her parents tried to steer her into other professions.
“My mom discouraged me, because as a woman in the film industry, she was worried for me, especially as a child. And my dad assumed I’d find something else interesting. But I went into the family business, and playing these wildly cracked-open people are the greatest time you could ever ask for,” she adds.
Watch the full conversations between Dern and Brown below.