Aussie IN AU­RADON

Aussie ac­tor Mitch Hope is liv­ing the dream! This month you can catch him in the Dis­ney Chan­nel movie De­scen­dants, which is all about the teenage kids of your fave Dis­ney char­ac­ters! We had a chat to Mitch to nd out all about it…

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HOW WOULD YOU DE­SCRIBE THE FILM?

Up un­til now you could only re­ally imag­ine the next gen­er­a­tion of Dis­ney char­ac­ters, so now it’s fi­nally be­ing put into life and to see what would have hap­pened and to see the next chap­ter… The film is the idea that you are the master of your own des­tiny. You can choose your fate and you can choose who you are go­ing to be.

BEN IS THE DE­SCEN­DANT OF BELLE AND THE BEAST. ARE YOU A BEAUTY AND THE BEAST FAN?

Beauty and the Beast was one of the first movies I ever saw. I was very young and my Mum said it was the first movie I ever saw in the cin­ema.

YOUR CHAR­AC­TER GIVES THE DE­SCEN­DANTS A SEC­OND CHANCE. ARE YOU A STRONG BE­LIEVER IN SEC­OND CHANCES?

Yes, I am def­i­nitely a strong be­liever in sec­ond chances. Ben has a very strong sense of moral judge­ment, he will al­ways stand for what’s right and against what’s not. I try to adapt that into my own per­son­al­ity, and just try­ing to think like ‘I want to speak my mind’ and I want to do the right thing. The whole story of sec­ond chances is a very big thing. You can’t hold grudges.

IF YOU COULD PLAY ANY OF THE OTHER DE­SCEN­DANTS, WHO WOULD YOU PLAY?

I would like to play Jay. He is a rebel and a bad kid, but at the same time he is very aware of what he is do­ing and is very switched on. That’s just like on the same level as Ben, but on a dif­fer­ent spec­trum.

WHAT WAS THE AU­DI­TION LIKE?

I quit act­ing in 2013. I thought, ‘This is amaz­ing and I love act­ing and I can’t get away from it, but I need to get a real job and I need to go to uni. If I want to keep act­ing then I have to sup­port it some­how.’ So I called my agent, and I said, “I’m sorry, but I have to go out into the real world.” She said, “Please just do one last au­di­tion”. So I did the au­di­tion and then two weeks later I had a call back… and then another two weeks later she called me and said “You are go­ing to LA”. And I’m like

“Oh right, okay!”

WHAT WAS IT LIKE WHEN YOU FIRST STEPPED ON SET?

I was so scared, ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fied. I was so anx­ious. I went in and I started

twitch­ing a lit­tle, like I kept rub­bing my hands to­gether. I was look­ing down say­ing my lines and then Kristin Chenoweth came over and was like “hey, don’t worry, just re­lax”... Ev­ery­one was so cool though. I was so ner­vous and ev­ery­one knew it was my first time and they all helped me through it and were re­ally sup­port­ive. I’m so thank­ful for that.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE MEM­ORY FROM FILM­ING?

There is a scene at a lake in a for­est and I never felt more in a Dis­ney mag­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment. It was so real. It should have been an an­i­ma­tion, but it was real. It was all there. And it was in­cred­i­ble; you got en­cap­su­lated in this mag­i­cal world.

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