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…
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.