‘Once you get Pierce Brosnan dancing, you can’t stop him!’
NICHOLA TREHERNE, 59, is the film’s associate choreographer and also worked on the first movie. She lives with her husband, Kim, and they have two grown-up children.
“The Mamma Mia! sequel came out of the blue for me. Last year I got a call from the choreographer, Anthony Van Laast, saying, ‘Are you busy over the summer?’ He said, ‘There’s a possibility of another Mamma Mia! movie.’ I was so excited – to get an opportunity to do another film was like winning the lottery.
As the main cast members arrived for rehearsals, the 10 years between the two films seemed to melt away. Meryl came over to me and said, ‘Hello, how are you? How’s the family?’ – she remembered everything. Working with her is like heaven; she really listens and she wants to get everything right.
Julie Walters never stops being funny. She treats everyone with warmth. During filming, she received her damehood and we had a great moment celebrating. We were filming a scene in Donna’s taverna, and Julie, Christine and Amanda [Seyfried] were sitting on a sofa. I got all the dancers who play the taverna staff to serenade Julie with There is Nothin’ Like
a Dame from the musical South Pacific.
Of course, Julie found it hysterical!
Cher was a joy and would work until 10pm each night. She would say to Lucy, the choreography assistant, and me, ‘I need to keep going over this routine.’ The original cast members found the dancing a lot easier this time around. Pierce adores dancing, anyway – once he gets going, you can’t stop him. Even when filming has stopped, he carries on!
My funniest moment on set was when we were filming a dance number outside, and it had to be shot by a helicopter. There were about 200 people involved and my colleague, Lucy, and I were putting the principal cast members in their places. Then we heard the helicopter coming, so urgently had to get out of the shot… I frantically got Pierce into position, then Lucy, who was five months pregnant, ran one way and jumped into a boat. I ran another way and there was nowhere I could go but jump into some bushes head first. I still don’t know if there are any shots of my feet sticking out of a bush!”