‘Once you get Pierce Bros­nan dancing, you can’t stop him!’

Woman & Home (South Africa) - - Behind The Scenes -

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!”

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