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SE­QUEL PROM­ISES TO BE JUST AS PAWFECT AS THE FIRST DOGGY DE­LIGHT

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | SCREENLIFE - WORDS:SEANNACRON­IN A Dog’s Jour­ney is in cin­e­mas now.

Kathryn Prescott felt right at home on the set of A Dog’s Jour­ney.

The Lon­don-born ac­tor, best known for her role in the Bafta-win­ning teen drama Skins, was a dog lover long be­fore she signed on to the se­quel of the 2017 movie A Dog’s Pur­pose.

“I grew up with a lot of pets. We had five cats min­i­mum al­ways,” she says. “We also had a bearded dragon, ax­olotls, fer­rets, rab­bits, ev­ery­thing. Fi­nally we got two dogs when I was 16, and af­ter that I was like ‘Oh maybe I’m a dog per­son’. Then when I lived in Amer­ica I had my own English bull­dog called Maud.

“One of the rea­sons I wanted to do this film is I felt like I had seen the story of a young boy and his dog 100 times, but a story from a fe­male’s per­spec­tive – I thought it was weird it hadn’t been done be­fore.”

Based on W. Bruce Cameron’s best-sell­ing novel of the same name, A Dog’s Pur­pose shrugged off mostly neg­a­tive re­views to gross more than $200 mil­lion at the box of­fice world­wide.

Prescott joins re­turn­ing cast mem­bers Den­nis Quaid and Josh Gad in the se­quel. She plays the adult ver­sion of CJ, Ethan’s (Quaid) grand­daugh­ter whom his dog Bai­ley (voiced by Gad) swears to pro­tect.

“Get­ting to work with Den­nis was crazy. I’m a twin, so grow­ing up we used to watch The Par­ent Trap,” Prescott says.

“So when I re­alised I’d be do­ing a film with

him I was a lit­tle bit in­tim­i­dated by that, es­pe­cially be­cause he’d worked with the dogs be­fore.”

So is it true what they say about not work­ing with chil­dren or an­i­mals?

“I know they say that but I re­ally like work­ing with both as an ac­tor,” Prescott says.

“I prob­a­bly wouldn’t say that if I was the first AD (as­sis­tant di­rec­tor) try­ing to keep ev­ery­thing sched­uled, but as an ac­tor any­thing you can have in the room that feels real and in the mo­ment helps you.

“A child or a dog is just liv­ing in the re­al­ness of the mo­ment. They don’t care they’re on a film. They re­ally keep you in the mo­ment and make ev­ery­one a bet­ter ac­tor.”

Chi­nese K-pop star Henry Lau makes his English-speak­ing fea­ture film de­but op­po­site Prescott as CJ’S best friend Trent.

“Our char­ac­ters CJ and Trent go through some re­ally hard times in the film, so we worked re­ally closely to­gether,” he says. “I was a lit­tle bit ner­vous in the be­gin­ning, but she was just there for me just like CJ was for Trent. She made me feel re­ally re­laxed and she was al­ways play­ing the gui­tar. I’m the mu­si­cian in real life, but in this film she was the mu­si­cian.”

Prescott re­veals she was the one with nerves when it came to por­tray­ing CJ’S mu­si­cal am­bi­tions in front of such a tal­ented co-star.

“He’s this huge K-pop star so I didn’t know what to ex­pect, but Henry showed up and was the most hard-work­ing, unas­sum­ing. sweet and non-ego­tis­ti­cal per­son ever,” Prescott says.

“I Googled him and I was like ‘Oh my God this per­son is re­ally tal­ented, he can play in­stru­ments and I’m about to have to play the gui­tar with­out know­ing how to play the gui­tar in front of him’.

“Ap­par­ently he could hear me prac­tis­ing in my trailer, strum­ming the same chords and get­ting them wrong. He came in one time and said ‘Show me what you’re work­ing on’.”

Lau is con­fi­dent the se­quel will be just as warmly re­ceived as the orig­i­nal film.

“There are some re­ally pow­er­ful themes about love for pets, loved ones, fam­ily, for­give­ness and loss,” he says.

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