Levi Miller and Deric McCabe Talks A Wrinkle In Time
A Wrinkle In Time is now playing in theaters everywhere and I’ve been sharing posts from my time in Los Angeles where I had the opportunity to interview cast members, screenwriter Jennifer Lee, and director Ava DuVernay. If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out those posts be sure to go give them a read. I’m sure you’ll love them. My final post last week spotlighted the talented costume designer Paco Delgado but I wanted to share our interview with Levi Miller (“Calvin”) & Deric McCabe (“Charles Wallace Murry”).
Levi started the conversation talking to us about the process of getting cast in a film with so many powerhouse women in Hollywood. He talked about starting in Australia and then coming to the United States to finish the process.
Levi Miller: It was incredible. So like the audition process for me was from Australia, and then they flew me over to the states where I met Ava and Storm. Eventually after that I got the role it was incredible. Incredible. ‘Cause I always looked up to Oprah, and everyone, really, from when I was younger. And I’ve seen Selma as well, so like I love that movie. So it was interesting to be able to meet Ava, Oprah and Reese and Mindy.De
Deric plays Charles Wallace in the movie, there’s one scene where he is taken over by the ‘IT’ and the young actor was very convincing in his portrayal of the character. We asked him how did he channel that emotion when he was such a great kid in the first half of the movie.
Deric McCabe: So while Ava would tell me I had to be the sweetest boy in the universe, and then she’d tell me darkest mind in the world. So like, how do I transition to good to evil? So I just thought I had to be the darkest mind in the universe and so I had to get my mental mind to be a dark mind.
Since the movie is geared towards kids we asked the young men what were they hoping kids would take away from the movie and their characters in particular.
Levi: I mean from mine, for everyone really especially boys that it’s okay to be sensitive and that especially nowadays masculinity is so prominent. It’s really important. Especially like boys specifically my age and kinda going into young adulthood.
We talked about the dynamics on and offset with the kids in the movie. They seemed to work together so well in the film we wanted to know how it was working with the other kids on set.
Levi: I don’t have any younger siblings, so it’s kinda like a younger sibling to me. It’s funny ‘cause you see like from the start of filming to the end of filming you see how much he’s changed. It’s weird ‘cause it’s like they grow up so quickly.
In sharing about some of the things they did on set we asked the boys if they had done anything on the set that was memorable for them.
Levi: There was this part where we were going through the redwood forest and we were running through the forest and then somebody had set up like this obstacle course. So it was this insane obstacle course with trees and rocks all over the place. And I know it felt very adventurous ‘cause I’m a fan of Indiana Jones so it felt kinda cool running through it.
When we were talking to the guys about who they wanted to work with in the future, Deric was eager to add his response. It didn’t take him long to list his wish list actress.
Deric: Scarlett Johansson. That’s my date! She loves me, too. She loves me. She doesn’t know it yet. She doesn’t know it yet.
We asked about their favorite Mrs. from the film. We know a lot of us were excited about the chance to meet Oprah, so we wondered if they would have different responses.
Deric: I mean I like all of them but I really connected with Reese Witherspoon. I mean she was super nice. I mean they were all super nice but Reese was like really, really nice. She hugged me every day. She smelled so good.
Levi: I was always like inspired from Oprah from when I was really young. Being able to meet Oprah. I saw an interview when I was like eleven and I’ve always wanted to meet Oprah. So it was surreal being able to actually meet her and talk to her. She’s so down to earth.
ABOUT A WRINKLE IN TIME
From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.
Meg Murry is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who just wants to fit in. The daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother, Charles Wallace, but she has yet to realize it for herself. Complicating matters is the mysterious disappearance of Mr. Murry, which has left Meg devastated and her mother broken-hearted. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin to three celestial beings (Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who) who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they embark on their formidable quest. Traveling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil force. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must face the darkness within herself in order to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness rapidly enveloping the Universe.