Please tell me you saw Thor Ragnarok in theaters this weekend!!!! I really hope you did! It is a truly amazing movie that I can’t wait to see a few times to pick out all of the fun. Today I am excited to share our Thor Ragnarok Rachel House interview.
Rachel House was hilarious, down to earth, real and wonderful to talk with. She was open and engaging while really showing how much she loves working with Director Taika Waititi. She has worked with him previously on his smaller budget films so this was a big change from their previous projects. You may recognize Rachel’s voice from another Disney project. She was Gramma Tala in Moana! Yes, she is the voice that made us all cry.
Thankfully in Thor Ragnarok she is hilarious and I am in awe of how she kept it together with so much happening around her.
While you were filming the scenes, there was a lot like really deadpan stuff. How hard was it to keep a straight face with all of that, which is hilarious?
I’m pretty used to keeping a straight face, ‘cause I’ve done a lot of Taika’s films, and it’s always like that. Some of the other actors weren’t so good at it. Like losing it. Like they were losing it, especially Jeff Goldblum, ‘cause he was so funny. That’s not even half of it what you see. It’s not even a quarter of what, of the improvisation and stuff that we were doing. And Jeff was just so masterful at improvisation.
Speaking of that, what was your favorite scene that didn’t make it, or something that you wish had made it in?
There’s a lot, and I think, I believe that they’re gonna do a little kinda gag real maybe…with the release of the, something like that Taika was saying last night. There’s a whole thing we do with writing out a check, which is so bizarre in that environment.
What’s your favorite part about working with Taika?
Just the fun.
What was that like transforming to this character?
Kind of easy-ish. It’s a kind of character that Taika always makes me play. You know what I mean?
It’s funny, ‘cause I just play all these really mean characters, and I’m not mean at all. I’m sort of really ooh about meanness. So I, think he kind of enjoys that.
How did you first get approached for this film? Did he come straight for you?
I got a top-secret audition that I had to do through my agent. And, she said, “Oh, it’s for Marvel.”
And I said, “Well, that’ll be Taika.” You know, of course, it will. And she went, “Oh yeah, of course it will.” And, then I was given this tiny little saying with a few lines. And then did a tape with, you know, ‘cause it’s, New Zealand is so small, so one of my buddies, who’s a casting director, he filmed. It was just like doing it and then sent it off. And then got a very kind of drawl, email from Taika saying, “Oh, by the way, you got the role.” You know, which is really lovely. I don’t know if they saw any other people. I’m not sure.
But he sort of, I think he kinds of tried to make it what he wanted to see me do, even though most of it hasn’t ended up in the film, but that’s okay. It’s okay. There’s better stuff in the film.
How did you get involved with Taika in the first place?
We’ve known each other since, I met him when he was 17.
He was in a play in this little theater in Wellington, and he was the best thing about it, you know? And, I was a couple years older, and at drama school at the time. And, Wellington and I just met him after and said, “You were so great. You know, thank you so much.” And then started becoming a fan of his little crazy comedy stuff that he’d do with Jemaine and Bret, and another guy called Nigel Collins.
They had this really crazy little, they just did the most stupid things, they’d have sword fights with straws and, re-enact style wars. And, you know, that was their comedy. So, I became a very big fan. From then, we just kept staying in touch. And I had no idea he was gonna end up being an awesome film director. He was an artist, and an actor, and a comedian.
What did you find most challenging as a performer on set every day?
To be honest, my costume. It was really stiff. It was hard to move. And also, when we were doing that spaceship scene, like I was grr, ‘cause it’s quite stiff. It’s beautifully made.
Make sure and head to the theaters to see Thor Ragnarok this week!
Check out the trailer…
Mark your calendars for November 3rd, 2017 to hit the theaters for Thor Ragnarok! Trust me you will want to see the movie as soon as you can!!!!
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first, he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!
“Thor: Ragnarok” is directed by Taika Waititi and returns Chris Hemsworth starring as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. Kevin Feige is producing with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle & Christopher L. Yost wrote the screenplay. Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” thunders into U.S. theaters on November 3, 2017.