Disney Channel is about to air their 100th original movie. For those of us that that fell in love with the 80's version, Adventures in Babysitting, 2016 edition, is everything you hope it to be. As part of the Captain America: Civil War press junket, I was able to screen this movie and meet the stars, Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson. All thoughts and opinions shared here are my own.
Adventures In Babysitting, 2016 – See it June 24th
This movie is hysterical. For those of us that grew up with Elisabeth Shue as the original babysitter, you're going to love Sofia Carson and Sabrina Carpenter as the new babysitters. Yes, that's right, in this 2016 remake of Adventures In Babysitting we are getting double the trouble and double the fun with TWO babysitters.
The soundtrack is loaded with fun and catchy songs. We screened the movie months ago and I'm still bopping to a couple of those beats.
After screening the film–we were actually the FIRST to ever see the final version–we got to spend some time with Sofia Carson and Sabrina Carpenter. They are both gorgeous inside and out.
Q & A with Sofia Carson and Sabrina Carpenter
Both girls were witty, funny and endearingly sarcastic. We asked:
Did you have fun filming?
They both jokingly replied, “no.” Then they both spoke of their younger cast mates (the babysitees) with such high regard and warmth. Sabrina said they are “some of the most talented kids you'll ever meet–we've ever met. They were so professional and such a joy to work with. I wish I could babysit them.”
Sofia said “They became like our family. We all became like a family and we had little parties every weekend–all of us. We singing and dancing… karaoke and improv games… we had the greatest time.”
Now that you've grown so close, what's the funniest thing about each other?
Sabrina: “That's she's not that funny!”
Sofia: “That's what I was going to say! I'm not funny.”
Sabrina: “No, but that's what makes her funny is that she knows she's not funny… but with the script she's so funny! If she had writers for her all the time, she'd be so funny.
Sofia: “I'd be hysterical. Good thing I became an actress. And Sabrina's probably the funniest person you'll ever meet… she doesn't need a script.”
Sabrina: “Thanks. Love you.”
Sofia: “I love you.”
Can they get any cuter? The bond between them is simply precious. You can tell they're like sisters in real life.
Sabrina, had you seen the movie before and had you heard they were remaking it?
Sabrina: “Absolutely. Well, actually, I didn't hear that they were making it because Disney kind of came to both Sofia and I and we auditioned with each other immediately and we were the first to–if I'm correct–I think to read for the roles… and it worked. We're very lucky that it worked out perfectly.
I did see the movie. I was a big fan. My mom was a big fan of the movie so to be able to create a new version of such a classic, beloved tale, for this new generation, was something I was honored to do. And it was an incredible experience.”
How much of the stunts did you get to do yourselves?
Sabrina immediately pointed at Sofia and said “SHE gets to do. She's legal.” Being 16 at the time of filming (17 now) she's not allowed to do her own stunts.
Sofia: “I got to do all the stunts, which was cool.”
She then went on to describe how she was injured doing “the lamest stunt of the whole movie that I had to do.” She hurt her knee bad enough to where she actually has a scar. She had to run pretty quickly down a hill in one of the scenes but because they had wet the pavement (to make it look nice on camera) and she didn't have rubber soles on her shoes she totally wiped out. “But now I get to say that I fell doing a stunt.”
Sabrina: “I got to pretend drive… we have a lot of bloopers of me in the car.”
Turns out those bloopers will be on the DVD! So make sure to grab that as soon as it's out!
Do you guys have any real life stories from babysitting or from a babysitter?
Sofia: “I would babysit my little cousins. But they were such good kids. They're angels… So I have no funny stories! We got ice cream. I got chocolate. They got strawberry and they went to sleep. It was very easy. Nothing like what we experienced in this movie. There were no ferrets involved whatsoever.”
Sabrina: “I've never babysat, but once I locked a babysitter out of the house. ‘Cause I didn't really like her. It was me and my two older sisters… you know… they were older. They probably could have babysat me anyway.
Are you guys more of a Lola or a Jenny?
Sofia: “I would say I'm kind of an in between. Lola is this really cool, brave, free spirited young girl who isn't afraid to just live life, despite the consequences of sometimes making irresponsible decisions. But she's really passionate about her art and a very strong girl. I'm also very passionate about… I think we [Sabrina and I] both are, about what we do about our music and acting. And we're both also–I'm just going to answer this for both of us–independent girls. We both have really strong incredible moms, and they taught us to be strong girls and represent girl power. Lola and Jenny are both like that. Even though Jenny is a little more inside the box, she's still a strong, powerful young girl… Jenny is also not funny like me!”
Sabrina: “What she said… It's true though. I think I take from Lola because she's got that edgy sense of humor, and she's very passionate about her art. Whereas Jenny can't be creative to save her life. I think that's kind of what I spend my life doing. I will say that I am sort of a perfectionist like Jenny. I think it's good in our industry and what we do, to make sure we're always putting our best foot forward and that we care about what we're doing. I think that Jenny definitely cares a little too much sometimes, but that's okay. Especially when you're caring for kids. It's good to care a little bit too much.”
What was favorite part of the movie?
Sabrina: “One of my favorite scenes, besides where we first meet, because I think that totally shows the dynamic of these two new babysitters and gets you ready for the adventure you're about to go on… and the rap battle because that was really fun… I love the simple bathroom makeover scene for Jenny. Just because it's a time where she's not getting a full makeover where they're glamming her up and making her look like someone she's not… But just kind of letting her hair down in a way where she can be a little bit more adventurous like Lola. It just kind of shows you what she's taken from this whole adventure that they've had together and how she's a little bit more confident than she was before.”
Sofia: “I also love the rap battle scene. We got to be rappers for the first time in our lives–and our last–and it was just a fun scene to shoot. It was so high energy. The music was awesome. The energy in the club was great. The kids were so cute and so hysterical. We had a great shoot. And that moment was kind of the beginning of their friendship because until then, they never really understood each other or saw anything in each other they could relate to. But in that moment they kind of were on equal ground for the first time and were like ‘this girl's kinda cool…' Despite their differences, they start this really beautiful friendship throughout the film that is my favorite part of the movie.”
What affect does being a role model for young girls have on your personal life?
Sofia: “It is an honor to be able to be in a position where we can influence young girls. And it's a big responsibility, but it's a beautiful responsibility because as we were growing up, we looked up to actors and singers to be our role models as well. Their voice, what they stand for always influenced us so much. I think we're very lucky if they were to tell us stories, like Lola and Jenny's story.”
Sabrina: “Also the fact that I think Sophia and I both–see I'm speaking for you now–since we both had such big dreams and aspirations as to what we wanted to do… I think the fact that we've been able to figure out those dreams and not only get to do them everyday, but love what we do everyday is hopefully an inspiration to girls everywhere–and boys–to figure out what they want to do and make sure that whatever they do in life, that they love it, so they don't have to work a day in their life.”
Who were your role models growing up?
Sofia: “My role model's always been my mom. She's the most incredible woman in the world. I always strive to be just a little bit like her everyday. Even if it's just like 10% of what she is, that would be enough because she is truly my hero.”
Sabrina: “My mom and dad and my older sisters…my whole family… The Carpenter bunch is kind of a special bunch. My parents always stressed in my head that I was unique and that I was special, and that I was different. That I could do whatever I put my mind to. Those are the kind of people you want to have in your life forever and I'm lucky to call them family.”
Okay really though, after reading all that you must admit that these two young women are just dynamite in and out. Sweet, charming, intelligent, and thoughtful. I am thrilled that they are role models for my daughter and youth everywhere.