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America Ferrera and Jay Baruchel on How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

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In celebration of the upcoming release of How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in theaters this Friday, I went to DreamWorks Animation studios to talk with America Ferrera and Jay Baruchel about their roles in bringing the film to life.

Hiccup in How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

The night before talking with the actors, I had a chance to see the film, and it was one of the best “How to Train Your Dragon” films ever made. I arrived at the studio excited to learn more about the making of the film. Our day started with an interactive scavenger hunt around the studio along with making a fun video flying on toothless.

America Ferrera in How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

We then went into a room where we had a chance to talk with the actors about the making of the film. We started by asking Jay Baruchel what he thinks kids will take away from the film. He said, “The biggest one is that change is inherently difficult, but just because it’s difficult it’s not to be avoided. That it’s an inherent part of growing up, that everything is kind of bittersweet if it’s important, that nothing worth experiencing comes easy. I think that it’s like seeing where he started and where he ends up and how this is the kind of promise of all that potential. If you’re born in the margins and told that everything you have is failings, well, they can actually be virtues, and that just because stuff is a certain way doesn’t mean it has to be that way. And it’s quite a hopeful outlook, I think.”

America Ferrera added by saying, “I think whether you’re a kid or an adult, that is the ongoing journey, the world continues to change, nothing is certain except birth, things are going to change. And we have to keep finding the courage to say, “Okay, can I pass this threshold, can I become who I need to be to meet this next challenge, to step into this brave, new opportunity or difficulty?”

“The movies are so fun and so beautiful to watch, but, really, I think the true success of this film lies in the heart and the deep meaning that exists with all of the characters.” America Ferrera

Toothless in How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

The hardest thing about the release of this film is that it is the final movie in the series. I know that I am so sad that it is the last film, along with other How to Train Your Dragon fans. We asked the actors what it feels like to them seeing it end. Jay Baruchel said, “I don’t know that I’ve processed it completely that it’s over.” He continued to say, “I suspect when all is said and done and we finish promoting it and getting the word out and all that, and I go home and have a moment’s rest, it will all come crashing down, I think.”

The subject that was on everyone’s mind is whether or not the characters are similar to them in real life. America Ferrera said, “I feel like I’m pretty close to Astrid, aside from, you know, the ax-wielding skills and her fearlessness. I love to be physical. I played sports growing up, and I trained for triathlons. It doesn’t come as easy to me as it comes to Astrid. But, I think for her and Hiccup in the series, they know who they are deep down inside. And they remind each other what matters. And, really, they remind each other who each other is when one of them forgets.” Jay Baruchel added by saying, “I didn’t do all the stuff boys do where I’m from. And so, I identify with that kind of inherent outsider’s perspective. But like him, incredibly connected and loyal and patriotic to where I’m from.”

Jay Baruchel in How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

For fun, we asked America Ferrera what her hidden world would be like. She said, “My hidden world would have a lot of soft beanbags to take naps in because I’m a new mom. So, sleeping is probably all I would do in my hidden world and then have a big Netflix screen and popcorn and Sour Patch kids.”

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Don’t miss bringing your family to see How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in theaters this Friday. It is such a beautiful heartwarming story that your children are going to love. Learn more about the film on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Share your love for the film on social media using the hashtag #HowToTrainYourDragon.

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