The My Spy release got caught off-guard when everything came to a halt. It also happens to be the last movie JaMonkey and I saw in the theaters. It's a fun family movie with an added bonus of action and Dave Bautista making a fool out of himself with his dancing moves.
My Spy premieres on Amazon Prime today!
Keep in mind that My Spy is rated PG-13, but I think it falls into the same category as any superhero-style movie with language and action scenes. What sets the movie apart is the hilarious chemistry between Bautista and knock out co-star, Chloe Coleman. I participated in a virtual roundtable with Coleman, who is a joy; please listen to the full interview. It's really great. Here are some of my highlights.
Chloe is very vocal on social media about wearing face masks and the black lives matter movement. She brought us to tears with this amazing statement.
CC: The experience that we've all been going through right now has really been a learning experience for me and my generation because I really believe that our generation is here to make a change. Because we know and we understand what's going on, and we're here to help others understand, and I want to use my voice to help others and make people understand that black lives matter. I believe black lives matter because I'm half black, and my dad's black and my mom is white, and it's always been an important role. It never has not been. It's something that everybody should respect and know, and I want to be able to use my voice to make sure people know that.
In the movie, Sophie learns how to be a spy from JJ. I wanted to know if there was one skill Chloe would love to learn in real life.
CC: Sophie is so manipulative, the way that she blackmails JJ is so smart. If I could do that and I would. She gets her way all the time with him because she has information that she can just expose him, and if I was able to do that, I think that would be pretty cool.
How alike are you to your character Sophie?
CC: I think Sophie, like I said she's very manipulative, and I would never. She's also a techie. She really loves tech; that is something we have in common because I love using technology to edit and stuff like that, and she uses it to go and find them in their little hideout. She finds out a way to blackmail him and record it like she has this planned out. Look, I would not be able to come up with that on the spot. But I also think that we both struggle a bit in school. I know that she gets bullied, I don't get bullied, but I understand how she can just struggle sometimes to fit in because it's hard in schools. I really love my school, and they're super supportive, but sometimes when you're gone for a long time when I go to a film, and you come back, you just feel out of the loop kind of, and I understand how she could feel coming into a new town.
What is the funniest thing that happened on set?
CC: Our director Pete Siegel did a lot of swearing, and I had a swear jar around the set. I don't know how he didn't learn from the experience because I could sneak up on him and every time it would happen so much, and I would catch him swearing, and I'd be like ‘swear jar you have to pay,' and he would just get so upset but he just never learned from it it was so funny because I kept getting him over and over again.
Watch the full interview here for more!
My Spy follows JJ a hardened CIA operative (Dave Bautista) who has been demoted and finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, named Sophie (Chloe Coleman) where he has been sent undercover begrudgingly to surveil her family. When Sophie discovers hidden cameras in her apartment, she uses her tech-savviness to locate where the surveillance operation is set. In exchange for not blowing JJ’s cover, Sophie convinces him to spend time with her and teach her to be a spy. Despite his reluctance, JJ finds he is no match for Sophie’s disarming charm and wit. The hilarious actioner is directed by Peter Segal from a script penned by Jon and Erich Hoeber and stars Dave Bautista, Chloe Coleman, Kristen Schaal, Parisa Fitz-Henley and Ken Jeong. Producers are Chris Bender, Peter Segal, Jake Weiner, Robert Simonds, Gigi Pritzker, Dave Bautista, and Jonathan Meisner.