PAW Patrol Cast Interview: Marsai Martin (Liberty) and Iain Armitage (Chase)

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PAW Patrol: The Movie is here, and we have a great interview with some of the cast members, Marsai Martin, who voices Liberty, and Iain Armitage, who voices Chase! See the full interview in the video below (Transcript below).

Meghan C.
Hi, I’m Meghan from Jamonkey. Thank you guys so much for joining us. So I have a question for Marsai, you have such amazing energy in the booth as limited Liberty, so I’m anxious to hear what is your process like getting that energy so that it kind of comes through in Liberty?

Marsai Martin
You know, what’s crazy, I really don’t have a process when it comes to voiceovers really, I just hop in the booth and just kind of go for it. The first session, I will say is the hardest because you’re really trying to start what the characters really gonna sound like. I mean, it’s really good to meet up. So when I just heard how wild and fun Liberty seemed to be throughout the lines, I was like, Okay, so this is obvious, like, This girl is wild with everything, like she’s super confident and determined. And even the first opening scene, it’s obvious that she is definitely a wild one. So it was so amazing to play a character such as Liberty and just to be loud, just to be fun, and have a good time throughout the whole entire film.

Amy
Hey, guys, Amy from as the bunny hops, and I would love to know what the recording process was like, were you guys working from home? Were you able to actually get into an actual recording studio? What was that process like?

Iain Armitage
Well, for this one. It’s funny because I did one other voice recording thing before COVID. And it was, oddly enough, actually pretty much the exact same process I’m in now. And also one before, we’re just put in like a little booth. And it has like padding all around. And you just have like a microphone. And I there’s like a little thing like a little camera, or there’s like a camera and like a screen that shows the people like the directors and people. And you’re just sitting there and like a chair or standing and you have your script. And then there’s like one person in the other room. It’s like a different booth. It’s just kind of like doing whatever they’re doing. So pretty much always it’s just me and my mom and my mom’s in a different room with the person who’s working all the switches and things. And I’m just sitting there just saying my thoughts.

Marsai Martin
Yeah, even at that, like, during a pandemic, it was different. So I had to do some recordings at home. So I was in this right here with this table that y’all are on. And I just set up a camera, and they set up. They sent over like a mic. And that’s what I did for like, I think, one or two sessions. And then when the restriction started to loosen, we came back and I think I had to do the lines over again because it just wasn’t it. It was just like, ‘Huh, you have a little sister. It’s gonna be little. It’s gonna be hard.’ So Oh, no, it was it’s pretty cool to see the whole process of it all.

Tessa
Hi, guys. I’m Tessa Smith with Mama’s geeky. We loved the movie. My daughters were especially excited to see another female pup step into the Paw Patrol. So Marsai, I’m curious too, are we going to see the Liberty again? Can you talk about that?

Marsai Martin
I don’t know. We’ve done the film. So we’ll see. It’s gonna be exciting to see her. If she ends up being in the series or something. I’m not sure. But we’ll see.

Meghan C.
So you guys mentioned going back into the studio to do some of your sessions. I’d love to know, were you able to see each other during some of these sessions to kind of chat together with any of the other characters?

Iain Armitage
No, it was, it’s funny because I actually have not even met more say in person, which is just crazy. Because we were in a whole movie together. We’ve done like 50 interviews together, and I’ve never even gotten a meet Marsai. But yeah, it’s all about corona. I’m not happy with that. But um, but yeah, actually, in general, for all voiceover stuff I’ve done and even for voiceover auditions. There’s generally no one else in the room with you, um, for a lot of sound reasons for and COVID reasons. Um, but yeah, I have not met any of my fellow castmates on PAW Patrol: The Movie in person. They’re all amazing people, though, and I cannot wait.

Amy
I would love to know how close are you guys in real life to your characters of Liberty and Chase?

Marsai Martin
Oh, I mean, some things Liberty do I’m like, ‘hold on, slow down girl.’ So I mean, it really depends, but the confidence-wise, we are kind of both in the same alley. And we kind of strive to do what we want to do. And Liberty has big dreams, I have big dreams, and we will work really hard to get it done. You know, so I think that’s one thing that we definitely have in common.

Tessa
Oh, yeah. And how about the same question for you Iain? How do you relate to Chase?

Iain Armitage
Well, I think he’s, oh my gosh, I think he’s just a very heroic and funny and brave guy. And he, he always tries to help others, which I think is a great quality. I think we should all try to be like, Chase. Because he’s, you know, he’s brave. He’s funny, he’s kind. And also, I think what’s interesting is in this movie, you really get to see him, face some fears and come out of it very briefly, which I think is a wonderful characteristic. And, you know, bravery is a not having fear. It’s having fear and facing your fears. Um, but yeah, he’s a wonderful character. Very glad to got I got to play him. Also, I think Liberty is pretty awesome too. I mean, I feel like if you merge the two together, you have like the perfect dog.

Meghan C.
So you both have a lot of great live-action roles under your belt, so I’m curious to know, Do you enjoy being in the sound booth and doing some voice acting which to prefer?

Marsai Martin
I love them both honestly, for multiple different reasons. I think with live-action, you are in the character like you have wardrobe, you have the people that you get to act with, it’s a whole different vibe. And it’s like, like building a reality. It’s kind of it’s kind of cool. But with voiceovers you get to walk in a studio with some sweats on and just being in a session for one or two hours and then you bounce you know, that’s, that’s about it. So it’s very different. And as you can tell, I can love them for two different reasons.

Iain Armitage
I mean, I love doing both of them. I think. I mean, I can’t see favorite, but I really enjoy doing live-action just because I’ve been doing it the longest. It feels very natural to me. But I do love voiceovers a lot and they’re really fun. And like Marsai, said you can just you could come in and pajamas and they wouldn’t care. I went to one and like a pajama shirt. Actually not kidding. I had like jeans on and like some kind of like dumb pajama shirt and I was just like, ‘Okay, I’m here.’

Marsai Martin
I don’t even wear jeans, I’ll be wearing a onesie. You got me in a dang onesie and I still have my house shoes on.

Meghan C.
Thank you so much. Have a great rest of your day. Thank you

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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.

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