Hutch Dano keeps himself warm as he flashes the JJJ coasters on the Den Brother set earlier this year in Salt Lake City, Utah.
On the chemistry between him and G: “Sheâ€™s great. We went in for a chemistry read together just to see because weâ€™re supposed to be brother and sister so weâ€™re not gonna wing that one. We went in and she was so great. She knew all her lines. Not all 11-year-old actresses know their lines. Itâ€™s just not how it works but she was so professional. She knew everything she was supposed to do and our chemistry was really great. Just from the very beginning in the chemistry read and itâ€™s only gotten better the more and more weâ€™ve hung out on set.”
On dressing up like a elderly woman in the movie: “Itâ€™s not doing it for me. Itâ€™s so not. When stuff like to you happens youâ€™re like, ‘Iâ€™m an actor, Iâ€™m not supposed to get embarrassed’ but when thereâ€™s 300 extras and theyâ€™re all staring at you because you have old womanâ€™s make-up on and you look like a freak…You canâ€™t help but look and be like, ‘Gosh, I’m feeling a little embarrassed right now because everyoneâ€™s supposed to be cheering for the hockey crowd and theyâ€™re staring at me.’ But it was definitely fun to just be somebody completely different.”
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On his character, Alex Pearson: “Heâ€™s a real egotistical dude which is one of the things right off the bat. Heâ€™s oblivious to everyone elses feelings. He just thinks about himself constantly, which I donâ€™t blame him for because he just doesnâ€™t get it. Heâ€™s just oblivious. He could have volunteered down at the soup kitchen and heâ€™ll find a way to say that he only needs to do it for two minutes so he can come back and watch the basketball game – It just doesn’t register.
“But he loves his sister [G Hannelius] which is one of his most redeeming qualities in the movie because heâ€™s willing to do just about anything for her â€“ his family practically, thatâ€™s one of the things. So you know from the very get-go when heâ€™s watching TV with his sister and sheâ€™s watching like pony princesses or something, he really isnâ€™t this completely egotistical guy that everyone would think isnâ€™t cool. He actually does have a heart and slowly but surely the more he hang out with his sister, he becomes this nicer, nicer guy. Eventually by the end of it, he doesnâ€™t really have any of that ego that we see in the beginning.”
On working alongside Kelsey: “Itâ€™s great. Well for me, whenever I have a love interest Iâ€™m always worried becauseâ€¦ Oh crap. What if we donâ€™t have chemistry? We have to force the chemistry which makes thing harder. All together it can be hard if you donâ€™t have that chemistry right off the bat and I didnâ€™t get to read with her beforehand. So we met and we talked and we did the read through and our chemistry really locked together really well. She was a really nice girl, really fun to talk with and we got to know each other a little bit for the characterâ€™s sake and just altogether you wanna know the actors youâ€™re working with. So now we just have a really cool friendship. The scenes have gone really well. Weâ€™re actually doing the date scene tonight so itâ€™s coming up. Itâ€™s right around the corner and by the time this gets printed weâ€™ll be way past the corner.”
On the funniest scene in the movie: “One of my favorite scenes is when I jump onto the ice as Mrs. Zamboni and I have all grandma make-up on and I score the final goal and then I go to the stands of people who are cheering my name and Iâ€™m like all wrinkled and old and I have all this make-up on. Itâ€™s a really funny scene. It was so much fun to do cause Iâ€™m like skating around and I would forget that I had all this stuff on and one of the camera crew thatâ€™s filming the b-roll or something would be like, ‘So howâ€™s it feel like to look like this and playing hockey’ and Iâ€™m, ‘Oh crap.’ I would realize it right there but it was a really fun scene to shoot.”
On forcing chores off on siblings: “My sistersâ€™ would never allow it. I mean I could give it a try if I wanted to and be like, ‘Hey Abby, you wanna come in, itâ€™s really fun, you just gotta pick up a bunch of stuff from my room.’ She wouldnâ€™t buy it. Maybe sheâ€™d do it for like a minute and then sheâ€™d realize ‘Wait a second, Iâ€™ve been fooled’ and sheâ€™d leave. But I wouldnâ€™t want to do that just because theyâ€™d never done it to me. This is one of those things that if my sisters started doing it to me, Iâ€™d try to do it to them. Thatâ€™s kinda how our relationship goes. If you strike on me, Iâ€™ll strike on you. If you donâ€™t then white flag, peace, weâ€™re all good. But I love my sisters so we always have our little inside jokes and things that we try to pull on each other.”
Den Brother premieres THIS FRIDAY, Friday, August 13 @ 8PM ET/PT on Disney Channel.
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