The Sleepover is the latest family film to debut on Netflix, and it’s a hit! A light hearted comedy, centered around one epic night of a “normal” family. I had the pleasure of interviewing some of the very talented cast. You have to hear what they enjoyed most about being on set and their laugh out loud moments.
The Sleepover – Interview with the cast Malin Akerman, Sadie Stanley, Cree Cicchino, Ken Marino, Maxwell Simkins & Lucas Jaye
I loved participating in a roundtable interview with the cast of The Sleepover. There are so funny and did a fantastic job making us all laugh in this movie. I loved being able to say hi to the these leading ladies and hilarious dudes. It was neat to hear some fun behind the scenes moments.
This movie is full of hilarious moments! Do you have a favorite funny moment that happened on or off camera?
Malin: It’s hard to say just one I think. I have to say we had a lot of laughs on set, some of them were laughing together, some of them were laughing at Ken Marino. When Ken had to do the vomiting scene, it was gross and funny all at once.
Cree: We had too many, like summer camp! My brain is going to the library set, it was an interesting night. It was a real, serious, practice library. We couldn’t touch anything , it was late at night. I remember having the cape on and running up the stairs into this big beautiful library and having our Hogwarts moment together.
Sadie: That reminds me of the other section we did in the library. I was behind the camera dying laughing the entire time. Cree is the last one to go through the tunnel and she goes on this whole rant about how she doesn’t want this adventure and this is the scary part in the movies where the four children go. And it was so self-aware, so witty, and quick that it made me laugh so hard.
Maxwell: My favorite moment from behind the scenes is when we were in the back of the shot on the bridge and Ken pulled out his phone and started playing Umbrella. I started rapping the Jay-Z part and they started singing and it was so much fun.
Lucas: Every time Ken was doing his improv comedy it was so hard keeping a straight face because he was just so good at it!
Ken: Thank you guys. And I appreciate you not mentioning I paid you money to say those things. One of the most disgusting but also fun moments was the throw up scene. I hope it is as ridiculous as I remember it being. (Spoiler alert…it is!)
There is so much action packed into this movie. What was your favorite action moment?
Maxwell: My favorite action scene was right after Ken goes “these hands are lethal weapons,” and he’s called Suzanne, that had me dying. When you guys walk through that door and Ken goes rolling down the stairs and Joe picks up the American flag and smacks a guy with it and Malin does a karate kick that was so cool! We were like 10 feet away watching, and I was like oh my god our mom is awesome!
Lucas: The car scene because it was so chaotic, with the laser pen and shot it out of the window. And there was an explosion. It was hilarious and action packed.
Ken: I run into a wall and knock myself out. I remember one of the takes being pretty good. I hit it, hesitate, and fall. That was the most action I got.
Was there room for Improv?
Maxwell: Yes, a lot of it was improv. Ken actually lead the way for all that. Trish (the Director) was amazing to work with. She really wanted our input really cared about what we had to say about everyone.
Ken: When you work with somebody, who understands scripts you know it is going to be strong and we should get what’s on the page. She (Trish) also understands if you’re working with people who like to kind of break away from it and bend it a little bit. Sometimes you get some good stuff. Sometimes you get some clunkers, but but then you just pick the good stuff. And you know, you put the good stuff in and if you get it, and if not, you can always go back to what the script had, you know what was on the page. So she was really great at working with us and really encouraging us to make it our own and just bring life to it. And so that’s what we tried to do and you know, Max and Lucas, were fantastic.
Was it fun filming the dance scene?
Maxwell: Yes, I love doing it! It was so much fun. It took about three weeks to choreograph. I’m not too good of a dancer. I can bust a move here and there at a wedding, but I’m not too good. So it took a lot of hard training and listening to gin and juice for a couple hours to be able to break that hard of a move.
Trust me, these guys provides the laughs and action. Watch The Sleepover on Netflix August 21st!
About the movie
In this family adventure-comedy, Clancy (Sadie Stanley) and her kid brother Kevin (Maxwell Simkins) discover that their seemingly normal stay-at-home mom Margot (Malin Åkerman) is actually a former high-end thief in the witness protection program. When both their mom and dad (Ken Marino) are kidnapped and forced to pull one last job with an ex-flame of Margot’s (Joe Manganiello), the siblings must team up to rescue their parents over the course of one action-packed night that they’ll never forget. THE SLEEPOVER is directed by Trish Sie (Pitch Perfect 3).