Pitch Perfect 3: Chrissie Fit on Singing, Dancing and Action Hero Elements (Exclusive Interview)

The Bellas can sing, dance and be action heroes.

Pitch Perfect 3 is out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download today from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film is the final installment of the singing acapella group in the trilogy. It stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins as the returning cast. They are joined by John Lithgow, Ruby Rose, and DJ Khaled.

For their final curtain call, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there are no job prospects for making music with only your mouth after the World Championships. But when they get the chance to reunite for a European USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

LRM had a phone interview with Chrissie Fit, who is a member of the Bellas, earlier this month. We talked about the reunion, the training and her character, Flo. We also discussed about her future projects and her heritage.

Read our interview transcript below.

LRM: How does it feel to be back for Pitch Perfect 3? Why do you supposed this is such a lovable movie for you?

Chrissie Fit: It felt amazing. I didn’t know until pretty late in the game. To get that phone call, I knew it was definitely happening. We had a couple changes in schedule. It was wonderful, because I got to work with some of my really great friends. Getting back together is such a fun and enjoyable reunion. It was a huge love fest. It was wonderful.

The reason on why it was so great, because we get to work with friends and bring back to life the characters who resonated so much with so many people.

LRM: It sounds like a simple reunion on how you’re describing. How is this film much different from all the other films for you?

Chrissie Fit: It was different since we knew it was the last one. It was a little bitter sweet. The training was a little more intense. The music was harder. Toxic, in particular, was really, really challenging. There was utilizing different kinds of sounds. The choreography stepped it up. We also had that new element of action, which turns some of us into little action stars. It’s more with Rebel Wilson, more specifically. On the DVD, you’ll see us more in the training. It’s really cool to watch. She’s a bad ass in her training sequence. It was really to cool to watch in person and re-watch it now. She did some work!

It was a little more challenging this time around. It’s definitely bitter sweet.

LRM: Was it easier and easier every time you did a Pitch Perfect movie?

Chrissie Fit: I wouldn’t say easier. The first time around, I didn’t know what to expect. It was the challenge. This time, I was mentally prepared and I had all the materials I needed beforehand to really have the upper hand to develop everything.

LRM: What was the most difficult song for yourself for Pitch Perfect 3?

Chrissie Fit: It was definitely Toxic. It was a lot of different sounds and synthesizers. The baseline is very intricate and that’s what I had to do. It was really low. I remembered I had to record this in a studio first thing in the morning. That’s when your voice is at its lowest in your chest.  [Laughs] We always tried to get that out of the way first. That was probably the hardest part to sing.

To dance, I think this [number] as well. [Giggles]

LRM: How long was your training process? Where was this going on?

Chrissie Fit: It was in Atlanta, Georgia. It took a month in rehearsing the dances and recording the music. It also included in figuring out the stunts and working with the script. I did a lot with the script on my character with the director and the producers. We talked about it on how to make it more inclusive. We wanted to make Flo to be more organic part of the group. I think we got it down and the payoff was at the end of this movie. It was really cool.

LRM: Are you going to miss your character, Flo?

Chrissie Fit: Yeah, for sure! I’m going to miss her, because she is so dry and sarcastic. She’s a little morbid at times. Anna Kendrick mentioned this once–I seemed to be the total opposite of my character. I’m pretty positive and happy. [Giggles] Flo is the opposite to me. It’s fun to play against on who you are obviously.

LRM: Do you personally enjoy doing projects that require singing and dancing?

Chrissie Fit: Yeah. It’s my favorite thing to do. My favorite movie growing up was West Side Story. I would watch that over and over. My mom would end it when they got married. Until I was twelve-years-old, I thought it was a happy movie, which was hilarious.

There are plenty of favorite movies I’ve watched like Grease, The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz. Being in musicals are really fun for me. I get to do all the things that I love to do. They don’t make [these types] of movies that much. If you find one, then you should feel really blessed and fortunate to be a part of it.

LRM: What was the most fun thing you had to do on this set? It seems like the whole movie was a lot of fun. I guess it would be pretty hard to choose.

Chrissie Fit: There were a lot of fun moments. I think it’s the fact we never done any action sequences before. It was fun to be able to jump off a boat into this pool they had created for us. The filmed the scene with yacht on a sound stage. It was really massive and cool to see.

For me, I think it was the most fun was that we got to be action stars. Look out, Tom Cruise! I’m coming after you.

LRM: [Laughs] So you didn’t get a chance to visit any exotic locales for this shooting then?

Chrissie Fit: No. We were supposed to go to South France, but we ended up not being able to. We shot the whole thing in Atlanta, Georgia. A lot of the stuff in the movie is through Europe. The tour in the movie got to go through Spain, France and Italy. With movie magic, they made it happen. It’s like we’re there. It’s wonderful. Kudos to our whole team who made that happen. They made it happen and it looked so amazing.

Atlanta is exotic too. [Laughs]

LRM: I was really hoping that they really did sent you all around the world. That would’ve been awesome. [Laughs]

Chrissie Fit: We were hoping that too. [Laughs]

LRM: Who on the cast are you going to miss the most and why?

Chrissie Fit: Y’know what? I don’t think I’m going to miss any of them. We all still see each other basically. I live two miles away from Brittany Snow. Also two miles from Kelley Jakle. Three miles from Rebel Wilson. [Laughs] We do get together a lot of the times. It’s rare for all of us to be in the same town at the same time, but some how we do manage to do that in January. We’re planning on doing it again soon. Hopefully, for my birthday.

I’m not sure if I’m going to miss them. They don’t even give me the chance to miss them. They’re always around. [Laughs]

LRM: What are some of your future projects now? Are you going back to singing, dancing or theater?

Chrissie Fit: Oh, man. That would be fun to do some kind of live theater. I finished shooting a pilot for Pop TV called The Demons of Dorian Gunn. Hopefully, it gets picked up. It is a very fun project. It’s a sci-fi comedy produced by Krysten Ritter. It’s just so different from anything I’ve ever done. There is no singing in this one. [Laughs] Which is rare for me right now. I’m a terrible, terrible person. It’s fun to play the mean girl sometimes.

Hopefully, that’s coming up this fall.

LRM: Are you choosing projects that are a lot different from what you were doing before then?

Chrissie Fit: It all depends on the project, people involved and the script. For me, it’s the added positive light for Latinas and women. It’s also something fun to do to change it up and to be different. I’ve been wanting to do a drama for a while. It’s been years since I’ve did a drama movie. I think it keeps it interesting and versatility is very important in this industry. You want to be able to spread your wings and do other things too.

LRM: I wish you girls do an acapella tour for real. I would love to buy tickets to watch you live.

Chrissie Fit: [Laughs] Oh, wow. That would be so fun. I think people will go to that. If you’re going to be there, then we’ll do it. [Laughs]

LRM: One last question, could you tell me about your heritage with the last name of Fit? I couldn’t really press my finger on it.

Chrissie Fit: I know. Isn’t that weird? I’m Cuban. My parents are Cuban. Fit is our real last name. It’s my dad’s real last name. [Laughs] It’s a very strange name for a Cuban person.

I just got the 23 & Me kit. I’m going to do that. I’m going to see where else in the world that I’m from. My great grandmother is Chinese. It’s interesting since she spoke perfect Spanish and lives in Cuba. I’m exactly interested to find out [my heritage]. They say its near the border of France on where the name came from. Throughout the years, the last name was shorten down—sort of like shorten down [in height] like us. [Laughs] We got shorter too.

Once I find out–I’ll let you know. [Laughs]

LRM: I’m curious too. Thank you very much, Chrissie. I appreciate this talk.

Chrissie Fit: You’re so welcomed. Thank you!

Pitch Perfect 3 is available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download today from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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