It’s exciting to be a little boy with superpowers.
It is even more exciting to voice Dash in Incredibles 2, who has superpowers.
The animated Incredibles 2 will be in theaters this Friday. It’s the long-awaited sequel that follows the family of superheroes after the government banned superheroes. A mysterious benefactor is expected to change all that with a publicity campaign, but an unknown villain may change all that.
Returning voice cast included Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell and Samuel L. Jackson. They are joined with new voice cast members, including Huck Milner, Catherine Keener, Bob Odenkirk and Sophia Bush.
LRM Online sat down for an exclusive interview with Huck Milner, who is the new voice of Dashiell Parr (Dash). We talked about his experiences with voice acting, Pixar and meeting the rest of the cast for the first time.
Incredibles 2 will be in theaters this Friday.
Read our interview transcript below.
LRM: So pretty exciting, right?
Huck Milner: Yep. Really exciting.
LRM: How did they brought you on board for this project of Incredibles 2?
Huck Milner: Well I just thought auditioned. I watched the movie. I was a big fan beforehand. I just auditioned and I got a call back. Well, I got the part and I was so excited.
LRM: Did you know you were auditioning for Incredibles 2?
Huck Milner: Yes. I did know. I was a big fan of the first movie. I was like, “I got to watch the movie. I got to watch the movie again and again.” I use that excuse to watch the movie over and over again.
LRM: [Laughs] You used as an excuse to watch over and over again. How many times did you managed to watch it?
Huck Milner: Hard to keep count. But, I think about 600 times. Maybe more. Maybe less.
LRM: What did you like about the first movie yourself that made you such a fan of the Incredibles?
Huck Milner: I sort of liked how it was a movie about family. It’s basically anyone can relate to it even if they’re not a mom, a kid or a or just a family friend. You can still relate to the movie. You can still relate to some of the characters. That’s what I really liked about it. It was secondary that they had superpowers.
LRM: Oh, really?
Huck Milner: Sort of. That’s what I think.
LRM: When you first heard that you got the role, how did you feel?
Huck Milner: I thought it was an April Fool’s joke to be honest, because my mom told me right around April Fool’s.
LRM: Oh really?
Huck Milner: When we were getting on the plane to go to San Francisco, I was like, “Okay, this is not an April Fool’s joke.” I felt really excited beforehand and afterword. it was so much excitement.
LRM: So when you went to San Francisco to the Pixar Studios, what was your impressions?
Huck Milner: I thought it was huge. Awesome. I thought that it was going to be like a big work area, but there was a lot of different things.
LRM: Oh yeah?
Huck Milner: Yeah. There was like the swimming. There was basketball. There was pool tables and things. I didn’t really get to do any of that except for I was taught how to play pool there. It was fun.
LRM: When you were actually developing your character, what did you like about your character for Incredibles 2?
Huck Milner: I liked how he is just a 10-year-old boy. He’s just like any 10 year old boy. He is really energetic, loves running, jumping and being fast. I just loved how like being able to like do his voice and then afterwards during the premiere seeing the movie to see on how it all came up.
LRM: Did you do a lot of practice before on your voice work on production?
Huck Milner: I’ve watched the movie a lot. I did like a line a lot of times just to get the line correct. It’s to try to get my voice to talk faster or to talk higher or to talk more like in a different way.
LRM: Did you find that actually a little bit challenging for yourself?
Huck Milner: It was pretty challenging, but I thought that it was just fun to be able to do it. It was fun to be able to be there.
LRM: How was that Brad Bird as a director for you? Did he give you a lot of good tips and advice?
Huck Milner: He gave me a lot of good tips and advice who was just made everything so much fun. Everything was amazing. He would like once in a while he’ll give you a little sneak peek of the movie, but then it was not really always. It was just really fun being able to work with them. He’d be doing all this fun stuff with you and it would just be so much fun.
LRM: So when you finally saw the movie, was it as what you expected?
Huck Milner: Well, it was what I expected and more because I love listening to everyone’s reactions. Everyone laughing at different parts. It was just really fun and seeing how it just all came out.
LRM: Must be surreal sitting there knowing that they’re laughing at what you were playing, right?
Huck Milner: Yeah. It’s just really funny. [Laughs]
LRM: During the production, were you mostly alone at the booth the whole time?
Huck Milner: Me and Brad Bird actually. Me and Brad were just in the booth doing the production and doing the voices. I actually only met them at the D23 Expo and now that those are the only times I’ve actually seen that in entire cast.
LRM: I saw your interviews that you mentioned that you met them for the first time. Was that kind of also pretty exciting and surreal to met them at D23?
Huck Milner: It was really cool and it was really exciting, because they’re all really great actors. So much fun to be able to see them and be able to be there.
LRM: I just talked to Sarah [Vowell], who voiced a Violet, your sister in the film. Was she all what you expected in real life?
Huck Milner: Yeah, pretty much. [Chuckles] Not really. [Laughs] At the same time, she’s just really nice and really funny.
LRM: Over this entire experience, what do you think was the best thing that happened?
Huck Milner: I’m going to have to think about that. I think it would be able to being able to see the entire cast and being able to be come to LA. Come from all the way to New York to LA to see all the awesome things that I could see and be with the cast.
LRM: You want to do this again?
Huck Milner: Yes.
LRM: Like voice acting? Are you wanting to do regular acting?
Huck Milner: I want to do regular acting and voice acting. I want to be able to do both.
LRM: Great! How do you feel about the toys that are being made of your character?
Huck Milner: My dad just bought me one. It has my voice coming out of it. It just feels exciting to see that kids are playing with toys that have my voice in it. It’s just really fun to see.
LRM: How many toys have you collected so far of yourself?
Huck Milner: One.
LRM: Just one? [Laughs]
Huck Milner: I’m going to get the video game soon. Right mom? [Turns to his mother in the room] Dad is going to get me the video game?
Huck Milner’s Mother: Yes.
Huck Milner: Okay. So I’m going to get the video game soon. I think I’m going to get like the entire family of dolls. My voice comes out of it and then they can talk to each other through these things. I thought that was going to be really cool.
LRM: Just out of curiosity, are you a popular kid at school now? Do they know that you’re voicing the character and the Incredibles 2?
Huck Milner: Not really. [Chuckles] They were really excited when I first told them, but then I think they just don’t really care anymore. [Laughs] I don’t really know now. I’ll have to see when I get back to school on Monday.
LRM: On Monday? I guess you’ll be when the movie comes out, right? Yeah. Hey, thank you very much. I appreciate this. Thank you.
Huck Milner: Thank you. Thank you.
Source: LRM Online Exclusive