During the cast interview for Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon I learned all about how much this movie really means to them.
I recently attended the press event for the Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon and there is one thing that was very clear — this movie means so much to the cast and creators. It truly is a movie with a powerful and timely message that everyone needs to see. It brings the tears, and so did this cast interview as they all told their stories and why they connected to it so much.
- Kelly Marie Tran (voice of “Raya”)
- Awkwafina (voice of “Sisu”)
- Daniel Dae Kim (voice of “Chief Benja”)
- Sandra Oh (voice of “Virana”)
- Gemma Chan (voice of “Namaari”)
- Benedict Wong (voice of “Tong”)
- Izaac Wang (voice of “Boun”)
- Thalia Tran (voice of “Little Noi”)
- Don Hall (Director)
- Carlos Lopez Estrada (Director)
- Osnat Shurer (Producer)
- Qui Nguyen (Writer)
- Adele Lim (Writer)
What Raya And The Last Dragon Means To Everyone
Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon is about finding a way to trust, even if you have been betrayed in the past. Because of what is going on in this country, this film has a very timely message, and that is not lost on the creators and cast.
“We had teary conversations with all the actors about what this story and the characters mean for them.” – Carlos Lopez Estrada
“I was extremely moved by the message of this film because I find myself struggling to trust. Art is here to pose questions and to suggest possibility.” – Sandra Oh
“Benja is someone I aspire to be. Parents will be watching with their children — seeing representation and realizing what is possible. I am thinking about all the children that will be seeing Raya, an Asian strong female who kicks ass and is on the path to become a Queen, a ruler. She is being groomed by her father to do that in a loving relationship. Exposure brings understanding and understanding brings change.” – Daniel Dae Kim
“It’s amazing to see all the things included in this movie like the food and weapons that you see. To see all the different cultures is really amazing to me.” — Izaac Wang
“Voicing Noi is like something I have never done before. Growing up in a Vietnamese family is a huge part of it. For her to be so young and to have to kind of raise herself with the Ongies — that sense of strength is something that is common in Southeast Asian families.” – Thalia Tran
“When I watched with my child, he turned around and gave me a hug and said ‘I trust you daddy’. We need to unite. Our kids see through color. We are living through the remnants of hate. I hope our beautiful film shows that love can lead the way.” – Benedict Wong
“Kumandra is a fictional land but the trouble it faces and Raya’s struggle is rooted in the real world. It isn’t an easy thing. Even though you are betrayed and your heart is breaking you need to try to move forward. Words have power. Hopefully this movie is our message to the world, Let’s pull together.” – Adele Lim
“There is a moment for me specifically with Raya, when she gets to feel unapologetically angry. To see a young woman get to feel that righteous anger — and the thing that pulls her out of it is her friends and how they are helping people. The only way to get through [the pain]is to look for the bits of hope in your community.” – Kelly Marie Tran
“It is easy to feel overwhelmed with hopelessness and anger. Where I get my hope is if you look out to the helpers, there are helpers.” – Gemma Chan
“The cool thing about Sisu is that she was part mine. Part my voice.” – Awkwafina
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About Raya and the Last Dragon
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon” travels to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together in harmony long ago. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people.
However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world—it’s going to take trust and teamwork as well. “Raya and the Last Dragon” features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as Raya, a warrior whose wit is as sharp as her blade, and Awkwafina as the magical, mythical, self-deprecating dragon named Sisu. Characters also include a street-savvy 10-year-old entrepreneur named Boun, the formidable giant Tong and a thieving toddler Noi with her band of Ongis.