Kid Reporters

A Chat with Kira Kosarin

TFK gets the scoop on The Thundermans, a new comedy about a family of superheroes

November 15, 2013
COURTESY DANNY KOSARIN

TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton meets with actress Kira Kosarin at the Nickelodeon offices in Los Angeles, California. Kira stars in the network’s new family comedy, The Thundermans.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s The Thundermans! The new comedy follows a family of superheroes as they try to keep their powers secret and lead ordinary lives. The show airs Saturdays on Nickelodeon.

The series centers on Phoebe and Max Thunderman (played by Kira Kosarin and Jack Griffo), fraternal twins with extraordinary powers. They can move objects with their minds and freeze (and defrost) objects with their breath. But that’s where their similarities end. Phoebe, a straight A student, dreams of becoming a superhero like her parents. Max, on the other hand, dreams of becoming a super villain. When these two get together, there’s super-sized trouble!     

TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton caught up with Kira at The Thundermans’ set in Los Angeles, California. The star talked to TFK about what it’s like to play a super hero, how she feels about her cast mates, and which super power she would most like to possess.

Meet the Thundermans, from left to right: Hank Thunderman (played by Chris Tallman), Nora (Addison Riecke), Max (Jack Griffo), Phoebe (Kira Kosann),  Billy (Diego Velazquez) and Barb (Rosa Balsi).
JAMES DIMMOCK/NICKELODEON
Meet the Thundermans, from left to right: Hank Thunderman (played by Chris Tallman), Nora (Addison Riecke), Max (Jack Griffo), Phoebe (Kira Kosann), Billy (Diego Velazquez) and Barb (Rosa Balsi).

TFK:

Can you describe your character?

KIRA KOSARIN:

Phoebe is really cool to play. We're very much alike. She's mature. School is important to her, and she gets good grades. Her favorite subject is math, and so is mine. She tries to follow all the rules and tries to keep her evil brother in check.

TFK:

What's it like to play a superhero?

KIRA:

It’s so much fun. I wish I could have super powers like freeze breath and telekinesis (the ability to move objects by thought) in real life. But since that’s never going to happen, at least I can enjoy having these super powers in the show.

TFK:

What do you enjoy most about playing in The Thundermans?

KIRA:

One of the best parts is having such a great cast. We’ve become a family. That’s important to me because I'm an only child. I finally have siblings! I also love being on a show where every single week I play the same character. I’ve done guest-starring roles a couple of times. That’s where you do a role for a day and that's it. You never play that character again. On The Thundermans, I get to learn new things about my character every week. I get so excited to read the new script and find out something new about Phoebe. It's fun to get to develop a character over time. It will be fun to look back at the pilot in four years and see how much we've all changed.

TFK:

How does your character feel about her brother?

KIRA:

Phoebe and Max have a love-hate relationship, which is kind of just an intensified version of my relationship with Jack (who plays Max). They're always bickering in the show. But at the end of the day, they really do love each other. He's mischievous more than he is evil. He would never hurt anybody.

TFK:

Does being a superhero ever get in the way of being a "normal teenager" for your character?

KIRA:

It’s difficult for Phoebe to be a normal teenager and have these superpowers. I feel like she's the one in the family who is normal. She's in high school now. She's trying to navigate her social life while trying to hide the fact that she's got super powers from all the “non-supes” (people who are not superheroes). But whenever we try to hide our super powers, crazy things happen.

TFK:

Kid Reporter
Amelia Compton

Do the super powers make being a teenager easier or better for Phoebe?

KIRA:

Having super powers definitely has its advantages and it's disadvantages. It's pretty cool that when Phoebe wants to get her phone from the kitchen, she can just use her telekinesis and, bam, she's got her phone in her hand. That would be so nice. It's the lazy teenager's dream. But having super powers can make life difficult, too. When she has a crush, for example, she has to conceal a big part of who she is. That’s really difficult for Phoebe.

TFK:

Which was your favorite episode to film?

Phoebe (Kira Kosarin) gets slimed in an episode of Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans.
JUSTIN LUBIN/NICKELODEON
Phoebe (Kira Kosarin) gets slimed in an episode of Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans.

KIRA:

I get slimed in one episode. That was pretty cool. It's supposed to be something else that's getting dumped on me in the show, but it was actually Nickelodeon slime that was colored differently. I watched Nickelodeon when I was little, so of course I thought it would be cool to get slimed. The slime was really cold, which I wasn't quite expecting. It left my hair pretty soft though. It must have conditioner in it.

TFK:

Which of your character's super powers do you think is the coolest?

KIRA:

I think the freeze breath and the heat breath are really cool powers. Telekinesis is more practical in daily life. That's the one super power she can use every day without people noticing. It can be done very discreetly. She just lifts her hand and people don’t notice that she’s moving objects. Phoebe’s younger siblings have super-cool powers, too. I mean, super speed? What little boy wouldn’t want to run super fast?

TFK:

Do you have a favorite superhero?

KIRA:

I love all the girl superheroes. It’s really cool that women can be tough.

TFK:

If you could have any super power, which would you choose?

KIRA:

I would love to be able to sleep only one or two hours a night and still be perfectly rested the next day. I would be able to sing, act, dance, play music, hang with friends and do all the stuff I love. There's just not enough time in the day to do everything.

TFK:

What do you think kids will like most about the show?

KIRA:

I think viewers will enjoy watching this extraordinary family struggle to appear normal at school and with their friends. They’re just trying to fit in, and I think that’s something every one can relate to.


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