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Meet the New Spy Kids

TFK chats with the young stars of Spy Kids: All The Time in the World

August 18, 2011
DIMENSION FILMS

New Spy Kids Cecil (Mason Cook) and Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) help their stepmom, former spy Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba), save the world from the evil Timekeeper.

The Spy Kids series is back with a thrilling new story, brand-new spies and a new dimension. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World is being released in 4-D, which takes 3-D and adds an odorous element: Aroma-Scope. Movie-goers will receive a free Aroma-Scope card that has numbers on it with their ticket. When you see a number flash on the movie screen, that’s when you rub the card and take a whiff.

This time, the movie centers on the family of Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba), the aunt of the now-grown, original Spy Kids, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara). Marissa is a former secret agent of the Organization of Super Spies (OSS). She left the agency when she became a mom to a baby girl and twin stepkids, Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook). The twins don't get along with their new stepmom. But that may change when Marissa is thrown back into action and needs the siblings’ help in order to stop a new villain, the Timekeeper.

TFK chatted with the new Spy Kids, Rowan, 9, and Cecil, 11, about the movie, working with cool gadgets and thier favorite smells. (Click here, or read to the end, to watch a video on filmmaking tips for kids from Spy Kids director Robert Rodriguez.)

TFK:

You play twins. What are your characters like?

ROWAN BLANCHARD:

My character’s name is Rebecca Wilson. She’s an incredibly competitive 10-year-old. She’s a bit of a pranskter, but can also be very sensitive.

MASON COOK:

My character Cecil Wilson is the smart, responsible twin. He’s really good at cracking codes, hacking into computers and solving anagrams, and he’s also hearing impaired. But to him, that’s not really much of a disability; he actually uses [his hearing aids] to his advantage.

TFK:

How does it feel to be the next-generation Spy Kids?

ROWAN:

Really surreal!

MASON:

It’s really cool because I personally grew up watching the Spy Kids movies. If [my brother and I] saw a really good movie, we would always plan out our reenactment in the car on the way home. We would reenact the whole movie in our room. I really hope the kids who go see this movie have that same reaction.

TFK:

The original OSS Spy Kids return in this movie as Rebecca and Cecil’s mentors. Did Alexa and Daryl give you any tips on set?

ROWAN:

They did. They gave us a lot of advice on doing interviews and a lot of advice about the gadgets, so it was really awesome getting to know them and getting to work with them.

TFK:

How are you similar to your characters?

MASON:

Cecil’s really smart, and I guess you could say that I’m smart . . . [and] we both stand up for what we believe in; we stand up for the people that we love.

ROWAN:

I’d say I’m like my character because we are both kind of sneaky, but we are also both very down to earth and very sensitive.

TFK:

What’s your favorite subject in school?

MASON:

My favorite subject is art because I love drawing. I’m a really good artist. But my favorite actual subject would probably be science because I love getting to do experiments.

ROWAN:

One of my favorite subjects is math, and I love reading. I’m lucky enough to be on Honor Roll this year. I love reading because you can picture the [story] in your mind, and I love math because it really gets you to think.

TFK:

What was your favorite scene to shoot in the movie?

MASON:

My favorite scene to shoot was probably the luge scene because we were strapped into these rocket-like luges and we were spinning 360 degrees . . . it was crazy but awesome.

ROWAN:

I think that was probably my favorite scene, too. There was so much action involved, and we had so much fun shooting it.

TFK:

What was your favorite spy gadget?

MASON:

My favorite gadget would probably be my hammer hands because they send electromagnetic pulses, and when you punch down, it creates a giant shockwave of destruction.

TFK:

What was it like working with a spy dog in the movie?

ROWAN:

It was really cool working with Argonaut—that’s his name in the movie. In real life [the dog’s] name is Elmo, but he was a really, really nice dog. He was very, very smart. He was trained well. And what’s funny is that one of the things the trainers would do is, if they wanted him to sit down, they would go like, “Goooooooood.” We would always imitate them and joke around with people, and we would go, “That’s gooooood,” because that’s what they would always say on set.

TFK:

The film is also being shown in a new dimension, Aroma-Scope. Do you have a favorite smell?

MASON:

Well, I don’t want to give away the smells. There are going to be some surprising and really cool smells.

ROWAN:

My favorite smell would probably be No. 5 or No. 1 [on the Aroma-Scope card].

MASON:

Mine was No. 4.

TFK:

We’ll have to see the movie to find out what smells those are! What’s next for each of you?

MASON:

I have two movies coming out. One is called Treasure Buddies [part of Disney’s Buddies series] and that comes out January 2012. I have another movie called The First Ride of Wyatt Earp that comes out in 2012. That was like a western-type movie, and I had never done one like that, so it was really fun to shoot. I learned stuff that was very interesting that I didn’t even learn in history class!

ROWAN:

I have a new pilot [television show] coming out called Little in Common. It’s going to be on Fox.

TFK:

And Rowan, you are also working on music?

ROWAN:

Yes, I am. I definitely want music to become a big part in my life. It’s what I want to do along with acting.

TFK:

Why should kids go see Spy Kids: All the Time in the World?

MASON:

Because it brings a new dimension, 4-D, to the theaters. It’s an action-packed adventure movie for all ages, and it also has a life lesson in there that you should always make time for your family and that family always comes first.

ROWAN:

Kids will be really inspired by this movie. I think they’ll really want to get up and pretend to be a spy from the OSS.

 

Filmmaking Tips from Spy Kids Director Robert Rodriguez

 

Click here to watch more Spy Kids featurettes on Spy Moms, Spy Dogs and Spy Gadgets!


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