During their visit Down Under for the Sydney premiere of Pitch Perfect 3, Anna Camp (the RL Aubrey) and Brittany Snow (the RL Chloe) chatted to GF about wrapping up the epic franchise and the life-long bond the gals have formed.
Here we are at the final chapter, how do you feel about it all coming to an end?
B: It’s more than sad, it’s the end of an era. It's a chapter of ours that’s come to an end which is cool and exciting but we’re definitely going to miss it.
A: I’m in denial about it a little bit. I know that it makes sense for it to be the final one but I don’t want to believe that we won’t get together and get paid for it *laughs*.
B: Yeah, we’re still gonna hang out, we’re just not gonna get paid for it. And we’re not gonna be dancing and singing unless we choreograph it ourselves which I doubt we will.
A: I’ve put on some pretty interesting parties, don’t put it past me.
The emotional moments of the movie seem all too real, were there RL tears during filming?
B: The tears during the last song were actual tears. There was a lot going on that week and also it was the end of filming so I think it was just a release of everything we’ve been through over the past six years and how we’ve all bonded together and gotten each other through breakups, wedding, people living together. I mean, there’s so much that we’ve gone through together.
A: One of the final days of shooting was the finale performance so all of the [emotions] that you see are really, really real. And I think that’s why people love it so much ‘coz we’re not acting, we really love each other.
That really comes through to the audience so I think you’ve nailed that! What was your first reaction when you read this script?
A: Well it changed a lot from the first draft.
B: It was 100% different!
A: I was initially in a helicopter coming to save the Bellas and I’m glad that that didn’t happen and I got to be on the boat and kidnapped.
Being a hostage also meant that you got to be a part of the “Toxic” scene which was incredible.
A: Exactly! Which was my favourite dance that we got to do. I loved doing that dance.
The movie has a lot of action in it which gives it a whole different scope. How else would you say the final film differs from the other two?
B: It's a broad take of everything you loved about the other two. The comedy’s bigger and the stunts and action are bigger and you really see these women get a bit more vulnerable. You get to see their weak spots and how they’re having trouble growing and what they really wanna do in life and I think everything’s pushed a little bit more so as much as it’s bigger and broader, it’s also deeper.
What’s your favourite memory from filming all three flicks?
A: I will never forget during the first movie Brittany was singing into her mic and she was like "what is that smell!?"
B: For SO many takes, and I was like "my mic smells awful, can anyone else smell that!?"
A: And I smelled it and I was like "oh my god, Brittany that was my vomit mic."
B: No one wanted to tell me that I was using the vomit mic!
A: That was really funny when we discovered that.
B: Funny for you!
B: I can smell it right now, I’ll never forget that smell. It was like orange juice and corn bread and tomatoes. It was disgusting.
What are you going to miss the most about being part of the series?
B: Obviously the friendships. I’m very much like Chloe in this way where I want to do everything with everyone all the time. It’s not just the kind of friendship where we just have fun all the time, these are really true, deep friendships. We’ve gone through some serious sh*t together and I’m going to miss having that at my disposal like walking over to someone’s apartment for advice. We’re all busy, but we had that luxury of having your best friends two doors down.
"That's why people love it so much. We’re not just acting, we really love each other."
How do you guys prepare for the musical numbers?
A: We get to the location four weeks before filming starts and we have choreographers and we also do singing classes to learn the songs. We’re there for a good few weeks before we actually start filming, it’s a pretty intense process. They call it Bella boot camp!
If you could choose a song for the Bellas to cover, what would it be?
B: I wish we would’ve done more in the “No Diggity” sort of range like some 90s RnB slow jams, Boyz II Men.
Maybe some TLC?
B: Oh my gosh yes! “Waterfalls”!
A: That would’ve been great!
B: That was a really missed opportunity there.
Do you see yourselves doing more singing in the future?
B: It’s weird because I grew up singing but then I didn’t continue it, really, but then they put me in Hairspray and I was like ‘I don’t sing! I don’t sing!’ and then I got Pitch Perfect and I was like ‘I don’t sing! I don’t sing!’ and I guess now I do sing. It’s just always been the scariest thing of my career but now, four films later, I’d love to do more. So I hope so!
A: It’s a super vulnerable thing to sing. But I actually just sang the voice of Princess Ivy in Sofia The First so I do still kind of sing and I’d love to continue to.
And lastly, how would you say you’ve changed both as actresses and as women throughout the course of the three films?
B: I’ve changed SO much and these girls could attest to that. I took two years off right before I did Pitch Perfect 1, it was one of my first auditions back so I was thinking ‘can I even do this anymore?’ but being friends with these women and having so much support was so influential to me in learning how to be myself and be confident. It was no accident that I became a part of such a great group of girls.
A: I think that I was probably way more like Aubrey when I first started. I took things a little too seriously, I was really hard on myself, I was more competitive with other women than I should've been but I think being surrounded by so many supportive women has helped me in my relationships with other women.
Pitch Perfect 3 hits cinemas on January 1st 2018. Enjoy, Pitches!