Dora And The Lost City Of Gold this month and we got a chance to talk to Madelyn Miranda, who will be playing young Dora in the film. You can read a bit more about Madelyn below before you get into the questions we had for her about her role in Dora And The Lost City Of Gold.
MADELYN MIRANDA will be making her motion picture debut playing the six-year old incarnation of the title character of DORA in the Paramount Pictures feature film DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD. The feature film will release in theaters in August of 2019. Madelyn’s other film credits include playing Jennifer in the film CLOUDS and Young Bernice in the film BERNICE. She can also be seen on the television series SUPERSTORE. In her free time, Madelyn enjoys gymnastics, urban acrobatic/aerial training and singing.
BSCKids: Madelyn, tell us a bit about your character young Dora in Dora And The Lost City Of Gold and how you got the role.
Madelyn Miranda: My character in the movie Dora And The Lost City Of Gold is Young Dora. Dora and Diego are very close cousin’s and love to play together. Diego has to leave to the city and it’s a very sad moment for us.
I got the role when I auditioned and had a few callbacks, then they called me in with the director and a few other boys for Young Diego. After a few weeks, my mom was at an audition with my brother and I wasn’t with her. My manager called her saying I got the part. Then when she got home my agent and manager called me because they wanted to tell me I booked it. I was so excited and speechless! I couldn’t believe it.
Do you have anything in common with your character in the film?
Yes I have a lot in common with Dora. We’re both Hispanic. I love the outdoors and I love doing things with my family.
Did you watch the animated Dora series before taking this role or did you watch it while preparing?
Yes I watched the Dora series all the time when I was little. Also before I left to Australia to film the movie I watched Dora on YouTube so I could see how she acted and talked.
Tell us a bit about your audition for the role.
I had a couple of auditions for this role. The first one was just like any other audition. Then I had a callback that was more like an interview. At the last audition I was with the director and a few Young Diego boys.
How do you prepare for your scenes?
I prepare my scenes by memorizing my lines page by page. I practice the feelings and emotions before. I try not to practice too much because I want it to come out naturally.
Are there any funny behind the scenes you can tell us about while filming?
Yes! We had a lot of fun behind the scenes. Michael Peña was really funny. In the scene when we were talking about Parapets, the lost city, Malachi (Young Diego) had to say Parapata and he said it wrong. Michael Peña said he sounded like he was speaking a different language, and we all started laughing. He’s always making jokes.
How do you fit all of your hobbies, school work in while acting?
My mom helps me with fitting all of my hobbies and acting and I still go to regular school. Most auditions are after school. Any classes I take are later in the day or weekends. I have a pretty normal life.
Tell us how your family has supported you in your career so far.
My family is very supportive. My mom helps me out by driving me to all my auditions. My dad works but sometimes he helps with my two brothers. When I went to Australia my dad went with me. The second week my mom and brothers couldn’t resist being without me so they came to Australia too.
Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego (Jeff Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold
If you could guest star on any television show, which one would it be and why?
I would love to guest star on Stranger Things because that’s my favorite show I would love to meet Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) .
Who do you feel that has taught you the most in your career so far?
My mom has taught me most in my career because she always helps me with my auditions.
In 10 words or less, why should everyone go and watch Dora and the lost city of gold.
Because this movie is full of adventure and has great actors!
Special thanks goes out to Madelyn Miranda for talking to us about her role in Dora And The Lost City Of Gold which will release on August 9th.