12.18.18

Hailee Steinfeld Dishes Her Role In "Bumblebee"

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

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>>> A WOMAN DISCOVERS A VW BEETLE IS MORE THAN MEETS THE WAY. SHE'S EMBROILED IN A CIVIL WAR BETWEEN ROBOTS BUT THROUGHOUT IT ALL STAYS IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE NEW TRANSFORMERS FILM, "BUMBLEBEE."

>> I'M CHARLIE WATSON. I'M 18, TODAY, ACTUALLY. IS THE BEETLE FOR SALE?

>> IT'S YOURS, KID. HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

>> OH, MY GOD. WHAT ARE YOU?

>> SO YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHERE HE CAME FROM?

>> NO IDEA.

>> WOW.

>> HERE'S THE DEAL. PEOPLE CAN BE TERRIBLE ABOUT THINGS THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND. FROM NOW ON, THE ONLY PERSON YOU CAN SHOW YOURSELF AROUND IS ME. OH, I'M GOOD. I'M GOOD, THANKS.

>> THERE'S A WAR RAGING ON OUR PLANET. IF THIS CRIMINAL ISN'T FOUND, THAT WAR MAY FIND ITS WAY HERE.

>> IS THERE ANYONE THAT CAN HELP YOU? DO YOU HAVE A FAMILY? OH, ME. \M\M

>> THEY'RE CALLING IN THE ARMY.

>> I'VE SEEN FIRSTHAND WHAT THESE THINGS REALLY ARE.

>> Announcer: "BUMBLEBEE." THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO END THIS WAR. YOU MUST PROBATE EARTH AND ITS PEOPLE.

>> TAKE IT DOWN. \M\M

>> THIS IS HOW WE STOP THEM. YOU'VE GOT ME AND I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> GOD, I'M SO SCREWED.

>> LET'S WELCOME THE STAR OF "BUMBLEBEE," HAILEE STEINFELD.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> THEY'RE VERY EXCITED TO SEE YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU.

>> I HAVE TO ADMIT I REALLY LOVED THIS MOVIE.

>> THANK YOU!

>> I WENT TO GO SEE IT A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO DURING THE EARLY SCREENING AND I HAD THIS BIG-ASS GRIN ON MY FACE THE ENTIRE TIME. I WAS LIKE, THIS IS WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED. I WAS WONDERING, WATCHING THIS TRAILER, IS THERE EVER A SCENE THAT YOU WATCH, OH, SO THAT'S WHAT I WAS RUNNING FROM OR THAT'S WHAT I WAS DOING?

>> THE WHOLE MOVIE. SEEING IT FOR THE FIRST TIME WAS LIKE SEEING A MOVIE THAT I WAS IN FOR A SCRIPT I NEVER READ. BECAUSE YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF THE TIME, IF NOT THE WHOLE TIME, THERE WERE NO TRANSFORMERS, UNFORTUNATELY, IN REAL LIFE, SO YEAH, SEEING THE FINAL PRODUCT, I WAS LIKE, THANK GOD WHAT I DID MADE SENSE, BECAUSE IT WORKED.

>> WHAT WAS THE WEIRDEST MOMENT WHEN YOU WERE LIKE, OH, I WAS RUNNING FROM AN EXPLOSION, I THOUGHT I WAS RUNNING FROM A WHEEL, I DON'T KNOW.

>> I'M NOT SURE IF YOU GUYS JUST SAW IT BUT THERE IS A SCENE WHERE I AM RUNNING FROM -- THERE IS A ROBOT FIGHT TAKING PLACE SORT OF OVER ME AND ABOVE ME AND I'M RUNNING AWAY FROM IT. IN REAL LIFE THERE WAS AN EXPLOSION THAT WENT OFF THAT I HAD A GENUINE REACTION TO WHICH MADE IT INTO THE MOVIE, THANK GOD. BECAUSE THEY TOLD ME -- I MEAN, THEY CAN'T MESS AROUND WHEN IT COMES TO THOSE EXPLOSIONS, THEY HAVE TO BE SPECIFIC AND DETAILED HOW BIG AND LOUD IT IS, JUST TO WARN YOU. IN THAT PARTICULAR MOMENT I WAS LIKE, I DON'T THINK I WANT TO KNOW, I WANT TO BE SURPRISED. AND THEN RIGHT BEFORE WE WENT, MY HEART STARTED BEATING FAST AND I SAID, I NEED TO KNOW WHAT THIS IS, BECAUSE IF THIS IS MASSIVE I'M GOING TO LOSE IT. THEY TOLD ME, IT'S NOT THAT BAD, WE'VE DONE PREVIOUS SCENES IN THIS FILM WITH YOU WHERE THERE WERE BIGGER EXPLOSIONS. SO I WAS LIKE, FINE, I CAN HANDLE IT. IT WAS SO MUCH BIGGER THAN THEY MADE IT SEEM. BUT THAT'S FINE, BECAUSE IT WAS A GENUINE REACTION. IN THE FILM NOT ONLY WAS THERE THIS ONE EXPLOSION THAT WENT OFF IN REAL LIFE, THERE WAS A TRANSFORMER OVER ME.

>> WHAT REALLY SOLD THIS MOVIE FOR ME, WHY IT'S MY FAVORITE TRANSFORMERS FILM BAR NONE, IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOU AND BUMBLEBEE. THAT HINGES COMPLETELY ON YOUR PERFORMANCE. I'M ASSUMING YOU'RE JUST TALKING TO A TENNIS BALL, LIKE A GUY IN A GREEN SUIT.

>> YES.

>> TALK US THROUGH THAT PROCESS, BECAUSE THERE IS A SCENE, WHEN YOU'RE IN THE GARAGE AND YOU'RE TALKING TO HIM AND HE RUBS HIS HEAD AGAINST YOU, I'M LIKE, JESUS, THIS IS AMAZING.

>> OH, THANK YOU.

>> THEY LOVE EACH OTHER! THEN I WAS LIKE, OH, MY GOSH, SHE'S TALKING TO HERSELF.

>> YES. SO WHEN I READ THE SCRIPT, I KNEW THAT THAT WAS OBVIOUSLY GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE, TALKING TO SOMETHING THAT WASN'T THERE OR WASN'T GOING TO BE THERE. BUT BECAUSE THAT RELATIONSHIP FELT SO REAL ON THE PAGE, IT DIDN'T NECESSARILY STRIKE ME AS ANYTHING SO ABSURD. BUT IT WASN'T UNTIL I SHOWED UP ON SET AND WAS FACED WITH THE TENNIS BALL ON THE POLE THAT I WAS LIKE, GREAT, THIS IS ME TALKING TO MYSELF FOR THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS. AT ONE POINT I ACTUALLY GENUINELY WAS A LITTLE CONCERNED AND SCARED, BECAUSE I WAS LIKE, I'M TAKING MY OWN TIMING ON EVERYTHING. I'M GOING TO GO INSANE, HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW IF EVERYTHING IS RIGHT? BUT THAT'S WHY WE HAD A TREMENDOUS DIRECTOR, TRAVIS KNIGHT, WHO HELPED ME THROUGH IT ALL.

>> HE'S AN ANIMATION DIRECTOR. WHAT DID HE BRING TO THE SET THAT HELPED YOU KIND OF WORK THROUGH THAT, THAT DISCOMFORT AND CONCERN OF, I'M TALKING TO MYSELF?

>> FIRST OF ALL, HE WAS ABLE TO SEE THE END RESULT OF THIS MOVIE BEFORE ANYBODY ELSE, BECAUSE THAT'S JUST HOW HIS MIND WORKS. HE CAN SEE A SKETCH OF SOMETHING AND IT'S BROUGHT TO LIFE IN HIS HEAD, WHEREAS FOR ME, I NEEDED THAT SPELLED OUT, ESPECIALLY WITH THESE SCENES WHERE BUMBLEBEE IS -- I MEAN, I WAS GOING TO COME UP WITH AN EXAMPLE, BUT REALLY ANY SCENE I'M IN WITH BUMBLEBEE, IT'S ONLY MY IMAGINATION. AND IF IT'S ME AND OTHER ACTORS AND BUMBLEBEE, THEN IT'S LIKE, HOW THE HELL ARE WE SUPPOSED TO KNOW IF WE'RE ON THE SAME PAGE? THANK GOD FOR TRAVIS, HE LITERALLY STORY BOARDED EVERY SEQUENCE WITH THE TRANSFORMER. HE WOULD GO AND PUT IN THE SCENE IN A COMPUTER SO THAT HE COULD THEN COME TO US ON-SET WITH AN iPAD AND PLAY IT OUT.

>> CHRISTINA HUDSON WROTE THE SCRIPT, SHE'S THE FIRST FEMALE WRITER FOR A TRANSFORMERS FILM. I THINK IT SHOWS IN JUST EVERY ASPECT OF THIS FILM. AND I WAS WONDERING WHAT A FEMALE WRITER BRINGS TO AN ACTION FILM LIKE THIS THAT YOU FEEL IS MISSING IN MAYBE OTHER FILMS IN THIS SERIES.

>> I THINK, YOU KNOW, FIRST AND FOREMOST, THIS STORY IS A VERY HUMAN STORY. ALTHOUGH I FIND THAT TRANSFORMERS FANS, AND YOU CAN PROBABLY ATTEST TO THIS, WILL LOVE THIS FILM BECAUSE IT HAS WHAT TRANSFORMERS FANS KNOW AND LOVE WITH THE CUTTING EDGE, VISUALLY STUNNING ACTION SEQUENCES. IT'S A VERY HUMAN STORY UNDERNEATH ALL OF THAT. TO HAVE A FEMALE WRITER WRITE THE VOICE OF A YOUNG FEMALE IS I THINK HARD TO ACCOMPLISH, IF YOU'RE ANYONE ELSE. BUT THIS CHARACTER FEELS LIKE AN HONEST PORTRAYAL OF A YOUNG GIRL WHO IS STRUGGLING GROWING UP. AND SHE REALLY WAS ABLE TO CAPTURE THAT IN HER EVERYTHING, IN HER VOICE, IN HER -- IN THE WAY IT WAS SCRIPTED, HOW SHE LOOKED. AND EVERYTHING ELSE. SO CHRISTINA DID AN AMAZING JOB. KELLY FREEMAN-CRAIG WHO I WORKED WITH, SHE WROTE AND DIRECTED "EDGE OF 17."

>> WHICH IS A GREAT FILM, BY THE WAY.

>> THANK YOU. SHE CONTRIBUTED AS WELL. SO IT WAS AMAZING JUST TO HAVE, BETWEEN CHRISTINA, TRAVIS, KELLY, THESE CONVERSATIONS WITH THESE PEOPLE, I FELT I COULD BE COMPLETELY CANDID WITH IN DEVELOPING THIS CHARACTER.

>> I DON'T WANT TO GET TOO SPOILER-Y, BUT THE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR FRIEND, I DON'T WANT TO SPOIL IT, BUT THE NON-TRANSFORMER RELATIONSHIP YOU ARE IN.

>> YES.

>> WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT WAS, IT WASN'T ROMANTIC. IT WAS ACTUALLY REALLY NICE TO HAVE. THERE'S A SCENE AT THE END OF THE FILM, I'M TRYING HARD NOT TO SPOIL IT, GUYS. THERE'S A SCENE AT THE END OF THE FILM THAT WAS LIKE, OH, THANK GOD SHE'S DOING THIS. WHAT WAS THAT CONVERSATION LIKE? DID YOU HAVE THAT TALK?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> I'M BEING VAGUE.

>> I KNOW, THIS IS VERY EVASIVE.

>> YOU'LL UNDERSTAND AFTER YOU WATCH THE MOVIE.

>> YEAH, OF COURSE, THERE WAS DEFINITELY A CONVERSATION AS TO WHO IS THIS CHARACTER IN THE BEGINNING OF THE FILM, WHO IS SHE AT THE END. THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT COME AND GO IN HER LIFE THAT BECOME A PART OF HER JOURNEY AND THIS DISCOVERY OF THIS TRANSFORMER. AND YEAH, IT'S KIND OF -- IT'S KIND OF THIS IDEA OF HOW DOES SHE LET THESE PEOPLE INTO HER LIFE. SHE'S AT A POINT WHERE SHE, AT THE BEGINNING, IS LOST AND FEELS MISUNDERSTOOD AND UNSEEN AND UNHEARD. I THINK THAT OFTENTIMES WHEN WE'RE IN THOSE POSITIONS, ANYBODY THAT GIVES US ATTENTION, WE TAKE IT FROM THEM BECAUSE IT'S ALL WE'RE LOOKING FOR. AND WITH CHARLIE, SHE DOESN'T SEEM TO GET THAT FROM ANYBODY UNTIL SHE MEETS THIS TRANSFORMER. AND THEN OBVIOUSLY SHE HAS HER FRIEND MEMO PLAYED BY GEORGE LINDENBURG, WHO IS AMAZING. SHE HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO BRING HIM ALONG FOR THE RIDE, BECAUSE SHE KNOWS HE'LL KEEP HER SECRET. THEY HAVE THIS FRIENDSHIP. IT'S AMAZING TO SEE NOT EVERYTHING HAS TO END THE WAY --

>> IT DOESN'T HAVE THE HOLLYWOOD ENDING.

>> IT DOESN'T HAVE THE HOLLYWOOD ENDING. THAT'S WHAT THE WHOLE STORY IS, THIS IS A YOUNG GIRL WHO IS NOT A SUPERHERO BUT HAS THE QUALITIES OF ONE. SHE HAS NO SPECIAL POWERS BUT IS STILL CAPABLE OF THE WORLD. IT FEELS VERY REAL ALL THE WAY TO THE END.

>> ANOTHER RELATIONSHIP AT THE CORE OF THIS MOVIE IS CHARLIE'S RELATIONSHIP TO HER MOTHER AND HER STEPFATHER. THERE'S A SCENE IN THE MOVIE WHERE THE STEPFATHER GIVES A SMILE BOOK. YEAH. IT BROUGHT TO MIND, FROM THE SONG YOU SANG -- I WANTED TO MAKE SURE I GOT IT RIGHT. I'M A GUY. I'M A WHITE GUY. BUT THE THING THAT I LOVED ABOUT THIS FILM IS SEEING SOMEONE, A WOMAN IN AN ACTION ROLE SAYING, NO, I WILL NOT SIT STILL AND LOOK PRETTY. I'M TRYING TO FIND THE BEST WAY TO SAY IT. I'LL LOOK AT MY NOTES. DO YOU THINK CHARACTERS LIKE CHARLIE WILL HELP US MOVE PAST THIS EXPECTATION THAT WE PUT ON WOMEN IN FILMS AND IN SOCIETY?

>> I MEAN, I CAN ONLY HOPE. BECAUSE YES, I THINK THE ANSWER IS YES, THAT THAT SONG IS A PERFECT REPRESENTATION. HERE IS A GIRL WHO, LIKE I JUST SAID, IS STRUGGLING. WE ALL GO THROUGH THAT TIME IN OUR LIFE WHERE WE ARE SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS THAT WE CAN'T FIND ON OUR OWN. AND, YOU KNOW, THERE'S NOTHING WORSE THAN SOMEBODY TELLING YOU TO CHEER UP WHEN YOU'RE REALLY UPSET ABOUT SOMETHING OR IT'S LIKE, IF I COULD TELL MY YOUNGER SELF ANYTHING, IT WOULD BE, EVERYTHING IS A MOMENT IN TIME, IT WILL PASS. BUT THAT'S THE WORST POSSIBLE THING TO HEAR WHEN YOU'RE IN THOSE MOMENTS, RIGHT?

>> YEAH.

>> WE COULD TELL CHARLIE IF SHE SMILES MORE, THEN SHE'S MORE LIKEABLE. SHE'S NOT IN THAT PLACE YET. SHE'S ON HER WAY TO IT. BRINGING IT BACK TO WHAT YOU SAID, I DO HOPE THIS SORT OF, YOU KNOW, BREAKS BARRIERS. I FEEL LIKE I'M SO LUCKY TO BE PART OF A TIME WHEN MORE WOMEN ARE INVOLVED IN FILM, FROM WRITING, PRODUCING, ACTING, DIRECTING, ALL FRONTS. HERE I GET TO PLAY A YOUNG CHARACTER IN A FILM LIKE THIS, THE FIRST FEMALE LEAD IN A FRANCHISE LIKE THIS, IT'S AN HONOR. I DO HOPE THIS IS PART OF THAT CHANGE.

>> SPEAKING TO THAT POINT, AND THAT DOES DESERVE APPLAUSE, SPEAKING TO THAT POINT -- [ APPLAUSE ] -- THERE'S A STUDY RECENTLY THAT FEMALE-LED FILMS PERFORM BETTER THAN MALE-LED FILMS. WHERE DO YOU WANT THIS TREND TO GO, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE AT THE FOREFRONT OF THIS?

>> I'M SORRY. WILL YOU REPHRASE THE QUESTION? IT SOUNDED LIKE A SPELLING BEE RIGHT THERE. CAN YOU USE IT IN AN INSTANCE?  -- SENTENCE?

>> THERE'S A RECENT STUDY THAT SAYS FEMALE-LED FILMS ARE PERFORMING BETTER AT THE BOX OFFICE THAN MALE-LED FILMS. AS THE STAR OF A FEMALE-LED TRANSFORMERS FILM PROSECUTOR YOU'RE AT THE FOREFRONT OF THIS. WHERE DO YOU WANT TO SEE FEMALE-LED FILMS PROGRESS?

>> I HOPE IT TAKES OVER, REALLY. BUT I GUESS -- I GUESS JUST TO BE A PART OF A FILM THAT, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, I GUESS I'LL BACK UP IN A SENSE. TO BE A PART OF A FRANCHISE THAT IS SO HUGE IS AN HONOR ALONE, TO BE A PART OF SOMETHING THAT MEANS SO MUCH TO PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD. TO TELL A CERTAIN KIND OF STORY IN THIS FRANCHISE THAT'S NEVER BEEN TOLD BEFORE IS MORE OF AN HONOR, JUST TO HAVE A REAL HUMAN-LIKE STORY. THIS FILM TAKES PLACE IN THE '80s. IT'S VERY SORT OF -- I KNOW IT WASN'T THAT LONG AGO, BUT NOSTALGIC.

>> THAT MAKES ME FEEL OLD. THAT'S COOL.

>> NO, IT WASN'T TOO LONG AGO. BUT IT WAS A TIME THAT I THINK NOW WE CAN BE NOSTALGIC ABOUT IT AND LOOK BACK AT IT AND KNOW IT WAS TIMELESS THEN. THE POSITION THAT THIS YOUNG GIRL WAS IN THEN IS STILL SO RELEVANT TO THE POSITION YOUNG GIRLS ARE IN NOW AND WILL PROBABLY CONTINUE. SO I THINK AS LONG AS I CAN BE A PART OF FILMS THAT MAKE PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY'RE NOT ALONE AND, YOU KNOW, WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, THEN, YEAH.

>> THAT IS A PERFECT SEGUE INTO A FILM THAT MAKES US FEEL LIKE WE'RE NOT ALONE. YOU'RE IN ONE OF MY FAVORITE FILMS OF THE YEAR, BESIDES "BUMBLEBEE," WHICH IS "SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE." I'VE SEEN IT TWICE NOW.

>> THANK YOU. YOU HAVE?

>> YES. I SAW THE UNFINISHED VERSION AND I WAS LIKE, I HAVE TO SEE THIS AGAIN. YOU PLAY SPIDER-GWEN OR SPIDER-WOMAN. THIS FILM IS NUMBER ONE AT THE BOX OFFICE, IT'S HUGE.

>> IT'S CRAZY. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S TAKEN PLACE OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. I WAS ON TOUR WHEN I WAS RECORDING FOR THIS MOVIE. IT MAY HAVE EVEN BEEN -- I HAVE NO SENSE OF TIME WHATSOEVER. IT'S BEEN A COUPLE OF YEARS. AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS, THE PROCESS OF DOING AN ANIMATED FILM LIKE THAT, UNLIKE ANYTHING I'VE EVER DONE, YOU GO IN AND YOU'RE SHOWN SKETCHES OF YOUR CHARACTER, AND AGAIN, SORT OF STORY BOARDS OF THE SCENE THAT'S TAKING PLACE. YOU GO IN, GIVE THEM YOUR VOICE, THEY GO AWAY, THEY ANIMATE TO YOU, THEY COME BACK, YOU SEE A LITTLE BIT. IT'S THIS CONSTANT BACK AND FORTH UNTIL IT'S DONE. I HAVE YET TO SEE THE FINAL, FINAL PRODUCT. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT MYSELF. IT FEELS SO AMAZING TO BE PART OF A STORY THAT IS BREAKING BARRIERS, IN ANOTHER SENSE. THIS IS A SPIDER-MAN STORY THAT IS DIFFERENT TO ANY ONE THAT YOU'VE SEEN. VISUALLY IT'S UNLIKE ANYTHING.

>> IT'S GORGEOUS, IT'S BEAUTIFUL.

>> SO INSANE. YEAH, IT FEELS PRETTY AWESOME TO BE A PART OF THAT.

>> YOU MENTIONED, I KNOW SHAMIQ MOORE AND JAKE JOHNSON TALKED ABOUT HOW THEY DID 30, 40 TAKES PER SCENE. WAS THAT YOUR EXPERIENCE AS WELL?

>> YES. SO MUCH TIME AGO, IN BETWEEN SESSIONS, YOU WOULD COME BACK TO SOMETHING AND I WOULD SAY TO THE DIRECTORS, I'VE ALREADY DONE THIS. OH, YOU HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN, DIFFERENT STUFF IS GOING ON. BUT ONE THING I LEARNED RECENTLY IS SHAMIQ AND JAKE AND OTHER CAST MEMBERS, THEY GOT TO RECORD IN THE BOOTH TOGETHER. I NEVER GOT TO DO THAT WITH ANY OF THE OTHER ACTORS. AND I'M SO JEALOUS. I FOUND OUT WE WERE ALL TOGETHER, I THINK WE WERE LIKE IN THE MIDDLE OF AN INTERVIEW, AND IT WAS LIVE SO I REALLY COULDN'T GIVE THE REACTION THAT I WANTED TO, BUT INDEPENDENCE SO  -- BUT I WAS SO UPSET. I'M HOPING IF I DO THAT AGAIN, I CAN HAVE SOME ACTORS IN THE BOOTH WITH ME.

>> HE TOLD ME WHEN HE WAS CAST FOR THE FILM, HE HAD NO IDEA WHAT THE FILM WAS, HE GOT A CALL, WE'RE DOING A MOVIE, COME TO THIS PLACE. DID YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WERE DOING?

>> YEAH, I HAD AN IDEA. BUT YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. IT ALL SOUNDS COOL UNTIL YOU SEE IT. THERE IS A LITTLE SENSE OF, I REALLY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING.

>> WHERE DO YOU WANT TO SEE -- THERE'S TALK OF A SPIDER-GWEN SPINOFF, WHICH WOULD BE AWESOME. WHERE DO YOU WANT TO SEE THAT GO? WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THIS CHARACTER GO? WE DON'T GET A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MILES AND HER, THERE'S A FRIENDSHIP LIKE WHAT HAPPENS IN "BUMBLEBEE," LIKE WHERE YOU WANT TO SEE HER CHARACTER PROGRESS.

>> OOH. WELL, HERE IS A CHARACTER THAT IS -- I MEAN, THE SMARTEST ONE IN THE ROOM AND SHE KNOWS IT. SHE IS STRONG AND FEARLESS AND BRAVE. I THINK SHE'S CAPABLE OF ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE REALLY ENDLESS. BUT THE DIRECTORS OF "SPIDER-VERSE" AND THE CREATORS, THEIR MINDS, IF I COULD DIVE INTO ANYONE'S MINDS FOR 12 MINUTES, IT WOULD PROBABLY BE ONE OF THEIRS. I'M SURE THEY HAVE WILD IDEAS IN STORE FOR HER.

>> THIS IS SOMETHING I'VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT. I FOUND THAT VOICE ACTING IS VERY LIBERATING, AND YOU'RE A SINGER AS WELL. I WAS WONDERING WHAT YOU FIND -- WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIKE ACTING ON STAGE, PERFORMING ONSTAGE, ACTING ON FILM, AND VOICE ACTING? WHAT DID YOU DISCOVER IN THE BOOTH THAT YOU'VE NEVER DONE BEFORE?

>> WELL, ONE THING THAT -- I MEAN, WITH "INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE," THE WRITING WAS SO GREAT, BUT EVEN THEN THE DIRECTORS ALLOWED TO MUCH FREEDOM. AND I THINK WHENEVER YOU'RE GIVEN MATERIAL THAT IS ALREADY JUST PERFECT, AND YOU'RE ABLE TO THEN TAKE THAT AND JUST RUN WITH IT, MAGIC HAPPENS AND THEY ALLOWED FOR THAT. SO I DON'T KNOW, THERE'S JUST THIS SENSE OF -- IT'S OBVIOUSLY YOU GET MULTIPLE TAKES, YOU'RE NOT IN FRONT OF A CAMERA, THERE'S NO PRESSURE THERE. YOU FEEL FREE AND CANDID. I HAD THE SUPPORT OF THE DIRECTORS WHO GAVE ME SO MUCH ROOM TO RUN AND EXPLORE. IT'S A DIFFERENT KIND OF THING. I GUESS I'M NOT REALLY ANSWERING YOUR QUESTION.

>> IT'S OKAY.

>> BUT IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE.

>> EVERYONE AND THEIR MOTHER, WHEN I TOLD THEM I WAS GOING TO BE INTERVIEWING YOU, SAID PLEASE ASK A "TRUE GRIT" QUESTION.

>> LET'S DO IT.

>> MY BIGGEST QUESTION IS ABOUT WORKING WITH THE COEN BROTHERS. ARE THEY A GESTALT, OF ONE MIND? OR DO YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHO IS THE ONE IN CHARGE TODAY?

>> UMM, NO, I MEAN, THEY'RE PRETTY MUCH ALWAYS ON THE SAME PAGE. I MEAN, I REMEMBER THEM JUST CONSTANTLY LIKE FINISHING EACH OTHER'S INSTANCES. LITERALLY THE TWO OF THEM WOULD BE STANDING THERE AND I WOULD BE DOING THIS BECAUSE THEY WOULD BE GOING BACK AND FORTH, BUT IT WAS ALL ONE THOUGHT. THEN AGAIN, I DON'T KNOW. THEY WOULD DISAGREE ON THINGS AND HAVE DIFFERENT IDEAS AND THE BEAUTY OF HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO MULTIPLE TAKES IS YOU DO ONE FOR ETHAN, ONE FOR JOEL, AND ONE FOR SHITS AND GIGS, THAT'S THE DEAL.

>> I THINK WE HAVE TWO MINUTES UNTIL -- NO, WE HAVE FIVE MINUTES, OH, OKAY. FIVE QUESTIONS. WE HAVE AUDIENCE QUESTIONS. WE'VE GOT FIVE QUESTIONS.

>> GREAT.

>> LET'S BRING OUT THE FIRST AUDIENCE QUESTION WHO IS RIGHT BEHIND ME.

>> HI.

>> HI.

>> I WAS JUST WONDERING, WHEN YOU GOT CAST FOR THE MOVIE, HOW FAMILIAR WERE YOU WITH THE TRANSFORMERS LICENSE?

>> SO I WAS TOTALLY FAMILIAR WITH THE MICHAEL BEY FILMS, THAT'S WHAT I KNEW OF THEM. MY OLDER BROTHER GRIFFIN IS A RACE CAR DRIVER AND MECHANIC AND ALL AROUND GENIUS WHEN IT COMES TO ANYTHING WITH A CAR, A MOTOR. I REMEMBER SEEING THE FIRST FILM WITH HIM. HE WAS KIND OF MY CONNECTION TO IT.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

>> I WILL SAY IT'S VERY GEN ONE, IF THAT MAKES ANY SENSE, TO SOME TRANSFORMERS FANS, VERY GEN ONE.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> HI.

>> HI.

>> SO WE'VE SEEN YOU IN LITERALLY ANY KIND OF FILM, ROMANCE COMEDY, NOW ACTION. I WAS WONDERING WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF FILM TO SHOOT.

>> OOH, THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION. YEAH, YOU KNOW WHAT'S SO STRANGE, EVEN GOING BACK TO "TRUE GRIT," THAT BEING MY FIRST FILM, NEVER DID I THINK MY 13-YEAR-OLD SELF WOULD BE IN A WESTERN. THEN I WENT FROM THAT TO SHAKESPEARE, THEN TO SCI-FI, VERY STRANGE BUT VERY COOL. I'M NOT JUST SAYING THIS BUT I GOT REALLY LUCKY WITH "BUMBLEBEE," BECAUSE HERE I AM IN THESE INSANE ACTION SCENES DOING THESE REALLY AWESOME STUNTS THAT I DIDN'T WANT TO DO BUT JUST FORCED MYSELF INTO DOING THEM BECAUSE I WANTED TO TELL YOU I DID MY OWN STUNTS. I HAD THESE INCREDIBLY GROUNDED, EMOTIONAL SCENES. THAT'S ALSO WHAT I LOVE. THIS WAS KIND OF THE BEST OF EVERY WORLD BECAUSE I GOT TO DO A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING.

>> I LOVE THE COMEDY THAT YOU BRING INTO EVERY ROLE.

>> THANK YOU, THANKS SO MUCH.

>> NUMBER THREE.

>> HI. HOW DO YOU RELATE TO YOUR CHARACTER?

>> IN "BUMBLEBEE"?

>> YES.

>> OOH. WELL, WHERE DO I WANT TO BEGIN? I THINK THERE ARE MULTIPLE QUALITIES THAT SHE HAS I FEEL THAT WE SHARE. HER DRIVE AND HER PASSION. BUT I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, ONE THING I LOVE SO MUCH ABOUT THIS CHARACTER, AND I'VE SAID THIS BEFORE, SHE FEELS LIKE AN HONEST PORTRAYAL OF WHAT IT FEELS LIKE BEING A YOUNG FEMALE GROWING UP. AND WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS, A LOT OF TIMES WE GET TO SEE FILMS WHERE THERE'S A FAIRY TALE ENDING AND WE GET TO GO TO BED THAT NIGHT DREAMING THAT THAT WILL HAPPEN OR HOPING THAT IT WILL, WRITING IN OUR JOURNALS THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN OUR LIVES EVEN THOUGH IT'S NOT ANYTHING CLOSE TO REALITY. THIS REALLY FEELS REAL AND HONEST AND AUTHENTIC TO THE STRUGGLES OF FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD. I'VE BEEN THERE. I STILL HAVE MOMENTS OF MY LIFE WHERE I FEEL THAT WAY. THAT'S WHY IT'S NICE FOR ME TO PLAY THESE ROLES BECAUSE I GET TO EMOTE THROUGH THEM.

>> HI.

>> HI!

>> DID YOU HAVE TO UNDERGO A LOT OF PHYSICAL TRAINING FOR THIS FILM AND IF SO, WHAT DID THAT ENTAIL?

>> THERE WAS NO LIKE SPECIFIC TRAINING. THERE WERE DEFINITELY TIMES ON SET WHERE I WOULD COME ACROSS A CERTAIN STUNT AND I WOULD NEED TO BE SHOWN HOW TO DO IT PROPERLY. THERE IS A PROPER WAY TO FALL, PEOPLE. I DIDN'T KNOW THAT BEFORE THIS FILM. THERE ARE WAYS TO FALL OUT OF DUMPSTER.

>> REALLY? GO ON.

>> I DON'T KNOW IF I COULD, I DON'T HAVE A DUMPSTER, IT'S HARD TO DO. BUT YEAH, THERE WERE DEFINITELY TIMES WHERE I WAS SHOWN HOW TO DO CERTAIN THINGS PROPERLY. ANOTHER THING, I HAD TO LEARN HOW TO DRIVE STICK, AND THAT -- I MEAN, IT'S NOT EASY, BUT IT'S NOT LIKE THE HARDEST THING IN THE WORLD UNTIL YOU HAVE TO ACT, NOT KILL ANYONE, AND HIT A MARK. THOSE WERE SOME CHALLENGES.

>> WHICH WAS A HARDER, DUMPSTER DIVING OR STICK DRIVING?

>> MMM. THE DUMPSTER THING WAS PRETTY HARD, YEAH. WALKED AWAY WITH A COUPLE OF BRUISES. I FELT COOL ABOUT IT, THOUGH.

>> SOMETHING TO PUT ON YOUR RESUME, I CAN DUMPSTER DIVE.

>> FAIR ENOUGH, I WILL ADD IT ONCE I LEAVE, THANKS.

>> HELLO.

>> HEY!

>> I'M A BIG FAN OF YOUR MOVIES.

>> THANK YOU.

>> MY QUESTION IS ACTUALLY ABOUT YOUR MUSIC.

>> OKAY.

>> WILL YOU BE ACCEPTING SOLE  -- SOLO HEADLINES IN THE FUTURE, ESPECIALLY AUSTRALIA, I'M FROM THERE.

>> AMAZING, THANK YOU SO MUCH. HERE'S THE DEAL WITH THE MUSIC. YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN SO INCREDIBLY PATIENT. I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'VE DONE TO DESERVE YOU ALL. AND I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THAT, BECAUSE YOU GUYS LET ME GO AWAY FOR MONTHS AT A TIME AND MAKE MOVIES AND PUT THE MUSIC ON HOLD. THE MUSIC, RIGHT NOW I HAD EVERY INTENTION OF PUTTING MORE MUSIC OUT THIS YEAR. BUT THIS HAPPENED, WHICH YOU'LL BE HAPPY ABOUT ON FRIDAY, I PROMISE.

>> YOU WILL, YOU WILL.

>> AND I'M CURRENTLY WORKING ON A TV SHOW FOR APPLE CALLED "DICKINSON" BASED ON EMILY DICKINSON, THE POET, THAT I FINISH IN JANUARY. THEN I'M HEADING TO L.A. TO FINISH THE MUSIC, THAT MEANS AN ALBUM AND A TOUR. ALL THOSE DATES ARE YET TO COME. [ APPLAUSE ] THOSE ARE YET TO COME. IT'S HARD TO PUT DATES ON THOSE TYPES OF THINGS, I'VE LEARNED, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW. SO ANYWAY, I APPRECIATE YOU ASKING, AND I ONLY HOPE THAT MY MUSIC WILL TAKE ME AROUND THE WORLD AND BACK TO AUSTRALIA. YEAH, I LOOK FORWARD TO IT.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> I WILL SAY I'VE GOT "LET IT GO" STUCK IN MY HEAD, I LISTEN TO IT STILL.

>> OH, "LET ME GO." SORRY. FIRST I HEARD "LITTLE GHOST." I WAS LIKE, YOU HAVE A LITTLE GHOST IN YOUR HEAD?

>> I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THAT WAS A SONG. YEAH, "LET ME GO." THAT ONE REALLY HIT ME. I REMEMBER LISTENING TO IT AND I WAS LIKE, OH, BOY.

>> I FIGURED IF WE MADE A REAL HAPPY PRODUCTION, IT WOULDN'T MAKE ME CRY EVERY TIME I LISTENED TO IT, SO I JUST DANCE INSTEAD. SOMETIMES I CRY. I MOSTLY DANCE.

>> I WAS SITTING AT MY DESK CRYING.

>> OH, SHOOT, I'M SORRY.

>> IT'S FINE, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL SONG. THANK YOU SO MUCH, HALLIE. CHECK OUT "BUMBLEBEE", ALSO CHECK OUT "SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE." I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE THESE MOVIES, THEY'RE REALLY GOOD. THANK YOU SO MUCH. HAVE A GREAT DAY.

>> THANK YOU GUYS. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

Baron Davis & Brandon Armstrong

Our hilarious chat with "WTF Baron Davis" stars will leave you "balling!" See what we did there. 🤣...Make sure to tune in to hear all about the new Fuse series. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Mary Wiseman, Sonequa Martin-Green, Anthony Rapp & Anson Mount

We had the pleasure of talking with the stars of "Star Trek: Discovery" about season 2 of the CBS series. If you want to live long and prosper then check out our convo with this awesome cast. 🖖 (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Melissa B. Miller Costanzo & Molly Ringwald

If there's anyone who knows a thing or two about coming-of-age stories it's Molly Ringwald. Watch our discussion with Ringwald and director Melissa B. Miller Costanzo about their film, "All These Small Moments." (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Dianna Agron

There's no such thing as perfect, but Dianna Agron has us thinking otherwise! 😫 From her "Glee" days to her Cafe Carlyle return, the talented actress and musician gave us all the details! (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Spencer Treat Clark

"Unbreakable" + "Split" = "Glass" which makes us 🤩! Don't miss Spencer Treat Clark share his experience about getting back on-set with Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and go-kart racing with James McAvoy. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Jonas Åkerlund & Mads Mikkelsen

Mads Mikkelsen and director Jonas Åkerlund make one hell of a team and the evidence is "Polar." Hear all about the (freezing 🥶) blast they had filming the new Netflix Original movie. (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Jameer Pond, Shannon Coffey & Kevan Kenney

Check out what our host Kevan, cultural commentator Jameer and comedian/BUILD Brunch host Shannon had to say about #NewMusicFriday in what was a great and hilarious first Weekend Listen of 2019. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Steve Zahn, Bradley Whitford, Matthew Carnahan, Stephan Paternot & Lamorne Morris

You ever wonder how the internet came to be? 🤔 Well, here's your chance to find out! Watch our convo with the folks behind Nat Geo's limited series, "Valley of the Boom. (Photo Credit: JP Yim /BUILD )

Haley Joel Osment

The second season of Hulu's "Future Man" is upon us! Find out what Haley Joel Osment likes about working on the comedy and what other projects you can catch him in later this year. (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Megan Boone

From working with the prolific James Spader to sliding into DMs and being more eco-friendly, we had a great time chatting with "The Blacklist" star Megan Boone. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Manuel Rulfo-Garcia & Manolo Caro

Vea nuestra entrevista con director Manolo Caro y actor Manuel Garcia-Rulfo sobre su nueva película,"Perfectos Desconocidos." ¡Estarás feliz de haberlo hecho! (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Jenna Coleman

She just gives regal vibes! Jenna Coleman, who plays Queen Victoria on PBS' "Victoria," sat down to talk with us about the acclaimed series. Tune in! (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Alice Eve

If only there were two of Alice Eve, but we'll gladly take the one! 🥰  The "Replicas" star gave us the details of what it was like shooting the film, working with Keanu Reeves and more. (Photo Credit: BUILD /BUILD )

Terry Crews

To know him is to love him! The always motivational and wise Terry Crews stopped by to talk the new season of  "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and his gig as host of "AGT: The Champions." (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Catriona Gray

That smile though! 😊 Catriona Gray, aka Miss Universe, Philippines 2018, told us how much she appreciates all her supporters and what fuels her as a person and advocate. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Josh Dallas

🗣 We're back and we're calling all Manifesters! Hear what about the "Manifest" script drew actor Josh Dallas to the NBC series. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Allison Williams

We were lucky enough to kick off the new year with none other than the lovely Allison Williams! Find out what she enjoyed about joining "A Series of Unfortunate Events". (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Lyrica Okano

We ended our 2018 on a high note with Lyrica Okano! The star of the Hulu original, Marvel's "Runaways," shared what it's like working for the renowned comic behemoth. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Madison Vain, Sowmya Krishnamurthy & Kevan Kenney

From hip-hop to pop, it's been quite the year for music! Watch our host Kevan Kenney and music experts Madison Vain, Sowmya Krishnamurthy review some of the biggest hits of the year and who to look out for in 2019! (Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Paris Hilton

Now that's 🔥! The one and only Paris Hilton stopped by the studio to chat about her time working on the Netflix documentary, "The American Meme," and more.  (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Willem Dafoe

Genuinely one of our favorite guests, it's always a pleasure to have the great Willem Dafoe. Watch our discussion about his Vincent Van Gogh portrayal in the film, "At Eternity's Gate." (Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Robert Zemeckis

Robert Zemeckis is the man behind every film we've come to know and love! Hear what he had to say about creating the new unique drama, "Welcome to Marwen." (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Amy Adams & Steve Carell

It's not every day that we have actors of such magnitude like Amy Adams and Steve Carell! You cannot miss our conversation with the stars of the Golden Globe-nominated film, "Vice."

(Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Cody Simpson

Cody Simpson has made his Broadway debut on the amazing "Anastasia," and we couldn't be happier! Find out what the actor/singer has been enjoying most about the musical. (Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Hailee Steinfeld

She sure can take a photo! 😍 We were ecstatic to talk to the lovely Hailee Steinfeld about her role in the new Transformers film, "Bumblebee," and more! (Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Colson Baker (Machine Gun Kelly), Rosa Salazar, Danielle Macdonald, Lil Rel Howrey & Susanne Bier

Your Netflix list is going to get a bit longer because you're going to want to see "Bird Box!" The film's cast and director shared some of the funniest moments on-set. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan acts, writes and directs! Is there anything she doesn't do? Check out our conversation with the talented star. (Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Chantal Rochelle, Lauren Moraski & Kevan Kenney

From Kelly Rowland's return to another Ariana Grande hit, listen to our experts Kevan Kenney, Chantal Rochelle & Lauren Moraski break down #NewMusicFriday. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Natalie Portman & Brady Corbet

Natalie Portman's role and Brady Corbet's directing in "Vox Lux" have been enchanting audiences! Don't miss our talk with them about the movie that explores fame and much more. (Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Cynthia Erivo & Shoshana Bean

It's unfair how much talent Cynthia Erivo and Shoshana Bean have, let alone combined! 🤩 We had a blast chatting with the two amazing women about their holiday show, "Night Divine." (Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

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