Nine-year-old child star Sage Correa talks about filming the thriller "Kidnap" starring Halle Berry, and getting thrown into a car by Chris Mcginn. Also Sage tell us about voicing Pig Pen in "Peanuts" TV show.
Congratulations on your leading role in the film “Kidnap.” It’s exciting you got to play Halle Berry’s son in this action-packed thriller! Tell us about your role and the audition process for this film.
The character I play is named Frankie. He is 6 years old which is what I was at the time. He's a good kid and very close with his mom. One day while they are at the park, he gets kidnapped. His mom sees and chases the kidnappers down. There is a lot of action. It's crazy! The audition process was intense. It took lots of callbacks and a chemistry read with Halle herself. The whole process took about one month.
You filmed for multiple months on location in New Orleans. What was it like filming in New Orleans, and can you tell us some fun stories from filming “Kidnap” and from exploring New Orleans?
I loved the time I spent in New Orleans! The food, the people and the music were amazing! My favorite part was spending time with my family that lives there because that is where my family is originally from. I got to eat red beans and rice almost everyday which is my favorite food and hear some great jazz at Preservation Hall. A lot of people think that Kidnap was scary for me to film because I was so young and it's a thriller.
Actually, I had a lot of fun on set with the crew and other cast members. The funniest thing happened on the first day of filming when Chris Mcginn had to throw me into the car. She played one of the kidnappers. After she threw me in the backseat, I cried and cried. She was so worried that I was actually hurt, but when they yelled "cut", I jumped out of the car with a big smile on my face!
You got to work alongside Halle Berry. What are some of the things you learned from her, the cast and crew, and from your experiences while working on this film?
Halle was super nice and fun to work with. She talked to me about how to get into character and really become Frankie. She said I needed to think of things in my real life that make me scared. That was hard to do because I'm not scared of a lot of things! I also spent a lot of time with the kidnappers, Chris McGinn and Lew Temple when we were not filming. That helped me to feel comfortable to work with them. I actually wasn't afraid of them at all!
You also voice Pig Pen in “Peanuts.” How did you prepare to voice such an iconic role?
I wasn't actually prepared for how much work it was going to be! Peanuts is a really big show and they wanted all of my lines to be just perfect. I had to sound exactly like the original Pig Pen character. I was surprised to find out that voice over actually takes a lot of energy out of you. It's a lot of work to get the lines just right. The finished product is pretty awesome though so it made it all worth it!
What differences do you find between doing onscreen roles and voiceover roles? Which do you prefer and why?
The main difference is that you are not working with the other actors when you are doing voice over roles. You are in a room by yourself or with the director. Sometimes you run into the other actors in passing but that's about it. I prefer doing onscreen roles so I can interact with more people. I still love voice over jobs though. It's really awesome to hear my voice on such a famous character!
You are a normal, everyday kid that is getting some very special acting opportunities. What do you like to do for fun and what is a typical day in your life?
Yes, I am a very normal kid! I love sports, especially basketball! I have a lot of friends and I enjoy talking to them on the phone and playing computer games or video games. A typical day for me involves going to school, auditions and homework. On the weekends I get to play video games and have play dates. That's what I enjoy doing,
Do you have other interests that you take classes for, like martial arts, voice or piano lessons, or painting, etc.?
Over the years I have taken many different classes and lessons. I studies kung fu for some time and I started playing tennis when I was 3 years old. I have also taken capoeira and I take dance classes pretty regularly. Mostly I focus on acting classes. There are so many different types of classes like improv, theatrical, voice over, scene study and commercial. Right now, my favorite class in Improvisation. It's a lot of fun!
What can we expect to see you in next and what is a dream role you’d love to play?
There is nothing coming up that I can talk about right now, but I am up for some nice roles. I always stay prepared because you never know when the next big opportunity is coming! My dream role is to be a series regular on a weekly show. Any show will do, but it would be awesome if it were basketball related!