Sarah Silverman: “I never wanted to be a Disney princess”

Sarah Silverman with her new star in Hollywood.

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Sarah Silverman He has not mincing words. The 47-year-old Jewish American comedian, producer and writer uses satire to address sensitive topics such as politics, religion or sexism.

Without going any further this Friday, after receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Silverman appeared on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” and launched a strong criticism of President Trump: “At a time when crimes against Jews have increased 57% since this idiot is president, it does not escape me that I am very lucky to receive a star and not have to sew it on my clothes.

Silverman had been in Los Angeles all week promoting “Ralph Breaks the Internet”(“ Wreck-It Ralph 2 ”), Disney animated film that opens on November 21, in which he gives voice to Vanellope from Schweetz, Ralph’s girl friend and racing driver from the video game Sugar Rush who is already officially considered a Disney princess, an icon that for Silverman was not always a good reference.

“I never wanted to be a Disney princess”, confesses Silverman in an interview with this newspaper. But this is exactly how I wanted it to be: a girl with an achievable waist and comfortable clothes.“.

In the film, Vanellope meets every princess in Disney history in a memorable scene for which the studio recorded the voices of original Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel from the Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Mulan, Elsa, and Anna. from “Frozen”, even Moana, among others. The princesses, surprised at first by the appearance of Vanellope, quickly accept her as one of them and end up dressed in modern and casual clothes like her.

“Disney princesses were role models for girls and that doesn’t work anymore”, apunta Silverman. “But now the caliber of female characters in Disney movies has changed so much… I’m happy to be the last of the series in a world that has evolved and let’s hope [cruza los dedos] keep evolving “.

“It was so epic!” Exclaims Silverman of the scene with all the princesses together. “I couldn’t believe they could bring in all the original voices. It is a testament to Disney… to Disney’s progress ”.

Princess with song and everything

Like all Disney princesses, Vanellope has her song in the movie, “A Place Called Slaughter Race”, sung by the actress herself.

“It’s amazing to have my own Alan Menken song. [compositor de clásicos como “La Sirenita” y “La Bella y La Bestia”]. One of my favorite musicals is “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986), so recording, singing and befriending him was a dream come true “says Silverman, who had sung on previous occasions, but not acting in character.

“It is a different instrument. I was trying to sharpen my voice to the highest possible register and also trying to reach the highest notes. But it was Vanellope singing, so it was okay. I think it turned out good. It was a lot of fun, “he says.

Vanellope y Ralph. / Foto: Disney Animation

In most animated films the voices are recorded separately and the actors do not coincide in the studio, but in this case Silverman and John C. Reilly, who returns to voice Ralph, they recorded together.

“It’s so much fun and it bears so much fruit,” he explains. “We improvise and help each other. Acting is reacting to the person you are talking to. When you are alone in a cabin there is no room to find new things ”.

‘New things’ for a character that Silverman already played in “Wreck-It-Ralph” in 2012 and whose voice he had to look for again five years later.

“I was wondering, what was the voice like? But what I do is always go to the top ”, he says, imitating his character with his characteristic high-pitched voice. “It’s about looking for the same feeling inside my head and my throat.”


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Sarah Silverman: “I never wanted to be a Disney princess”