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Interview: The Cast of Disney’s “Godmothered”

“Godmothered” coming to Disney+ on December 4th is a magical comedy about fairy godmothers and happily ever after. Here’s the scoop from the cast to get you excited about the premiere of Godmothered on Disney +.

About “Godmothered”

Jillian Bell as Eleanor
Jillian Bell as Eleanor Disney + image

“Godmothered” is a delightful holiday film all about finding your own magic. Jillian Bell plays the main role of Eleanor, a fairy godmother-in-training who loves everything about magic. In the hopes of saving her school, Eleanor travels to the human world and tries to help a woman names Mackenzie find her “happily ever after.”

The Cast

Jillian Bell (“Eleanor”) Eleanor is in training to be a fairy godmother. She tries to save her school, The Motherland, by proving that the world still needs fairy godmothers. Her training is far from complete, but this just provides audiences with some hilarious magical misadventures!

Isla Fisher (“Mackenzie”) Mackenzie is a mother of two, working at a news station. While her life is not perfect, she does not believe in magic and initially resists Eleanor’s help.

Jane Curtin (“Moira”) The headmistress of The Motherland, Moira takes her job very seriously. She teaches fairy godmothers how to give happily ever afters, and all of her lessons are by the book.

Jillian Spaeder (“Jane”) Jane is Mackenzie’s teenage daughter. She is a talented singer who struggles with stage fright. Also, she has difficult opening up to her mom about her true feelings.

Willa Skye (“Mia”) Mia is Mackenzie’s youngest daughter. She is more outgoing than her older sister and she loves to have fun!

Santiago Cabrera (“Hugh”) Hugh works with Mackenzie. He is very handsome, optimistic, and he cares about his young son. Hugh even does historical reenactments to bond with this son.

Artemis Pebdani (“Duff”) Duff is another of Mackenzie’s coworkers. She is pretty laid-back, but enjoys having fun. She is a supportive friend to Mackenzie.

Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Grant”) Grant runs the news station where Mackenzie works. He is very aggressive and concerned with television ratings. He is narrow minded and unwilling to take advice.

Radio Disney’s Candice Valdez is the moderator who introduces the amazing cast of “Godmothered”. The film features Jillian Bell, Isla Fisher, Jillian Spaeder, Willa Skye, Santiago Cabrera, Artemis Pebdani, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and finally Jane Curtin.

“Godmothered” Overview

Beginning with an overview of the film, Jillian Bell explains that her character, Eleanor, wants to prove that fairy godmothers are important. Bell also teases that Mackenzie, portrayed by Isla Fisher, “doesn’t really believe that she needs a fairy godmother. But maybe she does.”

Set at Christmas time, “Godmothered” is a comedy about Eleanor, a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training (Jillian Bell) who upon hearing that her chosen profession is facing extinction, decides to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers.

Finding a mislaid letter from a 10-year-old girl in distress, Eleanor tracks her down and discovers that the girl, Mackenzie, is now a 40-year-old single mom (Isla Fisher) working at a news station in Boston.

Having lost her husband several years earlier, Mackenzie has all but given up on the idea of “Happily Ever After,” but Eleanor is bound and determined to give Mackenzie a happiness makeover, whether she likes it or not. 

L-R: Willa Skye as Mia, Jillian Shea Spaeder as Jane, Jillian Bell as Eleanor and Isla Fisher as Mackenzie Walsh
L-R: Willa Skye as Mia, Jillian Shea Spaeder as Jane, Jillian Bell as Eleanor and Isla Fisher as Mackenzie Walsh

“Godmothered” Has It All

This fun holiday film has everything audiences could want! There is a great balance emotional moments and comedy, so everyone can enjoy it. Isla Fisher notes the film’s use of slapstick, word play, and physical comedy. Even though she is known for comedic roles, Fisher says, “I’m kind of the straight man.”

Overall, the blend of comedy and heart create a memorable holiday film that all ages will appreciate.

Emotional Takeaways

While “Godmothered” is a happy and uplifting film, there are many emotional takeaways. In spite of the current state of the world, viewers see that “happily ever after” is still possible.

Isla Fisher echos this idea saying,

“young girls watching, you know, happy ever after doesn’t necessarily include a castle, a prince, and a dress. It can be the blessings you have in your life.”

Clearly, this film carries a sweet message of love, gratitude, and making your own “happily ever after.”

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Importance of Inclusivity and Acceptance

The film highlights the importance of inclusivity and acceptance. It includes an animated scene featuring the next generation of fairy godmothers, who are young children of varying demographics. In response to this scene, Jillian Bell said it, “will make someone feel seen and I think at the end of the day, if we can be doing that in such a big movie and a Disney movie, that’s a beautiful thing.”

Acting With Animals

Like any Disney film, “Godmothered” also features a variety of animal actors including a pig and dog. Willa Skye who plays Mackenzie’s youngest daughter Mia, reflects on the liveliness of filming with a pig saying, “She had one temper tantrum in the middle of a scene.”

Preparing For The Roles

In order to play news reporters, Santiago Cabrera and Isla Fisher got real world experience. They visited a new station and learned all about it.

Similarly, Artemis Pebdani learned about holding a new camera when, “a couple people came to set and taught me how to hold it and look tough.”

Conversely, Utkarsh Ambudkar jokes that his lack of research was very in-character. He explains, “I have to play like a news boss who has no idea what he’s doing. So, I didn’t have to do any research and it worked out just fine.”

All About the Outfits

Like any Disney movie, the costumes are nothing short of magical. Jillian Bell wears a beautiful pink gown for the majority of the film. Despite wearing a corset for an entire movie, she laughs and adds, “I will say that I actually really liked it.”

Also, to become the beautifully intimidating Moira, Jane Curtin notes that, “the makeup and the hair and the costumes created that character.”

What The Audience Needs To Know

Getting to watch this amazing cast reflect on what is clearly a very special film is an awesome experience. Each cast member plays their part perfectly, so these magical characters come to life!

The result is a heartwarming comedy that is sure to brighten this holiday season! “Godmothered” is exactly the type of movie that we need right now to remind us we can make our own happily ever afters!

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