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Exclusive: Barbie actor Simu Liu and set decorator Katie Spencer talk about the Greta Gerwig film

Barbie is one of the most awaited films of this year. The Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie starrer is creating a lot of buzz even before its release. The first reactions came in a few days back and people are definitely loving the film, which has grabbed attention for its unique setup as well as the number of Barbies and Kens. As anticipation grew, we got a chance to sit down with Ken aka Simu Liu and set decorator Katie Spencer for a chat. During the chat, we got to know a lot about what was going on behind the scenes as well as how beautifully the film was shot.

Barbie actor Simu Liu and set decorator Katie Spencer talk about the Greta Gerwig film

Simu Liu talks about his character as well as director Greta Gerwig

In an exclusive interview with Pinkvilla, Simu Liu shares his insight into playing the role of Kane and how he played it.

I mean, really, really unbelievable. I mean, Greta is someone I’ve admired for a long time. He’s one of those really smart, unique filmmakers. And hearing that she’s going to do a project like Barbie, I think it’s got a lot of people really excited about it. And you know, by the way, before I met him. And to actually be on set with him and work with him, umm, it’s absolutely incredible. He is very cooperative.

I think the most important thing for actors is that they feel like they’re being listened to and, they feel like it’s a safe space to try things out and throw out ideas. And Greta is very good at creating that space and has patience and kindness with it. And, you know, being able to go through that process and that journey with him and Margot is very special. Well, it’s very extraordinary, you know, she’s not just an actress, but also a producer.

Yes, this is a really good question. Because Shang doesn’t really dress that well. Yes. Come on, let’s be honest. Yes. Her fashion sense is lacking a bit. I think he’ll look at Ken and say, wow, that guy dresses really well. He’d be like, first of all, that guy dresses really well. Second, her hair is always great. Yes. And third, why does he look like me? I think it would be three things. This is not right.

Barbie set decorator Katie Spencer opens up about behind-the-scenes secrets

It always starts with the script. And of course, Greta and Noah wrote this incredible script. That’s it, you are on a journey that you cannot imagine. But it was always more about the script than anything else. Greta is very emotional when she talks about things and because she’s an actress, you know, she acts on things. So you feel like you are there.

I never had a Barbie when I was growing up. I never had a single right? In the UK we had something called Cindy, but we can’t talk about her. But, that’s why I’ve never had a Barbie. So what we did, we bought a Barbie Dreamhouse from Amazon to check it out. Because everyone knows what a Barbie doll is like, but the Dreamhouse is something different. And it was an amazing success to watch because you look at it and see how kids play with dolls. You know, things like that. There are no walls in the house, you know, no stairs. You can just swim and do whatever you want. It was about the scale of the objects within that space.

Some things were out of scale, like the hairbrush. But of course, Margot is of human size. It’s not Lord of the Rings, so we’re not trivializing it or anything like that. So everything can be made to look like a car or whatever, the choices we made were pretty small. Because Barbie lives in a world that is about 23% smaller than the world we live in. And then of course you come up with pink. Yes. And that’s a whole different story.

It was a disgusting thing and we, Sarah (production designer) and I, like to do what we do, we kind of do a show and tell, we have this kind of big prop store and everything. And we did a show and tell for Barbie and Ken and they came because the more you can involve the actors, the better, whatever you’re filming because their environment is so important. So yeah, at every step, we said, what if, you’re happy with that? From Greta, Sarah, and me, to Rodrigo, Jacqueline, Ivan, and the actors, everyone had to be on the same page to steer this unique world.

It’s interesting to attend this kind of barbie boot camp and get to know all the barbies. Let’s take a barbie as a writer. A barbie is a painter. You know something aspirational and something enjoyable. So thinking about those characters and wondering how to call it, because like in Barbie land, there’s no water, right? There is no paper, there is no electricity. So when you look you will find that all the newspapers and all the books are solid like a toy.You know, there is no proper writing about it. little toy Just writing is just a chore. So there were big challenges there. Yes. And then how would they interact and then with Greta’s script. So yeah, I think this is probably our most challenging film till date.

I would like the audience to be exposed visually. There are many more things I could tell you, but if I have to focus on one thing, it is the power of color. I guess the message is, I guess go with your expectations. open it. Think you’re going to see it and you’re fine. And then hope you go, Lord, that was it. But you will have the best time in the cinema.

About Barbie

Barbie directed by Greta Gerwig is all set to release on July 21, 2023. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Margot Robbie, Simu Liu, Alexandra Shipp, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Hari Nef, Scott Evans, Kate McKinnon, Sharon Rooney, Dua. Lipa, Nicola Coughlan, Ana Cruz Kayne, Issa Rae, and more.

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