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Our chat with Disney’s “Wish” voice actor, Harvey Guillén on Gabo’s connection to Grumpy, the music, and how the story pays tributes to the legacy of Disney #DisneyWish #HarveyGuillen #Gabo @HARVEYGUILLEN

Our chat with Disney’s “Wish” voice actor, Harvey Guillén on Gabo’s connection go Grumpy, the music, and how the story pays tributes to the legacy of Disney

In “Wish,” Asha, a sharp-witted idealist, makes a wish so powerful that it is answered by a cosmic force—a little ball of boundless energy called Star. Together, Asha and Star confront a most formidable foe—the ruler of Rosas, King Magnifico—to save her community and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen. Featuring the voices of Academy Award®-winning actor Ariana DeBose as Asha, Chris Pine as Magnifico, and Alan Tudyk as Asha’s favorite goat, Valentino, the film is helmed by Oscar®-winning director Chris Buck (“Frozen,” “Frozen 2”) and Fawn Veerasunthorn (“Raya and the Last Dragon”), produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Frozen,” “Frozen 2”) and Juan Pablo Reyes (“Encanto”). Jennifer Lee (“Frozen,” “Frozen 2”) executive produces—Lee and Allison Moore (“Night Sky,” “Manhunt”) are writers on the project. With original songs by Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Julia Michaels and Grammy-winning producer/songwriter/musician Benjamin Rice, plus score by composer Dave Metzger.

Wish is available now at Digital retailers, and will be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD on March 12.


Criticólogos:

Wish is about the legacy of Disney. It’s about paying tribute to what Disney is all about and what it stands. I grew up with The Lion King, I grew up with Toy Story and Star Wars. Who now is owned by Disney So, I wonder what core memory you have from the brand Disney that you always go back to when as one of those things that stand out?

Harvey Guillén:

Think it was for me, it would have been two films. It would have been Peter Pan because just the idea of flying and that magical idea of just going to a different world and Neverland and also The Little Mermaid, because it was, again, two different worlds. Like, it was great to see what the underworld would look like. And just the iconic scene where Ariel comes out of the water and flips her hair and the shimmering, it looks so real, and the water looks so tangible. It was one of those moments where you’re like, wow, like you can go anywhere. Like with your imagination, you can go anywhere you want. So those were the probably two.

Criticólogos:

I love Gabo. I related to Gabo because he’s a realist and he likes to make fun of people. And I don’t know, you know this, it would surprise me if you don’t know this, but the inspiration behind him is Grumpy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Harvey Guillén:

Oh yeah, the G from Gabo is for Grumpy and all of them. All the seven friends. The first letter of their name is a reference to the seven dwarves from Snow White.

Criticólogos:

I wonder how much of Gabo is Harvey being Harvey with the character, or how much of it’s just something that you took from him, and you learned from him?

Harvey Guillén:

I mean, it’s a good way you put Gabo a realist. And because the end of the day, he could be a realist and not. Necessarily, um, you know, wan ill intentions to someone. He’s a realist and at the end, he shows up and helps his friend who needs him, and they band together. So, Gabo is a realist, but at the core, he’s still a human being and he’s a good person. When he needs to step up. And I think that sometimes we confuse people who I realize with being mean and, um, and whatnot, and, and I don’t know, that’s true.

For me personally. I think it was fun to play Gabo and so different than the characters I’ve played, you know, who are optimistic and bubbly, you know, just thinking about other characters that I’ve done in voiceover recently where they’re just day and night, you know, Gabo and like Perrito, for example, In Puss in Boots The Last Wish is just like day and night. Those are two different characters, so it’s nice to play that. And it’s nice to be a little snarky and a little bit like, you know, rough around the edges if you will. It’s nice to play characters like that sometimes, and it gives you a different color to paint with.

Criticólogos:

I’m curious if you would have the opportunity to choose another character from the movie to play. Which part would I be in and why?

Harvey Guillén:

Oh, that’s a good one. I mean, Valentino. So fun. So probably Valentino. That would have been fun. Different take. Totally different. Valentino was really amazing. I just probably try something completely different. But you know why try to fix what’s already perfect?

Criticólogos:

If Magnifico came up to Harvey, not Gabo and granted you one wish, what would it be and why?

Harvey Guillén:

I guess the wish I would make would be just to have everyone in my family and loved ones looked after just in any way or form, you know, that they had anything they needed. Whatever that may be tangible or love and affection like it just at no given time would they be missing anything? That would be kind of a great thing just to share that with friends and loved ones.

Criticólogos:

This is a musical, and I want to talk about the music. Which song stood out to you the most that was stuck in your head during the whole process?

Harvey Guillén:

I mean, we have some bangers, that ballad between Magnifico and Asha just the sweetness between both of them was just so nice. Ariana does such a fantastic job of finding those notes and those layers really going deep into the lyrics. So that song really stands out for me just because it’s so pretty.

And it is the one part where she sings, if someone tried to hurt you, I don’t see how that could happen. That part is just like, so pretty and sweet and melodic and like a triplet and it sounds so nice. And the way she sings it, it’s like, oh my God. It’s like I could feel her like a hug, you know? So, it was really sweet, and I love that, and I love ours. You know, when we just gathered together, a revolution coming, you know, and I sing that high note there. I didn’t think I was going to sing the high note. And they’re like, you sing this part. And I was like, okay. That part was really cool with the drums and dun, all of that is really cool.

Criticólogos:

I got to ask and I’m not going to mention the project but I’m coming to you from San Juan, Puerto Rico. You recently had a project that was filmed down here. I don’t know if you were down here filming, but how was your experience filming down here?

Harvey Guillén:

Blue Beetle yeah, was filming in Puerto Rico. All my scenes were filmed, like in the lab, which was in Atlanta, Georgia, and I was supposed to go film one small part in Puerto Rico. And at the last minute, they shifted the scenes and stuff, and I think the scene got omitted as they took It out. So, I never got to go to Puerto Rico. I’ve never been to Puerto Rico.

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