New Disney+ series Percy Jackson and the Olympians cast discuss embracing diversity

New Disney+ series Percy Jackson and the Olympians cast discuss embracing diversity

New Disney+ series Percy Jackson and the Olympians cast discuss embracing diversity -Walker Scobell plays the title role in Percy Jackson and the Olympians, while Leah Sava Jeffries plays Annabeth Chase. Aryan Simhadri plays Grover Underwood.

Following two film adaptations based on Rick Riordan’s novels, Percy Jackson is set to return in a new series. Grover Underwood, Annabeth Chase, and Percy Jackson are portrayed by performers from a new generation. The characters, initially penned nearly two decades ago, are given new life and perspective by Walker Scobell, 14, Leah Sava Jeffries, 14, and Aryan Simhadri, 17. They talk about that and more in a special interview.

Just another child

Walker Scobell, who portrayed the legendary figure made even more well-known by Logan Lerman in the motion pictures, exuded confidence. Walker was an avid reader and moviegoer who knew everything there was to know about Percy Jackson. However, he acknowledges that playing him made the fan in him recognise that Percy is still just a child.

If it makes sense, I got to see his innocent side. Since you don’t give it much thought, but they’re actually twelve. They are young children! Sorry, but they are wanted criminals for demolishing a national monument. Looking at it again was intriguing. Because you forget that he is a youngster when you are playing him. Walker claimed that “he doesn’t really understand these emotions and how to control them.”

facing criticism

Leah Sava Jeffries was likewise only a little child when she faced criticism for being cast as Annabeth Chase, a character in the books who was once thought to be white. Everyone came out in favour of Leah after she and the producers received a lot of backlash for the subversive decision, including author Rick Riordan and actress Alexandra Daddario (who portrayed Annabeth in the films). Leah believes the experience has only motivated her to improve as a performer on set now that it has passed.

Alright, these folks are expressing all of these things. “LET US PROVE THEM WRONG.” LEAH SAID.

“I believe that reaction occurred because no one had yet seen me in the role of Annabeth. But now that it’s all finished and nicely put together, I can’t wait for everyone to see it. Because individuals don’t wait for information; they just make decisions based on what they perceive, hear, and feel. The things that came to me and the comments made by others were incredibly inspiring. After considering everything, I concluded, “Well, these people are saying all these things.” “Let’s prove them wrong,” Leah remarked.

Encourage diversity

She went on to say that whenever she had self-doubt, her co-stars helped her stay positive. “You’re doing great, don’t pay attention to all that,” even my cast members said. So far on this set, everyone has been really helpful. I’m excited for you to see it since it’s come together so nicely, Leah remarked. Grover Underwood’s Indian-American actor, Aryan Simhadri, praised the producers’ efforts to broaden and diversify their work. Of course, I can’t speak for Leah. However, the previous few years have seen an amazing increase in diversity as well as a significant investment of time, resources, and sincere effort in identifying and casting people of colour and finding brilliant creators,” Aryan remarked.

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