EXCLUSIVE | Secret Society of Second-Born Royals' Faly Rakotohavana says his character Matteo is an overthinker
Ahead of the film's release, MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) caught up with the star in an interview where he talks about being part of a top-secret training facility, playing Matteo, and what to expect from the flick
The last week of September sees Disney introduce a new breed of superheroes in the 'Secret Society of Second-Born Royals'. The film follows a fiery and rebellious princess living in the shadow of her older sister ready to take the throne. The Disney film is directed by Anna Mastro ('Pussycat Dolls Present') and it features an ensemble cast and is based on an original story by Litvak, Green, and Austin Winsberg.
One of the superheroes in the team is Matteo, played by the young and immensely talented Faly Rakotohavana. And ahead of the film's release on September 25, MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) caught up with the teen in an exclusive interview where he talks about being part of a top-secret training facility, playing Matteo, and what to expect from the flick.
How does it feel to be a part of the 'Secret Society of Second-Born Royals'?
It’s so amazing! I sometimes still find it a little hard to believe. Two years ago, I never would’ve thought that I would get to play a part in a Disney+ film. So, getting to play such a big part in such a big project is really surreal.
What can you tell us about the film?
'Secret Society of Second-Born Royals' is a film about a group of teenage second borns who are sent to summer school. Little do they know that their “summer school” is actually a top-secret training facility to train them to control their superpowers.
What can you tell us about your character, Matteo? How did you connect with it?
My character, Matteo, is a very shy and awkward character. He wants to fit in but struggles to do so because he constantly overthinks and is worried about what people may think of him.
How did the role come about?
It started off as an audition that my agent had sent me. When I walked into the audition room, there were at least over 50 people. I was extremely nervous because I had never had to wait in an audition that long, so I started to overthink and question if I was right for the role. Then, I got a callback and I knew I had a chance of booking Matteo.
Can you share your method of preparation for the role?
When I first receive a role, I think of who that character reminds me of. It could be a person in my life, a celebrity, or another movie character. I’ve learned that if I have an idea of how my character acts, I have a better chance of building a grounded character that I can bring to life.
What can the audience expect from the film?
Audiences can expect a lot of adventure and a story that I think a lot of people can relate to. This film shares the idea that everybody is important no matter what place you’re from or who you are.
How was it working with the cast of the movie?
It was so amazing! Getting to work with such an amazing cast was such a blessing. Getting to adventure around Toronto with the cast was such an honor. Everybody was super supportive of each other and we all had a great time.
'Secret Society of Second-Born Royals' premieres September 25 on Disney+.