Disney invited 5 Minutes for Mom contributing blogger Dawn Cullo to Los Angeles, CA to attend the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” media trip. Dawn’s expenses are paid for the trip but no other compensation was paid and all opinions are Dawn’s.
Kaya Scodelario plays “Carina Smyth” in the newest “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” movie.
Carina Smyth is a new character in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Kaya Scodelario was excited to bring her into this male dominated storyline because Carina is a strong female character who can hold her own with the Pirates. When she looks for movie roles she is gravitated to those female characters that she would have looked up to as a teenage girl.
Bringing a character like the strong female character to the screen is a huge responsibility and undertaking. In a blockbuster movie such as the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, characters can get lost in the storyline. However, the writers did a great job at keeping Carina Smyth as a focus throughout the movie. She’s stubborn, argumentative, funny and flirty which gives her many layers and Carina becomes a character the viewer becomes invested in.
Kaya hopes that her son grows up watching and respects women and understands that women aren’t just the Disney princess, the love interest or the damsel in distress. Carina Smyth is certainly not any of those things.
If there were more movies in this franchise Kaya would you like to see Carina Smyth explore her love of the stars and astronomy and to go out on the ocean. In the movie, Carina discovers more about her identity and Kaya said it would be great if she were to take that and make something of it, really explore it further.
Kaya enjoyed working with Johnny Depp, she said he is a genius. He did a lot of takes for the scenes because he is great at improvisation and made working together a lot of fun. She said that the directors would run through the scrip for the day and ask her if she had any feedback or issues with the dialog for the day. One day, Johnny came to her trailer and ended up reworking an entire scene. She felt that working on a movie where there is that much creative freedom is amazing.
Kaya hopes that people will understand that this movie is an adventure for the whole family. It should be seen on the big screen and has the best technology possible. They spent six months making the film and two years in post production for a reason. That’s how it should be seen and that’s how the whole family will enjoy it at its best.
About Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack.
Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy.
At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is now playing everywhere.
Interview photos credit: MomStart.com