Photo credit: Photographer: Caitlin Mitchell, Stylist: Claudine DeSola, Hair: Brian Magallones, Makeup: Nico Guilis
The first time I saw Night at the Museum, I remember being so taken by Mizuo Peck's portrayal of 'Sacajawea'... particularly the effortless honesty and strength she managed to bring to such an important character. So, I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to speak with Mizuo about the latest installment of the franchise, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and to have her explain what this incredible experience has been like to her.
The Reel Spin: Night at the Museum must be such an exciting franchise to be a part of... talk about an ensemble cast... Can you put into words what this experience has been like?
Mizuo Peck: To describe this experience as exciting would be an understatement. It's been a dream come true! An epic adventure! I mean nothing could be more surreal than playing a wax statue of a historical figure that runs from dinosaurs with comedy legends through various museums carrying a monkey! What a wild trip! Everything was so over the top and so top of the line from the costumes to the sets to the special effects let alone the stellar cast and crew. The whole experience has been so amazing, and I will cherish it forever.
TRS: You had the chance to work closely alongside the late Robin Williams... there was a moment in the first film when you two sort of looked at one another through the museum glass... it was so special to watch... was it equally special to film?
Peck: I'll never forget that scene, because we'd actually only met that morning for the first time. I think that shy sincerity shows. I remember how easy it was to look into Robin's kind eyes. He stole my heart at that very moment! 'Teddy' and 'Sacajawea's' relationship continues in this third movie, and it's sweet to see we've established a real bond. What a treat to have been right by his side scene after scene. He was one of a kind [and] is greatly missed.
TRS: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is [now playing in] theaters this Christmas... can you give us any hints as to what we can expect?
Peck: The story revolves around the core characters from the Natural History Museum trying to fix the magical tablet that keeps them alive. Of course there are a lot of obstacles to conquer as well as new friends and foes. Something thrilling to see is the characters break free from the British Museum and take the adventure outside in to the streets of London! Yes, we are running amuck through Piccadilly Circus and even take a city bus!
TRS: Your character, Sacajawea, has a wisdom to her and stands up for women's rights... is she someone that you can relate to personally?
Peck: I think every woman out there can relate and be inspired by 'Sacajawea.' She was a mother and a wife as well as an integral part of the Lewis and Clark expedition. She traveled for miles enduring bitter hardships and starvation with a baby on her back! Her bravery and resilience keep things in perspective for me. It's been invaluable learning about her life and embodying her spirit.
TRS: Fans may not realize that you actually come from a theater background and you have an extensive commerical and modeling background as well... anything else fans would be surprised to learn about you?
Peck: It may surprise some that I started acting when I was just 11 years old. I auditioned for the children's theater company TADA! by belting out a Frank Sinatra tune. Another fun tidbit is I've been in a film where I speak German and one where I speak Japanese even though I don't speak either languages!
For more on Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb:
Website - www.nightatthemuseummovie.com
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Twitter - @MuseumMovies
Interview by Pamela Thomas