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Bailey Bass and Jamie Flatters, the new generation of Avatar, and how to learn to act underwater


The young actors of the sequel to the film spoke with Clarín from London about their experience in the film directed by James Cameron.

When the first Avatar was released thirteen years ago, they were very young:

Bailey Bass

was 6 years old and

Jamie Flatters

was 9. At that time, it was impossible to imagine that today they would be

part of the new generation

in the sequel directed by James .


The Water Way


Now they are the young actors of the saga, "the children of" Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldaña, in the case of Flatters (Neteyam, the eldest);

and Kate Winslet, in Bass's (she plays Tsireya).

They experience the world premiere of the film, on the blue carpet in London, and the interviews with the press with

the excitement of the new

and the freshness of the “twenties”, even though Bailey, who was born in the United States, is only 19.

Bailey Bass is 19 years old and plays Tsireya in Avatar El camino del agua.

Photo Isabel Infantes / AFP

shocked by the magnitude

She says that she did not become aware of what the film represented for people and what it was going to mean to be part of that legacy

until she saw it in the cinema


She now talks about the "experience" of being in the room, in front of the giant screen and the importance of having that space "to see movies of this magnitude."

Jamie listens to her and nods as she plays with her rings, she has one on each finger.

She waits for the silence of her partner and answers softly that

for him "it is a great honor"


“I think it's fascinating to be able to work with the greatest directors and actors,

a dream come true

”, sums up the young man who was born in London and is 22 years old.

When they talk about training for the film, they are referring, to a large extent, to the work involved

in learning to act underwater

, one of the challenges posed by Cameron for this film.

“It was something unique,” ​​he says.

"Funny," she completes.

Jamie Flatters is Neteyam in Avatar 2, the Sullys' maternal son.

Photo Isabel Infantes / AFP

“We had months and months of training, like a year of freediving before shooting anything underwater,” Jamie says.

"You do.

Instead, my first scene was underwater,” she interrupts.

Bailey says that the key is to control the brain, which, at first, warns you:

"Don't go underwater, don't go so low, you could drown

. "

“Beyond that, everything was amazing,” she adds.

extremely confidential

How did you prepare to play your characters?


: You couldn't prepare,

you couldn't take the script home with you because it was extremely confidential

, so it was hotel meetings.

Jim would do rehearsals and plan each scene long before we even stepped on set to shoot.

I can say that it helped me find my character and that Jim was such an excellent director.

I didn't know much about technique, I just memorized my lines and trusted my director, it came out instinctively and I'm thankful for that.

-How was a day of filming?


: Totally different from each other, it depended if you were on the floor or in the water and if it was an action scene or with dialogues.

-How was working with James Cameron?


: Phenomenal, he's an actor's director, he really cares about us as people and not just as tools to use in a movie to create this supernatural creature and we learned a lot from that.

The cast of Avatar 2 with its director, James Cameron.

Photo Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP

-What can you tell us about the evolution of your characters in the upcoming films?


: We're going to be able to explore more of Pandora (the Avatar universe) and the evolution of the characters and their relationship to each other.

My favorite part of a movie or a series is when a character gets specific.

Jim takes it to a whole other level,

he gives each character their own context

of him, and you feel like you're part of his journey.

We will continue to do that.

One before and one after

-What does Avatar represent for your careers?


: It's the first film we've ever made and probably the best director we've ever had the privilege of working with.

-Did you dream of being part of a project like this?


: I knew I wanted to be in action movies, I've always been fascinated by them because I grew up watching those kinds of movies, so to be a part of something that has action but also surpasses it, that has this subtext of loving and caring for each other, it's a honor.

-The film leaves many messages, which do you think is worth highlighting?


: I think it

's very impressive and totally unexpected how children take care of their parents

, something you don't see a lot in movies.


: I take it that the world existed before you and will exist after you're gone.

-How did you feel when you saw the final result?


: It was so exciting, I remember Jamie crying.

I hugged Trinity (who plays the youngest daughter of the protagonists) and told her “you did that”.

I felt so proud.

There are some scenes in the film where I said “dear mother”, I can't even put into words what I feel, because this is a really very special movie.

And the public?

“People are going to love it,” says Bass with conviction.

"All of them?"

Flatters retorts.

"What do you mean?

Everyone will have their opinions: they will say I liked the first one better or I liked

Avatar, El camino del agua

more , but

they will all leave the cinema moved


His ideas are going to be challenged like they were with the first movie,” Bailey closes.

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Source: clarin

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