Mia Isaac and John Cho on Driving in Do not Make Me Go

Mia Isaac is having an enormous month. First, the 18-year-old stars with John Cho within the Hannah Marks-directed film “Do not Make Me Go,” which hit Prime Video on July 15. Later this month, she’ll additionally seem alongside Zoey Deutch and Dylan O’Brien within the influencer satire “Not Okay.” And whereas the younger actress had the complete religion of the “Do not Make Me Go” forged and crew regardless of being early in her profession, there was apparently one factor they weren’t so certain she might do: drive. That is an enormous deal in a film a couple of highway journey.

“I did know find out how to drive, however no person believed me,” Isaac tells hollywoodnewsflash.us. Within the movie, Isaac’s Wally is studying to helm a automobile for the primary time — with some disastrous outcomes. Isaac says that in actuality, neither she nor Cho was really driving the automotive more often than not throughout filming; a pod on high of the automobile took care of that to maintain everybody secure.

“However we had to do that one free-driving scene the place I really needed to drive the automotive, and everyone was like, ‘Mia, are you certain you are able to do this?'” she says. “I used to be like, ‘I’ve my license. I’ve had my license for nearly a yr. I promise I can do that.’ And nobody believed me, however I did actually nice, I feel.”

Within the movie, Wally and her dad, Max (Cho), are driving from California to New Orleans in quest of her mother, who deserted the household. However Wally does not know that is why they’re making the trek — and he or she does not know her dad’s ulterior motive: he has terminal most cancers, and he is determined to not have surgical procedure. Regardless of the unhappy subject, the movie has loads of pleasure, because of the superb chemistry between Isaac and Cho.

“I feel it got here actually naturally for us,” Cho tells hollywoodnewsflash.us. “It was not one thing we needed to work on very, very a lot, I’ve to say. She felt like household to me fairly instantly, after which [the script] actually guided us.”

Cho says he was drawn to the mission as a result of he is a father himself and the connection on display resonated for him. “However in a much bigger sense, additionally, it simply appeared well timed. I simply really feel like in our nation, we’re simply changing into an increasing number of fractured, and this was one thing concerning the factor that everybody can relate to, each particular person has in frequent,” he says.

Isaac additionally says she immediately fell in love with the script. It helped that she wasn’t a road-trip beginner coming in. “I have been on many highway journeys with my household. They have been very cramped,” she says. “Now we have one small, small Prius, and there are 5 individuals in my household, and we’re all simply cramped into that automotive and go the place we need to go. . . . It is like a kind of clown vehicles, and everybody suits in.”

DIRECTOR HANNAH MARKS with MIA ISAAC on the set of DON'T MAKE ME GO   Photo: GEOFFREY SHORT © AMAZON CONTENT SERVICES LLC

Director Marks says really making the movie was “actually, actually difficult” as a result of they shot the entire thing in New Zealand, which needed to stand in for a number of American states. “However on the finish of the day, what mattered was the chemistry and the connection between John Cho and Mia Isaac. And I saved reminding myself of that, that their relationship was most vital,” she says. “And fortunately, our native New Zealand crew and forged, they had been unbelievable and so supportive.”

Marks additionally had a private connection to the story; her dad is a most cancers survivor, and he taught her find out how to drive. And she or he thinks the movie is especially resonant in a world that is skilled COVID-19. “It is a film about human connection and love, and it felt like one thing that was vital and pure to place into the world,” she says.

“Mia Isaac is unbelievable. I really feel so fortunate to be part of the start of her profession.”

Marks has loads of reward for her younger star. “Mia Isaac is unbelievable. I really feel so fortunate to be part of the start of her profession,” she says. “I feel she’s so proficient, and past that, she’s only a fantastic particular person. It was so thrilling to assist information her by her first film and, actually, her first lead position in a film.”

“However she dealt with it with such grace, and he or she was so ready,” Marks says. “The lady by no means even had her cellphone on set, which is fairly unprecedented for an adolescent. She was so targeted, and I simply felt actually, actually fortunate that she gave it her all.”

“Do not Make Me Go” is streaming now on Prime Video.

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