GL hearts about Bethany Hamilton.
There’s her perseverance, her stellar surfing skills, and the fact that this
pro athlete, who lost her arm to a shark when she was just 13 years old, is
always up for a challenge—the latter of which you are about to see unfold on
the big screen.
There are many things
I was lucky enough to head
to the real life Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida last December to check
out some filming for Warner Bros.’s new Dolphin Tale 2 and the first person I got to chat with was none other than
The sequel to the 2011 hit Dolphin Tale movie continues the journey
of prosthetic-tailed Winter and new addition Hope, another rescue dolphin. And
while it reunites members of the original cast, expect to see some fresh faces,
like Bethany Hamilton playing her best role: Herself.
It only makes sense that a
flick that celebrates differences and defeating the odds would include such an
“Our stories are similar in
a sense that both are about hope and inspiration,” Bethany told me about the
biggest thing that drew her to her latest gig.
What else did she have to
say about playing herself for the cameras and working with the real dolphins
the films are based on? Read on to find out!
She’s an animal lover, so filming was a no-brainer. “I have three dogs and I’ve always had an infatuation
with ocean animals. Since I’m a surfer, I spend so much time in the ocean and
like to give back to the sea world and this is a good movie educating people on
ocean [life] and the hazards out there.”
She didn’t take any acting lessons. “My role has been just coming alongside Clearwater Marine
Aquarium and celebrating what they’re doing. Since I’m just playing me, it’s
not too much acting, but I was a little nervous [at first]. I’ve had time in
front of cameras and did stunt surfing for Soul
Surfer but I’m not an actress. Luckily they shoot every scene like 20
times so I have a little leeway to make up for any mistakes.
The cast and crew are as awesome as you’d think. “Everyone is really sweet,” Bethany said of the
relaxed vibe. “I adore Cozi [Zuehlsdorff] and Nathan [Gamble]. What really
inspired me was the coming together of people and the unity and friendship that
everyone is putting in here at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. It’s cool that a lot
of people in the movie are actually people who invest their lives in here.”
Dolphin Tale 2 was her first time swimming with dolphins. “I’ve
been close to them. I remember when I was little we would go to this place in
Hawaii and the dolphins would come swim in big pods and we would go on
surfboards into the deep blue,” Bethany said. “But I’ve never gotten close
enough to touch them, so swimming with Winter and Hope was amazing.”
There were some diva moments. “Winter is trained and she’s definitely really nice to be around, but sometimes we would get all the cameras ready to go, we’d be ready to [film], and then Winter would just go off and do her own thing. It’s funny because you have to be patient—she’s an animal. But one of my favorite scenes is when Nathan and I get to swim in the water with Winter and do all these tricks.”
Be sure to catch Bethany on the big screen when Dolphin Tale 2 hits theaters Sept. 12.
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BY PATRICIA MCNAMARA ON 8/31/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN entertainment, movies, Dolphin Tale 2