12-year-old Pixar fan from San Francisco Emma Berman lands role in new Pixar movie “Luca”
“My favorite Disney / Pixar movie is ‘Inside Out’, and I identify with Joy a lot because we’re both very happy and outgoing people,” Berman says with a smile.
Berman has also always been passionate about acting.
“I really enjoyed doing plays in school. I always wanted to be the main character, so my mom signed me up for a summer camp where I did a theatrical production of Annie. and I was chosen to be Annie, “Berman shares,” So that’s really how I started. “
In late 2019, Berman’s agent auditioned her for the new Disney / Pixar movie, “Luca,” and she couldn’t have been more excited.
“’Luca’ is an inspiring story about the friendship and summer adventure of Luca, Alberto and Giulia,” says Berman. “The character stood out to me a lot because we are at the same time very passionate, determined and hardworking, but we are also very outgoing and clumsy.”
Three months after his initial audition, Berman got the part. With the story set in the fictional Italian town of Portorosso, she had to prepare to master an Italian accent.
“There were definitely some difficult parts to making this new accent, the new dialect,” Berman recalls.
Although Berman practiced with his interim trainer Bettina Devin, she also found additional help from a waiter working at his favorite Italian restaurant, Trattoria Da Vittorio.
“I had a few zoom sessions where he taught me a bit of Italian,” Berman reveals. “He was reading everything on the menu with Italian pronunciation for me. It was really helpful.”
“He’s from Italy, so his accent was like a very strong Italian accent,” adds restaurateur Vittorio Durzo.
Playing Giulia in “Luca” has been an unforgettable experience, and therefore, in the future, Berman hopes to work with Pixar again.
“I really want to keep playing. I really want to work at Pixar doing animation,” Berman said. “I really want to know more about this.”