On this film, it makes a lot of sense to interview Mandy Moore and Zach Levi together. After all, the film ultimately boils down to the chemistry between the two of them.
So of course you’re dealing with a process that never really puts actors in the same place at the same time.
I’m not a rabid fan of “Chuck,” but I’ve seen enough of it to know it’s a solid show and has a fun cast, and in my house, Zach Levi is a superstar because both the five-year-old and the two-year-old love “The Squeakquel”. He’s playing a Han Solo variation on a Disney prince here, and he does it very well. You can tell he’s having fun in pretty much every moment of the film, too.
Mandy Moore is someone I never gave a fair shot at first because of her pop princess origins, but over time, I’ve become convinced that she is an untapped resource, a natural and charming actress who just hasn’t had that great role yet.
It’s not easy bringing something new to the Disney hero and heroine, but I’d say both Levi and Moore manage the trick in the film. And in addition, the film’s a legitimate musical, and both of them have some fairly hefty vocal work required of them at various points.
The interview with them was the end of my day at Disneyland, and very nearly the end of the long day for both of them. Even so, I think it was a solid conversation, and I appreciate Disney putting the day together for us.
“Tangled” opens in theaters everywhere tomorrow.