Greta Gerwig explains why all the background actors in ‘Barbie’ are dancers

Although life is malleable and wondrous Barbie World, you still have to do some work to make it look that way.director of the blockbuster Greta Gerwig (lady bird) recently talked about how she envisions the world of Barbie dolls (Margot Robbie) and Ken (ryan gosling) and the decisions she had to make in order to look as rosy as possible during her roundtable interview with Entertainment Weekly.


In interviews, Gerwig talks about making every inch of Barbieland come alive, and one way to make a world full of live-action dolls feel different is to only hire background actors who are also dancers. The director explained that the decision is easy to understand just by looking at how the background dancers behave in the musical, even when they’re standing still:

“In terms of how they move and behave, I want it to feel more intense, but I don’t want it to feel like a sketch. In a studio musical like ‘Oklahoma!’ or ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ ’, there’s a quality to people’s movements. So all the Barbies and Kens you see on the beach (and other dance sequence setups) hold themselves in different ways. Our choreography says dancers, their bodies There is always a “direction different from ordinary people. So it’s kind of like the Barbieland concept where it’s like a studio musical. “

Simu Liu, Barbie (2023)

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what to expect Barbie

As the trailer suggests, there will be a pretty stark divergence Barbie. In one part of the movie, we will see all the Barbie dolls and the Ken family living carefree in Barbieland. But something will cause the two of them to find themselves living in a fantasy and escaping to the real world, where they will meet humans and Mattel, the company responsible for their existence. Exactly how these worlds will collide, and the outcome of this discovery for Barbie, we’ll have to wait a few weeks to find out.

Barbie’s all-star cast also includes isa ray (Insecurity), Sim liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), emma mackie (sex education), Kingsley Ben Adil (Secret Invasion), Harry Neff (Idol), john cena (fast x), Kate McKinnon (saturday night live), alexandra shipp (X-Men: Dark Phoenix), Nuti Gatwa (doctor who), Will Ferrell (Blade of Glory), michael cera (Arrested development), America Ferreira (supermarket), Emerald Fennell (crown) and singer-songwriter Dua Lipa.

Barbie – or Barbenheimer if you prefer – premieres in theaters July 21.

You can check out the trailer below:

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