Ivy and Bean director Elissa Down gushed about working with Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, describing him as her “soul animal” at the film’s Los Angeles premiere on Monday.
“We were shooting [during] a heat wave in Canada. The set was hot, though [Jesse] didn’t wait in his trailer — he walked right in and said, ‘I have to make a joke,'” Down said diversity on the red carpet at Harmony Gold. “He just loves improvisation and he was such a generous actor.”
Based on the children’s book series by Annie Barrows, the upcoming film trilogy follows the adventures of unlikely best friends Ivy (Keslee Blalock) and Bean (Madison Skye Validum), from hunting ghosts to signing up for dance class. Ferguson plays the ballet teacher Monsieur Joy in the third part “Ivy and Bean: Doomed to Dance”.
“I had the idea that he’s a fake Frenchman saying certain words, like when you hear people say they’re just ordering a croissant – kwar-san. They don’t usually speak that way, but they just say those words with a French accent,” Ferguson said of the inspiration behind his character. “I thought that would be a fun choice, so he’s pretty ridiculous.”
The Ivy and Bean trilogy also stars Nia Vardalos, Sasha Pieterse, Jaycie Dotin, Marci T. House, Garfield Wilson, Lidya Jewett and Jane Lynch. Dotin – who plays Ivy’s mother Katrine – said working with Lynch was “like a master class in comedy,” while Pretty Little Liars star Pieterse called the Glee actor “everything you could want her to be, and more” described.
The three hour-long features were filmed in Vancouver last summer, with many cast members pointing out that they weren’t filmed in chronological order.
“Every day when we were shooting something, I was like, ‘Wait a minute, what movie is this from?'” said Jewett, who plays Bean’s older sister, Nancy. “But it was good because I got a deeper meaning [of] them, and just get to know them in depth because of my confusion.”
Despite the pressure of filming the trilogy back-to-back, the cast and crew still shared some amusing moments between takes.
“I did a wolf pack on set,” Blalock recalls. “I went outside my trailer and cried and then everyone started crying back. We made signs like if I cried twice that means I’m coming or something.”
The cast of “Ivy and Bean” also sang together while the cameras were off. “I think ‘Frozen’ was it [our] Favorite and many TikTok songs,” Jewett said.
Ivy and Bean and its sequels Ivy and Bean: The Ghost That Had to Go and Ivy and Bean: Doomed to Dance premiere September 2 on Netflix.
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