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Sophia Bush voices the character of Voyd, a “Super” within the world of Incredibles 2, whose power is the ability to create actual “voids” within space. Sophia was asked to participate in the film after she visited the Pixar campus for a behind the scenes look at their movie-making.
When she entered the room for our interview she immediately passed off the water bottle that had been placed out for her. “I’m on a 30 — well, hopefully forever, but 30-Day-No-Throwaway challenge.” See? Already saving the planet.
When she speaks about her character in Incredibles 2? “Voyd is a young woman, and she represents, to me, so many of the girls who I spend so much of my life talking to, girls that are in high school, college, post college, trying to figure out who they are.” Sophia was able to relate her role as Voyd to her real-life role as an activist. The Supers weren’t accepted in the world of The Incredibles, just as we many groups aren’t accepted in real life situations. “That’s a fight I’ve been a part of in my real life, and it helped me own the moment for this sweet girl in the recording booth.”
“This movie manages to talk about identity and empowerment with not an ounce of tension,” says Sophia.”It welcomes everybody to the table. I’ve not heard a single guy be like, ‘Oh, that’s like a woman’s movie.’ They love the movie”
How did she find out about her role? “I got a text message that open your email,” according to Sophia. “I opened the PDF, and the scan that was attached to it was the actual letter from Brad Bird on Pixar letterhead offering me the part, telling me who Voyd was, asking me to come and join the Incredibles family. And at the bottom of the page are all of the Incredibles family in like this beautiful 2-D drawing.”
This originated from her time visiting the Pixar Campus. “I spent a day asking all of the animators crazy questions about code, like a total nerd. It was the best day of my life.” She was so excited by everything that they began to look for the perfect role just for her.
Her love of technology has led her into investing. “I’ve actually been investing in tech companies for about ten years.” Sophia stresses that investing doesn’t have to happen just from the rich. “You can invest a couple hundred dollars here, a couple thousands dollars here. There are ways to get women in the financial game that we don’t talk about, because we don’t talk to women about money.”
Her investments have also led her to support the work of Reshma Saujani and her company Girls Who Code. “To talk to women about how science, technology, engineering, medicine… These are fields that they should be in, they should be owning. That is very exciting to me.” See, told you. Sophia Bush is a superhero.
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In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
Written and directed by Brad Bird (“Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles,” “Tomorrowland”) and Nicole Grindle (“Sanjay’s Super Team” short, “Toy Story 3” associate producer), Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” is in theaters now.