While middle school woes and flaring hormones underline the themes of Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red, the Domee Shi directorial also throws an interesting take on the myriad personalities of evolving teens. The film wonderfully captures the essence of growing minds, as is seen in the character of Priya, voiced by Canadian actor Maitreyi Ramakrishnan. Sharing her experience of walking in Priya’s shoes and essaying her signature stoic personality, the actor shared how her character closely resembled her in real life.
“It is really nice to see how films and TV are moving in a direction that has authenticity diversity in a natural way. It does not just show and tell. Younger audiences watching Turning Red are going to accept this reality as their new normal and have a well-deserved expectation for representation. Priya is too cool for school, mysterious, middle school dweeb that personally I can totally relate to and I’m sure many others can as well! She helps Mei on this journey that she goes through by being a supportive friend who loves unconditionally,” said Maitreyi Ramakrishnan.”
The film has been wittily penned by Domee Shi and Julia Cho and produced by Lindsey Collins. Along with Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, the film’s characters have been voiced by Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, Orion Lee, Ava Morse, Hyein Park, Wai Ching Ho, James Hong, and others. Watch the endearing story of self-acceptance and true friendship as Priya and her friends take on their ‘Turning Red’ moments only on Disney+ Hotstar on 11th March in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam.