There are some days I want to rip my hair out working as a journalist. Jan. 30 was not one of them. Jim Parsons provides the voice for the lovable alien “Oh” in the new Dreamworks Film, Home. I screened the film Jan. 29 and I was so pleased to see a children’s film where the heroine is not only a girl, but a multicultural girl as well. The film, which hits theaters March 27, centers on The Boov, an alien race who invades planets running from their enemy, which is another alien race. Rihanna provides the voice for the film’s star Gratuity Tucci [I just love saying that name]. And like Rihanna in real life, Tucci is from Barbados. J. Lo provides the voice for her mother and the hilarious Steve Martin shines as the voice propelling Captain Smek, the inept leader of the Boov race.
There are so many wonderful metaphors in this film regarding cultural acceptance and the importance of not judging people purely on what you see or assume on the outside.
The scene at The Mandarin Oriental in Miami Jan. 30 was buzzing with a variety of Latin market journalists and the usual entertainment writing suspects. I was thrilled to have enough time to grab a pretzel and a seat on the balcony to collect my thoughts in the media suite before heading to the interview in the next room.
When I had mentioned to my family earlier in the week I would be interviewing Jim Parsons, their faces lit up with wonderment. “I love him! You’re meeting Sheldon?” they all gushed. “Oh, you’re so lucky!”
After participating in a roundtable interview him, I did indeed feel very lucky. He’s a delightful human being with a true star presence and an intelligent, quirky and quick personality. He was kind enough to pose for photos with all the journalists there. My interview with Parsons will publish next month for South Florida Parenting magazine and I cannot wait to share his thoughts on this film that is going to have an impact on audiences of all ages.