- Steve Carell
- Kristen Wiig
- Benjamin Bratt
- Miranda Cosgrove
- Russell Brand
- Steve Coogan
- Ken Jeong
- Elsie Fisher
- Dana Gaier
- Moises Arias
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Despicable Me 2 (2013)
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Genre: Animated Family Comedy
Rated: PG for rude humor and mild action.
When the world needed a hero, they called a villain.
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's worldwide blockbuster Despicable Me entertained audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In summer 2013, get ready for more Minion madness in Despicable Me 2.
Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy adventure featuring the return of (former?) super-villain Gru (Steve Carell), his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions...and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.
About the Cast
STEVE CARELL (Gru) is one of the most
sought-after actors in Hollywood. First gaining recognition for his contributions as a correspondent on Comedy Central's Primetime Emmy Award-winning The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, he has successfully moved into primetime TV and above-the-title status in the film world with equal aplomb. Carell's endeavors and successes in acting, writing and producing provided an organic segue to the creation of his own production company, Carousel Productions, with Crazy, Stupid, Love. marking the first feature film released under its banner. Carousel recently produced The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
Carell's first lead in a feature, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which he co-wrote with director Judd Apatow, opened at No. 1, where it remained for two straight weekends. The surprise hit of 2005 went on to gross more than $175 million worldwide and had No. 1 openings in 12 countries. The success of the film has continued, as it has also generated more than $100 million in DVD sales in North America alone. The film was honored with an AFI Award as one of the 10 Best Movies of the Year by the American Film Institute and took home the Best Comedy Movie honor at the 11th annual Critics' Choice Awards. The film also earned Carell and Apatow a co-nomination for Best Original Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America.
As part of an ensemble, Carell starred in Little Miss Sunshine, which earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Picture in 2006, and garnered the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In 2008, Carell starred as Maxwell Smart in Get Smart, opposite Anne Hathaway and Alan Arkin. The film grossed more than $230 million worldwide.
In 2010, Carell starred in the comedy Dinner for Schmucks with Paul Rudd. He also voiced the lead in the animated comedy Despicable Me, playing a super villain who finds his plans to steal the moon put on hold when three orphan girls adopt him as their dad. The film saw phenomenal worldwide success, garnering more than $540 million at the box office. He starred with Tina Fey in the romantic comedy Date Night, which earned more than $150 million worldwide. His recent film credits include the 2012 romantic drama Seeking a Friend for the End of the World; the comedy drama Hope Springs, alongside Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones; the upcoming comedy The Way, Way Back, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival; and, most recently, as the title character in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
Carell's previous film credits include Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Bruce Almighty, Bewitched and Dan in Real Life.
Carell concluded a seven-season run in the Americanized adaptation of Ricky Gervais' acclaimed British TV series The Office, earning six Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series and three, as a producer, for Best Comedy Series. In 2006, Carell earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series--Musical or Comedy, followed by five more nominations for his work on the series. In 2007 and 2008, the cast shared the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Among Carell's upcoming projects is the feature drama Foxcatcher, which just wrapped production. Based on the true-life story of John duPont, who killed Olympic wrestler David Schultz, the film is directed by Bennett Miller and also stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.
Carell will also star in the long-awaited Anchorman: The Legend Continues, which reunites him with writer/director Adam McKay, along with Will Ferrell and the rest of the Action 4 news team.
KRISTEN WIIG (Lucy) finished her seventh and final season as a cast member on NBC's revered show Saturday Night Live in May 2012. For her work on the show, Wiig received four Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, playing such memorable characters as the excitable Target clerk, Lawrence Welk singer Doonese, the hilarious one-upper Penelope, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Suze Orman, among others.
Wiig is currently in production on 20th Century Fox's upcoming comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, in which she stars opposite Ben Stiller. The film, a remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye movie based on the James Thurber short story, centers on a timid magazine photo manager, played by Stiller, who daydreams of exciting adventures, only to find himself in an adventure of his own when he goes in search of a missing negative. Wiig plays his co-worker and the woman of his fantasies. The film will be released on December 25, 2013.
Later this year, Wiig will begin production on the independent drama The Comedian, co-starring Robert DeNiro and directed by Sean Penn.
Last summer, Wiig completed production in New York City on the independent film Girl Most Likely, directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor). Wiig stars as Imogene and is also an executive producer on the film. Girl Most Likely is the story of a moderately successful New York playwright who stages a fake suicide attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend, only to end up being forced into the custody of her gambling-addict mother. The film debuted as Imogene at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
Wiig appeared in the 2012 Roadside Attractions film Friends With Kids, written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt. Wiig co-starred in the film opposite Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Adam Scott, Edward Burns and Maya Rudolph. The film, which screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, was released by Roadside Attractions on March 9, 2012.
In 2011, Wiig starred in the critically acclaimed summer breakout film Bridesmaids, which she co-wrote with Annie Mumolo. Bridesmaids was released on May 13, 2011, by Universal Pictures and is currently the top "R"-rated female comedy of all time. Directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, Bridesmaids has become Apatow's highest-grossing production. Wiig and Mumolo were nominated for an Academy Award®, a Writers Guild of America Award and a BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay for their work on the film. Wiig was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture--Comedy or Musical. The film has also received significant awards recognition, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture--Comedy or Musical and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Wiig captured the audience's attention with universal high praise as Katherine Heigl's passive-aggressive boss in Apatow's smash-hit comedy Knocked Up. Her additional film credits include Universal's comedy Paul; All Good Things, with Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst; Universal's animated feature Despicable Me, with Steve Carell and Jason Segel; Universal's MacGruber; DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon, with Gerard Butler and Jay Baruchel; Mike Judge's Extract, with Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck and Mila Kunis; Drew Barrymore's directorial debut Whip It, which starred Ellen Page; Greg Mottola's Adventureland, with Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg; David Koepp's Ghost Town, with Ricky Gervais; and Jake Kasdan's Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, another Apatow-produced film in which she starred opposite John C. Reilly. Wiig has also guest-starred on the Primetime Emmy Award-winning NBC series 30 Rock and guest-starred on the HBO series Bored to Death and Flight of the Conchords.
Wiig is currently starring in Cartoon Network's reboot of The Looney Tunes Show, supplying the voice of Bugs Bunny's gal pal, Lola Bunny.
A native of Rochester, New York, Wiig worked as a main company member of the Los Angeles-based improv and sketch-comedy troupe The Groundlings. As a Groundlings alumna, she is among the ranks of such SNL cast mates as Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, Phil Hartman and Jon Lovitz.
Wiig currently resides in New York City.
BENJAMIN BRATT's (Eduardo/El Macho) diverse career has successfully spanned film and television for more than 20 years. In 2010, Bratt won the Maverick Spirit Award at the Cinequest Film Festival for his work as producer and star of the indie hit La Mission, based in San Francisco. Written and directed by his brother Peter Bratt, the locally produced film garnered much critical praise and went on to receive a nomination for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture at the 2011 NAACP Image Awards, a GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film--Limited Release and four Imagen Foundation Award nominations, including two wins for Best Actor--Feature Film (Bratt) and Best Supporting Actor--Feature Film (Jeremy Ray Valdez).
Bratt's distinguished film career includes the critically acclaimed films Pinero, for which he was lauded for his striking, haunting and career-defining performance as the poet/playwright/actor Miguel Pinero; Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, which won four Academy Awards® and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture; and The Woodsman, a film festival and critical favorite, which starred Kevin Bacon.
Bratt's upcoming films include Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, in which he voices the character of Manny, and The Lesser Blessed, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Most recently, Bratt appeared in Snitch, alongside Dwayne Johnson.
Television audiences perhaps best recognize Bratt from his Primetime Emmy-nominated role as Detective Rey Curtis on NBC's long-running drama Law & Order. He also starred in and produced the A&E drama series The Cleaner. His portrayal of extreme interventionist William Banks garnered him the 2009 Alma Award for Best Actor in Television--Drama. Recently, Bratt starred in ABC's drama Private Practice and landed a recurring role as Gloria's (Sofia Vergara) ne'er-do-well ex-husband Javier on ABC's smash-hit Modern Family.
A veteran of more than 25 films, Bratt's work includes Curtis Hanson's The River Wild, opposite Meryl Streep; Taylor Hackford's Blood In, Blood Out; Clear and Present Danger, opposite Harrison Ford; the beloved comedy Miss Congeniality, with Sandra Bullock; and the theatrical adaptation of the acclaimed novel "Love in the Time of Cholera," with Javier Bardem.
A San Francisco native, Bratt is a proud alumnus of American Conservatory Theater's Advanced Training Program, where he received an honorary MFA in 2008.
Bratt currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and their two children.
MIRANDA COSGROVE (Margo) is one of Hollywood's hottest young stars. She has been cast in the NBC pilot Girlfriend in a Coma, in which she'll star opposite Christina Ricci. She will play Evie, whose mother, Karen (Ricci), has just woken up from a coma after 17 years. Nurse Jackie's Liz Brixius wrote the script and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's Dick Wolf will produce.
Cosgrove was most recently seen on the Primetime Emmy-nominated Nickelodeon show iCarly. The show ranked as the No. 1 live-action series on television with kids ages 2-11 and was the network's top show among kids ages 6-11 and tweens ages 9-14 before its series finale in December 2012. The "iSaved Your Life" episode is Nickelodeon's most-watched show ever. Cosgrove starred in the title role (Carly Shay) as a teenager who lives with her 20-something brother/guardian and produces webcasts from a makeshift loft studio with her two best friends.
iCarly was a domestic and international success, winning the Nickeodeon Kids' Choice Award (KCA) for Favorite TV Show, in the U.S., Australia, Latin America and Germany. From 2009-2012, Cosgrove received KCA nominations for Favorite Television Actress and Teen Choice Award nominations for Choice TV Actress. She won the Nickelodeon U.K. Star of the Year Award in 2010. She received nominations for Favorite International TV Star for the 2008 Australian KCAs and for Favorite Female TV Star for the 2008 U.K. KCAs.
iCarly was nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy Award in 2009 and 2010, a Teen Choice Award from 2009-2011 and a People's Choice Award in 2010; it also won KCAs from 2009-2012. In addition, the series garnered a Television Critics Association Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming and a BAFTA Children's Award nomination.
Cosgrove also guest-starred as a troubled pop star in a November 2010 episode of the Primetime Emmy-nominated CBS show The Good Wife, opposite Julianna Margulies.
On the big screen, Cosgrove lent her voice to the character Margo in Universal Pictures' 2010 summer blockbuster animated feature Despicable Me, with co-stars Steve Carell and Jason Segel. The film has grossed more than $540 million worldwide and was nominated for a 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Film, a People's Choice Award for Favorite Family Movie and a 2011 BAFTA for Best Animated Film. She received rave reviews for her work in School of Rock as Summer Hathaway, the overachieving preppy manager of Jack Black's rock band. Her other film credits include Yours, Mine & Ours and Keeping Up With the Steins. Her theater credits include Back Again with the Orison Professional Theater Group.
Cosgrove's first solo album, "Sparks Fly," debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart in April 2010. The first single, "Kissin' U," which she co-wrote with influential producer Dr. Luke, is officially certified RIAA Gold, with more than 500,000 singles sold. Her five-song EP "High Maintenance" was released in March 2011. She recorded four original songs for the first iCarly soundtrack and also recorded original songs for the second iCarly soundtrack, which was released in 2012. Cosgrove was nominated for a 2010 Teen Choice Award for Choice Music: Breakout Female Artist.
Cosgrove got her big break when she landed the highly sought-after role of Megan Parker on Nickelodeon's megahit Drake & Josh. She played the deceptively sweet, mischievous little sister whose scene-stealing role led to her own show, iCarly. She appeared in Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh on Nickelodeon in 2008. Her voice-over credits include Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie as Munch the mouse and What's New, Scooby-Doo? as Miranda Wright.
In April 2011, Cosgrove was honored as the Best Role Model in a Digital Age at the Common Sense Media Awards, alongside former President Bill Clinton. She is also one of the faces of Neutrogena, following Gabrielle Union, Hayden Panettiere, Susie Castillo, Jennifer Garner, Diane Lane and Emma Roberts.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Cosgrove currently lives there and attends the University of Southern California.
In 2008, RUSSELL BRAND (Dr. Nefario) shot to fame in the U.S. when he was seen as the rocker Aldous Snow in the Judd Apatow-produced comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Since then, the British star has become an international success.
Brand can currently be seen in FX Network's Brand X With Russell Brand, an unscripted late-night series that he also produces under his production banner, Branded Films. The show is taped in front of a live studio audience and features Brand's take on current events, pop culture and politics as well as celebrity interviews. The show entered its second season in February 2013 with an expansion to a live, full-hour format.
Brand can soon be seen in Diablo Cody's directorial debut, Mandate Pictures' Paradise, also starring Julianne Hough and Octavia Spencer. The film is slated for release in 2013. He is currently in development to star in and produce Warner Bros.' The President Stole My Girlfriend, which his Branded Films partner, Nik Linnen, will also produce. The film will be Branded Films' first feature film project.
Brand is also in preproduction on Paramount Pictures' The Hauntrepreneur, which is being produced by Michael Bay.
Brand's past film credits include Rock of Ages, Arthur, Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures' Hop, Get Him to the Greek, Disney's Bedtime Stories and Miramax's The Tempest.
Also an acclaimed author, Brand has written two books: "My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up," which was on The New York Times' best-seller list for five weeks in a row, and its follow-up "Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal."
Brand hosted the 2012 MTV Movie Awards and hosted the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). He hosted the MTV VMAs again in 2009 and garnered the biggest VMA audience since 2004, with nearly nine million viewers.
Brand began his career as a stand-up comedian and rose to fame in the U.K. in 2006 as the presenter of Big Brother spin-off Big Brother's Big Mouth. In 2006, he launched his first nationwide tour, Shame, which was released on DVD as Russell Brand: Live. In 2007, he launched his second nationwide tour, Russell Brand: Only Joking, which was released on DVD as Russell Brand: Doing Life. In 2009, he brought his stand-up comedy tour, Russell Brand: Scandalous, to the United States.
Brand currently splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.
STEVE COOGAN (Silas Ramsbottom) was born and raised in Manchester, U.K., where he trained as an actor at the Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre.
In 1992, he won the Perrier Comedy Award for his show, Steve Coogan in Character With John Thomson, at which he launched his character Paul Calf. He went on to write and perform in Paul Calf's Video Diary, for which he won a BAFTA.
While working on radio, Coogan created his character Alan Partridge, which he transferred to TV on the shows Knowing Me, Knowing You and I Am Alan Partridge. The character won him Best Male Comedy Performer, Best TV Comedy Personality and Best TV Sitcom at the British Comedy Awards.
In addition to his acting career, in 2002 Coogan set up Baby Cow Productions with Henry Normal, producing several award-winning programs, including Marion and Geoff, Human Remains, The Mighty Boosh, Gavin & Stacey, Sensitive Skin, Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible and Cruise of the Gods.
Coogan won his fourth BAFTA TV Award in 2011 for his comedy performance in Michael Winterbottom's The Trip. He has recently starred in Winterbottom's latest feature film, The Look of Love, and is currently shooting as the lead in Stephen Frears' Philomena alongside Judi Dench.
KEN JEONG (Floyd), known for his scene-stealing abilities, has established himself as the go-to character actor for today's hit comedies. In June of 2009, Jeong appeared as the Asian mobster Mr. Chow in the sleeper-hit comedy The Hangover, which starred Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. The film was the highest-grossing "R"-rated comedy to date with more than $467 million worldwide, only to be trumped by The Hangover Part II, which grossed $581 million worldwide.
Since his feature film debut as the doctor in Knocked Up in 2007, Jeong has gone on to portray a number of memorable roles in a series of successful comedies. Directed, written and produced by Judd Apatow, Knocked Up grossed $219 million worldwide. In 2008, Jeong's first major role was the villain, King Argotron, in Role Models, opposite Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The film went on to gross more than $90 million worldwide. In the same year, Jeong played bit parts in two other major comedies, Pineapple Express and Step Brothers.
Jeong's career path started off on a different course. He earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and went on to attain his medical degree at the University of North Carolina. Jeong completed his internal medicine residency in New Orleans all while developing his comedy. In 1995, Jeong won the Big Easy Laugh-Off. The competition, which was judged by former NBC President Brandon Tartikoff and Improv founder Budd Friedman, turned out to be his big break as Tartikoff and Friedman urged Jeong to head to Los Angeles.
Once in L.A., Jeong began performing regularly at the Hollywood Improv and Laugh Factory, and was seen on a number of television shows including The Office, Entourage and MADtv. It wasn't until his pivotal role as Dr. Kuni in Knocked Up that Jeong solidified himself as a feature film comedian. In 2006, Jeong and fellow comedian Mike O'Connell left a mark on YouTube as Million Dollar Strong, a spoof rap duo. Since the video's posting, it has garnered more than one million views and Jeong and O'Connell have been tapped by MTV Films to write and star in the film version.
Jeong is a series regular on Community, which premiered its fourth season in February. On the show, which features Joel McHale and Chevy Chase, Jeong plays the role of the angry former Spanish teacher, Ben Chang.
Jeong recently teamed up again with Michael Bay for the action flick Pain & Gain, which was released on April 26, 2013. The film also starred Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg. Jeong can also be seen in the highly anticipated Hangover Part III, released on May 24.
Other credits for Jeong include Zookeeper, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Goods: Live Hard. Sell Hard. and All About Steve. He has appeared in numerous Stand Up To Cancer PSAs and hosted the 2011 Billboard Music Awards.
Jeong currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and twin daughters.
After hearing that she resembles Dakota Fanning throughout the first five years of her life, ELSIE FISHER (Agnes) decided she wanted to be an actress. With her parents' blessing, she took the plunge and, in the very first month of her career, was cast in Despicable Me. Since doing the film, Fisher has made appearances in several national commercials and on the television shows Medium, Mike & Molly and Raising Hope. She also lent her voice to the animated series Masha and the Bear.
DANA GAIER (Edith) is a 15-year-old, 10th-grade honors student from New Jersey whose distinct voice returns this summer to the big screen as she reprises the role of Edith in Despicable Me 2. Despicable Me, which premiered in July 2010, was Gaier's feature film debut.
Gaier's voice as Edith can be heard as a part of the Despicable Me ride Minion Mayhem, which opened at Universal Orlando Resort in July 2012. She appeared on the Today show to promote the launch.
The role of Edith almost didn't happen. Gaier was asked to audition for Despicable Me in November 2008, but she was unable to because she was away on her school camping trip. Upon her return, she learned from her agent that the auditions were still being held and that she should come into the office to record. She auditioned and, in December 2008, she flew out to L.A. and landed the part of Edith. She has loved voicing this role and watching her character come to life. Gaier is amazed by the directors, the writers and the cast (which includes some of her favorite actors).
Gaier has always loved all aspects of performing since the time she was one year old, picked up a play guitar and started singing the Backstreet Boys' "I Want it That Way" for a room full of friends and family. At age five, Gaier was "entertaining" people in a restaurant and a talent manager handed her business card to Gaier's mother. At that time, Gaier's mom decided it wasn't the right time for her daughter to expand her interests beyond the local level. At age eight, Gaier was asked to open and close her school's talent show with a rendition of Aretha Franklin's "Respect." Gaier has great comedic timing and a terrific sense of humor, and has often been compared to Punky Brewster.
Gaier is no stranger to the stage. At an audition for Seussical the Musical in 2008, Gaier won the male role of JoJo over the boys. Gaier performed at the 2009 Perry Awards (New Jersey's theater equivalent to the Tonys) ceremony reprising her role as JoJo. More recent stage roles include Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Serena in Legally Blonde: the Musical, Carmen Diaz in Fame--The Musical and Minnie Fay in Hello, Dolly! Gaier made national television appearances on Nickelodeon's Me TV and NBC's 30 Rock.
Gaier is also a guitar player and singer/songwriter. She has written and recorded several songs, including "Without You" and "Take Control." Gaier is inspired by some of today's biggest pop stars, including Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato and P!nk, all of whom send messages of individuality and anti-bullying through their music.
At the end of the day, Gaier is just your average teen. She was president at her elementary school and vice-president at her middle school. She has won awards in forensic competitions. She played field hockey and lacrosse in high school and enjoys playing soccer, basketball and softball. In addition to her hobbies, Gaier volunteers in the community by playing bingo with seniors in nursing homes and participating in soup kitchens.
Gaier is an anti-bullying/anti-girl drama advocate. She hosts her own website, Got Your Back (www.gyourb.org), that provides resources and information and encourages preteens and young adults to share their advice and experiences. More information can be found at Twitter: @DanaGaier, www.danagaier.com. In 2012, Gaier was featured in the MTV/ Firecracker Film collaborative documentary Bullied. Playing her guitar and singing her original song "Take Control."
Gaier believes her character Edith in Despicable Me is a strong-willed, tough girl with a big heart underneath who might serve to influence young girls in a positive way.
MOISES ARIAS (Antonio) is poised for a breakout year in 2013, with three diverse roles in highly anticipated films. He will first be seen in CBS Films' The Kings of Summer (formerly known as Toy's House), which premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The film, which has received comparisons to the classic Stand By Me and breakout hit Superbad, opened in theaters on June 14. In November, Arias will be seen opposite Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford in Summit Entertainment's sci-fi adventure Ender's Game based on the Orson Scott Card novel. The film, directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), follows an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military school to prepare for a future alien invasion.
Arias, who made his feature film debut with a supporting role opposite Jack Black in Paramount Picture's Nacho Libre, recently lent his voice to the animated feature The Secret World of Arrietty. His other film credits include: Universal Studios Home Entertainment's Beethoven's Big Break; Lionsgate's The Perfect Game; Disney Channel's Dadnapped, opposite fellow Hannah Montana cast members Emily Osment and Jason Earles; Hannah Montana: The Movie; and the animated feature Astro Boy with Nicolas Cage.
Initially joining Disney Channel's hit series Hannah Montana in a recurring role, Arias' character Rico became an instant fan favorite and he was upgraded to a series regular. His other television credits include guest-starring roles on Everybody Hates Chris, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Wizards of Waverly Place.
Shortly after he was born in New York, NY, Arias and his family moved to Atlanta, Georgia. In Atlanta, he and his younger brother, Mateo, began taking classes at a local acting school. The school brought the Arias' to Los Angeles in January 2005 to compete in International Models & Talent's acting and modeling competition. Shortly after they relocated to Los Angeles, Arias booked a national Burger King commercial and made his professional stage debut at the Mark Taper Forum in the world premiere of Culture Clash's critically acclaimed production Water and Power.
He continues to divide his time between Atlanta and Los Angeles with his parents, Monica and Caesar, and Mateo.
About the Filmmakers
Having worked for Marvel and DC Comics from 1994 to 2000, CHRIS RENAUD (Directed by) comes from a background in comic art. From there, he moved to production design at Shadow Projects and Big Big Productions, where he oversaw all aspects of the animation process, including character development, creating concept storyboards and managing teams of digital modelers and artists.
He progressed to Blue Sky Studios/20th Century Fox Animation, where he worked as a story artist on a number of feature animation projects, including Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown and Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!. His role was to translate the screen story into the visual language of cinema, inventing and staging both dramatic and comedic action.
In 2007, Renaud conceived, wrote and storyboarded the animated short No Time for Nuts, overseeing every creative aspect of production, including design, layout, lighting, rendering, music composition and sound design. No Time for Nuts was nominated for an Academy Award® and went on to win the animation industry's Annie Award for Best Short.
From 2008 to 2010, Renaud directed, alongside Pierre Coffin, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's animated hit Despicable Me, the 10th highest-grossing film in the U.S. domestic box office in 2010. For their work, they received an Annie Award nomination for Directing in an Animated Feature Production. He also directed Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, which had the highest three-day opening for an animated film in 2012 ($70.2 million) and also had the eighth-highest domestic opening for an animated film of all time.
Renaud is currently executive producing Minions, an original animated film starring Oscar® winner Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm, which will be released on December 19, 2014.
PIERRE COFFIN (Directed by) studied cinema at the Paris-Sorbonne University between 1985 and 1988. While engaged in his military service, he withdrew in order to sit for the Gobelins entrance exam. He succeeded and followed the 2D course from 1990 to 1993. Coffin then moved to England and worked for one year as a junior animator at Amblimation, Steven Spielberg's animation studio. Back in France, he worked as a freelance CG artist for the National Center of Pedagogical Documentation, helping to create various educational programs for French television.
In 1996, Coffin began working at Ex Machina, the leading animation company at the time. He became lead animator, then head of animation, and worked on short films including Flying Fish Tobby Who Aimed for the Stars. But it was with his short film Pings (1997) that his style was recognized. Shortly thereafter, he co-directed, with Soandsau, a commercial for Pastille Vichy.
He joined Wanda Productions as an animation director and then Passion Pictures, which works hand in hand with Mac Guff Ligne on all its CG commercials. While there, he worked on several commercials, as well as a miniseries for BBC 1 (part of The Lenny Henry Show) called Polar Bears. Recognized as the "animal-commercial director," Coffin is famous for commercials including "Dede" (for the Francaise des Jeux, the largest French lottery), Caisse d'Epargne (a leading French bank) and, recently, Oasis.
In 2007, Coffin directed a seven-minute teaser for his feature film Bones Story (Les Films d'Antoine/Mac Guff Ligne). He also directed Pat et Stanley, which was awarded the Special Prize for a TV Series at France's 2009 Annecy International Animation Festival.
From 2008 to 2010, Coffin directed, with Chris Renaud, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's animated hit Despicable Me, the 10th highest-grossing film in the U.S. domestic box office in 2010. For their work, they received an Annie Award nomination for Directing in an Animated Feature Production. Coffin also directed the Annie Award-winning 3D ride Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, which opened at Universal Orlando Resort in July 2012.
He is currently in production directing Minions, an original animated film starring Oscar® winner Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm, which will be released on December 19, 2014.
CHRIS MELEDANDRI (Produced by) is the founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures. In July 2010, Illumination released its first film under this agreement, Despicable Me, which starred Steve Carell and earned more than $540 million worldwide.
In April 2011, Illumination released Hop, which starred Russell Brand and James Marsden and became the No. 1 film in North America for two consecutive weeks. Illumination followed this up in March 2012, when it released its next fully animated feature film, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, which had the highest three-day opening for an animated film that year ($70.2 million) and also had the eighth-highest domestic opening for an animated film of all time. The Lorax continued the successful collaboration between Meledandri and Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel's widow, Audrey Geisel. .
Meledandri is currently in production on Minions, an original animated film starring Oscar® winner Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm, which will be released on December 19, 2014, as well as an untitled project that will be released on July 3, 2015.
Meledandri was previously an executive at 20th Century Fox for 13 years. While there, he became founding president of 20th Century Fox Animation, which he headed for eight years, amassing more than $2 billion in global box-office revenue.
During his tenure, he helped 20th Century Fox become a major player in the world of animated feature films and in 1998, he led 20th Century Fox's acquisition of fledgling visual effects/commercial house Blue Sky Studios, which he built into a successful producer of animated features. He oversaw the creative and business operations of Blue Sky Studios, now 20th Century Fox's wholly owned CGI studio. While at the studio, Meledandri supervised and/or executive produced movies including Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Robots, Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Simpsons Movie and Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!.
Before joining 20th Century Fox, Meledandri was president of Dawn Steel Pictures at Walt Disney Pictures, where he served as an executive producer of Cool Runnings.
JANET HEALY (Produced by) started her career in live-action films with such great directors as Stanley Kramer, Hal Ashby and Sam Peckinpah. She worked with Steven Spielberg on Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 1941, serving as associate producer on the latter. She then joined George Lucas' premier visual effects company, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), as a co-head of production.
At ILM, Healy produced some of the era's most groundbreaking visual effects work, including the Academy Award®-winning visual effects for Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Jurassic Park. While producing the digital character work for Casper, Healy fell in love with character animation. She joined Walt Disney Feature Animation as the head of digital production and oversaw work on the films Tarzan, Dinosaur and Mulan. She moved to DreamWorks Animation to serve as head of production for several years and, while there, produced Shark Tale.
In 2008, Healy joined Chris Meledandri as he was beginning his new venture, Illumination Entertainment, for Universal Pictures. Along with Meledandri and John Cohen, Healy produced Despicable Me, for which they received a Producers Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures. She also produced Dr. Seuss' The Lorax with Meledandri and has begun production on two more films for Illumination: Minions, which will be released on December 19, 2014, as well as an untitled project that will be released on July 3, 2015.
From original and triumphant 3D animation movies to adventurous live-action movies, Hollywood screenwriter CINCO PAUL (Written by) is used to seeing his work come to life with one smash hit after another. For Despicable Me 2, Paul reteamed with his writing partner, Ken Daurio, to bring audiences their unique vision of the film's characters. Along with Daurio, he wrote the surprise blockbuster Despicable Me, which has made more than $540 million worldwide.
Paul and his writing partner, Ken Daurio, are the hot Hollywood screenwriting team who also penned the highly successful screenplays based on the beloved Dr. Seuss children's books "The Lorax" and "Horton Hears a Who!," in collaboration with Chris Meledandri, the founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment. Paul and Daurio had the distinct honor of being handpicked by Audrey Geisel (the widow of Theodor Seuss Geisel) to write the Horton Hears a Who! and Dr. Seuss' The Lorax film projects on behalf of the estate of Dr. Seuss. Paul also wrote the lyrics for Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, for which he, along with John Powell, received an Annie Award nomination in 2013.
Paul and Daurio are known throughout the entertainment industry for their unique pitching style, often singing their pitches to high-level studio executives. For the Disney film College Road Trip, they belted out the '80s tune "Double Dutch Bus," complete with harmony and melody. An estimated 90 percent of their pitches in the last nine years have involved musical performances.
Paul met Daurio while working on a church musical, and they bonded immediately. In 1999, they sold their first screenplay, Special; later, they turned it into a short film that went on to play the festival circuit due to its dark comedic story line. Next came the 2001 cult classic Bubble Boy, which starred Jake Gyllenhaal as Jimmy Livingston (a boy without an immune system), a twisted take on the John Travolta television movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Paul also recently turned Bubble Boy into a full-length musical, for which he wrote the music and lyrics. His other film credits include Disney's megahit The Santa Clause 2.
Paul studied at Yale University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he received his MFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California, winning a fellowship grant to pay for his second year.
From original and triumphant 3D animation movies to adventurous live-action movies, Hollywood screenwriter KEN DAURIO (Written by) is used to seeing his work come to life with one smash hit after another. For Despicable Me 2, Daurio reteamed with his writing partner, Cinco Paul, to bring audiences their unique vision of the film's characters. Daurio and Paul wrote the box-office smash Despicable Me, which grossed more than $540 million worldwide.
Daurio and Paul are the hot Hollywood screenwriting team who also penned the highly successful screenplays based on the beloved Dr. Seuss' children's books "The Lorax" and "Horton Hears a Who!," in collaboration with Chris Meledandri, the founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment. Daurio and Paul had the distinct honor of being handpicked by Audrey Geisel (the widow of Theodor Seuss Geisel) to write the Horton Hears a Who! and Dr. Seuss' The Lorax film projects on behalf of the estate of Dr. Seuss.
Daurio and Paul are known throughout the entertainment industry for their unique pitching style, often singing their pitches to high-level studio executives. For the Disney film College Road Trip, they belted out the '80s tune "Double Dutch Bus," complete with harmony and melody. An estimated 90 percent of their pitches in the last nine years have involved musical performances.
Daurio met Paul while working on a church musical and they bonded immediately. In 1999, they sold their first screenplay, Special, which they later turned into a short film that played the festival circuit due to its dark comedic story line. Next came the 2001 cult classic Bubble Boy, which starred Jake Gyllenhaal as Jimmy Livingston (a boy without an immune system), a twisted take on the John Travolta television movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.
Upon graduating from high school, Daurio began directing music videos for up-and-coming bands like Blink-182, AFI and Jimmy Eat World. More than 100 music videos later, he teamed up with Paul to write his first feature script. Daurio and Paul are now one of Hollywood's most sought-after screenwriting teams.
YARROW CHENEY (Production Designer) attended the California Institute of the Arts from 1992 to 1995, before beginning his career as a character animator at Turner Feature Animation/Warner Bros. Feature Animation on Cats Don't Dance, Quest for Camelot and The Iron Giant.
In 1999, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Design for his opening title sequence to Sony's Dilbert series. Cheney went on to production design Sony Pictures Imageworks' Academy Award®-winning theatrical short The ChubbChubbs! and Universal Pictures' Curious George.
In 2006, he directed, produced, edited and production designed The Very First Noel holiday special.
In 2008, Cheney joined Illumination Entertainment and has served as production designer on Despicable Me and Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. He is currently directing a Minion short titled Puppy.
ERIC GUILLON (Production Designer) previously art directed Illumination Entertainment's box-office hits Despicable Me and Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. For his work on Despicable Me, Guillon received an Annie Award nomination for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production. For his work on Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, he, Colin Stimpson and Yarrow Cheney received an Annie Award nomination for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production.
GREGORY PERLER, ACE (Editor) is a film editor who has lived and worked in Los Angeles for more than 20 years. A New York University film school graduate, he moved to Los Angeles in 1990 when he was hired as an assistant editor on Disney's Beauty and the Beast (the first of only three animated films to be nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture). He was promoted to associate editor during this production.
Perler's previous feature-animation credits include Despicable Me, A Goofy Movie, Tarzan, the Oscar®-nominated Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and the Oscar®-winning Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. His live-action credits include 102 Dalmatians, Enchanted, Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert and two telefilms based on the classic "Eloise" children's books. In 2011, Perler shared an American Cinema Editors Eddie Award nomination for Despicable Me with Pam Ziegenhagen.
Perler was an editor on the first season of the highly rated USA Network series Royal Pains and Illumination Entertainment's hit live-action hybrid film Hop.
HEITOR PEREIRA (Score by) discovered composing film music in a unique way. He had been brought in as a songwriter for the film As Good As It Gets, but soon found that his melodies and arrangements were a perfect fit to film scores. He made such an impression on producer James L. Brooks that in Brooks' next film, 2001's Riding in Cars With Boys, Pereira was co-composer. Since then, he has collaborated on a number of projects and has composed music, written songs or played various instruments on the scores of I Am Sam, Madagascar, The Pledge, Shrek 2, Mission: Impossible II, The Rundown, Black Hawk Down, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, August Rush, Spanglish, Something's Gotta Give, Man on Fire, Domino, Unstoppable, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and The Dark Knight.
Pereira's original film scores include The Smurfs, Despicable Me, Nancy Meyer's It's Complicated, A Little Bit of Heaven, From Prada to Nada, The Canyon, Curious George, Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!, Disney's hit Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!, the documentary Running the Sahara, the John Singleton-produced Illegal Tender, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and Robert Towne's Ask the Dust. He has been the recipient of four ASCAP awards for Beverly Hills Chihuahua, It's Complicated, Despicable Me and The Smurfs.
Pereira's reputation for being able to bring his unique sensibility to film scores comes from his solid foundation of craftsmanship. Soon after completing his conservatory studies, he began playing guitar with some of Brazil's leading artists and went on to entertain millions as the guitarist for Simply Red. He has released three solo albums of his own music, and has either arranged music for, or played with, such artists as Sergio Mendes, Alejandro Sanz, Caetano Veloso, Ivan Lins, Jack Johnson, The Chieftains, Bryan Adams, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Shania Twain, Seal, Nelly Furtado and many others. It came as no surprise that in 2005, Pereira won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist for his collaboration with Sting and Chris Botti.
Most recently, Pereira produced, co-wrote and performed on Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Melody Gardot's latest and critically acclaimed album "The Absence."
Pereira lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
"I don't have a signature sound," PHARRELL WILLIAMS (Original Songs and Themes by) says. "I would call it a signature execution." While certainly popular, with more than 100 million copies of his productions sold, Williams isn't a pop star. He's a modern artist. No matter what he's working on, whether it's a beat for one of the signees to his new label, i am OTHER, or a design for his apparel lines Billionaire Boys Club and ICECREAM, it feels like an invention and looks like the future. Williams has designed limited-edition jewelry and accessories for luxury goods brand Louis Vuitton, collaborated with French designers Domeau & Peres on chair designs that were featured in the Paris gallery Galerie Perrotin, and partnered with Tokyo-born artist Takashi Murakami and jewelry house Jacob & Co. to create a sculpture that was shown at Art Basel in Switzerland.
Each effort boasts an unmistakable and instantly recognizable style. Fellow innovators recognize this trait, and it's why they seek him out. Williams has made music with Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk and The Hives, and re-
inspired established vets like Madonna, Snoop Dogg and the Rolling Stones. Over the years, he and his production partner, Chad Hugo, have been credited with a certain sound that marked a great leap forward for pop music at the end of the millennium. What Williams actually does is more of a constant. "I think that's my gift," he says. "The ability to say, 'You know what? This would sound better behind purple. That would sound great in polka dots. You would sound great over something spicy.'"
For Williams, each endeavor is another platform for his unique creative expression, something he has been obsessed with ever since getting his start in music as a seventh grader at Old Donation Center, a school for young overachievers located in Williams' hometown of Virginia Beach, followed by playing in the school band at Princess Anne High School. A drummer and keyboardist, Williams was discovered performing with Hugo at a high school talent show by new jack swing architect Teddy Riley, who signed the pair as The Neptunes shortly after they graduated.
Williams' musical style emerged publicly on a single verse on the classic Wreckx-N-Effect single, "Rump Shaker," and since then there have been a dozen tracks that are also considered undeniable classics: Nelly's "Hot in Herre," Jay-Z's "I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me)," Britney Spears' "I'm A Slave 4 U," Kelis' "Milkshake," Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Got Your Money," and Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot." If these songs were baseball players, they'd all have retired numbers. In 2010, Billboard selected The Neptunes as its "Producer of the Decade," and the industry has honored Williams with four Grammy Awards (including 2004's "Producer of the Year--Non-Classical") and ASCAP's prestigious Golden Note Award in 2012. But a futurist isn't allowed to look back for too long, no matter how established he's become. Early in Williams' career, Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine told Entertainment Weekly: "Pharrell has such a vision for every aspect of culture. He's the modern kid: he lives rock, hip-hop, R&B, he can do it all."
In many ways, Williams is still that modern kid, whether he's on the cutting edge (like with the four albums he's released with the alternative rock/hip-hop band N*E*R*D*) or at the height of the mainstream (he was a music supervisor for the 2012 Academy Awards®). He is constantly gazing ahead and supporting newcomers with similar vision and drive. Williams' latest undertaking is i am OTHER, a multimedia creative collective that serves as an umbrella for all of his endeavors, including a record label and a dedicated YouTube channel featuring original programming such as the shows The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Nardwuar the Human Serviette and StereoTypes. The site's manifesto--as Williams explains on his website www.iamOTHER.com--"celebrates the people who push society forward. The thinkers. The innovators. The outcasts" because "history has proven that it's the rule breakers who have the power to change the world."
In addition to his music and digital interests, the environmentally minded Williams is a partner in the NYC-based textile firm Bionic Yarn, which creates sustainable fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles for such brands as Gap, Timberland, Cole Haan and Nike. He is also the founder of the nonprofit From One Hand To Another (FOHTA)--a resource center in Virginia Beach that provides kids in the community with alternative educational tools than those found in the school system. "Imagine how many kids would be able to do what I've done, even supersede what I've done if we line the stars up for them," he says.
As he enters his third decade as one of our truly great contemporary artists, Williams isn't slowing down. "One of the joys of working in the business that I do is I get to explore textures all the time," he says. "It's almost like being in the fashion industry. We work with so many different materials, and I do the same when it comes to music. I'm constantly on the hunt for a new instrument or a new sound--not sound as in body of work, but literally, new instrumentation sounds. That is my business." Williams' touch, which relies on instinct and vision rather than any formal training or cynical formula, has changed the texture and color of popular culture.