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Prey's Amber Midthunder on MMA, Native American Culture and Meeting the Predator | Film

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if you’ve seen prey Already – If you haven’t already, what are you doing? You are now subscribed to Disney+. Then you will know that Amber Midthunder is an absolute force of nature.Not everyone can take on the film’s most infamous hunter and emerge with his spine attached to the rest of his body.As Naru, a Native American woman who wants to be a great hunter herself, Midthunder Prove that she is more than that.To Dan Trachtenberg’s test predator First part.

So what could be scarier than the Predator? empire podcast Interview – Tackles poignant questions about meeting the Predator for the first time on set, filming in Canada’s Aboriginal sanctuary, and alternate paths that inspired Midthunder to become an MMA fighter. Listen to the full interview here, and read the edited highlights below.

Empire: Was that your original intention to become an actor? Was there another way in your life?

Amber Midthunder: Yeah definitely. At some point, I thought I would become a professional MMA fighter.

Really? how does that work?

People are often like, ‘Oh yeah, your parents’ [are actors]… it makes sense. ‘ But it’s not. Really, I feel like they suggested everything else to me. My parents worked out at the gym, and we had Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts. I started doing classes for children, but I was very bad at it. Then I got the Belt Stripe for the first time, I don’t know what happened, but my heart was on fire and suddenly it’s so good. I think I finally really felt like I had something worth investing in. I fell in love with it, spent a lot of time on it and started teaching classes for kids. And while Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was for kids, adults were doing MMA, so I went with the gym guys to amateur and professional MMA fights. I thought it would be the future of

It all helped. prey?

yeah, it was. I mean, no, this wasn’t obvious. I think it would have been obvious if I knew my character. Because pretend play was my favorite thing in the world. When I was really little, when his father would audition, I would memorize all his scenes for fun. I loved exercising my ability to memorize things. I guess I was just a geek kid. Then I remembered my favorite TV show and repeated it over and over again. So when you look at it, it’s like, “Oh yeah, that’s obvious.” But no, there were many different options. I’ve also been a make-up intern for a long time and thought I’d try make-up. All kinds of different things. I built a few small parts when I was a kid, but I was really looking for all sorts of other things. I decided.

Finally, very close to the last audition, someone said to me, ‘Oh, this is predator movie”.

prey It was a very secretive movie, how secretive were you during the audition process? Did you know what you were going to do?

I knew it was just a movie about young Comanche women who wanted to be hunters, but I’m not even sure I knew exactly when. I don’t know. But I only had two scenes. It was the scene where Naru’s mother Alka, played by Michelle Thrash, and her teepee. And another scene with the Dakota Beavers character, Tarbe, when they’re on fire. These two scenes are still in the movie. It’s completely different than when I first read it, but it stayed the same for a long time. That was in February 2020. Then disappeared with COVID and came back again. When I heard that, I thought, “What is that movie?” It was long gone, so I was like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s it! Comanche stuff I don’t know anything about! predator movie. And I was like: Oh my god! What does it mean?” I’ve been through it all, read the script and understood it.

The Predator is a big part of pop culture, but the first movie came out about ten years before you were born. Growing up, was that a big thing for you, or was it something you vaguely knew in the background?

I think it’s door number 2 [laughs]I said it with pride, but I was kind of embarrassed and was more conscious in a pop culture sense. But I think it’s hardened how iconic it is. predator Now it’s used a lot in other movies or used all the time in memes or just references and jokes.was clearly aware predatorbut I didn’t know how much savvy I actually was until I actually sat down to watch it, and it was a lot of fun.

This isn’t a movie where you can say, “Get in the chopper!” But people are trying to take lines from this movie.

Dan said, “Haha chop-she‘, or whatever. I don’t think he ever took it seriously. That’s how he tried to tell me he had a job. He sent me his FaceTime and there was a lot of stress around this FaceTime of him. And I was like, ‘What are you talking about? So I was very stressed. I got a call from a random number and it was Dan. And he said, “If you have to go somewhere, but you can’t get there by land or sea, if you have to go somewhere by plane, what do you do?” That’s why I said “hang glider”. He said, “No, I have an engine.” And I was like, “Oh, hot air balloons?” I soon found out that there was no engine. He said, ‘No, I should have told Chopper to go!’ I mean, not exactly what he had in mind, but the way he told me via iconic lines that I should have known. He did something similar with Dakota and he failed the riddle too. We both didn’t get it right!

I looked at the Predator and literally said, “Oh, okay, no problem.”

Did you see the movie as a group?

I should have! No, we all stayed at the same hotel.At one point we all had a movie night together. alien vs predatorbecause we’ve all seen predatorSo we were trying to work our way – there was really no structure. I should have done it that way.

Aren’t you in a hotel and out in the field when a movie is being shot?

In other words, we slept in the hotel at night. It was so far from the hotel that I slept most of the time in the car, so I woke up in the morning and slept in the van. We ventured out into all kinds of wilderness, including outside and around Calgary, Alberta, Canada. My favorite was the shoot at Stoney Nakoda Sanctuary and I am a Nakoda myself. I’m not Stoney Nakoda, but I’m involved. I grew up around the tribes in the Southwest, so it was cool to be in an area with people with similar cultures to mine.

That aspect of the film must mean a lot to you in the fact that it focuses on the Native American experience.

Well, of course, for several reasons. But even my personal experience making movies is that I’ve never done a period piece or worked with a large indigenous cast. Since I started, I come to work for the first time, wear my clothes, see everyone like that, and there are teepees and things in the landscape…experience. And being around many other native people is also very comfortable. They had an internship program and they had a native crew, which was cool too. Never have I been around so many native people at work. It was something very special.

Does that make it easier for you to join Naru’s journey?

The experience of spending that time in the North changed the environment for me as a whole. I’m pretty sure they had no choice but to bleed over what was going on. did. We were about to shoot the last scene first, but in the second week or something, we ended up shooting the last scene, and it still felt wild. But apart from that, we started with Comanche Camp, then moved on to a lot of solo work, Trapper work, and then Predator work. For that alone, she followed her feelings of being in camp, being with everyone, leaving and going alone.

At what point did Predator go into filming and what was the experience?

I met him for the first time by chance. Some kind of show-and-tell or test was held with him in the woods. I just heard these tweets and people walking away and wondered what was going on. I looked at it and literally said: I could take it, no problem.

Just sweep your feet.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is back. It’s leverage, not strength. Or rather, it might be good to do muscle training to become stronger, and I’ve been doing it since high school. nevertheless!

I was mostly fascinated by the artistry and the details of the suit and the head and all. Back then the mysticism of how everything got to the human body hadn’t been stripped of its veil. When I saw the monster in front of me, I thought, “Wow!” Tennis on a stick Because he’s not acting on a ball, he’s looking at the real predator in front of him with his teeth, eyes, and skin color, so pretty. And they told him that he felt uncomfortable when he touched me. It was all very real. Then I was so fascinated by it that I took it all in.

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