Hollywood Stargirl hits the Disney+ streaming service on Friday, June 3rd. The sequel follows Stargirl, who has moved to LA with her mother. She meets a few friends, including two brothers who are making a film and want her to be in it. Now, a more mature and sassier Stargirl has to decide what her future holds and make her goals more of a priority. During the press junket for Hollywood Stargirl, the filmmakers and talent discuss some inside information on the making of the movie, and Grace Vanderwaal shares how she wrote an original song for the film. Check it out!
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- Grace VanderWaal (“Hollywood Stargirl”)
- Judy Greer (“Ana Caraway”)
- Elijah Richardson (“Evan”)
- Tyrel Jackson Williams (“Terrell”)
- Julia Hart (Director / Screenwriter)
Hollywood Stargirl: Grace VanderWaal Writes An Original Song
In the original Stargirl film, Grace Vanderwaal wrote an original song for the film. However, this addition of her song to the movie was not a planned thing; it just sort of happened. This was not the case this time around. In fact, Vanderwaal was given the task of writing a song for Hollywood Stargirl from the get-go and she took on the challenge like the professional she is. During the press junket for the film, she jokes, “I’ve never been asked to write anything about anything before. I’ve never had, maybe an assignment is the wrong word, but an assignment.” She continues, “I was really nervous ’cause I was like, ‘Oh god, everyone thinks I can do this. And I’ve never done it before.‘ But it worked out. I did it. And it was easy.“
Vanderwaal did not regret agreeing to write the original song. She goes on to share, “I was so honored that I got to write a song for the movie again. ‘Cause I love writing and I love the movie, and it was fun.” She goes on to share the process of writing the song for the film, “It was really, really hard because Elijah wasn’t cast yet. So I couldn’t even get myself in the mindset of, ‘Oh, I’m writing a love song.’ This was so early on in the process. I was just blank. And I think I barely even really knew a lot about the script even.” Director Julia Hart concurs, “I used to be a teacher. Calling it an assignment is actually very appropriate because I’m sure I was like, ‘Okay, Grace.“
About Hollywood Stargirl
Disney’s “Hollywood Stargirl” is a sequel to the 2020 Disney+ film about free spirit Stargirl Caraway (Grace VanderWaal), a silver-voiced teenager whose simple acts of kindness work magic in the lives of others. The upcoming film follows Stargirl’s journey out of Mica, Arizona and into a bigger world of music, dreams and possibilities.
When her mother Ana (Judy Greer) is hired as the costume designer on a movie, they relocate to L.A., where Stargirl quickly becomes involved with an eclectic assortment of characters. They include aspiring filmmaking brothers Evan (Elijah Richardson) and Terrell (Tyrel Jackson Williams); Mr. Mitchell (Judd Hirsch), one of Stargirl’s neighbors; and Roxanne Martel (Uma Thurman), a musician Stargirl admires and encounters on her journey.
Returning as Stargirl, VanderWaal performs the original song “Figure It Out” she wrote for the film. Julia Hart returns to direct. Hart & Jordan Horowitz wrote the original script, based on the original character from Jerry Spinelli’s best-selling book Stargirl. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner” trilogy), Lee Stollman, p.g.a.(“All Together Now”) and Jordan Horowitz, p.g.a. (“La La Land”) are the producers, with Kristin Hahn, Nathan Kelly and Jerry Spinelli serving as executive producers.