A stunning beauty and gutsy actress, Bella Thorne is no stranger to children's entertainment. She starred in three seasons of Shake it Up, a Disney Channel staple, and later this month, she'll be heard as the voice of Cora in the new animated film Ratchet & Clank, based on the classic video game. But Thorne, soon to turn 19, is branching out intellectually and beginning to explore her feminist side.
Recently, we had the chance to sit down with Thorne and speak with her about her latest film. She thinks fans of the video game will really love the film — but there are a few surprises, even for the game's biggest devotees.
"The movie has a bunch of new characters, mine included. It also has a bunch of new gadgets." Her favorite gadget of them all? "There's one called the Sheepinator — it turns people into sheep! And there's one crazy-looking sheep on the poster."
Thorne's favorite part of being a voice actor in an animated film is all the one-on-one time she had with the director. "You really get to focus on your role and what the director tells you."
In Ratchet & Clank, Thorne's character Cora works with the Galactic Rangers, a specialized team of heroes. Their task is to stop the evil alien Chairman Drek from destroying all the local planets filled with life.
The movie gently explores themes such as the value of all life and the responsibility to look after it. Men and women, aliens and machines must come together in the film to protect life as they know it. The movie suggests that it will take this combined effort to create a harmony where everyone may coexist. Clearly, it's a metaphor for our own global community on Earth that is so often torn apart when people, nature and economies are in conflict.
As a new adult, Thorne's Twitter feed ranges from sharing pictures of herself frolicking on a beach to stepping into a disagreement between Chloë Grace Moretz and Kim Kardashian, tweeting, "I think every woman should be allowed to make their own choices with their OWN bodies so..." and "It's not our place to tell them what they can and can't do with their body."
Because Thorne seems to be outspoken when it comes to women's issues, we couldn't help but ask her thoughts on the upcoming election considering there's a strong possibility that a female candidate could win. Though Thorne wouldn't endorse a candidate or even commit to voting, she thinks women may have an advantage when it comes to the job of POTUS.
"A lot of people think women are so emotional and can't control their emotions. But I think that on the contrary, some men get so angry, they can't control their anger. A lot of times, men can't say sorry. It sounds cliché, but the ability to say sorry is a huge deal. If more women were in charge, I think there would be less war, to be completely honest."
Like many of her generation, Thorne is exploring modern feminism and what the so-called "F-word" really means. "There's a general misconception that feminism means you hate men. It's not true. You just believe that you are equal."
Thorne is hopeful about the future and believes that her generation is making positive changes. "This generation is strong. They're making a change and finally things like gay marriage are allowed. I feel so hopeful that only good things can come."
Ratchet & Clank opens in theaters April 29.
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