Interview: Gabriella Uhl & Jonathan Lengel on 13: The Message of Music

ComingSoon Senior Editor Spencer Legacy spoke with 13: The Music stars Gabriella Uhl and Jonathan Lengel about their real-life friendship and the messages presented in the adaptation. 13: The Music will be available for streaming on Netflix on August 12.

“After moving from New York City to Indiana, a 12-year-old navigates his parents’ divorce, his upcoming bar mitzvah, and his new school’s social circles. ,” reads the movie’s synopsis.


Spencer Legacy: Gabriella, you two were convincing friends in the movie. How quickly did you become friends during production?

Gabriella Uhl: In the first chemistry reading, when I read with Jonathan, I felt an instant connection. He and I are best friends in real life. We talk almost every day, even now. That’s why I feel like it’s so easy to become besties with him on screen because we’re besties in real life.

Jonathan Lengel: I agree 100%. I mean, we became really good friends and, like he said, we talked every day. So nice to meet you.

Jonathan, you have a great scene where you are frustrated that everyone thinks you need help when everyone else needs more help. What was your first thought when you read that?

Jonathan Lengel: It is very true for me because it happens to me almost every day. When I acted that scene with Patrice and Evan, I felt like there was a little Jonathan out there and I was really like, “why does everyone think I need help?” Because it’s an honest question, you know? Everyone always asks me that. So, yes. I like that scene, I kind of integrated Jonathan and Archie into one person.

Gabriella, what was it about Patrice’s character that attracted you in the first place?

Gabriella Uhl: Well, I used to be a fan 13: The Music before I even auditioned for it, so I fell in love with the music. I said [with] Patrice, the first thing that attracted me to that character, especially, maybe his songs. I love singing his songs and I am honored to be Patrice’s new voice to a new generation of children.

Jonathan, you have some funny moments in the film. Is any of that improvised or is it all scripted?

Jonathan Lengel: I would say some of it is scripted and some of it is a little bit of me getting out there.

Do you have a particular favorite joke?

Jonathan Lengel: When you first met Archie, I said “welcome to Walkerton. If someone offers to pray for you, let them!”

Gabriella Uhl: That’s my favorite Archie line for sure.

Jonathan Lengel: Yes, and it’s funny to me because people tell me that.

Gabriella, which dance is the hardest to learn?

Gabriella Uhl: Patrice in particular is not in many dance numbers, but I mean, a round of applause for Jamal Sims, who is the choreographer. The choreography is amazing, and the dancers who do it – amazing. Can’t give them enough. I don’t know if I can say the most challenging because I haven’t been in that many, but, I’m sure Jonathan would say the same thing, I loved filming “Brand New You,” the big number at the end of the movie . We all got to do a bit of jamming there, it was a lot of fun.

Jonathan Lengel: I totally agree with you, Gabriella. I feel like the Bar Mitzvah scene, “Brand New You,” is my favorite of all. The dancers were beautiful. It was so loud you could feel the ground shake, and I was right there front and center with Lucy [Frankie McNellis[ and Kendra [Lindsey Blackwell] towards the end. I feel like it’s really important for me to show people because I didn’t see it growing up. So it’s great to represent that.

Spencer’s legacy: Jonathan, what message do you hope people get from this movie?

Jonathan Lengel: I really hope that, regardless of your limitations, or if you are just different in general, don’t be afraid to do what you want and if you can dream, you can do it. I feel like with every cast member, everyone can see themselves in this movie with the most diverse and talented cast we have.

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