Sam (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) is an adolescent rebel in Disney+’s latest film, The Secret Society Of Second Born Royals, and she’s always known she was different. While her elder sister, the heir to Illyria’s throne, prefers to attend formal events, Sam prefers to jam with her band instead (where her sister seems to comfortably shine).
Second born royals are born with a rare gene that grants them superhuman skills, and it is up to them to quietly protect the kingdom as they begin experiencing oddly supernatural abilities.
In the near future, she and her fellow second-borns Roxana, Matteo, Tuma, and January join the Secret Society Of Second Born Royals to learn how to control and use their powers to preserve their countries.
It’s hard to believe that Matteo, played by Faly Rakotohavana, can control insects and join the Secret Society. At Disney, we talk to Faly about tight supersuits and shopping with his castmates when they have leisure.
- 1 In what way did you First Become Acquainted With The Secret Society of Second Born Royals?
- 2 When you Originally Auditioned, How was Matteo Described to you?
- 3 What was it Like Working on a Disney Film?
- 4 What’s the Difference Between Working on a Disney TV Show and Working on a Disney Film?
- 5 What Location did they Film it in?
- 6 Are you Familiar With Matteo’s Backstory?
- 7 During the Filming of The Secret Society of Second-Born Royals, did you have the Opportunity to Socialise?
In what way did you First Become Acquainted With The Secret Society of Second Born Royals?
My first audition was in February or March of last year, I believe. “This is a massive Disney+ original” came from my agency when she emailed me an audition. “Okay that’s extremely exciting!” I said. “Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God! I’m going to be royalty and a superhero at the same time!” was how I felt when I first saw the script. There was so much going through my head at once.
However, I do recall that there were 100 people in the room when I originally auditioned for it. It was completely out of control. That was the most people I’d ever seen in an audition room. But, yes, that’s how I found out about the job!
When you Originally Auditioned, How was Matteo Described to you?
The characters were described as “very bashful and awkward” but “clever” in the breakdown. That was the extent of their assistance. [laughs] They given me a few things to work with, so I’m going to do my best!!
First impressions of the script for The Secret Society Of Second Born Royals are a matter of debate.
With each new paragraph, my eagerness grew stronger and stronger. “If I book this, it will make me the happiest person on the planet,” I thought. I love how original the plot is. Because, you know, not many individuals get to be both royalty and superheroes at once. It’s unlike anything else I’ve seen or heard before. So you know how amazing it is to be a part of something of this magnitude.
What was it Like Working on a Disney Film?
It exceeded my expectations in every way! Since I live in LA, flying over to Toronto for filming was the first time I realised I had a job with Disney because the airline didn’t charge us for our plane tickets.
Well, now we’re working with Disney! It’s all so bizarre. Before working with Disney, I had no idea there was a VIP area in the airport. We then headed to the VIP rooms, where Isabella was waiting for us.
Then we arrived in Toronto, where our first day of filming at a large university was awe-inspiring. I was in disbelief, to say the least. Nothing made sense for me!
What’s the Difference Between Working on a Disney TV Show and Working on a Disney Film?
On Raven’s Home, I acted as Miles. Since it was filmed in the studio, Raven’s Home gave me an inside look at all of these amazing set pieces and worlds that were constructed inside the confines of the studio.
In Secret Society, we filmed on location, which was unusual because we had to drive to numerous filming locations. I had a hard time adjusting, but I had a great time while I was doing it!
What Location did they Film it in?
Filming for most of the film took place in Toronto, but a few scenes were filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. We filmed in universities and the castle, respectively. In Toronto, there is a real castle.
I didn’t know there were still castles around! Because it’s so old, it’s now a museum, but it still looks like a real castle. Filming locations included an abandoned mental asylum, as well as two universities. It was a great time.
Are you Familiar With Matteo’s Backstory?
With my acting instructor, I had a difficult time learning to play Mateo because of how quiet and nervous he was. I’m a social person that enjoys going out and spending time with others. I’m a big fan of social situations.
Mateo is not a fan of meeting new people, which is why I enjoy it so much! So it was difficult for me to sit back and observe things from Matteo’s point of view since he was so aloof.
I was portraying a polar opposite of myself, but I enjoyed the challenge and I think I did a good job at it. I couldn’t wait for everyone to see what I accomplished, and I’m proud of it.
During the Filming of The Secret Society of Second-Born Royals, did you have the Opportunity to Socialise?
Yes, we did, in fact. So many restaurants and shops were frequented during our stay. Until I visited, I had no idea what a retail mecca Toronto was! My initial reaction was “Wow! Now I can try everything I’ve always wanted to try!” because of the variety of styles available.
We also visited Canada’s Wonderland, where we saw the CN Tower and the surroundings around it. It was a lot of fun.