Interview: Little Focker's Colin Baiocchi And Daisy Tahan

By Perri Nemiroff 2010-12-19 17:30:55discussion comments
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Itís time for you to meet the little Fockers, Colin Baiocchi and Daisy Tahan. The kids are the newest addition to the Meet the Parents franchise and are the focus of the third film, appropriately titled Little Fockers. Recently you might have caught Baiocchi as Kevin in Couples Retreat, the kid who took the liberty of using a model toilet in a retail store and Tahan alongside Uma Thurman in Motherhood.

Here theyíre Henry and Samantha, Greg and Pamís twins. As grandpa Jack says, Henry is the one who got a ďdouble doseĒ of Focker. While Samantha is busy snooping around the house spying and maintaining a vow of silence with her father, Henry is getting into all sorts of trouble, a tendency that doesnít work in his favor when his parents try to get him into the prestigious Early Human School. However, getting through the vomit, broken bones and some very disturbing images is no problem because at the end of the road is their massive birthday party packed with a ball pit, bouncy castle, blowup obstacles courses and much more.

Clearly snagging a role in Little Fockers is every kidís dream and not just because it means theyíll be sharing the screen with some of the greats like Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Ben Stiller. Tahan and Baiocchi particularly like the party rides, Teri Poloís incredible Elmo impression and their toy-packed bedroom. Check out their take on working on Little Fockers below.

You have that big birthday party in the movie. Did you get to go in the ball pit and bouncy castle?
Colin Baiocchi: Yeah, it was really fun because sometimes Iíd be in between takes and at the end of the day could get to go on everything. We went on everything like five times.

What was your favorite?
Daisy Tahan: Probably the ball pit because it was so deep. I thought it was going to be pretty shallow, but I couldnít touch my feet to the ground.
Baiocchi: I really liked the obstacle courses because thereís a dragon obstacle course and then thereís this caterpillar obstacle course. On the dragon obstacle course the top was actually open, but in the caterpillar you were inside this tube. It was really fun.

Was it weird seeing your faces on those giant balloons in the movie? Were those balloons?
Tahan: No, I think they were just like statues of our faces and that was really funny.

Who was the most fun in between takes?
Baiocchi: Definitely Teri Polo because she could imitate Elmo.
Tahan: It was kind of scary because she sounded so much like Elmo. She could be Elmo.

There are a lot of really big stars in this movie. Have you seen any of their other films?
Baiocchi: Weíve both seen Madagascar and Night at the Museum. I hadnít heard of Dustin Hoffman, but then when we were doing reshoots and he was gonna be in it and I saw Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium.

Daisy, did you know who most of these guys were?
Tahan: I only knew who Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson were before that.

Were you allowed to see the movie with your parents?
Baiocchi: Yeah, we had a cast and crew screening and everyone from the cast and crew got to go and could invite anybody.

This is a movie about family, so of the cast, who would you want to be in your family?
Tahan: Teri, definitely.
Baiocchi: Teri and Ben probably because Benís just really funny and plus I really wish I had that room for real because there were these soldier guys that Daisy played with. It was so awesome.

When did you first know you wanted to be an actor and actress?
Baiocchi: I started commercials when I was two but then I got Couples Retreat and then I really wanted to continue being an actor because you get to do so many stunts and you get to do so many special effects.
Tahan: I never knew that I really wanted to be an actress, I just went for an audition one day because they asked me to and then I did modeling and then I did commercials and now Iím doing movies and TV.

Whatíd you think about that scene when you puke on Ben?
Baiocchi: It was not really fun Ďcause the rig that went up, it had a tear in it so when it pushed everything down, it just exploded inside my clothes. It was not funny. It was really gross.
Tahan: It smelled like real puke. It was disgusting.

What was it?
Baiocchi: It was mashed up vegetable lasagna with water in it to make it liquidy. And after the tear went, everyone was like, ĎOkay, no more puking for the rest of the movie. Weíre done!í

Whatís the best birthday party youíve ever had?
Baiocchi: Iíve had a lot of birthday parties at my grandpaís house, but I think if I had to pick your backyard or even if I had a backyard [as] big [as the one from the movie], I would love to have that birthday party because itís got a giant bouncy castle!
Tahan: First of all, I would love to have a birthday party like the one in the movie, but my favorite birthday party was probably the one, I forget where it was, but it was at this little place where you could hold all these animals and there was this giant turtle that I got to pet.

Daisy, your character is pretty tough and doesnít talk to her dad almost the whole movie and Colin gets scared easily. Are you guys like your characters at all?
Baiocchi: Iím really different from Henry because I donít really get that scared, but I really like to go outside a lot. I like to do new things. Like on the rock wall at school, Iím really good at climbing it because I just go really fast.
Tahan: Thereís only one thing that Iím exactly like Samantha and itís because she spies a lot and I do that with my neighbor Alex. We just go around the neighborhood hiding behind trees and going up into the trees and just spying on people inside their windows and stuff. [Laughs]

Do you get in trouble?
Tahan: No.

Colin, did you get to keep the pet lizard?
Baiocchi: No because I have two cats, plus a fish and plus two cats that are just running around the house and thatís just not a good idea.

Can you tell us about what itís like at school for you?
Baiocchi: I go to public school. Iím in the second grade. School is kind of easy for me. The hardest thing is learning new stuff in math. I can do one problem and then I get to hang it and I can be done with the last problem the minute the teacher flips over the paper to the back.
Tahan: Itís kind of easy because when you go away for the movies the teachers usually give you work to do with the tutor thatís on the movie set and you just do it there and then when you go back to school youíre all caught up.

Was it fun for you guys playing brother and sister?
Baiocchi: Weíre actually twins. Yeah, because we get the same room, but whatís kind of funny is Daisy, her character, she actually plays with war figures. I was expecting her to play with Barbie dolls.

What do you guys think when you see yourselves on the big poster?
Baiocchi: I think I should get a million bucks.
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