Deric McCabe is one cute kid! It’s no surprise Ava DuVernay offered him the role of Charles Wallace in Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time. He truly has that IT factor and I see him expanding on his career in the years to come. A Wrinkle in Time releases on Blu-ray (among other video options) today, so with that in mind, we had an opportunity to chat with Deric about his role in the film. Upon entering the room, I knew we were in for a show….here’s why!
I was invited as media to cover this event. All opinions are my own.
Deric McCabe of A Wrinkle In Time
We were fresh off our Peter Pan scavenger hunt around the Disney Studios lot when we find Deric McCabe waiting for us. He’s lively and offers his best Vanna White impression while showing off the Peter Pan loot at the front of the room. This is actually my second time meeting Deric and he’s definitely feeling more relaxed this time around. I first interviewed him at the Wrinkle In Time press junket in February.
Deric quickly moves onto the Wrinkle In Time poster for a few candid shots before sitting down to begin the interview. He likes that we raise our hand, so he points and says, “you” and the interview begins.
What are some of your favorite memories from filming?
Deric shares, “Oh, the hallway scene. The stuntmen were pulling them and they couldn’t see because they couldn’t be in the shot so I stopped and they kept going and I fell on top of all three of them.” Deric mentions that this outtake is in the bonus footage, “so get the DVD!” he encourages.
Did your friends see the movie and what did they think of it?
Deric told us that he goes to public school and got a lot of questions like, “how did you get a giant flying cabbage? And I told them everything!” We tell Deric that he has an amazing personality. His response is priceless! “Oh, I know, right.”
Do you have siblings and what is your relationship with them?
“I have a baby brother. I tell him that Hulk is bad. No, this is the reason. I have a crush on Scarlett Johansson. And Hulk and Scarlett Johansson just did a movie and I said Hulk, bad, Scarlett Johansson, good. He’s two. And then I have a sister who’s 12 and she’s pretty nice with new people.”
Who are your other acting heroes?
“Scarlett Johansson and Chloe Bennett. Just them. They are delightful. I haven’t met them. They are hot and they love me even though they don’t know me.” We all laugh and remind ourselves that Deric is just nine but already girl crazy!
When asked what he learned while making the film. The boy has snacks on the brain. As a boy mom, I can relate as my two sons are always asking for snacks. His answer was he learned where the snack cart was, called Krafty, and stocked up on candy and popcorn. Deric adds, “The first time I met Oprah they make this really good popcorn and they make butter on it and put some cheddar on it and we were doing stunt practice for the cave, and they set it down on a mat. And she just started eating my popcorn. And she was like, ‘who’s popcorn is this? This is delicious.’ I’m like oh, that’s me. Oprah’s eating my popcorn!”
What were your experiences with Mindy and Reese?
Deric shares that during his scenes with Mindy (Mrs. Who) that she only spoke in riddles and he couldn’t understand her. But added that he loved her and they had some great conversations. He also mentioned that Reese gave him lots of hugs and whenever they were between cuts they chatted a ton.
Do you have any advice for kids who want to get started in acting?
“Oh, when you don’t get any jobs, keep the faith. Yeah, I think that’s good.”
What is your biggest goal, wish ever that you have for your career?
“My biggest wish…..probably to work with Scarlett Johansson. Just to work with them, that would be amazing. Especially because they’re always superheroes and I want to be a superhero.” When asked what superhero he would like to be Deric shares, “I want to create my own. I don’t want to be another superhero. But I do want to be part of the Avengers. That would be great.”
In his spare time, Deric shared that he loves to eat and do cartwheels. That’s a nine-year-old for ya! He was such a bundle of joy to interview and I can’t wait to see what his next project will be.
As I mentioned above, I met Deric during the Wrinkle in Time press junket, and at the afterparty, I chatted with him and his mom about the film. She was so sweet and quick to tell me that acting was Deric’s passion from an early age. He really pushed his parents to put him in acting lessons and they are so happy for him.
I hope you enjoyed this exclusive Deric McCabe interview!
Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time is now on available for your at-home collection! Buy your copy today.
- Bonus features include**:
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:
A Journey Through Time – Take an up-close look at the making of this magnificent movie with Director
Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, and the cast and crew.
- Deleted Scenes (with optional director audio commentary)
o Ant on a String
o Aunt Beast
o Meg Learns About Calvin’s Dad
- Audio Commentary
o Director Ava DuVernay
o Producer Jim Whitaker
o Co-Screenwriter Jennifer Lee
o Production designer Naomi Shohan
o First assistant director Michael Moore
o Editor Spencer Averick
o VFX supervisor Rich McBride
- Original Songs/Music Videos
o “I Believe” performed by DJ Khaled featuring Demi Lovato
o “Warrior” performed by Chloe x Halle
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