It’s no suprise Baymax won the award for The Most Huggable Character of 2015. He’s so squishable and loveable! If you haven’t seen Big Hero 6 yet – it’s definitely a movie favorite that the entire family can enjoy. I was really excited to meet the voice behind the Big Hero 6 character, and be apart of the interview process. Check out our Q&A with Baymax below!
Q: What it a challenge for you to bring the character Baymax to life?
Scott: “Yeah, I think the audience does a lot of the work for Baymax because I get to lean on either side of him just a little bit, to invite the emotions to flood in from the audience. So it’s a lot of inferral on the audience’s part, and projection.”
Q: How did you find Baymax’s voice?
Scott: “Yeah, I didn’t know if it would be like a robotic voice, and they brought me in for the audition and the script was the first indication that it wouldn’t be a typical robotic voice. And then when I saw the picture, because they already had the character design, I just saw soft, huggable. So I mixed that with kind of like a state of the art robotic interaction vocally, which is pretty much an automated phone system. I more looked at like family members who are very [LAUGHING] soft and huggable and, and benign.”
Q: How did your character evolve throughout the film?
Scott: “The big change was somewhere in the middle of the process, they decided to give him another facet, which is when he loses power and becomes, for lack of a better word, drunk. [LAUGHING.] I said so do you want it to sound like a robot who’s drunk? And they said no, just be drunk. [LAUGHING.] I just played over the top drunk and when you’re looking at the character I guess your mind processes oh, that’s how a robot gets drunk.”
Q: Did you find yourself going home and staying in character?
Scott: “Yes. [LAUGHING.] I would go home and I would catch myself talking with the voice, which is not much different from my voice, but I know when I got it on.”
We asked Scott to do a little bit of Baymax’s voice, which he rocked by the way. He shared “I’m always afraid that [kids] will be disappointed that Baymax is just this kind of dangly, bald, bearded [LAUGHING], adult. But they understand the concept, and I start talking to them and their eyes go wide and they get real excited and they totally accept it, so it’s the best job in the world.”
Q: Has being the silent hero changed you any?
Scott: “I see the value in just entertaining without needing to feed my own ego. And there’s a certain satisfaction in being a stage actor where you get an immediate response. You can walk off and say, ah, that was great.”
As a special treat, Baymax answered a few of the boys questions in a personal message. Talk about being a SUPER mom – the boys loved it! Check it out below: