The COVID-19 pandemic forced companies and schools to change the way their day-to-day operations worked. Hollywood was no different. After briefly pausing all productions, the film industry stayed true to the old saying, “the show must go on”, and quickly shifted gears. Part of that shift saw productions being worked on from home. For Diary of a Wimply Kid star Brady Noon, that meant work on his first voice acting role as Greg Heffley, took place from a home studio.
Arlyn Murphy interviewed the star earlier this week and the two teens talked about talked about Noon’s first voice-acting role and shared a laugh when Murphy compared Noon’s description of working from home to virtual schooling during the pandemic.
Noon: It was great! Coming from live-action into the studio was something that I’d never done before and something that I was extremely looking forward to and I liked the concept that I could wear sweatpants and a sweatshirt to work. That was a nice little change. Overall, I’m super happy with how it turned out and it’s something that I would like to continue doing in my career.
Murphy: Sounds like virtual school. That’s fun.
Noon: Yeah! (Laughter)
The comparison to online pandemic learning is a fair one as students across the globe experienced a massive paradigm shift in education. While students were ostensibly “doing school” from the comfort and safety of their homes and were in communication with their teachers, the feedback loop that is such a big part of the educational process took a different form. Something similar is probably true about actors working on voice roles from home without a director there in person. It’s encouraging to hear that Noon enjoyed working on the film that way as it seems he’ll be a big part of the plans writer and executive producer Jeff Kinney has for further adaptations of the series.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is now streaming on Disney Plus.