Pitch Perfect 3 Is About 'Holding On To Your Friends' As Life Changes

Brittany Snow wants to come back for an American Dreams reunion. She would love to come back to the Kingdom Hearts franchise. But first she must take her final bow as Chloe Beale in Pitch Perfect 3. Made for a mere $17 million dollars back in 2012, no one thought that a film that centered on an all female acapella group would exceed box office expectations and spawn two sequels, but here we are. Touted as the “Farewell Tour”, the Bellas are facing a little bit of a post-collegiate crisis and in an effort to escape the realities of adulthood decide to compete for a chance to open for DJ Khaled during a USO tour.

When speaking to Screen Rant during the press junket for Pitch Perfect 3, Snow reflected on some of her trials from the past, her excitement for the future, and we discuss which films we think Pitch Perfect 3 reminds us of the most.

SR: So, the Bellas are back for, seemingly the last time. I know that’s what the film is saying, but they have to come back for a reunion right?

Brittany Snow: You know it’s really up to the powers that be, and it’s not in my hands. I think it has a lot to do with, if people see it, but we’d come back.

SR: Yeah.

Brittany Snow: I know all of us would.

SR: That’s good. What is the takeaway from this film and is there anything new that we can see from your character this time around?

Brittany Snow: This is a different movie than the first two. I think you go into this one realizing that the Bellas have come a long way and there’s a heist involved. There’s action and fire and a yacht. You can enjoy the fact that these girls can get into mischief, you know together, and the comedy is even bigger than ever. At the end of the day the message of the film is really about being true to yourself, and holding on to your friends. Knowing that your friends are your family, and they are not going anywhere, even though your life takes different paths.

SR: I really enjoy that heist scene too. How fun was that to film it? Where there any particular challenges?

Brittany Snow: Um, not really for me. It was really fun to get to see Rebel doing stunt training, fighting, things like that. Uh, we were all very aware she was doing ninja and karate moves while we were dancing. And that was fun, but I mean, it was just more singing and dancing for us, which was always my favorite thing to do. I guess for me, the new element was that I have a love interest in the movie. I got to really explore that relationship. They let me be as weird and awkward as possible. I improvised pretty much everything that I say to him.

SR: I spoke with a couple of people about you the other day, and you know, with the surge of reboots and reunions, they actually want to know if there’s a chance of an American Dreams reunion? And is there any truth to the rumor that you will be coming back to voice Minnie for Kingdom Hearts 3?

Brittany Snow: Oh, wow, I wish there was an American Dreams reunion more than anything. I love that show, and I was so young when I was on it. It was so ahead of its time, because it was about singing and dancing and history. All of the things that people love to watch now. We’re all still friends, so if Netflix wants to do a Gilmore Girls or Arrested Development sorta thing with American Dreams, we’d be in. I wish I could do Kingdom Hearts again. I remember I got that job the day before I went to record it, and no one told me anything about it. So, I showed up, and I thought I was just doing….I don’t know what I thought I was doing. I was also 18 or 19 years old. Then after I was done recording I thought, “I was part of that game?” That’s so cool. I would love to be back, but I’m sure they were like, that girl didn’t even know what she was doing.

SR: Oh no, no. So many fans, they miss you. You know, I was looking it up on Reddit, and on the net and everything. They are big fans of your voice acting, some comments were that, it’s very clear and angelic. The fans definitely want you back. So, when you said you went in there you didn’t even know what you were auditioning for?

Brittany Snow: Kinda. I was also really young and probably not aware of what was going on, but yeah. I remember that they didn’t give me much information. My agent at the time didn’t really tell me what it was.I knew it was a video game, and I knew that it was Disney, but that’s all I knew.

Brittany Snow, Anna Kendrick, and Rebel Wilson in 'Pitch Perfect 2'
Brittany Snow, Anna Kendrick, and Rebel Wilson in 'Pitch Perfect 2'

SR: Gotcha.

Brittany Snow: Yep, you live and you learn.

SR: Yeah, right? So, I want to say that Pitch Perfect 3 actually passes the Bechdel test. I don’t really count the discussions regarding fathers. And to my enjoyment, it actually reminded me of Spice World. Do you think that’s an accurate assessment?

Brittany Snow: Spice World?

SR: Yeah. I was like this reminds me a lot of Spice World.

Brittany Snow: Wow. I don’t know if that’s a compliment or not.

SR: No, no. It’s a compliment. I love that movie.

Brittany Snow: I love Spice World and the Spice Girls so much. So, I’m going to take it as a compliment. And, I was also, uh, Ginger Spice, many times for Halloween. So, I’m very familiar with that.

I mean, the fact that I had such a reaction to you saying Spice World, yeah, I hope that we still have that reaction many many years from now.

SR: Yeah, you’re in these wacky situations. It’s very funny, the chemistry with the cast is believable.  And it’s great, it’s all about sisterhood, strength, and you have the singing and dancing of course, so, that’s why I said that.

Brittany Snow: You know, I’m going to make another comparison that I actually just thought of right now that no one has made before, but it was my favorite movie growing up.I never understood why, but did you ever see the movie First Wives Club?

Chrissie Fit, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld and Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect 3

SR: Yes, I love that movie.

Brittany Snow: I love that movie so much. And weirdly enough, they get up into mischief, you know there’s the whole thing with the elevator, and whatever, you know, it’s kinda a disbelief that it would happen, but, they are so unique in their own comedy. I’m not comparing us to, you know, Bette Midler. I mean that’s saying a lot, but, I think that the message of the movie is sisterhood, and being strong and standing up for yourself and not needing a man. In this movie, we’re not really doing any of that because it’s how it’s always been with Pitch Perfect. We’re not saying it’s a woman empowerment movie, it just is because there is no comparison. And we don’t need to say it. It’s about people, who just so happen to be women.

SR: Agreed. And I read that you have done behind the scenes work with Elizabeth Banks and Chrissie Fit on a series. So which existing property do you think you ladies would love to adapt? Do you like the behind the scenes side of the business?

Brittany Snow: Definitely. Actually Elizabeth Banks was kind’ve my inspiration, starting my own production company, and being a producer. I remember on the first movie she would walk me through a couple of things, and me being like yeah, I can do this. So yeah I’ve been developing my own material that I’ve found and things like that over the past couple of years. It’s really fun to work with Banks and my friend Chrissie Fit, who wrote a show, and getting to help produce that.It’s just fun to get to work with your friends and also, supportive, intelligent women, following in the steps of Elizabeth Banks, who is a really good leader.

Pitch Perfect 3 Brittany Snow Anna Kendrick Anna Camp Hailee Steinfeld Chrissie Fit Hana Mae Lee

SR: For sure. And there have been a number of social movements over the course of the year. You know with DACA, and the Me Too movement, Net Neutrality, equal pay, which one has affected you the most?

Brittany Snow: I mean, god there’s been so many and I’m going to give a diplomatic answer in a weird way. I’ve been saying this for awhile. A few years ago, probably like 5 or 10 years ago, when I came out with a personal thing there was such a backlash of a lot of people thinking that people were doing things to gain attention. There was a stigma around being open and honest. What I really loved this past year specifically is that so many people are speaking out and being honest.  People are being really understanding, that this isn’t about, you know, gaining attention, and this isn’t about, the boy who cried wolf situation. This is about being true to yourself, and standing up for what’s right. The more people that can do that, the more that there’s awareness that other people can as well. People are feeling that they have the strength to speak out, and gain the confidence that they need. So, I feel like the more movements that happen with honesty and stories, the better.

SR: I definitely applaud your openness, over the years, with the issues that you’ve gone through yourself. And I think that’s very important to get out there, especially to the youth of today.

Brittany Snow: Oh yeah. I mean, but I think, you know, it’s just been really cool lately. It’s been such a great number of women that have spoken out, not only about, you know, different things in the media, sexual harassment, but also just their stories, in general, of things they struggle with, body image, confidence, and self-esteem, and writing these really amazing exposés in various different publications. I’m just blown away and shocked that they’ve been so open and honest when you know having done that a few years ago I was so scared to ever do that again. And it’s been really cool to see how many people have really stood up against that stigma.

MORE: Our Pitch Perfect 3 Interview with Chrissie Fit

Key Release Dates
  • Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) release date: Dec 22, 2017
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