Warning: This interview contains SPOILERS for Transformers: The Last Knight
Transformers: The Last Knight finds the Autobots in a state of disarray. Their leader, Optimus Prime, has abandoned them on Earth as he sets off on an ill-fated quest to find his creators. To make matters worse, the fragile alliance between the Autobots and humanity has been broken, as all Transformers on Earth are declared illegal and are hunted down by a task force called the TRF.
The Autobots are not completely alone, however. Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) has been trying to keep their presence in an old junkyard under wraps, while orphaned teen Izabella (Isabela Moner) has been living among the Transformers in a former battle zone, and has even made an Autobot friend called Squeeks. Following a clash with the TRF, Izabella and Cade are thrown together (actually, she follows him home), and she finds herself caught up in a fight to save Earth... and help raise some super-cute baby Dinobots.
Ahead of Transformers: The Last Knight's global premiere in London, Screen Rant got the chance to speak to Isabela Moner about the wild experience of making a Transformers movie. Check out a video of the interview above, and a transcript below.
This is your first Transformers movie. What was it like being in the midst of the chaos, so to speak?
Isabela Moner: Chaotic [Laughs]. I really don’t know how else to put it other than it was fun and it was crazy and it was also like the best experience a 15-year-old could have, so thanks, Michael Bay.
Better that going to school…
IM: Yeah, right? Actually I had to do both. I went to school. I had a tutor on set.
Was it a Transformer tutoring you or not? Because I think Bumblebee would probably be a good tutor.
IM: No! We would be messing around the entire time. We would not get any work done. No, I had a tutor. She was really sweet, and understood how hectic it was to do the movie, and like go back to like reading a book about peace, and then doing a stunt, and then a death scene, and then going back to school and quadratic formulas.
You do a lot of running in the movie…
IM: Yeah, exactly. There was that too. And we were in Arizona where it was 115 degrees. I mean, it ain’t all glamorous, I gotta say.
That junkyard set looked amazing. I’ve heard that it was actually a real junkyard, is that right?
IM: Yeah, it was beautiful, especially when we filmed at sunset, and Michael only films when it’s sunset. We call it the “golden hour”. It’s amazing. And Arizona has the best sunsets, I have to be honest with you. But yeah, we shot in amazing places, like here in London too I heard that — I wasn’t a part of it — but they shot it in like really cool castles and churches.
They shot in my home town, Oxford, so that was very exciting to see that on the big screen.
IM: That’s your home town?
Yeah, yeah. It’s not really a big action town so…
IM: A lot of these places weren’t really big action towns solely because you’re not usually allowed to film there, but I guess they were able to. Including Stonehenge. We didn’t blow up the real Stonehenge by the way.
Oh, thank you.
IM: Everyone thinks that we did, but it’s a replica.
We like that place. We’d like to keep it intact.
IM: Yeah. Rocks. Yes. Actually, do you know how it got there? No one knows.
I understand it was aliens put it there so they could suck the life out of Earth. That’s a huge spoiler.
IM: You’ll have to cut that out.
But you shot at the real Stonehenge?
IM: Yes. Let me tell you, the weather was so bipolar. We would be there and it would be thunder, rain, and intense winds. The next two minutes when Michael yelled action it would be like double rainbows and sun and warmth and the water glistening on the grass. It’s insane. It was beautiful, though.
How would you pitch your character Izabella to audiences? What was your favorite thing about her?
IM: I think my favorite thing about her would probably be her sense of humor [Laughs] — no, she doesn’t really — she’s so serious all the time. No, I think maybe... there so many qualities.
She’s helping the Transformers when no one else is.
IM: Her appreciation for family. Which is something you don’t see a lot in the movies, it’s usually "I’m rebelling against my family," especially from teenage girls. But she really values family. And the connection that she has with Transformers is so powerful in that way because not only was she raised by humans but also lived with Transformers and it’s beautiful because in a world where it’s humans vs. Transformers here we have this kind of like in between, I guess.
It’s where you want to be.
IM: Yeah, it’s where you want to be. The good guy but also you’re on both sides. It’s interesting but it’s also a very conflicting position to be in.
Directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Jerrod Carmichael, Isabela Moner and Santiago Cabrera, The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).
There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.
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