The thing about a once in a lifetime opportunity is that it only comes around once and you have to take it. This past September I had such an opportunity. Disney/DreamWorks Event invited me to attend The Muppets Press Junket. As you probably already know by now I am a huge Muppets fan so I relish this opportunity even more. I was positively giddy as we crossed the gates of the Jim Henson Studio to interview the people behind The Muppets!!
Next up was our Kermit and Miss Piggy interview. There I was sitting there right in front of 2 of my favorite television and movie characters from when I was a kid. It was so surreal. I was in awe and honored to be in their presence. This was truly an amazing experience.
Kermit and Miss Piggy talked to us about their new movie The Muppets, marriage, their message to kids and more!
How was it working at the French Vogue?
MISS PIGGY : I did not really work there. This is a movie we’re talking about. You all know that, right? It was, it was lovely. It was lovely. I wish we’d actually shot on location. Paris, — we shot here in the back lot.
Do you love wearing all those designers’ clothes?
MISS PIGGY : Those are real and it’s wonderful, it’s fabulous. I love getting free clothes from, from fashion designers.
KERMIT : How do you get free clothes? I don’t have a lot of experience with clothes.
MISS PIGGY : You know, it’s, it’s all about showing up and making appearances and being seen and you’re seen out with the fashion designers, you wear the clothes. You’re kind of like a walking commercial.
KERMIT : I’m sort of like a walking, naked guy.
Who’s your favorite designer?
MISS PIGGY : Oh, I don’t want to answer that. Uh, but when people ask me who I’m wearing I normally say it’s Kermit’s. Yes, he’s the one I love to wear the most.
KERMIT : I’m not sure I understand what that means but okay.
I think we’re noticing a big diamond ring on your finger. Is there any announcements or anything?
MISS PIGGY : No.
KERMIT : It just means she’s been eating more cracker jacks.
MISS PIGGY : I’ve been wearing this for a long time. This is more wishful thinking.
KERMIT : I’m sorry I didn’t hear that, what? I did hear that, but.
MISS PIGGY : One day I’ll replace this with the reeeaaaal deal.
KERMIT : Yeah, but it’ll be a little smaller I’m afraid.
MISS PIGGY : That’s all right. As long as it comes from you and it costs a lot.
KERMIT : Oh, believe me the price will be very high.
What have you been doing all these years before you started production on this movie?
KERMIT : Oh, lots of stuff. You know, it’s been, it’s been quite a few years since we’ve done a big movie. You know, we haven’t done that in a long time but, uh, we’ve done lots of other stuff that we can talk about. We just thought we were trying to come back to the big screen.
We did a bunch of viral videos over the last couple of years. We did the Bohemian Rhapsody, so we’ve been together.
MISS PIGGY : I think it relaunched us into the stratosphere.
KERMIT : Yes, into the ether net.
Do you find it’s easier being green, now?
KERMIT : I think so. It’s taken on all these new meanings. When I said that originally, when I sang that song it was about being accepted in the world and these days it’s a lot more about the environment I think, you know. People are kind of taking it to mean that. But, uh, I think it’s just about being comfortable in your own skin.
MISS PIGGY : I love that so much. When you sing that. It makes me a tear up a little bit because I know it must have been hard for you being accepted in the world as a frog.
KERMIT : It can be tough especially in Hollywood so you have to make your place in the film industry.
MISS PIGGY : But you believed in yourself.
KERMIT : I did.
MISS PIGGY : Yes.
KERMIT : Is this going somewhere?
MISS PIGGY : I’m just in awe of you Kermit. That’s all.
How did you like your new costars?
KERMIT : Oh, wonderful. It was wonderful working with Jason and Amy. You know, Jason actually wrote this thing to begin with and it went through about 17 thousand rewrites but he’s the guy who wanted to make this movie with us.
MISS PIGGY : I had final approval.
KERMIT : She always does. Usually at the first read through. That’s when all the good stuff happens. We read through the script. Piggy asks for more lines. It all comes together there.
MISS PIGGY : Yeah, I don’t really read the script. I just count lines.
KERMIT : Counts her lines.
What’s your favorite part of the movie making experience?
KERMIT : I like lunch. No, the pace is good for a frog. I’m a pretty laidback guy so you have plenty of time to sit around and learn your lines. You don’t gotta hurry up and wait. I don’t really have a trailer to myself. I just have a small child’s pool that I stay in, you know. I don’t take up a lot of space. Saves on hotel costs, you know.
MISS PIGGY : I usually make him come to my trailer.
KERMIT : Of course Piggy, you really enjoyed that closing scene out on the sidewalk on Hollywood Blvd.
MISS PIGGY : Yes, I did.
KERMIT : Your fans were everywhere.
MISS PIGGY : I know, I know. I’m so, you know, I have such adoring fans and it was wonderful to, uh, to get up close and personal with them even if they were actors pretending to be my fans. I knew that deep down underneath they really did love me.
KERMIT : Okay, well, interesting.
Have you ever thought of another shot at a Muppets Show on TV?
KERMIT : Well, sure, sure.
MISS PIGGY : I would love that. We should do that, Kermit.
KERMIT : I think it would be fun. I think we should, uh, I think we should look into that. I think it depends on what you all write about the movie. If you help us fill the theatre seats there’s a hope for that, you know. I think that would be fun. You know, maybe, maybe a few more films. I think if we do it, we should do it pretty much like the other one, don’t you? Red theatre. It’s good to take a poll here, you know.
Miss Piggy, How do you stay so youthful after all these years in Hollywood?
KERMIT : You just made a new friend.
MISS PIGGY : Well, uh, I think, uh, I think it all can be accounted to love. I have so much love in my life. Yes, it just washes away the wrinkles.
KERMIT : And those injections. (Laughs)
When did you know it was love at first sight?
MISS PIGGY : I think you kind of answered the question. I think it was at first sight. You know, but, uh, in the Muppet movie that is just a reenactment thing, dramatization of how we first met. We actually met on the Muppet Show.
KERMIT : That’s true. Piggy was a, was a chorus bit. She was a singing, dancing chorus bit and she sort of stood out from the rest, you know.
MISS PIGGY : I was just a chorus girl for, uh, for about half of the number. I was leading, I was leading.
KERMIT : The song, the show and me.
MISS PIGGY : And his heart.
A lot of us have sites that are geared around children. Do you have any messages for kids?
KERMIT : Well, that’s a big responsibility.
MISS PIGGY : Children are a big responsibility Kermit.
KERMIT : Yeah, I’ve heard.
KERMIT : I think, uh, I think it’s important to let kids be kids. That’s important and, uh, and, uh, and try to keep some of that when we get to be our age too, you know.
MISS PIGGY : Kids need to play. They need to go outside and play and run and jump and skip and have fun.
KERMIT : I, I, I, I love kids and they’ve been such a huge part of my life and my success all the way from the Sesame Street days, you know. And, uh, again I love the idea of kids being kids, you know, and adults being kids too sometimes, you know. Take care of them, nurture them.
THE MUPPETS opens in theaters everywhere TODAY, November 23rd!
Disclosure: Disney/DreamWorks provided me with an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the press junket for The Muppets. All thoughts expressed are my own.