A conversation with Jamie Flatters and Bailey Bass about the new generation of Na’vi in ​​Avatar: The Way of Water

One of the most important elements of Avatar: The Path of Water It has to do with the generational aspect of your story. As the sequel is set over a decade after the events of the first film, Jake Sully’s family is inevitably installed as one of the key components, featuring the offspring of the warrior known as Toruk Makto.

But that generational component also focuses on other aspects of the Na’vi culture, since the story takes the action to the shores of Pandora to present a new tribe called Metkayina, made up of Na’vi who have evolved in a particular way. to move across the sea.

In that sense, Mouse spoke briefly with the actor Jamie Flatterswho plays Neteyam, Jake Sully’s eldest son, and Bailey Basswho for her part plays Tsireya, the expert diver who is the daughter of the Metkavina leader.

What does it mean to you to be a Na’vi?

Jamie Flatters: What does it mean?

Bailey Bass: Oh, I think it means having a higher level of spirituality that humans can only comprehend when they become a Na’vi. I really believe that Jake became a Na’vi.

Jamie Flatters: That was perfect, I think you said it perfectly.

And how did you work to play not a human, but an alien?

Bailey Bass: Well, yes, they are aliens, but I don’t see it as something where it’s either human or alien, because I feel like an alien is something that comes from something that’s not here. When we think of aliens, we think of outer space. [hace ruidos de extraterrerestres], but although they are aliens and we are on another planet, at the end of the day the Na’vi are beings who feel all the emotions that a human feels or perhaps many more and have this need to protect their family in the same way that they do. people do. And that’s why people can go to the movies and enjoy the movie.

In terms of the story, its characters were born after the big battle in the first movie. How does that define them? Are they children of war?

Jamie Flatters: Yeah, they’re children of war, at least in the Sully family. War is a very important part of his father’s story, so it’s very ingrained in his understanding, so I think if children have the unfortunate experience of growing up in war, that definitely makes you grow up faster and see the evils of the world before your time and before you had to.

Bailey Bass: I don’t remember who asked this question during rehearsals, but we asked Jim [Cameron] about how aware the Metkayina are of the war and explained to us that if you are in Australia while something is happening in the US you might know but it is not something that affects you directly so I would say that Tsireya and the Metkavina are not products of the war, but this is the way to find them and include them in it.

Finally, in this film there are more Na’vi tribes. How did you go about making them different?

Bailey Bass: The Na’vi are a product of their environment and since the Metkavina are surrounded by water, they need to know how to swim, so they have these goggles that cover their eyes and protect them from water damaging their eyes, they can equalize fast and they have fins on their arms, they have a stronger tail, and because of that the color of their skin is a little different. And I think that’s it, but I hope all of that is very exciting for audiences to experience.

Avatar: The Path of Water is now available in theaters.

A conversation with Jamie Flatters and Bailey Bass about the new generation of Na’vi in ​​Avatar: The Way of Water – The Third