Friend of the Frog Savannah Southern-Smith joined us for an exclusive interview about her role in the movie, her experience on set, and the reaction that Magic Mike XXL has been getting since its release.


DdwufZrkQ: How many times have you seen Magic Mike XXL so far?

SSS: Once.

Q: Is it, in fact, much larger than a normal movie?

SSS: Yes

Q: How much larger?

SSS: A lot more stripping.

Q: Was it difficult to see the whole screen with your normal, human-sized eyes?

SSS: We sat in the middle of the theatre. We could see the whole screen.

Q: I remember when Harry Potter came out, there was a lot of talk of witchcraft and paganism surrounding the magic in that movie. What sort of backlash can we expect from the religious community when they see Magic Mike XXL?

SSS: They’ll get mad at how sexy it makes them feel. Sexy is a magical power they don’t understand.

Q: How many penises does Channing Tatum have?

SSS: Skip.

Q: How many of them do you predict will receive nominations?

SSS: All of them.

Q: Did you get to meet any of Magic Mike’s brothers – Magic Mark, Magic Matt and Normal Tim?

SSS: I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting the family.

Q: Was is awesome working with Charlize Theron?

SSS: Yes!

Q: Does she have both arms in real life or did she go “method”?

SSS: She was methodical about showing us that she had two arms.

Q: Do you think people underestimate strippers?

SSS: All the time. It costs more to invite them to your party than you might think. Get it in writing.

Q: What advice would you give someone trying to break into the Magic Mike industry?

SSS: Learn about your craft. Maybe cast some spells at home with your witch friends or something before you join the union. The union is for professionals. Ask your friends if they think you are good, and then don’t listen to them, cause they are lying cause they hate to see you ugly cry.

Q: How much of the film’s budget was spent on baby oil and nap rooms?

SSS: 94%

Q: If Magic Mike was an unlikely animal couple, what would it be?

SSS: A human and a dog or a greyhound and a cricket.

Q: What is your role in Magic Mike XXL?

SSS: Nurse.

Q: What’s the name of that neck muscle that connects your neck to your upper shoulder?

SSS: I’m not an actual nurse.

Q: On a scale of one to Step Up 2: The Streets, how twirly is Channing Tatum?

SSS: Yes.

Q: Will there be a Magic Mike XXXL? Are they considering just calling it Magic Mike Plus Size? Or Magic Mike Big and Tall?

SSS: Magic Mike Economy Size.

Q: Were you worried about the historical accuracy?

SSS: No, I wasn’t worried. They were very careful to find props and costumes and strippers that were aware that it was set in 2014. And the dramaturge helped us explore the differences in customs and mindset of people between 2014 and 2015.

Q: What advice to you have to children seeing this movie for the first time?

SSS: Bring popcorn and your favorite snack.

Q: What’s this movie about?

SSS: A theme park with genetically altered dinosaurs.

For more of Savannah’s work, check her out in Chestnut Casting and on her sketch comedy YouTube channel, BFT Comedy!

(And be sure and stay tuned to the Frog for more news on Magic Mike Economy Size.)