“You know when your throat gets a little lumpy and you feel like you’re about to start crying? That was me, because I was freaking out,” Cailee Spaeny recalled to ET about one of her first days on the set of Pacific Rim Uprising, in which she plays Amara Namani, a Jaeger pilot, in the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi epic about Earth’s ongoing war with the Kaiju.
Imagine showing up for work on your first big Hollywood role. It’s in a big-budget action sequel, and you’re set to film a fight scene opposite John Boyega, who also happens to be your boss – he’s serving as a first-time producer on the film -- and wants to make the action look as real as possible. He even brought on stunt coordinators from the Star Wars films to choreograph the fight sequence. And if it was realism Boyega was looking for, it was realism that he would get.
For more of my exclusive with the rising star, go to ETonline.com.