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by Dianna Ranere

Interview: MAX 2: White House Hero’s Zane Austin and Francesca Capaldi #Max2

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Thanks to Warner Bros. for giving me early access to the film and access to the cast. The opinions I share are my own.

I had the pleasure along with a few other bloggers to chat with Zane Austin, and Francesca Capaldi from the movie MAX 2: White House Hero. 

MAX 2: White House Hero is an uplifting film about family, friendship, and a four-legged hero. Duty calls again, and our hero dog Max returns to action in “Max 2: White House Hero.”  His new assignment brings him to Washington, D.C. to serve on the U.S. president’s Secret Service detail. When a foreign leader arrives with his precocious daughter Alex (Francesca Capaldi), tensions arise between both countries.  First Son TJ (Zane Austin), along with Max and Alex, uncover a dangerous plot that puts both kids and both nations in jeopardy. A highly-sensitive mission will push Max’s specialized skills, intelligence and loyalty to the test.

Interview: MAX 2: White House Hero's Zane Austin and Francesca Capaldi #Max2

The All-New Original Movie Is Available on DVD, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack On May 23, 2017 & currently on Digital HD On May 9, 2017

  The film runs 80 minutes and is also filled with 15 minutes of extra treats including a behind-the-scenes featurette, “Kids on the Case: Making of Max 2,” and a canine blooper reel, “Max 2: A Ruff Life.” MAX 2: White House Hero will be priced to own on DVD at $19.98 SRP and on Blu-ray including Digital HD at $24.98 SRP.

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There are spoilers beyond this point, please do not proceed if you don’t want to know what happens in the film.

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What was your favorite part of being in MAX 2: White House Hero

Zane Austin: My favorite part would have to be when I was thrown into the freezer and also the white water rafting scene. I had never done that before.

Francesca Capaldi: My favorite part of the movie was the water scene. I had to wear a dry suit that was so uncomfortable but it was ok because it was so fun being in the river.  Also, my favorites was when I was kidnapped in the movie and the Russian accent I had. I had never done anything like that before.

Was it difficult to learn an accent? 

Francesca Capaldi: On the show I was on before I did a few accents but I’ve never done Russian before so it was cool to try something new. I was nervous that I would mess it up.

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What was it like working with Max? 

Zane Austin: There were actually four dogs that we had to work with. I’ll name two and let Francesca name the other two. The first two were Dude and Jagger. Jagger was the main working dog and did most of the scenes and Dude was the stunt dog.

Francesca Capaldi: The other two were Carlos and Pax. Carlos is the face of the movie, you see him on the posters and at the premieres.  Pax does alot of actions scene running, swimming and jumping.


What attracted to you to this role? 

Zane Austin: I saw the first movie and loved it and I really wanted to be a part of it. Once I heard that I was auditioning for this role I told my Mom and Dad, “I’m going to get this role. I know I am.”

Francesca Capaldi: When I found out that I was auditioning for this role, I thought about when I went to the premiere of the first movie. I remember watching the movie and thinking how great it was. Once I got the script for this one is was nothing like the first one but I loved it. When I got word that I got it I was so excited to be a part of it.


Did you have to go through training to work with the dogs?

Zane Austin: I met them before the movie started and worked with the trainers so they got to know me.

Francesca Capaldi: As the movie was starting we went to a warehouse and we trained with the dogs and got them used to us.

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Do you have any pets/animals at home? 

Zane Austin: I have a little dog named Wilson who is a Golden Doodle.

Francesca Capaldi: I don’t have any pets right now but I would love a MaltiPoo.


What was the ‘kiss’ scene like in the movie? 

Zane Austin: We had to film that like 30 times, so yeah.

Francesca Capaldi: I remember I was really nervous because my Mom has always said to me that you only have one first kiss. But like she said, it wasn’t really my first ‘real’ kiss, it was my first on-screen kiss. It doesn’t count because there are five cameras and all these people and lights. It’s not how you envision your first kiss.


Where do you both see yourselves in 5 to 10 years?

Zane Austin: I would really, really like to work with Steven Spielberg, that’s been my dream ever since I started theatrical acting. As for as actors, I would love to work with Chris Pratt and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Francesca Capaldi: I would love to work with Meryl Streep because she is an inspiration to me and also Emma Stone because I think she is an amazing actress.

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What are your next projects?

Zane Austin: I did a commercial for Old Navy with Amy Schumer.

Francesca Capaldi: I’ve been doing a lot of modeling, singing, and auditions.


Francesca Capaldi

Known for her starring role as Chloe James in Disney’s hit series Dog with a Blog, Francesca Capaldi has worked consistently in the industry since age four. After booking dozens of national commercials and guest-starring on shows such as A.N.T. Farm and How I Met Your Mother, Francesca stepped into the spotlight and garnered the adoration of millions of fans by landing one of the leads on Disney’s wildly popular show. She soon became one of the breakout faces of the channel and also guest starred on their hit show Jessie. She also did an episode on the new show Mack and Moxy; a children’s education show that focuses on causes. Francesca has starred in two motion picture movies, The Dog Who Saved Summer and 3 Day Test. You can also hear her as the voice of Little Red-Haired Girl in the full length feature, The Peanuts Movie. In January, Francesca was also named the new face of Claire’s Stores Tween line and is still collaborating with Claire’s.

Zane Austin

Zane Austin is a California native, having spent all of his 12 years in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks. Growing up, Zane always gravitated towards performing: each year doing a lead role in his grandmothers original holiday plays and school plays and twice, winning the Performing Artist Award at school.  But it was when he was 8 years old, that Zane called a conference with his mom and dad, letting them know he wanted to be an actor. His Dad, a professional musician, was no stranger to show business, and he wanted to be sure that this was a serious passion before allowing his son to pursue it. Zane never waivered in his desire to do film and TV and after reminding his parents for 8 months that he wanted to be an actor, they helped him find an LA agent and  manager. He wasted no time in booking- landing a Roundtable Pizza commercial almost immediately and many other national commercials followed. Soon his dream came true and he snagged the lead in  Max 2, his first feature film. 

When he is not acting, Zane enjoys playing All-Star baseball, golf and soccer, doing parkour and he loves hanging out with his goldendoodle puppy, Wilson.