Keith L. Williams & Momona Tamada on Secret Headquarters, star Michael Pena and their favourite super tech

by W. Andrew Powell

What would you do if you discovered that Earth’s greatest hero had a base and it was hidden beneath your house? That’s the story behind Secret Headquarters, as a group of kids have to defend epic cosmic power from a group of bad guys.

Walker Scobell and Owen Wilson star in the film as Charlie and Jack Kincaid, and it’s a fun, funny, action-packed adventure with some otherworldly, futuristic technology.

For stars Keith L. Williams and Momona Tamada, as Charlie’s friends Berger and Maya, the film was a lot of fun to make, especially once they saw the special effects.

“The best part of making Secret Headquarters was the anticipation of seeing how all the CGI came out,” Williams said. “Because you have her [Tamada] running across the set, making shields that weren’t actually there, and me just like pointing that magnetic rod around.”

Walker Scobell as Charlie, Momona Tamada as Maya, Abby James Witherspoon as Lizzie, Kezii Curtis as Big Mac, Owen Wilson as Jack, and Jesse WIlliams as Irons in Secret Headquarters.
Walker Scobell as Charlie, Momona Tamada as Maya, Abby James Witherspoon as Lizzie, Kezii Curtis as Big Mac, Owen Wilson as Jack, and Jesse WIlliams as Irons in Secret Headquarters.

The futuristic set was built in an abandoned mall, and they really connected with the whole cast making the film.

“I think also, working with such respected actors, it was really, really fun because they would improv with us and we got to play around in the scenes,” Tamada said. “So I think we learned a lot just from working with them.”

The two actors also loved how much fun Michael Peña was to work alongside, “because every time we’d shoot a scene, he’d change it up a little bit,” Tamada said. “We’d start laughing and we’d be like, ‘Oh, shoot.'”

“His vibe fluctuates a lot because, he’ll go from relaxed on his phone, getting his makeup done, to when we’re on set, he has all this energy and improvising and just doing an entire scene,” Williams added.

And one of the best parts of working alongside Owen Wilson?

“He’s just such a nice guy,” Tamada said. “He’d bike around base camp with his dog [and] he’s just so friendly and he would take time to talk to all of us.”

“We would have full-on conversations in between filming,” Williams said, “especially when we were filming the scene where we’re finding a way to get out of the secret headquarters with him.”

Secret Headquarters is streaming now on Paramount+. Watch the full interview above to find out what super technology they wish they could take home, plus watch my interview with Abby James Witherspoon and Kezii Curtiz below to hear what they had to say about the film, their favourite tech, and the film’s fun stars.

Photo: Hopper Stone/Paramount Pictures.

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