Home CULTURE One-On-One with Janelle Monae, Star of Animated Film UglyDolls.

One-On-One with Janelle Monae, Star of Animated Film UglyDolls.

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Recently I was invited by STXfilms to screen an adorable film that just may change the culture regarding embracing the differences of others. Most children, including myself, always wanted the “pretty” doll. But what happens to ugly dolls?? The film gives us one theory…

In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weirdness is celebrated, strangeness is special and beauty is embraced as more than meets the eye.

After traveling to the other side of a mountain, Moxy (Janelle Monáe) and her UglyDoll friends discover Perfection — a town where more conventional dolls receive training before entering the real world to find the love of a child. Soon, the UglyDolls learn what it means to be different — ultimately realizing that they don’t have to be perfect to be amazing.

The film stars Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Blake Shelton, Pitbull, Emma Roberts, Gabriel Iglesias, Wanda Sykes, Leehom Wang, Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha.

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Janelle along side her character Moxy. We’re loving this ensemble designed by Alice + Olivia.

In my exclusive one-on-one with Janelle Monae, she reveals how as a child she wish she would have had resources like this film to teach how to deal with issues like being bullied. Listen to our interview below.

Director Kelly Asbury attends the World Premiere of UGLYDOLLS at Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, April 27, 2019

I also chatted with the director of UglyDolls, Kelly Asbury. He tells the secrets of how they shot the film without the actors physically being in the same place. He also gave tips to aspiring directors. Get your notebooks out! Listen below.

UglyDolls hits theaters May 3, 2019. Take the entire family and make it a teachable moment. The adults just might learn a thing or 10 as well!

Check out more pics from the April 26th world premiere at Regal L.A. LIVE:.

Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton, Emma Roberts, Pitbull, Janelle Monae, Kelly Clarkson at STXfilms World Premiere of 'Ugly Dolls' at Regal Cinema LA Live, Los Angeles, CA, April 27th. Photo: (Eric Charbonneau/REX/Shutterstock)
Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton, Emma Roberts, Pitbull, Janelle Monae, Kelly Clarkson at
STXfilms World Premiere of ‘Ugly Dolls’ at Regal Cinema LA Live, Los Angeles, CA, April 27th. Photo: (Eric Charbonneau/REX/Shutterstock)
Janelle Mon‡e and Kelly Clarkson. at UglyDolls premiere
Janelle Mon‡e and Kelly Clarkson.
Kelly Clarkson at Ugly Dolls premiere
Kelly Clarkson dazzling in pink!
Pitbull propped up along side his character.
Pitbull propped up along side his character.
Pitbull with the fans at World Premiere of UGLY DOLLS
Pitbull with the fans!
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Don’t you just love these two!
Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Janelle Monáe attend the After Party
Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Janelle Monáe attend the After Party
World Premiere of UGLY DOLLS
UglyDolls hits theaters May 3, 2019

Photos: Eric Charbonneau

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