Patrick Stewart’s Crucial Advice to Marvel’s New America Chavez Actress
MCU fans probably know by now that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness featured some much-discussed special appearances. When Strange and America Chavez found themselves on Earth-838, they came face to face with the Illuminati, a group of powerful superheroes who come together to decide the fate of their world. Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four was there, as was the Inhuman King Black Bolt. But perhaps the most recognizable face of the team was Professor Charles Xavier, played once again by fan favorite Sir Patrick Stewart.
Stewart, through his work on star trek and the film produced by 20th Century Fox x-men movies, has had a career steeped in pop culture and geekdom. And that’s not even taking into account her illustrious stage career. The octogenarian clearly loves what he does, and many who have met him usually have a great story to tell about their interactions.
Xochitl Gomez, who portrayed MCU newcomer America Chavez in Multiverse of Madnesshad much the same experience meeting the acting legend.
Patrick Stewart gave good advice to Xochitl Gomez
Talk to SYFYXochitl Gomez, star of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, revealed the thought “important” advice given to him by Sir Patrick Stewart, who played Professor Xavier in the film:
“I have to meet them all. I have to meet John [Krasinski] and Hayley Atwell, then also Sir Patrick Stewart. I was able to have a full conversation with him and he gave me good advice. He told me to pay it forward and be really welcoming, which is exactly what he was doing. He was telling me about his acting journey, and he’s just such a beautiful soul and there’s this caring that makes you feel like you’re being hugged when he talks to you. You just feel like everything he says is very important, which it is. Everything he said was very important. I felt worthy.”
Gomez also explained that it wasn’t just Stewart who offered some words of wisdom on set. The Scarlet Witch herself, Elizabeth Olsen, encouraged the young actress to offer her own character notes and commentary, noting that everyone behind the camera was receptive, especially director Sam Raimi:
“I forgot what I was referring to at the time, but it was mostly important to me because as a young teenage girl too who is Latina, it was important to make sure there was things that are far and away what a young Latina teen would do “A girl wouldn’t react to something that way, I think she would react that way”, and feel confident enough to say that and let it be known to people, “I feel like she would do it like that, it’s more authentic. And with Lizzie’s advice, I thought, “I should probably do it, since Lizzie told me to do it and they want to hear my advice, listen to my notes.” What I can say is that it helped, especially Sam, because he’s very collaborative. He was listening and saying, “If you think this is how we should do it, let’s do it and if it works, it works and if it doesn’t, at least we tried.”
Patrick Stewart really is a class act
Given his decades in the business, any rookie actor would be wise to hang on to every word of Patrick Stewart, and it seems that’s exactly what Xochitl Gomez did.
Her thoughts on giving back and being a welcoming and approachable person are particularly important. Stewart is a regular on the convention circuit, often appearing on Q&A panels and meeting fans, and he always comes across as genuine, kind and courteous.
Plus, Elizabeth Olsen’s advice to Gomez about feeling free to talk about her thoughts and ideas about her characters to the film’s producers definitely lines up with what fans have been hearing about recent MCU productions.
Ms. Marvel Star Ima Vellani even reportedly went so far as to keep a notebook filled to the brim with MCU news, contributions, and theories, which certainly impressed Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.
Hopefully this sense of openness to new ideas from their talent is a trend that continues for Marvel. The MCU has been around for so long now that many of the new actors it brings in for its characters are going to have some level of fandom for those shows and movies, which makes what they have to say especially valuable.
Marvel Studios’ Dactor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on Disney+.