This past September while I was in LA with Disney/DreamWorks I was invited to sit down with a group of bloggers and interview various people who worked on Disney’s The Muppets.
While it was amazing to sit down with many of the cast and crew on The Muppets, one interview stands above the rest. Millions of people have watched Kermit and Miss Piggy on the screen both big and small, but very few have every had the opportunity to sit down and interview them.
I was blessed to have the opportunity to do so, and let me tell you it will go down as one of the top moments to remember in my life.
As if it was even possible, Kermit and Miss Piggy are probably more enchanting in person. Yes, they have their puppeteers sitting right next to them, but it took all of 2.5 seconds to forget they were even there and become transfixed with possible the two most famous Muppets of all!
Q: So what were you doing all these years before you started production on this last movie?
KERMIT: Oh, lots of stuff. You know, it’s been, it’s been quite a few years since we’ve done a big movie. You know, we haven’t done that in a long time but, uh, we’ve done lots of other stuff that we can talk about. We just thought we were trying to come back to the big screen.
MISS PIGGY: Yes, we’ve done a lot for the small screen.
KERMIT: Yes, yes and even smaller.
MISS PIGGY: And even the smaller screen, on the internet.
KERMIT: Yeah, we’ve done a lot of that.
MISS PIGGY: You know the internet?
KERMIT: We did a bunch of viral videos over the last couple of years. We did the Bohemian Rhapsody, so we’ve been together.
MISS PIGGY: We launched us into the stratosphere.
KERMIT: Yes, into the ether net.
Q: How was it wearing all those designers’ clothes?
MISS PIGGY: Those are real and it’s wonderful, it’s fabulous. I love to do free clothes from, from fashion designers.
KERMIT: How do you get free clothes? I don’t have a lot of experience with clothes.
MISS PIGGY : You know, it’s, it’s all about showing up and making experiences and you’re seen out with the fashion designers, you wear the clothes. You’re kind of like a walking ad.
KERMIT: I’m sort of like a walking, naked guy.
Q: Who’s your favorite designer?
MISS PIGGY: Oh, I don’t want to answer that. Uh, but when people ask me who I’m wearing I normally say Moi. It’s Kermit’s. Yes, he’s the one I love to wear the most.
KERMIT: I’m not sure I understand what that means but okay.
Q: Do you find it’s easier to be green, now?
KERMIT: I think so. It’s taken on all these new meanings. When I said that originally, when I sang that song it was about being accepted in the world and these days it’s a lot more about the environment I think, you know. People are kind of taking it to mean that. But, uh, I think it’s just about being comfortable in your own skin.
MISS PIGGY: I love that so much. When you sing that. It makes me a tear up a little bit because I know it must have been hard for you being accepted in the world as a frog.
Q: Kermit, What’s your favorite part of the movie making experience?
KERMIT: I like lunch. No, the pace is good for a frog. I’m a pretty laidback guy so you have plenty of time to sit around and learn your lines. You don’t gotta hurry up and wait. I don’t really have a trailer to myself. We’re already calling security I think. I just have a small, like a child’s that I stay in, you know. I don’t take up a lot of space. Saves on hotel costs, you know.
MISS PIGGY: I usually make him come to my trailer.
Q: Miss Piggy Same Question.
MISS PIGGY: I think it’s, uh, a lot of the same. The trailer, my trailer.
KERMIT: Of course you really enjoy that closing scene out on the sidewalk on Hollywood Blvd.
MISS PIGGY: Yes, I did.
KERMIT: Your fans were everywhere.
MISS PIGGY: I know, I know. I’m so, you know, I have such adoring fans and it was wonderful to, uh, to get up close and personal with them even if they were actors pretending to be my fans. I knew that deep down underneath they did love me.
Q: Have you ever thought of another shot at a Muppets Show on TV?
KERMIT: Well, sure, sure.
MISS PIGGY: I would love that. We should do that, Kermit.
KERMIT: I think it would be fun. I think we should, uh, I think we should look into that. I think it depends on what you all write about the movie. If you help us fill the theatre seats there’s a hope for that, you know. I think that would be fun. You know, maybe, maybe a few more films. I think if we do it, we should do it pretty much like the other one, don’t you? Red theatre. It’s good to take a poll here, you know.
Q: A lot of us have sites that are geared around children. Do you have any messages for, you know, children?
KERMIT: I think, uh, I think it’s important to let kids be kids. That’s important and, uh, and, uh, and try to do that when we get to be our age too, you know. Kids don’t understand that.
MISS PIGGY: Kids need to play. They need to go outside and play and run and jump and skip and have fun.
KERMIT: I love kids and they’ve been such a huge part of my life and my success all the way from the Sesame Street days, you know. And, uh, again I love the idea of kids being kids, you know, and adults being kids too sometimes, you know. Take care of them, nurture them.
Q: I think we’re noticing a big diamond ring on your finger. Is there any announcements or anything?
MISS PIGGY: No.
KERMIT: It just means she’s been eating more cracker jacks.
MISS PIGGY: I’ve been wearing this for a long time. This is more wishful thinking.
KERMIT: I’m sorry I didn’t hear that, what? I did hear that, but.
MISS PIGGY: One day I’ll replace this with the real deal.
KERMIT: Yeah, but it’ll be a little smaller I’m afraid.
MISS PIGGY: That’s all right. As long as it comes from you and it cost a lot.
KERMIT: Oh, believe me the price will be very high.
Q: How do you stay so beautiful after all these years in Hollywood?
KERMIT: You just made a new friend.
MISS PIGGY: Well, uh, I think, uh, I think it all can be accounted to love. I have so much love in my life. Yes, it just washes away.
Q: When did you know it was love at first sight [with Kermit]?
MISS PIGGY: I think you kind of answered the question. I think it was at first sight. You know, but, uh, in the Muppet movie that is just a reenactment thing, dramatization of how we first met. We actually met on the Muppet Show.
KERMIT: That’s true. Piggy was a, was a chorus bit. She was a singing, dancing chorus bit and she sort of stood out from the rest, you know.
MISS PIGGY: I was just a chorus girl for, uh, for about half of the number [OVERLAP]. I was leading, I was leading.
KERMIT: The song, the show and me.
MISS PIGGY: And his heart.
Q: It was so nice to meet you!
KERMIT: Well thank you, all. I guess we have to go.
MISS PIGGY: Kiss-y, kiss-y.
Disney/DreamWorks provided me with an all expenses paid trip to LA for an special clips screening of The Muppets. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. I am in no way obligated to provide positive reviews.
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