Interview with Chandler Kinney, Ariel Martin and Pearce Joza: Zombies 3

Zombies, werewolves and aliens clash in Zombies 3, the third installment in the ultra-popular Disney film series. Premiering on July 15, the threequel pays another visit to the sunny town of Seabrook, which happens to be a favorite haunt for all manner of supernatural species. After making peace with zombies and welcoming werewolves, it’s now the final year for the main characters and they’re about to face off against aliens in intergalactic cheer.


The universe of Zombies franchise already expanded before when the werewolf clan, led by Willa (Chandler Kinney from the next Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin), has been presented. She and her best friends Wynter (Ariel Martin) and Wyatt (Pearce Joza) have learned to care for their fellow humans and zombies, but that won’t stop them from being wary of aliens. The cast of the beloved musical also includes Meg Donnelly as Addison, Milo Manheim as Zed, Carla Jeffery as Bree, Trevor Tordjman as Bucky, Kylee Russell as Eliza, Terry Hu as A-spen, Matt Cornett as A-lan, Kyra Tantao as A-li, James Godfrey as Bonzo, and Kingston Foster as Zoey.

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Screen Rant spoke to Kinney, Martin and Joza about who crushes who in the romance department and who crushes who on the football field at Zombies 3.

Screen rate: Willa has battled humans, zombies, and even vampires. Then there are the aliens. How does she protect her pack this time?

Chandler Kinney: I love that you have the Moonstone Mystery link! Yeah, I don’t think aliens are very different. Willa is a bit suspicious and very wary of aliens when they first invade – in a very disruptive way, I might say, but with a very cool alien invasion that kicks Zombies 3 off with a bang. It’s an epic dance number.

But she certainly doesn’t know why they’re at Seabrook, and she doesn’t quite believe the reasons they give initially – she might have good reason for it. Se has definitely pulled out her claws and is ready to protect her pack at all costs.

Pearce, while there used to be chemistry with Addison, there may now be with Eliza. Can we discuss what could be between her and Wyatt?

Pearce Joza: Yes, it cooks with a lot of gas, I would say. Yes indeed.

I can’t say too much, but yes. Wyatt has a little not-so-small crush on Eliza, and he pursues it. He’s not giving up, and we’ll see where that leads. We’ll see where it goes, but I think it ended well.

I love Wynter, especially as a footballer. I love that we incorporate not only different species but also different genders into our sports. How do you think Wynter can be bought off and how many people are hurt in the process?

Ariel Martin: How many were injured in the process? Well, a lot. Wynter is a quarterback, but I think the cool thing about her is that she’s always been that really over the top kind of girl. In Zombies 2, she always worried about whether her personality was too strong. And instead of pushing that away and becoming something else, she really kissed herself and said, “No, that’s me. Not only do I love myself and I will learn to love myself, but the people around me have adored me. I need to listen to them and really embrace myself.

And so, she decided on you on the football team, which I think is perfect for her. Like you said, it’s great to play a character that represents all genders in any type of sport. And for the girls to see that you can do whatever you want!

Chandler, I’m sure you can’t say anything, but there’s a dynamic for Will that I really like about this movie. What can you tease about it?

Chandler Kinney: I think Willa has been focused on protecting her pack and making sure no one is there to steal the moonstone. These are important things for Willa to focus on, but once she can maybe focus on other things, it might be nice to get to know someone. Spend time with someone special – maybe an alien.

I don’t want to say too much, but I say I like aliens, and I think Aspen is pretty cool. That’s all I have to say. They have a cool style there.

Everyone is a little carried away by the competitive spirit of this film. What is one thing that each of you is very competitive for in life?

Chandler Kinney: Games!

Ariel Martin: Chandler is very competitive in games.

Pearce Joza: Can confirm. You are really competitive.

I think I’m competitive with myself in just about everything. And I know that’s not an answer, but it’s kind of an answer. Everything I do I try to hold myself to a very high standard, so I’m a bit competitive with myself. It’s me against me. But it’s a good exchange, I think.

Zombies 3 Synopsis

It’s Zed and Addison’s last year at Seabrook and things are going better than ever. The town eventually accepted the monsters as part of Seabrook and became a safe haven for monsters and humans alike. Zed is about to receive a football scholarship and become the first zombie to attend college (and he’s excited to join Addison who has already been admitted). Addison is thrilled to mark the opening of the city’s newest “Cheer Pavilion” by inviting Cheer Teams from around the world to participate in an “International Cheer”.

However, the town is shocked by the arrival of a new group of intergalactic outsiders – the aliens, who show up to take part in the cheering. Although they reluctantly allow the aliens to stay for competition, the monsters and humans of Seabrook grow suspicious when they discover that the aliens may be looking for more than friendly competition.

Check out our other interviews with Zombies 3 stars Milo Manheim & Meg Donnelly as well as Trevor Tordjman, Kylee Russell & Carla Jeffery and Terry Hu, Matt Cornett & Kyra Tantao.

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Zombies 3 premieres July 15 on Disney+.

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