Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg talk about ‘sweet’ affair

Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg are checking “Hotel Transylvania.”

The blockbuster animated franchise – whose first three films earned nearly $ 1.4 billion worldwide since 2012 – closes with “Hotel Transylvania: Transformania” (broadcast Friday on Amazon Prime). Billed as “the last chapter,” the comedy follows married couple Johnny (Samberg), a human, and Mavis (Gomez), the daughter of Count Dracula, as they are set to inherit the titular complex for the monsters. But after a deranged invention turns Johnny into a dragon and the ghouls into humans, the duo must rush to find a cure before their transformations become permanent.

Mavis and Johnny “are a great onscreen couple. Relationship goals – that’s what you wanted me to say, right?” jokes Samberg, 43, whose NBC sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” ended its eight-season streak last year.

For Gomez, 29, who stars in the Hulu comedy “Only the murders in the building” saying goodbye to those movies is “so weird. Especially for me, in my twenties and now in my thirties, it’s really interesting to have grown up with this character. It’s such a delight.”

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The cast tell USA TODAY about their friendship and more:

Question: You two met while promoting the first movie. What did you bond with at the start?

Selena Gomez: Andy was really sweet. I was a little quack at the time and he made me laugh. And when weird questions popped up he would swerve and it was very nice. I remember feeling really comfortable, like, ‘It’s fun. “

Andy Samberg: It’s interesting doing the press with Selena. She gets a whole different variety of questions than I do – it was fascinating for me to watch. She takes care of it very graciously, but man, I wouldn’t trade.

Johnny (Andy Samberg, left) gets zapped into a monster by former vampire hunter Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan).

Q: In “Transformania” Johnny feels he needs to change to be accepted. Is this something that either of you could relate to in your own life?

Gomez: Guilty. Maybe it’s because of social media and the pressure. I really felt like maybe I wasn’t good enough or should look a certain way. I struggled, but it’s actually been four years for me without any social media on my phone other than TikTok. So it has been wonderful. I still post and do what I do, but I’ve learned to balance it and not let it consume me.

Samberg: Everyone has (felt that way) at one point or another, it’s just human nature. Especially when you are a kid and a teenager you are trying to figure out who you are and where you fit in the world, and it is very easy to believe what other people tell you about yourself. But I certainly never thought I needed to transform into a Godzilla monster.

Q: Andy, has your daughter ever watched these movies? (Samberg has a 4-year-old with his wife, musician Joanna Newsom.)

Samberg: She’s still a little too young, but I feel really confident knowing I have four in the hopper. In fact, I have made the choice to stop watching all the animated films over the past four years in order to save them to watch them for the first time when she starts, so that we can do it together.

Gomez: Oooh, that’s so sweet.

Dracula (Brian Hull, left) hands over his monster complex to his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) in

Q: What movies are you most looking forward to showing him?

Samberg: Dude, I haven’t seen “Moana” or “Coco” or “Encanto”. These are the ones where I say to myself, “Oh my God, I can’t wait to see these movies. I’ve been waiting for four years!” (Laughs.) It’s going to be exciting. I was talking to my wife the other day about looking forward to watching “ET” with her. Stuff like that where we’re both like, “Oh, we’re gonna cry!”

Q: Selena, congratulations on your first Grammy nomination (for the Spanish-language EP “Revelación”, nominated for best Latin pop album). How did you feel to be recognized for music that is so personal to you?

Gomez: I cried. (Laughs.) I was very excited. It’s beautiful, I didn’t expect it at all. It’s something I’ve worked really hard on – honestly, probably more than any other album because I wanted to make sure that being Spanish it’s authentic, it rings true, it’s touching. , beautiful and poetic, that’s what I like about spanish music. I wanted it to be all that, but it’s really hard not to master the language perfectly. So there were times when it was really, really hard and I’m so proud of everyone who was able to be a part of it.

Q: You alluded Vogue last year by the way potentially retire music. Could you still see this happening?

Gomez: I think I just said it wrong. The idea of ​​retirement for me isn’t that I’ll be gone forever, it’s that I see myself taking a meaningful break from music. Not personally – I think I’ll always create and make music and maybe even hope to do some side projects with people. I just maybe want to take a step back, but I won’t be doing so anytime soon.

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Q: You both have cooking shows streaming right now (“Selena + Chef” on HBO Max, hosted by Gomez, and “Bake it” on Peacock, co-hosted by Samberg). How do you think you would fare as a “Baking It” contestant, Selena?

Gomez: I am horrible at baking. I don’t know what to do, I don’t know. The concept is crazy. I like to cook so that I can just put things together. I’m not a great cook either, but it’s still fun.

Samberg: You would be a good host, that’s all I do. I have baked probably 10 times in my life and enjoyed all 10. I wouldn’t call myself a professional baker – more of a 10 times type.

Q: Speaking of crossovers – Andy, would you consider appearing in Season 2 of “Only Murders in the Building”?

Samberg: Of course I’m interested, are you kidding? I already want to spend more time with Selena, and Steve Martin and Martin Short are two of my absolute comedy heroes of all time. This show is fantastic, so I’ll do anything with any of them.

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