The Muppets | Interview with Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog #TheMuppets
One of the highlights of our trip to Los Angeles last month was the opportunity to speak with Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog. They talked with us about their new movie, The Muppets, their romantic relationship, and what’s next for them.
Q: (To Miss Piggy) How was it working at the French Vogue?
Miss Piggy: I did not really work there. This is a movie we’re talking about. You all know that, right? It was, it was lovely…I wish we’d actually shot on location. Paris — we shot here in the back lot.
Q: (To Miss Piggy) How was it wearing all those designers’ clothes?
Miss Piggy: Those are real and it’s wonderful, it’s fabulous. I love…free clothes…from fashion designers.
Kermit the Frog: 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.
Kermit the Frog: I’m sort of like a walking, naked guy.
Q: (To Miss Piggy) I think we’re noticing a big diamond ring on your finger. Are there any announcements or anything?
Miss Piggy: No.
Kermit the Frog: 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 the Frog: 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 the Frog: 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 the Frog: Oh, believe me the price will be very high.
Q: So what were you doing all these years before you started production on this last movie?
Kermit the Frog: 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…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 the Frog: Yes, yes and even smaller.
Miss Piggy: And even the smaller screen, on the internet.
Kermit the Frog: Yeah, we’ve done a lot of that.
Miss Piggy: (To us) You know the internet?
Kermit the Frog: We did a bunch of viral videos over the last couple of years. We did the Bohemian Rhapsody, so we’ve been together.
Q: (To Kermit the Frog) Do you find it’s easier to be green, now?
Kermit the Frog: I think so. It’s taken on all these new meanings. When I said that originally, it was about being accepted in the world and these days it’s a lot more about the environment I think…People are kind of taking it to mean that. But 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.
Kermit the Frog: It can be tough especially in Hollywood, so you have to make your place in the film industry.
Miss Piggy: But you did that.
Kermit the Frog: I did.
Miss Piggy: Yes.
Kermit the Frog: Is this going somewhere?
Miss Piggy: I’m just in awe of you.
Q: How did you like your co-stars?
Kermit the Frog: Oh, wonderful. It was wonderful working with Jason. You know, Jason actually wrote this thing to begin with and it went through about 17,000 rewrites, but he’s the guy who wanted to make this movie with us.
Q: What’s your favorite part of the movie making experience?
Kermit the Frog: I like lunch. No, the pace is good for a frog. I’m a pretty laid back guy, so you have plenty of time to sit around and learn your lines…I don’t really have a trailer to myself…I just have a small, like a child’s that I stay in…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: (To Miss Piggy) What’s your favorite part of the movie making experience?
Miss Piggy: I think it’s, uh, a lot of the same. The trailer, my trailer.
Kermit the Frog: Of course, you really enjoy that closing scene out on the sidewalk on Hollywood Blvd.
Miss Piggy: Yes, I did.
Kermit the Frog: Your fans were everywhere.
Miss Piggy: I know, I know…I have such adoring fans and it was wonderful 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 the Frog: Well, sure, sure.
Miss Piggy: I would love that. We should do that, Kermit.
Kermit the Frog: I think it would be fun. I think we should…look into that…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.
Q: (To Miss Piggy) How do you stay so beautiful after all these years in Hollywood?
Kermit the Frog: (To Miss Piggy) You just made a new friend.
Miss Piggy: Well…I think it all can be accounted to love. I have so much love in my life.
Q: When did you know it was love at first sight?
Miss Piggy: I think you kind of answered the question. I think it was at first sight. You know…in the Muppet movie that is just a reenactment thing, dramatization of how we first met. We actually met on the Muppet Show.
Kermit the Frog: That’s true. Piggy 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 about half of the number…
Kermit the Frog: The song, the show and me.
Q: A lot of us have sites that are geared around children. Do you have any messages for children?
Kermit the Frog: Well, that’s a big responsibility.
Miss Piggy: You are a big responsibility.
Kermit the Frog: Yeah, I’ve heard.
Miss Piggy: To make the journey together.
Kermit the Frog: I think it’s important to let kids be kids.
Miss Piggy: Kids need to play. They need to go outside and play and run and jump and skip and have fun.
Kermit the Frog: You know a lot about this.
Miss Piggy: Oh, well.
Kermit the Frog: 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…I love the idea of kids being kids…and adults being kids too sometimes.
Q: What is your favorite piece of merchandise that features yourselves?
Kermit the Frog: Oh, my goodness. I personally, I like the lunchboxes. That was a long time ago. I love being on a lunchbox, you know. I’d rather be on the lunchbox than in the lunchbox! (To Miss Piggy) What do you like merchandise wise?
Miss Piggy: Actually, I’m really not up with all the merchandise.
Kermit the Frog: Actually, I have to say Piggy’s books. She’s got a couple of them.
Miss Piggy: Oh yes…I love my books.
Kermit the Frog: Well, thank you, all. I guess we have to go!
Miss Piggy: Kissy, kissy!
The Muppets is in theatres everywhere beginning November 23rd, 2011.
*Disney/DreamWorks provided me with an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles to view select footage from The Muppets and to meet with the cast and talent of the film. All opinions expressed are my own.*