Vice President Kamala Harris gave a memorably eye-catching performance with a quintet of child actors auditioning for their roles in a video made to sell kids on the wonders of space exploration, it revealed Monday.
“They’re all five actors,” Carlo Bernardino, whose 13-year-old son Trevor was one of the youths participating, told the Washington Examiner. “He’s a child actor — he’s been trying to do this kind of thing for a while. And so he has a manager and an agent in LA and they send him to castings.”
Trevor Bernardino told KSBW that he was asked to submit a monologue about a topic he is passionate about, as well as three questions he wanted to ask a world leader. The next stage was a virtual interview with the creator of the video, the first in a YouTube original series called “Get Curious with Vice President Harris”.
“Then after that, like a week later my agent called me and was like, ‘Hey Trevor, you booked it,'” the teen recalled.
According to the Examiner, the video, featuring Harris, Trevor and co-stars Derrick Brooks II, Emily Kim, Zoriel Tapo and Sidney Schmuck, was shot from August 11 to August 13 at the US Naval Observatory in Washington, where the VP’s residence is located. Is. During the same time, the Taliban were in the midst of their last offensive in Afghanistan and thousands of illegal immigrants were being held at the US-Mexico border.
Harris, who was tapped to lead the cabinet-level National Space Council in May, was panned in the video for her exaggerated gestures and facial expressions, as well as her over-theatrical tone.
One Twitter wag stitched together a supercut of Harris’ most wonderful moments and captioned it: “Me when I misjudge a subtle dose and start tripping all over the afternoon.”
The official video, which had over 142,000 views as of Monday night, garnered nearly 2,000 “likes” and 5,100 “dislikes” on YouTube. Comments were disabled.
Critics suggested that the video was the latest example of Harris’ difficulty connecting with interlocutors—whether attempting to answer a witty answer to a question from “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt about the Southern Frontier, or a college student’s attempt to answer a question about the southern border. Appreciating the student who accused Israel of “ethnic genocide” by saying that she was speaking “her truth”.
Despite criticism of the video, Trevor Bernardino called meeting Harris “exciting”.
“There’s nothing that can top it. Like honesty, he just sat us down. He’s super charismatic. He’s everything I ever thought of him, and more than that,” he told Examiner Told.” He made me feel like one of his peers, and at the time, I felt very important. I was talking to him face to face.”
Trevor said the polarized response to the video was “eye-opening” and called it “a shame, because I think it’s a good thing to draw attention to the space program.”
Still, if Father Carlo is to be believed, we may not have seen the last of Harris and his young supporting cast.
“It was offered to my son and us as a pilot,” the elder Bernardino told Tester, adding that whether there are other videos “will depend on the response and what the producers want to do. Our hope is that it will be picked up.”