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Watch Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender Cast React to Their Original Auditions

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If you are among the millions that tuned into and fell in love with Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender, the live-action adaptation of the beloved animation series, then you are going to want to see the cast reacting to their original audition tapes.

To celebrate the show's successful first season, Netflix has put out a video showing Gordon Cormier (Aang), Kiawentiio (Katara), Ian Ousley (Sokka), and Dallas Liu (Zuko) reacting to the original tapes they sent in as submissions to land the roles and it's a wild ride.

Because production for a project like ATLA is super top-secret, Liu begins the video admitting they actually had no clue what they were auditioning for. “What the team at Avatar had done was write fake scripts for us so that we had no idea what the [real] script was,” Liu says in the video, adding that his script used references to his “father's company” as a euphemism for the Fire Nation.

Ian Ousley, Gordon Cormier, and Kiawentiio filming season 1 of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Ian Ousley, Gordon Cormier, and Kiawentiio filming season 1 of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
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Elsewhere in the video, Kiawentiio gets emotional. “Seeing that video, I remember how that felt,” she says. “There's just nothing like that feeling; it really just brings back everything watching that again,” she continues, making the cast tear up. “Watching it, it's hard for me to wrap my head around that that's us and [that we are] a part of something so, in my head, untouchable.”

We usually get people cringing while looking at their past selves, so this is a nice way of flipping the script — no pun intended. After getting emotional, we also get to see the actual moments the actors found out they were cast in Avatar: The Last Airbender and it's just too precious. Cut to Cormier's: “Wait, am I going to have to shave [my hair]?”

There's nothing quite like seeing cast and crew members reacting to original audition tapes. In the past, we had seen Stranger Things' casting director reacting to and commenting on the actors' first audition tapes. We have also seen Tom Holland and Zendaya reacting to their first-ever Spider-Man tapes, and, much like the case with ATLA, it's always a blast.

As you can tell from their appearance during the actual auditions and during the commentary, the cast of Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender has grown quite a bit since they landed their roles, as three years passed between pre-production and the release of the first season. By the time we get seasons 2 and 3 of the show, which were announced together just two weeks after its original premiere, they'll grow even more — but fret not because the production team has a plan.


Related: The Avatar: The Last Airbender Cast Talk Fan Opinions & Hopes for Season 2


“All three seasons of the animated series essentially take place in the course of one calendar year [and] there was no way we could do that, so we had to design this first season, especially, to accommodate the possibility of some time elapsing between the first and the second season," series cocreator Albert Kim recently revealed. "We definitely thought about [the actors' growth spurts] going into season 1 so that we can accommodate for puberty, adolescence, time passing — all of those fun things that happen to real-life human beings that don't happen to animated characters."

If you want to learn more about seasons 2 and 3 of Avatar: The Last Airbender, check out everything you need to know here.


Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue


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