New Bedford Native Shares Her Experience on Set of Hocus Pocus 2
It’s been a few weeks now since Hocus Pocus 2 cast a spell on Disney+ viewers, breaking records for the streaming service and giving millennials the sequel they have been waiting almost 30 years for.
Easter eggs were hidden all over the sequel and nods to the original film could be found throughout, like the iconic Madonna costume from the first film worn by an East Greenwich, Rhode Island, native and the quick clip of two gentlemen seemingly watching the first film as Winifred flies by.
Did you notice any other familiar faces while watching Hocus Pocus 2, which was largely filmed in Rhode Island last year? If you look closely, you’ll see 25-year-old New Bedford native Alana Monteiro, who has been busy making a name for herself in the Big Apple.
Who is Alana Monteiro?
“Growing up, I had no idea what modeling even was,” admitted Monteiro, but after watching a Victoria’s Secret fashion show when she was 17, a fire was lit and a passion began to bloom.
“I remember asking myself, ‘How do I get there? How do I do that?’ I took the initiative and started applying to agencies,” she said, oftentimes hopping on the bus to New York for open casting calls.
Just before she graduated high school, she was signed to an agency and, since 2017, has been a part of 16 projects for film and television.
Thanks to her latest gig, she can add Disney to her resume.
Monteiro Gets the Call for Hocus Pocus 2
Monteiro saw a casting call posted online for Hocus Pocus 2 and immediately signed up.
“I grew up watching the first one; it was one of my favorite movies, and so I had to do it,” she said.
She was familiar with movie sets, but there was an extra layer of excitement in knowing that this one was affiliated with Disney and the Sanderson sisters. Monteiro had always hoped to be in a Disney film, and her dream was coming true.
When Monteiro Met THE Sisters
Not only did Monteiro get to meet the witches, but she also had her own scene with them.
“They actually came up to me, introduced themselves, and thanked me for being there,” she shared. “And they pulled me out (of the crowd) to be in a scene with them in the background, which is now the home page for Disney+.”
Meeting the Sanderson sisters? Pretty cool. Being in a movie scene with them? #Goals.
At the age of 25, Monteiro has managed to develop an impressive career working with companies such as Disney and Marvel and amassing over 1 million followers on social media.
Keep an eye out for this young witch. This won’t be the last time you see Alana Monteiro on your television screen.