Not a lot of people can say they have been kissed by a giraffe, but teen star Bella Thorne and her “Blended” co-star Zak Henri can check that item off their bucket list.
“It was very disgusting,” the 16-year-old actress told Fox News Latino. “It’s slimy like a spider web with slime – too much saliva.”
Thorne, who also stars alongside Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, said getting kissed by the giraffe was just one of many crazy things the cast of “Blended” experienced while shooting in Africa.
“It was awesome. The experience was just crazy,” she said. “It was really great to get to know all the people and different cultures.”
In the new family comedy being released on Friday, the young Latina actress – she's of Cuban descent – plays Hilary, the oldest daughter of Sandler’s character, Jim. Hilary is a tomboy who dreams of breaking away from her father’s overprotective clutches. Jim calls her "Larry" for most of the movie.
“I am a straight up boy (in the beginning of the film),” Thorne said with a laugh. “Playing that character was really interesting because I am tomboyish. I don’t really like to play the girly girl because they don’t have much depth.”
“Blended” centers on Sandler’s Jim, a widow of three kids, and Barrymore's Lauren, a divorcee with two boys. The two go on a date – which ends horribly – but fate gives them another chance in Africa.
“This is a family comedy that I think really leaves an impression. It teaches you about family,” Thorne said. “They are stuck in a pickle and they have to try to find out what works.”
Working with comedic pros Sandler, Barrymore and Kevin Nealson was a dream for the 16-year-old who described the experience as being exactly what people would think it would be.
“They are crazy smart,” Thorne gushed. “Working with Kevin Nealon was a dream. He is so funny and has a similar sense of humor as I do.”
“Working with the cast was exactly how it is in the movie – so much fun,” she said.