I heard that Michelle
would be on the early morning news, so I taped the broadcast. Sure
enough, Michelle was interviewed a few minutes before 7 AM. The
"Mulan" special was discussed, as was how Michelle felt about
working with Disney. They also asked if Michelle saw acting in her
Various clips from
the Disney movie "Mulan" are shown
Well, Disney's newest animated movie "Mulan" doesn't hit theaters
until Friday, but you can get in on the fun early...
Up next, Olympic ice skating champ Michelle Kwan joins us live.
She's gonna tell us how she is bringing the magic of "Mulan" to
life on the ice.
Commercial break, followed by more clips of "Mulan" interspersed
with clips from various live Disney shows
MN: The Disney movie "Mulan" based on a popular Chinese legend
will hit the big screen later this month, but for those who just
can't wait, Olympic silver medalist Michelle Kwan will skate to
the music from the animated feature on a primetime special called
"Reflections on Ice." And Kwan, who grew up in Torrance, was told
the story of Mulan by her parents, both natives of China.
FN: Michelle Kwan
joins us live from Hollywood to tell us more about skating and starring
in the small-screen special of Mulan. Thanks for joining us, Michelle
Michelle is shown on the monitor, wearing a blue long-sleeved
top and her charm necklace
FN: I heard your
dad kind of had some tears in his eyes when he heard you were gonna
be playing Mulan.
Back to Michelle with
the caption: MICHELLE KWAN, SILVER MEDALIST / "MULAN"
MK: Well, they
gave me a sneak preview before the World Championships and, um,
my dad usually doesn't cry at movies, but when I turned around and
saw him, he had tears in his eyes.
MN: Oh, that's great.
MN: Well, what's
it mean for you personally to be able to play this role?
As Michelle responds,
they show a clip from the special in which Michelle skates with
MK: Well, I think
it's really important for me because I can relate to the story of
Mulan. I heard it, um, as I was growing up, and I was really intrigued
by the story of it. About a courage... about a young girl who has
courage and is dedicated to what she wants to do and really determined.
And so when I skate to it... I can really do it.
FN: You're 17
now, and Mulan in the movie is 17, so you have some other things
in common with her. Like, you both fought for your country in a
sense when you were at the Olympics.
MK: Well, that's
true... When she was fighting in the war, she was fighting for herself,
for her family, and for the country. And when I'm skating, I'm skating
for myself... for my family, and at the Olympics, for the country.
you have a lot of skating left in your lifetime, but would you ever,
eventually, like to get into a little more acting?
MK: Well, that's
why I like this TV special that I'm doing. I can really act... I
can put my personality in it, and I can pretend that I'm Mulan.
Well, ya know, you know all the lyrics to the songs in "The Little
Mermaid." You're just like me, I listen to those songs too...
FN: ...and "Pocahontas,"
and "Peter Pan." You're part of the Disney family now -- how does
MK: Oh, it feels
FN: I bet.
MK: Yeah, I've
been watching Disney since I was an (she holds her thumb and
forefinger an inch apart) itty-bitty kid, so to be a part of
them is just incredible, a dream come true.
we're gonna show the audience a quick full-screen on information
about the show tomorrow...
MK: Oh, great!
a look at that. It's called Mulan, of course, "Michelle Kwan Skates
to the Music of Disney's Mulan." It's tomorrow night, right here
on ABC-7 at 8 pm. So don't forget -- tomorrow night, 8 pm, check
out Michelle Kwan.
FN: Oh, great
-- Thanks, Michelle.
MK: You're welcome.
FN: And my little
-- (I think she said the name of her child but I couldn't understad
her) -- will be watching!
MK: Okay, great!
FN: Alright, thank
MK: Bye! (waves)
MN: She's only
17 years old...
FN: Can you believe
MN: ...and so
thanks to Jenny
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