Open Dialogue with “Elemental” actors Mamoudou Athie and Leah Lewis.

Mamoudou Athie and Leah Lewis join Open Dialogue to chat about their roles of Wade and Ember in the Disney/Pixar release Elemental.


L-R: Mamoudou Athie and Leah Lewis as Wade and Ember, respectively, ELEMENTAL releases on June 16, 2023. © 2022 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

They share lessons learned from their characters, where they found joy in getting to know each other, and where happiness thrives within this story of taking chances and finding your bliss.

Open Dialogue is hosted by Noel T. Manning II. Clips are used by permission for interview, commentary and educational purposes. Noel is a registered film journalist with several organizations including the Critics Choice, SEFCA and the NC Film Critics.

Official Synopsis:

She’s Ember 🔥. He’s Wade💧.

This Summer, meet the residents of Element City. An all-new original feature film that transports moviegoers to an extraordinary place called Element City, where a host of elements live and work. The trailer showcases each element—air, earth, water and fire—and what sets them apart according to Ember, a quick-witted and fiery woman who’s always stayed close to home in Firetown. In “Elemental,” which opens in theaters on June 16, she finally ventures out of her comfort zone to explore this spectacular world born from the imaginations of Pixar’s filmmakers and specifically crafted for the big-screen experience. Element City is inspired by big cities around the globe and embraces theorized contributions from each elemental community—from giant pine-tree-like buildings and waterfall skyscrapers to a tornado-shaped arena called Cyclone Stadium.

In theaters June 16th, 2023.

For more information, head to the official Pixar Elemental webpage.


Noel T. Manning is a member of the CCA, SEFCA and the NCFCA and is also the host of the television program and radio show Meet Me at the Movies. He’s the founder of the Real to Reel Film Fest and has been an adjunct professor of film studies. When he’s not embracing mainstream, indie, international, documentary or art films, he’s digging into the world of cinema by chatting with principle individuals involved in various aspects of the filmmaking industry.

You can listen other interviews, as well as the audio from his television program Meet Me at the Movies on C19.TV and WGWG soundcloud stream

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  1. Explore the surprising depths of Peter Sohn’s “Elemental” via its home release materials. – Elements of Madness

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