If you’re looking for a movie to see with the whole family this holiday season, it’s “Sing.” Starring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton and more, this animated flick about a bunch of animals who strive to follow their dreams by auditioning for a singing competition show will brighten your spirits.
The movie, out Dec. 21, reunites former “Mud” co-stars McConaughey and Witherspoon, who’ve been bringing on the laughs while promoting the movie together this month. They stopped by AOL’s Build Series last week to chat with The Huffington Post and revealed they bring out each other’s Southern side.
McConaughey, a Texas native, and Witherspoon, who grew up in Nashville, joked about an odd habit they both share.
“We figured out that we bring out our Southern accents and we also annoy our spouses by chewing ice,” Witherspoon joked, adding it’s the “crunchy soft ice” that really gets them going.
“It’s a great pastime,” McConaughey continued. “You know how many times a week in the summer, you just go, ‘Hah, I’m going to take an hour to go crunch some ice. I’ll see you later.’”
The actors, who sing in the new Illumination movie, were nervous to perform with the likes of powerhouse singers like Tori Kelly and Jennifer Hudson.
“It was terrifying,” Witherspoon admitted. “I feel closer to country music, I guess because I grew up in Nashville. But singing Taylor Swift songs and Katy Perry songs , I was saying to Matthew, you think you’re really good in the car driving to the studio, you’re like, ‘Pfff, I got this! Nailed it.’ Then you get to the end of the session and they’re like, ‘Um, can you come back tomorrow? Are you free the rest of the week?’ It took me about 19 sessions to get three songs.”
“I didn’t know I would be singing,” McConaughey added of his brief performance of “Call Me Maybe” with Johansson, which you can see in the video below. Although he sounded great on the tune, the actor said he’s better off “humming or mumbling or doing second-line New Orleans jazz beats” on the sidelines.
Watch the full Build Series interview with McConaughey and Witherspoon below.