Bailee Madison, Kevin Quinn & Cast Open Up About The Important Message Behind ‘A Week Away’

Bailee Madison, Kevin Quinn & Cast Open Up About The Important Message Behind ‘A Week Away’
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A Week Away” is no longer a week away!

The musical movie is officially streaming on Netflix, and we’ve already watched it…ahem, let’s just say…more than once! The flick follows Will (played by Kevin Quinn), a troubled teen who has a choice to make: go to juvenile detention or attend Camp Aweegaway. Along the way — and with the help of his music, new friends, and crush Avery (played by Bailee Madison) — he learns the healing power of kindness, forgiveness and faith, and finds a sense of home in the most unlikely of places.

To celebrate the important message of the movie, we caught up with Bailee, Kevin, Jahbril Cook (who plays George) and Kat Conner Sterling (who plays Presley) to talk about why they hope viewers find comfort in the story now, more than ever before.

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Bailee: I don’t think there’s a human that hasn’t been struggling with [loneliness] right now. No matter where you are in the world or what you’re going through, none of us have ever been faced with anything like this. Physical touch is something that we miss so much too, and the fact that this movie holds so much of that in such a normal setting, I’m hoping that it will remind us of all the good to come once we get out of this thing.

Kevin: It’s been such an emotional time for everybody and I think just the fact that we’re able to show these emotions in the film as acceptable and normal and that this support network of characters can validate those feelings and emotions…What a beautiful part of the film! I hope viewers at home can watch this and feel, just feel. That’s all I want.

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Kat: [It’s all about] coming together and also acceptance of who we are as individuals. Presley’s quirky and maybe a little weird but…everyone supports that and loves that. George loves Presley for Presley. No one’s trying to change her and he doesn’t want her to change. I love that message for young girls and guys!

Jahbril: Anyone who tries to change themselves for the other person has failed miserably! The one time that George is like “make me cool” for Presley, it doesn’t work. It feels wrong and it ends up not panning out at all. Especially in this very isolating time, we all ought to be allowed to cultivate our own relationships with ourselves because at the end of the day, we all spent a lot of time alone this year.

Want to see more? Watch the official “A Week Away” trailer here!