Joined Shazam! Fury of the Gods Because I Needed a Job – The Hollywood Reporter

Rachel Zegler gets candid about the real reason she joined the DC Universe and it’s pretty relatable.

While talking with The Hollywood Reporter at the Shazam! Wrath of the Gods premiere Tuesday, the West Side Story actress said she got into the role of Anthea because she “needed a job. I’m so serious.”

“The reality is we’re in the middle of a pandemic and I haven’t been working and I haven’t been able to get a job for the life of me because West Side Story hasn’t come out yet,” she admitted. “It was really hard to book a job for me.”

The David F. Sandberg-directed sequel follows Billy Batson (Asher Angel) and his fellow foster kids as they continue to navigate being teenagers alongside their grown-up superhero alter egos. Only this time a vengeful trio of ancient gods, daughters of Atlas – Hespera (Helen Mirren), Kalypso (Lucy Liu), Anthea (Zegler), have come to earth to seek the magic that was previously stolen from them. Shazam (Zachary Levi), Billy’s adult superhero persona, must team up with his allies to save the world.

Zegler went on to explain how excited she was when she first heard about the role and then later landed the part. “I loved the first movie, and the fact that they even wanted me to come in for a callback and then a camera read and then everything in between, I’m so lucky that I got this job,” she added. “I made some of my best friends in this job. I absolutely adore this movie too, so I’m excited.”

Shazam! Wrath of the Gods will hit theaters on March 17.

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