‘Nine Lives’ Director on Working With Animals: ‘Dogs Are Easy and Cats are Hard’

Felines were definitely the dominant species at Monday’s world premiere of EuropaCorp’s cat comedy “Nine Lives” at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

“The cat is king when you’re shooting a cat movie,” Jennifer Garner declared on the blue carpet. “They really are the ones in charge.”

Malina Weissman, who plays Garner’s daughter in the film, agreed.

“I love cats, but they are sometimes divas,” she explained. “Sometimes they’ve very cooperative.”

Director Barry Sonnenfeld was in a reflective mood about working with animals, noting that he had done so extensively on the “Men in Black” movies.

“Dogs are easy and cats are hard; they don’t care about praise,” he asserted. “We had great second unit directors who took care of it during the nights.”

The story is fairly simple — an uptight businessman, played by Kevin Spacey, finds himself trapped inside the body of a cat. Garner plays his wife and Robbie Amell portrays his son.

“I really wanted to be in this movie, even though I am super allergic to cats, dogs, and horses,” Amell admitted. “As an actor, you just want the part and once you do, you just figure out how to make it work.”

Mark Consuelos, who plays the villain, admitted that the cats seemed to sense that he was not a fan. “I think the cats would have tried to eat me if they were bigger,” he added.

Several of the film’s cats — Lil Bub, Nala, Pudge, and Waffles — attracted plenty of attention, even though Waffles appeared on the verge of falling asleep. Trainer Derek Liu said that’s what Waffles wants to do all the time.

“He’s a very chill cat and nothing bothers him,” he said.


Jennifer Garner Sings the Meow Mix Jingle and It’s Everything

How fun is this interview Jen did last night with E!Online? Check it out!

Who knew Jennifer Garner was such a fan of Meow Mix?

Yes, the 44-year-old actress chatted with E! News at the premiere of Nine Lives—yes, a movie about cats—and dished her favorite name for a kitty.

“A good cat name for me would be, what was the cat who did the Meow Mix commercials? Morris!” she laughed. “Because I grew up loving Morris. I had a t-shirt with Morris on it! and I would want be, ‘Meow meow meow meow…'”

Yes! She even began singing that famous Meow Mix jingle, and it was simply everything. (Also, where can we find that shirt?!)

As for the film itself, she told us her kids haven’t seen it just yet, but she can’t wait to take them.

“We’ll be buying tickets this weekend! They’re super excited,” she said. “It’s such a great family film. You can take anyone—anyone should have a good time at this film.”

Meanwhile, Garner has been quite the busy woman! On Sunday, she attended the 2016 Teen Choice Awards and accepted a big award on Sunday for another one of her family films: Miracles From Heaven.

The actress and her young co-star in the film, Kiley Rogers, got together on stage at after winning the award for Choice Drama Movie. Upon accepting the surfboard, Garner left a special message for all the children fighting their own battles: “Thanks to everyone, we were definitely the underdog in this category. That’s so exciting. It’s amazing to us the impact this movie was able to have, and have all your guys appreciate it means the world to us.”

She concluded, “All the kids who are in a hospital waiting for a miracle, don’t give up hope!”

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Jennifer Garner: Why She Loved Being Part Of ‘Nine Lives’!

Jennifer talked to Access Hollywood at the Nine Lives premiere last night about why she loved doing the film!

At the “Nine Lives” Hollywood premiere, Jennifer Garner tells Access Hollywood how being a mom has affected her decision in making these types of family-friendly movies as of late.