Inside Out 2 had an 'advisory group' of teenage girls from across the country to help make the film authentic

When Upside down was released almost a decade ago, it tapped into something that global audiences didn't know they needed. Being able to look at our emotions from the inside out has proven to be an incredibly cathartic experience, as mental health is a concept that everyone can relate to. Now, with the release of In reverse 2, we find the main character Riley as a teenager. While this is also a phase that most of us can relate to, for filmmakers it's been a while, and creating an authentic story about a teenager could prove tricky. That's where Riley's Crew comes in.

I recently sat down to speak with Inside Out 2 director Kelsey Mann and producer Mark Nielsen, and as you might imagine, neither of them is a teenager. To properly tell Riley's story, they brought in an “advisory group” known as Riley's Crew, and Leslie Mann gave me a very logical explanation as to why this was a necessity:

This is actually an advisory group. I had this idea pretty early on because I want to make sure the story we're telling is authentic and real. It's been a long time since I was 13 and I've never been a 13 year old girl. So I ask them, “Can I have an advisory group of teenage girls?” And they say, “Of course.” I thought I should sell them, but they say, “How many do you want?” I was like, “Oh, nine o’clock?”

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