“Speak up and follow your dreams.” Kaylee Hottle Gives Advice for the Hearing Impaired Ahead of Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

Calling all monster movie fans! Godzilla and Kong are set to join forces in Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire. The film will be released in theaters on March 29. We got to chat with Kaylee Hottle, who plays Jia, a deaf and orphaned girl who forms a special bond with Kong. She spoke to us about the importance of American Sign Language and inclusion of the Deaf community in the entertainment industry. 

In the film, the two famous ancient titans, Godzilla and Kong, clash in an epic battle against a hidden threat. Kong encounters more of his species in the Hollow Earth and the film delves further into their origins. The film is a sequel to Godzilla vs. Kong from 2021 and the fifth film in the MonsterVerse franchise. The film stars Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Dan Stevens, and more. 

“I think it’s going to be a fun and entertaining moment and they can see what Jia has gone through and all those trials and tribulations she has had to face in order to get through this movie and her journey.”

Kaylee’s character in Godzilla vs. Kong can communicate with Kong through sign language. 

In real life, Kaylee comes from an all-Deaf family and is fluent in American Sign Language. Godzilla vs. Kong was Kaylee’s first feature film. But she appeared in an informational project titled 10 Deaf Children: One Powerful Message, which was a call to action to help the Deaf community fight for equality. She told us that the incredible Marlee Matlin is one of her favorite actors and someone she looks up to as she is Deaf too.

Consider this: 

  • Be patient! Acting and the entertainment industry can be difficult but don’t be afraid to take your time. Speak up and have confidence. 

In playing Jia in Godzilla vs. Kong, Kaylee described her character Jia as brave and said she brings a lot of her own personality into her acting. She described Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire as amazing, adventurous, and thrilling. 

We asked Kaylee if she had any advice for those who are hearing impaired and looking to get into the entertainment industry. She said it takes patience. While there are going to be setbacks at times, she suggested to continue to follow your dreams and speak up for what you want. 

“It takes a lot of patience to be in movies. Sometimes you have to go through some hard times but you have to accept it and in time, the end result will be great.”

Thank you, Kaylee, for FaceTiming with Young Entertainment! Follow her on her Instagram at @kaylee_hottle. Watch the interview, where we ask her more about her favorite fictional mythical creature, and more. Like, comment, and subscribe to our channel for the latest news in young entertainment.


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