This month, “The Mysterious Benedict Society” returns for a second season on Disney+, which sees Tony Hale return as both Mr. Benedict, and his evil his twin brother Dr. L.D. Curtain. Along with Kristen Schaal returning as Number Two. I recently got to speak with both actors and got to ask them about the second season, including if Tony Hale took dancing lessons for this season and if they would like to return for a third season.
What were some of your highlights working on this second season?
Tony Hale: Well, I would say a big highlight is we were able to shoot back in LA. The first season we were in Vancouver during the pandemic, so we weren’t able to come home. That was really challenging, but this first season we were home. I rarely do get that experience, so that was a huge gift.
Kristen Schaal: Highlights, similar to Tony. So excited to be shooting from home and sleeping in my own bed. Letting my daughter go to a doctor’s appointment that was in the same country, so it wasn’t a big deal. Oh, working with some of the crew from Last Men On Earth, this old show I did, and same with Veep, some of the crew from our old shows came on to this one. It was like a homecoming. Also loved being on an adventure again, being in this surreal, whimsical world with a fun tone. The guest actors that we had were always such a gift. They were so good. I think one of the cool things about this show is the casting. Actors can come on and be kind of, not broad, but splash around in a totally different style that they don’t usually get to, and they were brilliant.
Tony, did you have to take up any dancing lessons for this season?
Tony Hale: First of all, you’re welcome. Well, I remember last season us talking about if we were to come back, and I said I would like the idea of Curtain having this kind of expression because he’s so tightly wound, yet there’s so much kind of trauma inside of him of putting on a facade. Then he just goes behind the scenes and just dances. I like that kind of weird expression.
Tony, Do you feel like the character kind of changed a little bit from the first season? Because he seemed very different in those first couple of episodes I’ve seen so far.
Tony Hale: Yeah. Well, he’s such a mastermind, Curtain, and he knew that his only angle would be to reinvent himself as this kind of happiness guru. I think it shocks both Kristen’s character and I, just like, “We didn’t see that coming,” and then we got kidnapped. It’s a beautiful contrast always of this selling happiness and real happiness that Benedict kind of showcases, so that tension between the two is a really fun thing to play.
Kristen, is it kind of nice being on a Disney show but in front of the camera?
Kristen Schaal: Definitely, yeah. It’s fun to play in this magical world that Disney’s known for and get to work with a crew that’s just elevating it on the production side so well.
The final question to you both, would you like to return for a third season?
Kristen Schaal: Yeah.
Tony Hale: Yeah, yeah. Do you know somebody, Roger? What Trenton has given to us in the books, I mean, this goes into some different angles, but the world, like Kristen said, is so fantastical. It’s also just the production team, everybody is the top of their game, so we, as the actors, are just a slice of this pie, a very small slice, because everybody else works so hard. To even be a part of that team is awesome.
This season, Reynie, Sticky, Kate and Constance, the four gifted orphans who were recruited by the eccentric Mr. Benedict, embark on another mission to save the world from the nefarious plans of his twin brother Dr. L.D. Curtain. When the kids discover that Mr. Benedict and Number Two have been kidnapped, they must piece together the riddles and clues within a perilous scavenger hunt set by Mr. Benedict to foil Curtain’s latest scheme. Relying on only their wits, intellect, and empathy, the charming group of misfits embark on a globe-trotting adventure by air, land, sea and pie truck, calling upon their special skills to solve the mysteries and rescue their lost comrades. Along the way, the kids experience the growing pains that come along with being part of their new “found family,” while remaining true to their unique selves. In the process, they discover what true happiness really means.
“The Mysterious Benedict Society” is returning to Disney+ with a double-episode premiere on Wednesday, 26th October 2022. The entire first season is available to stream now.
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.