Interview: The Cast of ‘National Treasure: Edge of History’ on Disney+’s New Quest

This week, Disney+ launched their latest Original Series, National Treasure: Edge of History. Fifteen years after the last movie in the franchise (led by Nicholas Cage) was released, this new journey sees Jess Valenzuela (Lisette Olivera) having her life turned upside down when an enigmatic stranger gives her a clue to a centuries-old treasure that might be connected to her long-dead father.

Awards Radar had the opportunity of speaking to the cast of the show, who talked about their characters, what they liked about the story of the show and what it meant for them to be cast in this production. You can check out some quotes from the cast and then the full video interviews with them below:

Lisette Olivera, who plays the lead role of Jess Valenzuela, remarked what she liked the most about her character’s journey in the series:

“Jess realizes that her family has something to do with a very important treasure, and her, being very smart-minded, determined, and ambitious, feels her duty to go after that and be able to discover more about who her parents really were. It’s a fun ride, she has a big heart, and I think that helps her a lot.”

Antonio Cipriano, Jake Austin Walker and Jordan Rodrigues play Oren, Liam, and Ethan, respectively, who will all help Jess with her important mission. The actors reflected on their feelings when they realized they had been cast in the production:

Cipriano: “I think I blacked out, I think I actually cried. I was still in that valley of COVID and it was a turning point. It was so much more emotional after the last year and a half, so I was just like, “Wow!””.

Walker: “I always wanted to play a character like Liam and I felt that over the years I got close to opportunities of playing his archetype and I never officially passed through. I got the call and it was the confirmation of me being able to play a character I love so much.”

Rodrigues: “The role was something that I really wanted. It was so natural to me, when it is a role like that and it feels so perfect, you really want it.”

Zuri Reed plays the role of Tasha, Jess’ best friend, while Lyndon Smith plays FBI Agent Ross. When asked about her reaction after reading the first character description for Agent Ross, Smith mentioned the following:

“I thought, is this a new Harvey Keitel (type of) character? Talk about shoes to fill! I loved Ross on the page immediately, I’m very similar to her in the way how I’m very logic-driven.”

Reed had the following to say regarding her thoughts on how audiences would connect to the show:

“There is someone for everyone in the show to connect with. It’s a very women-driven show, so I hope it lets the next young lady know everything is possible. And to open up that new history, learning about something new.”

You can watch the full interviews below:


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