What started as two girls with a love of cosplay and music has become a series of hugely popular, and highly anticipated parody videos. Hannah and Hilly Hindi have followed their passion for fandom, combined their many talents and together built something that is truly great with The Hillywood Show.
The sister’s latest video, a parody of the fan favorite Stranger Things and the song Super Freak, is on its way to a million views, while past parodies are in the tens of millions.
Despite being adored by fans, the sister’s are still down to earth and truly appreciate their status.
At conventions, the women are welcoming, and seem to be happy to meet their fans.
Hilly: Oh yeah, that is 100% who we are. We are happy to be there and genuinely excited to meet our fans. And we still get star struck. I lost my voice from screaming so much when Jared Leto shared our video (the sister’s last parody, a Suicide Squad/Lady Gaga parody). It’s humbling and wonderful, all the great adjectives you could think of. We couldn’t ask for more.
The sisters got some more love for their recent parody from Eleven herself, Millie Bobby Brown:
That's great! Loved the video by the way 👍❤️ https://t.co/2bVxbGaXpY
— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) October 26, 2017
The two women have balanced each other out since childhood:
Hannah: I always took the lead when she needed me to. I mean, we’re 9 years old and (she’s saying) “film me.” It’s just fallen in to place that way.
Fans of the show look forward to seeing what the women come up with next, but some parodies are just a bit out of reach, for now at least:
Hilly: I’ll say ‘ I want to do Suicide Squad‘, and Hannah will say ‘That sounds expensive, what’s your idea?’ We’ll know before we even start that some themes are just too expensive. Like, Star Wars is just too daunting. We are fans, we don’t want to half-butt it, we just won’t have the budget to make an authentic parody.
The women crowdfund many of their projects, but they also have a solid support system in their hometown of Las Vegas, NV, including their own grandmother – who once worked as a seamstress at the famed Ceaser’s Palace – who makes costume pieces like the Sherlock coat from Hillywood’s Sherlock/Macklemore parody, which happens to be bloody awesome.
While the sisters have help, they are deeply involved in every aspect of their parodies:
Hilly: Scripting, casting, screenplay, make up; We are 100% involved every step of the way. We sit with composer John Hoge to work on the music. But, we can’t do it without these special people volunteering to support us.
The two woman have had a lot of freedom to fully embrace their creative nature as the two were home-schooled by their mom Emily:
Hilly: Well, we didn’t really see it that way as teens, ( the sister share a laugh). Our mom would see what we were good at, she would encourage us to dance. We loved putting on puppet shows. It was just constant imagination, and it helped Hannah and I to really become great friends.
The women have become strong female role models to younger cosplayers, embracing both male and female roles with equal enthusiasm:
Hannah: A lot of people bring up (crossplay, cosplaying as the opposite sex), but we did that as kids. Hannah was Batman, or I was Pippin from Lord of The Rings. Now, we never stop ourselves because the character is a boy, and it’s more of a challenge. Plus, people get a kick out of it at conventions. We look like boys, but we have these little pip squeak voices. It’s just fun. We are rated PG13, so families can watch. We were not trying to be examples, we were just being ourselves. Now we know kids are watching, so it is in our minds.
Hilly: We have our own convictions. We are Christian, so we won’t put something out that we don’t agree with, but it’s more just our personal convictions. We aren’t perfect, but we want to put out something that makes people happy.
The sisters have built a solid fan base, and have had cameos in their parodies by the likes of Steven Moffat, Jensen Ackles, and Jared Padalecki, but are still hoping to branch out as they move forward.
Hilly: We never thought we would be doing this. Hannah was going to teach dance. This has been a life changer. We are still relying on fans who watch on YouTube, but we would love a network or Netflix to come in, it would help us become more secure in our dream to make The Hillywood Show.
Their latest Stranger Things parody could be the thing that really puts this dynamic duo on the radar for bigger opportunities. Are you a fan of The Hillywood Show? Let us know in the comments below, and visit us on the GEEK FB.
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