«I wanted to have a fight which wasn’t the kind of stuff that you see nowadays where everyone suddenly seems to know kung fu or mixed martial arts. Vampire Krav Maga was not really what we were looking for. It had to feel quite brutal. It’s an ugly-looking, exciting, dangerous fight. Really part of it is that it’s not much of a fight.»
There is a romance [between Astrid and Hiccup] but it’s neither here nor there, it’s not about her winning a husband. They share hunger for adventure, and doing the right thing, and that’s a healthy portrayal of a relationship. We’re teaching girls to look for their equal. It’s awesome.
"They’re 5 years in, so the butterflies are gone. It’s nice to see a comfortable relationship where affectionate little touches or the way they sit together, has a comfort level to it and support. Astrid is the type of character that is not going to be afraid to call Hiccup on his nonsense, to be he reason when he is too absorbed in his own indecision. I think that’s really great. If anything…Astrid is saving Hiccup in this movie instead of the other way around."