A new YouTube space series called “Get Curious with Vice President Harris” features hired child actors. Many people feel this action was deceptive, as the video tries to make it appear as Harris is talking to “normal” kids.
The recently launched series, which included an appearance by NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough from the International Space Station, is geared at piquing children’s interest in space. However, the kids featured in the first episode of the series were child actors, including Trevor Bernardino, who is 13 years old.
Bernardino, who is from Carmel, California, and a freshman at York High School in Monterey, appeared in the video as one of five child performers. He told KSBW TV that he submitted a monologue and was interviewed for a part in the series. He stated that the monologue had to be on something he cares about, along with three questions he’d ask a world leader. Then he interviewed the production’s director for them to get insight into his interviewing abilities. Bernadino said, “And then after that, like a week later, my agent called me, and he’s like, ‘Hey Trevor, you booked it.’ “
In the series, Harris explains to the children they’re “going to learn so much” and that they will “literally see the craters on the moon with your own eyes. With your own eyes. I’m telling you.” The young actors look enthralled, and Harris appears to be telling them something they didn’t already know. For the entire video, the kids remain unfailingly cheerful.
Derrick Brooks II, Emily Kim Zhoriel Tapo, and Sydney Schmooke also appeared in the video, shot in August for release during World Space Week. The video was created by Canada’s Sinking Ship Entertainment and shows the kids meeting Kimbrough via Zoom from the International Space Station. He sends the kids on a mission to find tools for building a telescope. Following that, the group meets with Harris, which Bernardino considered the highlight of his tour at the Naval Observatory.
Bernadino said, “The most exciting part was definitely meeting Vice President Harris. There’s nothing that can top that. Like honestly, she just sat us down. She’s super charismatic. She’s everything that I ever thought of her, plus more. She made me feel like one of her peers, and at the time, I felt super important. I was talking to her face to face.”
During the episode, Harris, who was selected to lead the National Space Council earlier this year, praised the significance of space exploration. She stated, “I love the idea of exploring the unknown. And then, there’s other things that we just haven’t figured out or discovered yet. To think about so much, that’s out there that we still have to learn, like, I love that. I love that. And so, I’m very excited about the Space Council.”
The series comes as Harris, who is often slammed for her apparent failure to connect with Americans around the country, attempts to enhance her communication strategy. Last month, she reportedly hired two new messaging specialists to help her image as approval ratings plummet.