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Why Prey's Amber Midthunder Chose Suffering Over The Disney Channel

"Prey" is out to reinvent the "Predator" franchise, but it's also a throwback in many ways. Fans of the original film will undoubtedly be pleased to find a survival story that takes place in the wilderness and centers around human warriors battling a Yautja through a combination of luck, instinct, and the limited resources available to them. Unlike the previous films, however, "Prey" takes place in the distant past and revolves around a young female Comanche warrior with a point to prove to her fellow hunters.

Dan Trachtenberg and Jhane Myers aimed for authenticity with "Prey," which is enhanced through the film's use of Comanche-language dialogue and a rich period setting. At the same time, "Prey" is largely dialogue-free as the film is more concerned with telling its story through action and emotion. Most of the performances are highly physical, and the actors had to contend with some tough working conditions in order to bring their characters to life.

Of course, no one goes into a "Predator" sequel expecting an easy ride. Amber Midthunder, who plays Naru in the film, wanted a challenge from the get-go — and that's why she refused to pursue Disney Channel projects.

Amber Midthunder has no interest in becoming a Disney Channel star

"Prey" required the performers to wade through freezing-cold waters in bearskins and undergo intense combat training. Fortunately for the film's main star Amber Midthunder, she has craved these types of demanding and challenging roles since she moved to Los Angeles to become an actor at the age of 17. 

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the "Prey" star revealed that she's always wanted to star in a variety of projects, but her reps encouraged her to go after roles in child-friendly projects on the Disney Channel instead. However, while Midthunder has nothing against the Disney Channel, she felt that her talents would be better utilized elsewhere. "That is a skill for a lot of people, but that's not a skill that I have. I want to cry. I want to feel horrible things through my art. I want to suffer! And they were like, 'That's cute. Go do Disney,'" she revealed.

Midthunder's decision paid off in the end, as her star-making performance in "Prey" has earned rave reviews and injected new life into the "Predator" franchise (per Rotten Tomatoes).

"Prey" debuts on Hulu on August 5.