Grinning school-age children who took part in a NASA YouTube video about space exploration featuring Vice President Kamala Harris have been revealed to be child actors who tried out by reading scripts.
The VP took part in the video from the Naval Observatory, where the vice president’s residence is located – and took some grief on social media for her wide-eyed exclamations about the wonders of space.
‘You’re going to literally see the craters on the moon with your own eyes!’ Harris said during the video. With your own eyes! I’m telling you, it is going to be unbelievable,’ she says in the YouTube Kids’ special for World Space Week.
The video, which by Monday had received some 114,000 views on YouTube, as well as 2,000 likes and 4,100 dislikes, was shared online by the vice president’s aides and supporters. Comments have been disabled.
Children who took part in the event appeared to be delighted to be there. They were child actors who tried out to be in the videos, California station KSBW reported.
A NASA video featuring Vice President Kamala Harris included child actors
Monterey resident Trevor Bernardino, 13, told the station he was a space enthusiast who tried out for the role – only to be gobsmacked when he learned he would be traveling to Washington, DC to take part in the video. He tried out by sending in a monologue and the providing three questions he would ask a world leader.
‘Then after that, like a week later my agent called me and was like ‘Hey Trevor you booked it,” he said.
He was one of five teens who participated. He was joined by Derrick Brooks II, another child actor, Emily Kim, likewise a child actor, Zhoriel Tapo, a child actor and aspiring journalist who has interviewed former First Lady Michell Obama, and Sydney Schmooke.
NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough took part from the International Space Station.
Harris tweeted out the video on October 7.
Harris was interviewed by children during the video
Monterey resident Trevor Bernardino, 13, told KSBW how he had to try out for the part
‘You’re going to literally see the craters on the moon with your own eyes!’ Harris said during the video
‘Me, my mom, dad, we were speculating who could be this important that we meet them in D.C. and we get to go on cool trip and film,’ Bernardino said, describing how he ended up being included in the video.
‘Are you kidding me…the head of the space council is the vice president!’ says one of the kids in the video as they realize they would be meeting with Harris.
Conservatives took to Twitter to rib the vice president for over-the-top enthusiasm with the children.
‘To think about so much that is out there that we still have to learn. I love that, I love that,’ Harris said in the episode.
‘Too much DayQuil,’ wrote American Conservative Union chair Matt Schlapp.
For his part, Bernardino was thrilled with meeting Harris.
‘The most exciting part was definitely meeting Vice President Harris,’ he said. ‘She just sat us down. She is 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.’