Lauren Luna Velez and Brian Tyree Henry Talk About Importance of Representation

The chatter you've been hearing about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse is all true and thensome! 

The animated film tells the story Miles Morales, an Afro-Latino teen whose life is turned totally upside down after receiving a bite from a special spider.

Along with Miles for the journey are his devoted and loving parents Rio and Jefferson, voiced by Velez and Henry, respectively.

We spoke to the duo, who couldn't have been happier to work together on this special film. Not only was it important for both Latino and African American communities to be represented on the big screen, but also that it was done authentically.

"I think it's great that we have a Spider-man out there that has his parents in his life, that weren't these crazy scientists that blew something up or that disappeared and abandoned him," Henry told 

"We are there and we love that we have raised him in this community that rears him as well. He can't go one block without us knowing about it."

Velez added "And we're together! We watch TV together. I love that when Miles comes home and Jefferson is talking and Rio is just like, 'I got this, let me deal with him.'"

Watch our complete interview below and don't forget to check out Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse in theaters now: