'Hocus Pocus 2' stars talk about reprising iconic witches

Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker discuss their return as the Sanderson sisters in the Disney+ sequel to the Halloween fan favorite.
5:52 | 09/30/22

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SANDERSON SISTERS ARE STILL WICKED AND WACKY. >> LOCK UP YOUR CHILDREN! YES, SALEM, WE'RE BACK! >> WHEN YOU POPPED IN THE TEETH, DID IT FEEL LIKE -- >> I'VE POPPED IN THOSE TEETH OVER THE YEARS MANY, EMTIMES. IT'S OFFICIAL, THE WITCHES ARE BACK. THE DYNAMIC TRIO, BETTE MIDLER, SARAH JESSICA PARKER, KATHY NAJIMY RETURNING FOR "HOCUS POCUS 2." IT'S BEEN 30 YEARS SINCE THE ORIGINAL. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE -- >> DON'T WE LOOK GOOD, 30 YEARS LATER? >> Reporter: IN THE 29 YEARS SINCE THEY CAST THEIR SPELL ON US ALL -- >> AND NOW YOU'RE MINE! >> Reporter: "HOCUS POCUS" HAS DELIGHTED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES. >> OH, COME ON, IT'S JUST A BUNCH OF HOCUS POCUS. >> Reporter: THE HALLOWEEN STAPLE FOLLOWING THE SANDERSON SISTERS -- WINFRED, SARAH, MARY -- AS THE MAGICAL TRIO RAN AMOK IN SALEM. >> AMOK, AMOK, AMOK, AMOK! >> Reporter: THE NOW BELOVED ORIGINAL MOVIE WASN'T A BOX OFFICE HIT, BUT THANKS TO CABLE RERUNS AND STREAMING, "HOCUS POCUS" CONJURED UP NEW GENERATIONS OF FANS. THIS WASN'T A RUNAWAY HIT IN THE BEGINNING. HOW SHOCKED WERE YOU THAT IT TOOK OFF? >> WHEN IT MIGRATED TO TELEVISION AND THEY PLAYED IT AT HALLOWEEN WEEK, OR PLAYED IT THE NIGHT OF HALLOWEEN, THEN THEY PLAYED IT THE WEEK OF HALLOWEEN, THEN THEY PLAYED IT TWO WEEKS BEFORE, THREE -- SUDDENLY IT WAS A FULL MONTH, SUDDENLY HALLOWEEN BECAME A THING. >> IT'S BEEN 30 YEARS, SO GENERATIONALLY WHAT'S HAPPENED IS, THIS GENERATION HAS GROWN UP AND HANDED IT OFF TO THEIR KIDS WHO THEN HANDED IT OFF TO FRIENDSHIPS. THE OTHER THING I THINK IS SPECIAL AND MEANINGFUL IS THE AUDIENCE IS INCREDIBLY DIVERSE. >> Reporter: SO MUCH HAS CHANGED FOR THE THREE ACTRESSES SINCE SHOOTING THE FIRST FILM. MIDLER WAS ALREADY A BONA FIDE MOVIE STAR WITH TWO OSCAR NOMINATIONS AND HITS LIKE 1988'S "BEACHES." NAJIMY HAD JUST COSTARRED WITH WHOOPI GOLDBERG IN "SISTER ACT." SARAH JESSICA PARKER HADN'T YET BECOME CARRIE BRADSHAW ON "SEX AND THE CITY." YOUR KIDS WEREN'T EVEN BORN -- >> I WASN'T MARRIED. >> MY DAUGHTER. >> YOUR DAUGHTER WAS HERE. WHEN DID YOUR KIDS BEGIN WATCHING THE FILM? DID THEY LOVE IT AS MUCH AS OTHER PEOPLE? >> I THINK SAM MIJAS SEEN IT ONCE AND REALLY LIKED IT. >> WE HAVE TO STEAL THEIR SOULS. >> WHOA, WAIT, CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS? >> SO THE FIRST TIME AROUND, THE WITCHES SEEMED TO BE A LITTLE CREEPIER, MAYBE A LITTLE MEANER. HAVE WINNIE AND HER SISTERS MELLOWED SOME? >> I HAVE CHILDREN. >> YEAH, THERE'S THAT. >> MY HUSBAND SAID, "BOY, YOU WERE MEAN." I WAS SO PROUD. >> THAT'S BEETLES. FIND SOMETHING, ANYTHING. WE MUST FLY! >> WINNIE! MY BROOM IS MY-BEHAVING! >> JUMPING ON THE BROOM LIKE RIDING A BIKE AGAIN? >> THAT'S OUR FAVORITE PART. >> YEAH, I LOVE IT. KATHY HAD HER WAY, I HAD MY SWIFFER, THAT LADY GOT THE BROOM. >> THE BOND WITH THE SANDERSON SISTERS IS CLEAR. THERE ALSO SEEMS TO BE A CLEAR BOND WITH THE THREE OF YOU. >> WE'VE KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR 40 YEARS. >> 50 YEARS. >> KNOWN HER FOR 60 YEARS. >> WE'VE BEEN FRIENDS FOR 78 YEARS. >> BUT WHO'S COUNTING? OKAY, 300. >> THE BOOK IS ALIVE! >> IT WOKE UP? >> WHAT WAS IT LIKE STEPPING ON SET AGAIN, THE THREE OF YOU, 30 YEARS LATER? >> IT WAS SO EASY FOR ME. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU GUYS. IT WAS LIKE NO TIME PASSED. WE GOT INTO OUR CHARACTERS, GOT INTO OUR DRAG, AND MARY CAME TO ME, NO THOUGHT. >> AS IF NO TIME PASSED AT ALL. I THINK THE COSTUMES, THEY'RE -- NOT HAUNTED. WHAT IS IT? THEY'RE BEWITCHED. >> YEAH. >> AS SOON AS YOU PUT IT ON, YOU BECOME THAT. >> YES. IT'S AS IF THEY WERE SORT OF STANDING IN THE CORNER WAITING. >> Reporter: THE FILM NODS TO THE FACT THAT FANS ARE OBSESSED WITH THE CHARACTERS AND THEIR COSTUMES AND WHAT THEY WEAR. WHAT IS THAT LIKE, SEEING THAT KIDS CONTINUE TO DON THESE COSTUMES EVERY HALLOWEEN? >> EVEN AT THE PREMIERE, I COULD NOT BELIEVE, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE. >> THE EFFORT. >> THEY LOOKED GREAT. >> YEAH, THEY DID. I ACTUALLY DIDN'T KNOW THIS WAS GOING ON. UNTIL I NEEDED A COSTUME FOR SOME KIND OF A BENEFIT OR SOMETHING. AND SO I WAS CALLING. I CALLED FRIENDS, COSTUMERS, CAN YOU HELP ME? I HAVE TO PUT THIS COSTUME BACK TOGETHER. THEY SAID, JUST GO ONLINE AND GET IT. I SAID, GO ONLINE AND GET IT? AND I WENT ONLINE, AND IT WAS THERE. I THOUGHT, WHAT IN THE HECK IS GOING ON? >> I DON'T KNOW IF I TOLD YOU GUYS THIS. WHEN BY WRAPPED THE LAST ONE THEY SAID, DO YOU WANT YOUR COSTUME? AND I SAID NO. I'D DONE A FEW FILMS, I PLANNED ON DOING MORE, I WASN'T GOING TO KEEP MY COSTUMES. MY HUSBAND FOUND IT AT SOMEPLACE WHERE THEY AUCTIONED IT OFF, HE SECRETLY BOUGHT AND IT KEPT IT. "SOMEDAY YOU'RE GOING TO BE GLAD YOU HAVE IT." AND I'M SO GLAD THAT I HAVE THE ORIGINAL COSTUME. >> Reporter: FANS FINALLY GETTING THE SEQUEL THEY'VE BEEN CLAMORING FOR AFTER LOBBYING NAJIMY FOR YEARS. >> KEEPER OF THE FLAME. FOR YEARS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH HER, GIVING HER, TELLING HER, YOU HAVE TO DO ANOTHER 1. SHE REALLY KNOWS THE FANS. >> THERE'S A LOT OF THEM. LOVELY. SLIGHTLY SCARY BUT LOVELY PEOPLE. >> AND THEY'RE ADAMANT, TOO. ADAMANT FANS. >> YEAH, YEAH. NO, IT'S SO INTERESTING. BECAUSE WE ALL HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO DO A LOT OF PROJECTS. YOU NEVER KNOW WHICH ONES ARE GOING TO STICK IN THAT PARTICULAR WAY. AND THAT WAS SOMETHING WE COULD HAVE NEVER IMAGINED. >> HEY, IT'S THE SANDERSON SISTERS! I BET YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THE STAGE. >> ALWAYS.

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