Joss Stone Talks About Her Role in ‘Paper Birds’ and Her First Experience With VR

Oculus Blog
August 20, 2021

It’s been over a month since 3DAR and Baobab Studios completed the Paper Birds saga with the release of Part II. A 30-minute interactive story about Toto, a short-sighted young musician in search of true inspiration, Paper Birds stars Edward Norton, Joss Stone, and Archie Yates. This VR film on the Oculus Quest Platform offers unique moments of interactivity with hand tracking, inviting you to conduct music, unlock portals, light up the invisible world, and more. It’s got a well-deserved 4.3-star rating, with a distinctive art style and beautiful score. And we were able to catch up with Joss Stone for her take on the VR film.

How did you get involved in the project?

Joss Stone: I was asked to be involved in this magical world on an Oculus Quest, which I didn’t even know what that meant at the time. Once I saw the storyline, I just thought it was lovely, and I was excited to be a part of it.

Tell us about your character. Were you able to relate to her?

JS: So the character is the grandmother of the young boy, and the part that really resonated with me is her relationship with the grandfather. It’s really sweet—she’s trying to support him in his art and in his passion in life, and he is resisting that. So really it’s just like everyday relationship turmoil that we go through. We all go through these different relationship issues in different ways, but they are all very much the same. We just want our partners to be happy. That’s all you want for the person that you love. So that’s her character: She’s very nurturing and loving, but also quite strong with him, which I think is what he needed. There was enough emotion there for me to get my teeth into it, and I really enjoyed playing her.

Was this your first experience with VR?

JS: This is my first experience with VR, and I have to tell you, I was absolutely flipping out when I first put the headset on. I couldn’t believe it! I was in the kitchen with my brothers and my partner, and we were just all completely amazed by it. I must admit, we didn’t just watch Paper Birds on there—we also downloaded a few games, and I stepped into a world that I’ve never stepped into before. I played a game that gave the feeling of zero-gravity. It was amazing and trippy. I think people should be watching all their movies on this!

If people take away one thing from Paper Birds, what do you hope that would be and why?

JS: To follow your heart and follow your dreams. If you nurture and water your inner purpose and passion, then hopefully your life will get brighter and better.

Paper Birds is available on the Quest Platform for $6.99 USD.