I believe most of our first exposures to the character of Jubilee was during the old school 1990s X-Men Animated Series. In it, she pretty much followed Wolverine and acted as an ersatz sister (much like Rogue’s role in the original X-Men movies). Within the context of that show, Jubilee had powers that resembled fireworks, complete with sound effects. However, the actor playing the role, Lana Condor, wanted to clear the air and explain her powers a bit more with an interview over at JoBlo. “Her power in the comic books is fireworks. In this film, I can safely say that her power is more fire-plasmoid, electricity type.” All I want to know is, will we still get those sweet sound effects?
Condor also then went on to explain how long Jubilee has been at the Xavier Institute, so I don’t think we will see her rescued at a mall during a Sentinel attack. “So she’s not new, unlike some of the other characters who have just arrived. She’s mostly with Scott, Jean, and Kodi. They’re like her good core friend group. And, I think in this film she serves as a timepiece, ‘cause you’ll never really forget that you’re, like, in the ‘80’s. Because if you’ve seen my costume, like I’m straight out of the ‘80’s, like, they literally took me out. And, she also serves as kind of comedic relief at times where things are-might be a little more tense and real S-H-I-T is going down.”
“Like, she’s fun. She’s a really, really, really fun girl. I hope I’m fun, like a person, but Jubilee is very, very fun” added Condor. “She’s very much a student. Like, she knows her subjects and knows her stuff. So, for example if Professor X were to lecture us, like, I’d be the first one to be like, ‘yo, me, pick me, because I know.’ She gets along with everyone. I think maybe at first when Scott kinda came into the school, Jubilee was like, ‘He thinks he owns this place. I’ve been her for 10 years. This is my castle.’ But, now she’s like- he’s a great, great friend. She gets along with everyone. I wish I had maybe a little conflict!”
Finally, Jubilee spoke about her interactions with the other students and played special focus on her new ‘bestie’, Jean Grey! I guess that’s a bit of a departure from the character, isn’t it? “Yeah, she…I guess I’ll say she’s learning, just like all the rest of us, she’s learning how to control her powers. She’s incredibly powerful, but she has no clue. It’s almost kinda like alienating, I think, at least for her in school, when she’s at school with all of us, because she doesn’t know her strength, sometimes. And she can’t control it, I think, sometimes. She lets loose and it freaks people out and they kind of, I feel, she might feel she’s alienated. But, not by me! Because I’m a good friend and I’m like ‘Yeah, yup, still your friend!’”