'Doctor Strange 2' star Xochitl Gomez says being friends with young Marvel stars like Iman Vellani helps her deal with newfound fame

'Doctor Strange 2' star Xochitl Gomez says being friends with young Marvel stars like Iman Vellani helps her deal with newfound fame
Xochitl Gomez's "Doctor Strange 2" character, America Chavez, has only been seen on the big screen with some of Marvel's biggest heroes, but the actor already gets on well with some of the other rising young stars in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Marvel Studios, Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic via Getty Images
  • "Doctor Strange 2's" Xochitl Gomez told Insider that it's helpful to be friends with other young Marvel stars.
  • She keeps in touch with a few "Ms. Marvel" actors and even went on a Disney cruise with two.

Joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe can be thrilling, but also a bit overwhelming for a young actor.

Xochitl Gomez, 16, made her Marvel debut in "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" as one of Marvel's newest superheroes, America Chavez, and she's already found a way to make sure she feels right at home in the MCU.

During a conversation for the film's home release, Gomez told Insider how important it has been for her to connect with some of the MCU's other young stars, including good friend Iman Vellani, who stars as another young super-powered being on Disney+'s "Ms. Marvel."

Of her friendship with the "Ms. Marvel" star, Gomez told Insider it was nice "knowing that there's someone else that has gone through the same things that we've gone through and having those experiences."

"Working on a Marvel set is something that is so different than just working on a normal movie," Gomez said, adding that having another star around her age to speak with allows them to let their guard down and bond over moments where they may have been nervous over something on set.


Gomez, who has also starred on Netflix's short-lived "The Baby-Sitters Club," added that it's good "being able to feel like you relate to someone."

When Insider asked Gomez if she has a young Avengers group chat, the actor said she keeps in touch with some of the other MCU stars her age, adding that she recently hung out with members of the "Ms. Marvel" cast — Laurel Marsden and Yasmeen Fletcher — on a Disney cruise.

She added that it's especially important to have these bonds because it's easy for public perception to differ from reality.

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"Being in the spotlight and being in the public eye is a lot," said Gomez, who has been to at least five red-carpet premieres since "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness."

"Just being able to be there for one another... 'Cause, obviously other people have a different perception of you," Gomez said. "So, just knowing who you truly are is really important, and having people you can just laugh and have fun with is really important at the end of the day."


Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" is now available on digital, 4K, Blu-ray and DVD, and is streaming on Disney+.