A special thank you goes out to Disney for providing me with travel, accommodations, and this exclusive interview with Britt Robertson. Opinions expressed are that of my own.
Britt Robertson is a bright young actress, who has already made her mark in TV in series like Under the Dome as well as in films such as The Longest Ride. She is now staring in what she refers to as a “changing point for me in terms of career” role in the part of Casey Newton in TOMORROWLAND.
I recently got to sit down with Britt along with 24 other bloggers to discuss the film, and it was clear just how enthusiastic she was for her character and the movie. As she entered the room we gave her a round of applause, and the smile on her face indicated that she was not only surprised but thrilled as she exclaimed, “Thank you guys for being so welcoming!”
Thank you to Louise Bishop of MomStart.com for providing the exclusive interview photos of Britt Robertson.
Britt then sat down and the first question of our interview was, Could you tell us a little bit about your audition?
Britt shared, “I started auditioning for the movie the November before we started shooting. I had multiple auditions from then until July…Then I went in to meet Brad Bird (the Director) a few times. Right around May they brought me in to do a full read with Brad, and then they flew me to Vancouver to do a screen test with Raffey Cassidy who plays Athena. A week later they told me that I got the part.”
This then lead into us inquiring, How did you feel when you found out the role was yours?
She said, “When they told me that I was Casey, it was an overwhelming moment. It’s something that I still remember as being the most euphoric feeling that I’ve ever had. I was happy and I was elated and I was crying. I was just so excited. It was such a cool movie to be a part of, and I loved the story and the people attached to it. I just knew that it was going to be a changing point for me in terms of career.”
We then asked, How did you feel about being the hero of this film?
She laughed and explained, “It’s a great thing to be the hero of a movie like this. Being in a Disney film as a young woman…I found it really intimidating. Luckily Brad Bird is such a wonderful human being and family man, and he understands people on a very real level. I think he gave me the encouragement to be brave and take it one day at a time.”
We then mentioned, George Clooney said great things about working with you and Raffey, What was it like for you to work with George?
She revealed that, “You have all these expectations of a person like that, a movie star and what that means. I don’t know that I would be able to handle it as well as he has and that was what was so surprising to me. Seeing how he’s just completely himself and hasn’t been lost in the process of becoming George Clooney. He’s still the person that he wants to be, and working with him made me realize you can still be who you want to be in this industry…He’s so professional and I just learned a lot from him. ”
Next we asked, What was your favorite scene to shoot?
“I loved all the pin experience scenes. There’s one in particular where I end up out in a lake,(she laughed) a swamp really, and in Florida there’s alligators. I was on the hunt for an alligator the entire time I was there and we were out in the water and they spotted some. ”
We then mentioned a certain baseball bat scene to her. Britt filled us in with excitement, “THAT WAS SO MUCH FUN. What was so funny was they actually gave me baseball bat training lessons beforehand…Then they gave me a dummy to practice on and I was like, Guys I don’t need to practice for this. All I got to do is attack this man like he’s about to kill me with as much power as I have…George’s reaction (in that scene) is very real because they actually let me hit a stuntman for a lot of it.”
Later in the interview, it was brought up that George likes to joke around, and also enjoyed reshooting a certain scene over and over again. It involved a powder and him force feeding it to Britt. We asked how that experience was?
She laughed and shared,”Well, it was actually Pixie Stick and I’m a sugar junkie, so for me it was a delicious experience. I love it when George is goofy and silly and having a good time. He’s such a fun person to be around in those moments, and it’s most of the time. He really enjoys life, so whenever he’d throw the powder, it’s like BRING IT ON!”
Of course we wanted to know what it was like to work with Tim McGraw so we inquired, How was it working with him?
She told us, “So cool. I love Tim McGraw like nobody’s business, I’m a huge country fan and in fact when I first met him I told him I love your music, I love your wife, and I think you’re the coolest. He is such a sweet family man…just hearing his stories about his daughters was really sweet and I got to pretend I was his daughter for a second.”
We also shared that Raffey Cassidy was very complimentary of Britt, we then asked What did you learn from Raffey while filming?
Britt recalled, “As an actor, you’re used to taking the direction and making it your own. Brad (the Director) would ask very specific things and I would have a conversation with him about it. Then I would watch him give Raffey direction. All she would say is Okay after every single time and I was like that’s how you take direction. I made a pact with myself from that point forward to do what Raffey does. I’m just going to say okay and I’m going to give it my best shot.”
We the concluded our interview asking, How was it working with Hugh Laurie?
Britt told us, “Hugh Laurie is just such a gem. I remember being in the makeup trailer with him… and he would share stories and theories on life. He’s really informed about what’s going on, and I looked at him like a book of knowledge. He’s also really talented…and he played the piano at a bar when we were in Vancouver at one point…I would encourage you all to go to one of his shows if you can. He’s incredible.”
As she exited the room Britt smiled and said “Thank you” and chatted about our day. It was such a pleasure to interview her and she was so gracious. Stay tuned for my upcoming review of Britt’s performance in the film TOMORROWLAND.
TOMORROWLAND is a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. It tells the story of former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, who are bound by a shared destiny and embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.”
What they must do there, changes the world—and them—forever.
Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.
The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.
TOMORROWLAND is in theaters everywhere on May 22nd! For more information visit the official website at Disney.com/Tomorrowland.
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