Photo Credit Louise Bishop of MomStart.com
If you missed it, last week I shared with you how it felt to meet George Clooney. And not just meet him, stand there and smirk at him while drooling, but to actually interview him. If you missed our post you should most definitely check it out, amazing does not even begin to describe the day. After meeting with Mr. Clooney, having a short Q&A session, and then standing RIGHT BEHIND HIM during our group picture I had to regroup, regain my composure, and prepare to meet Britt Robertson.
I have to admit, I wasn’t real familiar with Britt Robertson before I saw her in Tomorrowland. My brother was raving about her and freaked when I told him I was going to meet her but for me, I had only seen her in Delivery Man. Is that bad? I mean, I have a five year old so my television time typically consists of Disney movie after Disney movie and not films with unanimated characters a.k.a. people. That said, I am sure you can understand my complete out of loopyness when it comes to more adult themed entertainment.
Anyway, after taking a brief hiatus and heading to Beverly Hills, California, courtesy of Disney and sitting down and watching a movie with REAL people in it, I have to say that I am not only completely taken with Tomorrowland but I am now a fan of Britt. Oh wait, I’m not supposed to be a fan…I’m supposed to be press, and press aren’t supposed to be fans, right? If that’s the case, then I guess I have to go back to being a fan, because I’m a fan, of Britt. She was warm and inviting and actually excited to sit down and talk with 25 Mommy Bloggers about her experience while filming Tomorrowland.
Just to confirm one of the reasons why I think this young lady is great, as she entered the room for our interview, she said:
Britt Robertson: Props to you guys for being so welcoming. That’s so nice. Thank you. Hi.
Britt’s laughter is infectious, the smile lights up her eyes confirming that it is genuine, and her wealth of knowledge at such a young age was refreshing to say the least. While I did not have the butterflies in my tummy that George gave me, I sat back in awe of Britt’s enthusiasm, vision, and her overall presence. Not only is she absolutely beautiful, but she was bubbly, engaging, well-rounded, intelligent, exudes confidence, and carries with her a promise of hope for our future that we all need. She is the perfect pick for a young, female hero in a movie carrying such an important message.
Photo Credit Louise Bishop of MomStart.com
I could gush about her for hours but that isn’t why you are really here. Without further ado, a closer look at Britt Robertson as Casey Newton in Tomorrowland, after a three year adventure to earn the part.
Question: What did you feel and what were your thoughts when you found out that you got the role, that it was yours?
Britt Robertson: When they told me that I was Casey? To be honest with you, it was really kind of an overwhelming moment. It’s something that I still remember in my mind as being like the most euphoric feeling that I’ve ever had. I was happy and I was elated and I was crying and I was just so excited. It was such a cool movie to be a part of and I loved the story so much and also just the people attached to it. I just knew that it was going to be a changing point for me in terms of career.
Question: What was it about the movie?
Britt Robertson: When you read the script and the story, the story itself is really sweet, it’s an original idea. It’s something that I had never thought about because the themes of the movie, it really covers future and how we look at our future and how as a society, we can actually influence our future and make it the world that we want to live in and I thought that that was a really powerful message and especially for a young woman to be the lead in a movie like this was really cool for me.
Question: How did you feel about being the hero of the movie?
Britt Robertson: It’s a really great thing to be the hero of a movie like this. A Disney film and to be a young woman and carry a movie like that, I found it really intimidating but luckily Brad Bird was there. He’s such a wonderful human being and he’s a family man. He understands people on a very real level, so I think he gave me the encouragement to be brave and just take it one day at a time so that was I wasn’t too overwhelmed by being the hero.
Question: How much of you is there in Casey? Similarities, differences.
Britt Robertson: I think her mindset is very different from mine. Not so much anymore because I’ve adopted a lot of her traits and characteristics because I like her and I think she’s a cool chick. But before, prior to this movie, I always looked at the future as being this ominous thing and it was kind of daunting, in this day and age, to be so young in this world knowing what it could bring and the circumstances.
Everything that is going on, it’s pretty intense. I read the script and realized that there so many things that I hadn’t thought of before. The experience because of Brad and the group, everyone was supporting me so much, it was a fantastic experience. I can’t say enough about it.
Question: What was it like working with George?
Britt Robertson: Working with George. Going into it, you have all the expectations of a person like that. A movie star and what that means and for me, if I was George Clooney, I don’t know that I would be able to handle it as well as he has. That was what was so surprising to me is being able to be around him and see how he’s just completely himself. He 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, it made me realize you can still be who you want to be in this industry. You don’t have to be tainted by the process or the people. He’s so professional and I learned a lot from him.
Question (from yours truly): The term retro-futuristic has been coined for this film. Did that change how you prepared for your role or how did that impact how you prepared for the role?
Britt Robertson: I didn’t think about that. With a lot of films, there are genres that sort of pigeon hole an idea or a film and in my experience of working for a short period of time, but most of my life, I’ve realized that if you start getting caught up in ideas or genres then it can actually affect a film in a negative way because you’re thinking too much about the end goal and not enough about the story and the moment.
Photo Credit Louise Bishop of MomStart.com
Question: What was the first scene for you?
Britt Robertson: The very first scene I shot was me out in the wheat field doing a lot of the pin experiences. That was a really a big day because it’s a very technical process with the pins. They just stuck me out in the wheat and they had a crane come in and we were also trying to be very careful of not ruining the wheat and it was a very challenging task because my hands had to be in very specific positions.
It was funny. I think they were testing me. That’s why they put those scenes first, like okay, we want to make sure she can handle these pin experiences because it’s a huge part of the movie.
Question: What was your favorite scene to shoot?
Britt Robertson: I loved all the pin experience scenes. There’s one in particular where I end up out in a lake or not even a lake. It was like a swamp really and in Florida. What was so cool about it is in Florida, in swamps, there are crocodiles or alligators.
Alligators. That’s what it is. Crocodiles. That would be even scarier. I was on the hunt for an alligator the entire time I was there and we were actually out in the water and they had spotted some. Something about just being in the water and having to also create these little pin experiences, it was just a lot of fun.
There was so much more to the day with Britt but we don’t want to spoil things before you have the chance to see the movie. Stay tuned … next week we will share more of the interview with Britt Robertson. More about the fun on set, things that happened in the movie, and how she feels about Tim McGraw and Hugh Laurie.
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Tomorrowland hits theaters on Friday, May 22, 2015.
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Disclaimer: I was sent on an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles, California courtesy of Disney to experience Tomorrowland and a series of other adventures surrounding the movie. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own.