Just a few days ago, I had the pleasure to sit down with Mia Wasikowska (“Alice Kingsleigh”) during the #ThroughTheLookingGlassEvent. Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” arrives in theaters this Friday!!!! I can’t wait to take my kids to see this movie…they are going to LOVE it!
I’m sure it’s hard for an actress to choose just one scene she that is her favorite in a movie, especially this movie (which has so many memorable moments). However, Mia did tell us that her favorite part of the movie was the scene where she sees the Hatter in the marketplace. During that scene, Alice tries to explain to the Hatter that they’ve met before…but not yet…when he’s older and she’s younger… and he thinks she is completely bonkers! Mia said, “I think that’s so sweet, and it’s got like such an essence of the original book to it, that whole abstract, quite bizarre nature of it.”
Alice has grown into a more independent young woman in this movie. Mia really loves her role as Alice. She has enjoyed watching her journey. Mia stated, “I think in the first film, she was quite, kind of still a little uncomfortable and trying to bridge that gap between knowing who she is and on the inside and then being able to be that on the outside. And I think that was sort of her journey in the first film.” In this film, Alice has just spent 3 years as the captain of her own ship, so “she has a really strong sense of who she is.” Despite the low expectations the society has on working women, “she manages to hold on to that sense of being worth more than people want of her, which I think is really great and important for young girls and boys, everywhere.”
Alice is not worried about what others think. She does what she feels is right and is very comfortable with who she is. Even though she is faced with many challenges and having people always kind of questioning her, “she manages to hold on to that really strong sense of herself and even when she goes to the ball with the oriental costume and she just doesn’t even seem to notice the judgment like coming off of everybody else and that sort of just seems to roll off her back. So, I guess just that sense of not caring so much about what other people think, I think, is really important.”
I did get a chance to ask Mia a question. I asked her “How does it feel to be a role model for young girls and young boys everywhere? Look at what you can be if you believe in the impossible.” Mia responded that it felt really great and wasn’t something she considered when she took the role…but then you “see that it has an impact on people.” Mia is really excited for this film…having a feisty female as the lead role…“she’s not in any way a love interest. It’s just around being a friend and a loyal person and I think that’s really important.”
Time is a theme that runs through this movie. Mia likes the message of time and how “you can’t change the past but you can learn from it.” We may think time is our enemy, but if you truly understand time, you will realize “it’s the best way to kind of live your life and be in the moment, to accept what’s happened in the past and, you know, like move on into the future, openly and not be sort of fixated on trying to change something that’s already happened, which I feel like we can get a bit caught up in.” I love the idea of living in the moment and enjoying what you do have. Don’t waste time with worrying about what happened in the past or what could of happened…stay in the present and focus on what YOU DO HAVE!
Mia did like the relationship with Alice and Time. “Sasha plays like a confident idiot very well. [LAUGHING.] He’s like this old powerful like loser in a way and… Alice is the only one that kind of isn’t scared enough to like pull him out on how he just doesn’t make any sense at all.” Alice has a “no fear in approaching kind of anyone, but especially him, because he’s gotten such a, like a strong ego.” Again, the character of Alice is strong and independent. She knows what she has to do and does it…especially to help her friends!
Working on a film where their is so much CGI and green screen can be difficult for an actor/actress. Mia was telling us that she’d read the script (which would take approximately an hour and a half), then that would translate into “like fives months of like running every day and jumping and it feels quite physical.” Everyone had to keep up their energy. Because “it’s just a big green blog of light” and it was a very abstract experience.
Mia was very active in her role. She did a two week period practicing on the wires before they started filming with the stunt coordinators. Mia told us that “there’s no illusions to the fact that I, I mean, I did the like quite a lot of the physical stuff, but I had a wonderful stunt double, who did like a lot of that really difficult, painful stuff. So I would come in and do like the fun, whimsy bits, and then she’d be like thrown across the room.”
Even actress need a break! Mia still lives in Sydney, so when she is not working she spends a lot of time in her home where she has a small garden. Mia loves gardening and reading. She doesn’t live too far from the ocean and enjoys taking walks. She considers her life “pretty boring, pretty simple existence.” BUT I am sure you can agree, she is more than a boring, simple person.
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Disney’s “Alice Through The Looking Glass” will be in theaters TOMORROW ~ 5/27/16
I was invited by Disney to attend an all expenses paid trip to cover the #ThroughTheLookingGlassEvent & #ZootopiaBluRay in LA on 5/22-5/24. All opinions are my own.