I know people get labeled The Next Big Star all the time, but believe me when I say that Raffey Cassidy is going places! In every single scene she was in she stole it. Her performance was so captivating and she’s just a sweetheart in person. When I was out for the #tomorrowlandEvent we were able to interview her. Check it out below:
Q: What got you into acting at such a young age?
Raffey: Well my brother went for an audition, and then they kind of asked me if I wanted to have a go at that. So I had to go and then in kind of started from there. (For Tomorrowland) I just went up for like an audition, but it was a self-tape at home and then I went to London to do another screen test. Then I went to America to do another screen test and then I found out that I got the part.
Q: What was your take away from the movie?
Raffey: That everybody should be very optimistic and feel that there’s a way around situations if they’re in a bad situation. There’s always a bright side.
Q: How did you feel about your costumes in the movie?
Raffey: I loved them. The blue dress. If you look closely, that was actually algorithms in, in algebra.
Q: You had a lot of action scenes where you had to do martial arts. Did you have to train for that?
Raffey: Yeah, I trained for two months in gymnastics and martial arts, and then I went to Canada and did another month of martial arts and a bit of gymnastics. Then I did throughout the months of filming, I did another couple of days every, every week or so.
Q: So what were your feelings on driving the truck and learning to do all that and working with George?
Raffey: I really enjoyed it. It was so fun. They actually taught me how to drive and, and there was a scene where I had to like go down a ramp and then stop. I think really I started to get a little too confident, and I got too close. Britt just went stop, because it got so close. [LAUGHING.]
I’d seen the Descendants and I really, really liked it. I learned, and I learned so much from him. He’s so professional but really fun at the same time.
Q: How did you train to play a robot?
Raffey: Well, I mean, Athena has so many different qualities. She’s optimistic. She’s intelligent. She’s wise, and I just kind of put all of those together, and I always had an image in my head for a scene, so, so it was never just go in cold into it and trying to create one in my head. I always had an image that would just help me and I’d always be able to think of to get me through this.
Q: You filmed in a few different locations. Did you have a favorite?
Raffey: Probably the Eiffel Tower, I mean, because that was an actual thing that Tomorrowland had recreated and it, it was just so real and very cool.
Q: So how was it almost having to be the adult in the film? I mean, especially George tends to joke a lot.
Raffey: Athena is kind of the mom of the whole gang. She looks after Casey and Frank, trying to bring them together to help him save the world. That kind of becomes, through their adventure, they would become like all family.
There was this one time when, this was kind of towards the start of the shoot when, we pulled upon a black monorail and the doors would open, and the camera would be there watching us. So George thought I would be funny if we all ran to the side of the monorail and the doors would open and nobody would be there. So we did it, and in the camera, everybody went wait, where they all gone? [LAUGHING.]
So grab the family and head on out to check out Raffey as Athena and let me know if you think she was a scene stealer too!
Tomorrowland The Movie
From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, 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 produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” is in U.S. theaters NOW
***Disclosure: I attended #TomorrowlandEvent . My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney & ABC. All opinions are 100% mine. ***