Nim’s Island Interviews Jodie Foster Gerard Butler and Abigail Breslin
May 2, 2008
Universal Pictures proudly presents the new fantasy-adventure NIMS ISLAND, in cinemas this FRIDAY, MAY 2. Starring Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler. Keep reading for full interviews with the Nim’s Island cast including Gerard Butler Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin
JODIE FOSTER GENERIC Q&A MARCH 2008
Jodie Foster is a two-time Academy Award winner, for The Accused and Silence of the Lambs, and her string
of dramatic credits include: Taxi Driver, which marked her first Oscar nomination at the age of 14, to more
recent films Panic Room, Flightplan, Nell and The Brave One. Now the 45-year-old Yale University graduate
is showing off her comedy chops in the adventure comedy film Nim’s Island, based on Wendy Orr’s 2002
novel. Nim (Little Miss Sunshine’s Abigail Breslin) is a feisty, young girl who lives on an uncharted island
with her father (Gerard Butler), a marine biologist. Her only friends are animals and the characters in the books
by her literary hero, Alex Rover, the world’s greatest adventurer. But when her father is lost at sea and her
island is threatened, she reaches out to him via email for help. In reality, the books are written by Alexandra
Rover (Jodie Foster), and she’s a nervous, reclusive woman locked away in a big city apartment who
reluctantly ventures out to rescue Nim. The down-to-earth but accomplished producer, director and actress is
also a mother to two sons, Charlie, 9 and Kit, 6.
How afraid are you of germs?
I am not afraid at all of germs. We have the 50-second rule at my house. If it falls on the floor and it hasn’t
been there for more than 50 seconds, you can pick it back up and eat it! I have no germ issues, no phobias
really – although I don’t like snakes very much!
How did you feel doing such a broad comedy after so much drama?
I don’t know why I don’t do it more often, except that people don’t want me for comedies. I think that good
comedies are really hard to write but its fun to explore the lighter part of your personality, but I had to really
knock down some doors in order to get this.
So did you really have to go after this role?
Yes, the directors were all for me but I think the studio was like, ‘Oh, really? Jodie Foster in comedy?’ I
understand and probably would make that decision too but sometimes though, when an actor is really
tenacious because they know that it speaks to them, you always have to be careful because you know that’s
going to be the person you end up with because when all the chips fall down, that’s the person that’s still
standing going, “I’ll do it! I’ll do it!”
Why does it speak to you so much?
There are a lot of reasons. I’ve wanted to make a movie that my kids could see, and that they could be a part
of, and that they would love and I’m tired of the kind of CGI digital laser beam stuff, and I think that kids are
yearning for this kind of ‘back to nature’ simple idea of building their own hut and making their own food.
This movie is about the idea of real independence; that you can take care of yourself as a kid. I also liked what
it said for young girls. But about halfway through the shooting, I realized all my dramas are about people
dealing with fear, and these solitary characters that are trying to find a heroism within themselves in order to
be fully flesh characters, and there’s a heroism that they didn’t know that they had, or that they learned through
this survival. And I was like, ‘wow, that’s exactly this character, except in a comedy!’ So it’s actually like
doing a dramatic performance and making fun of yourself.
Do you consider yourself an outdoor sort of person?
I’m surprisingly outdoorsy actually, but I like organized outdoor stuff. I like hikes that have little signposts. I
ski a lot but I don’t ski out of bounds. And I like hot showers and room service!
Did you have to do anything specific to get into shape for the action and water stunts in this film?
My life is pretty sporty so I love physical movies. I loved the stuff I had to do in Panic Room and Brave One
and I like being able to use my body in order to express myself, because it’s very primal and you don’t really
get that opportunity in life. Certainly women don’t get that opportunity that often.
There’s a line that says, “Courage is something you fight for everyday.” What do you fight for
I think the one driving force for me right now is doing the right thing. What does that mean? When I was
younger, I made movies about doing the right thing, but they were quite black and white, because I was
younger. My idea about what that meant was very like, “Here’s a bad guy. Here’s a good guy.” And as time
goes on, it gets more and more complicated, and I’m more interested in the darker sides of that and the
complexity of that.
You said the movie has a nice message for girls; do you feel a responsibility to carry that to girls?
It touches me in that I was a girl, and that I didn’t know I could take care of myself. There really weren’t
models for me, and it’s wonderful to see a young girl in a movie who climbs a volcano and fixes a satellite
dish, and uses tools in order to build something. It’s great just to teach girls that they don’t have to depend on
someone else, that they actually have everything they need inside themselves and it’s not about brawn, it’s not
about having big muscles, it’s about their brains.
Have you ever envisioned becoming someone else like your character does in the film?
I get to fantasize about characters that I would play. I don’t know that I would live them for the rest of my life,
but I definitely get to fantasize about characters that I would play. I always wanted to play somebody who had
this expertise at something that they had to practice for their whole lives. Like a world-class violinist or
somebody who speaks Portuguese and that’s something that I’ve never been able to do, which is to really train,
and spend eight weeks, or ten weeks learning how to play the trumpet, or learning how to do something to play
this other person. I think one of the biggest joys about acting that I didn’t realize as a younger person, but I
know now, is that so much comes from the physical. So much of what the character is really comes from what
they do, and what their obsessions are, and what their physical obsessions are, so in order to prepare to do a
movie playing a violinist, you’ve just got to play the violin and that’s pretty much going to tell you what it is.
I like that idea, and that’s something that I’ve always wanted to do.
In the film your character says, “You must be the hero of your own life.” Are you the hero, or do you
tend to look to other people?
I think I am. I think that I’ve been fortunate enough to have been given the confidence to think that I can
actually change my life, or I can at least be a force in my own destiny. That comes from a deep place; that’s
something that you’re born with, but that’s also promoted by your relationship with your parents. And for me,
that’s been the positive side of being a child actor—that at a very young age, I got to have real creative
relationships with adults that took my ideas seriously, and there was a real communication between us. I had
this idea, and probably from playing characters that were effective, I had this delusion that I was effective too.
When you have delusion long enough, it becomes a part of who you are.
Did you offer Abigail Breslin tips because of your own background as a child actor?
Well, I don’t really need to give Abigail any tips, she’s pretty solid; she’s got a great family and she’s very
well-adjusted, and she’s just a great kid. But there’s a lot about her that’s different than me. I can honestly say
that I feel Abigail was born to be an actress because she has this well of emotion that’s completely available to
her. I did not have that edge; it did not come naturally to me, it was something that I had to learn, and as an
adult, I’m not even sure I have learned that completely.
So would you say that acting helps you to be more extraverted?
Not necessarily extraverted, but at least to have a touch with your internal place. I think as a person, if I hadn’t
been an actor, I don’t know that I would have ever realized that side to myself.
How was it shooting in Australia and how much time did you really spend on an island?
There was an island but we were on a sound stage for a really long time. There are a lot of exteriors where
there’s no way you could do it anywhere but a sound stage. For example, to build a tree house like that -
which means cutting live trees someplace – and being able to put a 1000-pound camera, and 75 people up
there, you can’t do that in the forest, plus most of those shots were at night, so you have to have lights, you
have to have all that.
Where was the real island?
It was Hinchenbrook Island. It’s this huge, 300-mile island, and it’s completely uninhabited. It’s a nature
preserve tended to by the regional Aboriginal tribes, and there’s one little hotel that has 15 rooms and they’re
all in tree houses where some of us stayed. Otherwise, the crew came in from a hotel, and they came on a 45
minute-ride ferry everyday so they would arrive at sunrise, and they’d see this beautiful sunrise. The beaches
are just long, long white sand beaches, and you just go out, and there’s nobody there so it was just incredible
being there, such a blessing, and I’ve just never had a location quite like that.
Where did you do the water stunts?
Most of the exterior stuff was on the island but for the sea storms at night, obviously that was a tank. You
can’t do that in a real sea because the underwater stuff had to be in a tank because you’ve got a child, and
you’ve got scuba divers, and they have to be able to see in order to rescue you if something happens. So there
was some bit of it done on sound stages in Queensland.
What do you think the difference is between a child actor that makes it as a successful adult actor, and a
child actor who doesn’t?
I don’t know if that’s really the final goal. Do we all have to make transitions into being adult actors? I know
a lot of really great ex-child actors who are now real estate brokers and dentists, and they went on to do other
things in their lives. They had this career, and for whatever reason at 16 or 17, they changed it into something
else. I wouldn’t say that’s an unsuccessful story. The fear, of course, is you want to be a well-adjusted person,
and you hope that your child-actor will evolve into a well-adjusted person who’s sound and safe. But in terms
of actually making the transition, I think the key was to play characters whose age is not really the point of the
story, and when you turn 18 or 19, that allows people to see you as a character and not just as your age.
What were the most difficult scenes in the film?
Well, by far the hardest stuff we had to do but in some ways, the most interesting and the most fun, was the
stuff that was done in the tank. It was winter in Australia, so it was cold. It was 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning
and I’m only wearing a tank top. I couldn’t wear a wetsuit, or anything like that. Then there were all the wind
machines, and all the wave machines, and being underwater with all the scuba divers, and holding your breath
for hours and hours at a time, was just so cool. You really felt like you went through something when you’re
done for the day.
How was it working with this cast and crew?
One of the nicest experiences was watching Abigail change. She’s a great actress, of course, and she’s so
talented. But she’s a kid from Manhattan, and she had never swam in the ocean before. She was a little bit
afraid of things like heights too, so there were a lot of challenges for her and little by little, through the course
of the movie, it was sort of like having like a really great kids camp, where she had to learn how to do all these
things, and to get over her fear of heights. By the end of a take in the ocean one day, I looked at her and said,
“Come on!” and we jumped into waves, and she had no fears, and she didn’t want to get out. It was just a
different Abigail by the end of the movie. Gerry is a funny guy and I really had a great time with him.
Did you children go with you to Australia?
Yes, they were on the Gold Coast with the mini-golf, and the outback rodeo show, and they loved it! It was
fantastic; they got to pet the koalas, emus and the kangaroos; I got all these pictures of them just hanging out
with the kangaroos so it was fantastic!
Could you relate to Alexandra as a practical person who also daydreams for a living?
I am a pretty practical person, but I’m an actor too, so I, of course, have that side of me. I like Alexandra. I
also like creating in this very solitary world. I like to thin and don’t necessarily need somebody else to be a
part of that process. I sometimes like to keep it from other people and have it just be mine so I suppose that’s
the part of Alexandra that I like.
What do you like most about your children, and being a mom?
I like watching them surprise me, and I like to see the parts of them that are completely separate from me that
have evolved just because of who they are. I love watching them discover the world in a new way, and be
gifted at something that I’m not necessarily so good at. My older son has an amazing sense of humor. He’s
just so funny. He’s always come up with jokes, even since he was a baby when he could hardly talk. And my
younger son is very special. He likes really sour pickles, and he likes ginger, and he likes truffles and he won’t
eat any chicken! So they have such different ways of being, and I love them both for things that are completely
opposite from me.
How hard is it to juggle motherhood and your career? Can you have it all?
Well, you can do everything, but you can’t do everything well. I think we all struggle with that, especially with
kids because it’s not a black or white area. Your first assistant cameraman is either in focus, or out of focus,
but it doesn’t work like that with kids. It’s not just like, “You did it right,” or “You did it wrong.” There’s a
whole complicated journey in between.
How do you raise boys in this era of feminism?
Well, men have their places as well. Freedom is a nice thing for men to learn, that they don’t have to
constantly protect and worry about other people, and that they can actually make free choices that are right for
them. It’s not about what’s expected for them. They have a different route. I think that’s something that I’ve
always been interested in.
GERARD BUTLER Nim’s Island Generic Q&A March 2008
Gerard Butler plays not one but two pivotal roles in the adventure comedy film Nim’s Island, also starring
Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin. Based on Wendy Orr’s 2002 novel, the film stars Butler as Jack, a marine
biologist who lives on an uncharted island with his daughter Nim (Breslin). When Jack is lost at sea, leaving
Nim alone on the island, she reaches out via email to the only other hero she knows through her favorite books
– adventurer Alex Rover. In reality, the books are written by Alexandra Rover (Jodie Foster), a nervous,
reclusive woman locked away in a big city apartment, who is encouraged by her alter-ego come to life Alex
Rover (Butler), to reluctantly venture out to rescue Nim. The 38-year-old Scottish actor is best known for roles
in blockbusters such as: Lara Kroft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Timeline, Reign of Fire and 300,
although he also recently played a more romantic role in the film P.S. I Love You, with Hilary Swank.
Talk about the two characters you play in the film, Jack and Alex Rover?
Jack is Nim’s dad. He’s a scientist who is crazy, passionate about the smallest things in life. Jack has huddled
up and stowed himself away in this island that he really doesn’t want anyone to know the whereabouts of, so
they can live their life in peace. Nim and Jack have a great relationship. They are best friends. Jack gets
himself into a bit of trouble by going out on one too many adventures. Alex Rover himself is an adventurer,
who kind of lives as an alter ego to Jodie Foster’s Alexandra Rover. He is the epitome of courage, motivation,
inspiration and good humor.
How did it come about that you were considered for both roles?
I never went in for either but they offered me one role and my agent said, he’s not going to do that but why
don’t you offer him both roles and then it might be a more tempting proposition’. So they said, ‘OK, we will
do that.’ Then when I read the script, we all agreed it could not have been anything different, that one person to
play both roles just seemed like the perfect way to go about this and get more into that fantastical element of
the story. So that’s when I decided to come aboard.
How tough was it to play both parts? Were you switching between the two on the same day?
Very rarely, but it was unavoidable. They made me a promise; look, we are really going to avoid you having to
play both roles in the same day as much as possible, but there are going to come times when we are going to be
adding a bit of a false beard here with a hair plucker there! There were times when we were wiping off a
seven-minute sunburn and then putting on seven minutes more, or we’d be putting on the wig, taking off the
wig. In fact, there was one time when I had to swap twice. I had to have the wig on, and then change to Jack
and take the wig off then go back to Alex Rover and have the wig on and that was a huge pain in the ass!
How did you approach playing such a swash-buckling character like Alex Rover: seriously or tongue-in
It was a bit of both. There were times when it was tongue-in-cheek and times where it was serious. There were
moments for instance when I’m dealing with Nim or towards the end with Alexandra that it gets far more
intimate and meaningful. Although it was a serious message, it was delivered in a very fun way. The second
Jodie and I got together and started playing these parts, we realized that this was how it had to be done. You
always try to play it in same respect usually, but you understand that there is humor lying in there and you
cannot get too heavy with it. It doesn’t need that. The message is better passed on by lightening it up.
Can you talk about the specific challenges for each role?
The biggest challenge was gauging it right, especially between both of us and not going too far to the comedic
side and making these roles caricature, but at the same time, not getting too heavy with them. For Jack, I think
it was just dealing with the sea. It was winter in Australia, so there was a cold wind blowing in there and there
were times when I was standing all day just soaking wet – not even wet – but soaking wet because the scenes I
was doing I had just been in the water. So literally, I had to be dripping with water. Either water falling off me,
or I was lying in cold water at the bottom of the boat because supposedly I had just been knocked out. I spent a
lot of time lying in freezing water, or diving into the sea, which was freezing. Of course, I could not have
anything on like a wet suit, so that was a bit of a pain in the ass. Some of it was in the studio, but even in the
studio when you are just sitting about, nothing is worse than being in wet clothes unless it is a hundred degrees
and even then, it is a pain in the ass. It never was a hundred degrees. On the sea, I felt like I was in a
refrigerator at times.
Jack is quite the fixer and very self-reliant. How are you in that department?
I’m clueless. I was thinking that I better never get lost at sea. If anything were to happen to me out at sea, I
would be so lost. I don’t know if I would be more scared of dying or just embarrassed at how hopeless I was.
Fixing things is not my thing, which is weird because as a kid I was great at that sort of thing, but somewhere
along the line, I must have quit.
Have you spent much time on the water sailing?
I have not really spent much time sailing. I have sailed a little bit and when we were in Australia I sailed with a
whole team of people around Sydney Harbor, which was the most beautiful experience, but no, in terms of
knowing what I was doing on the sea, I did not at all.
You went from one extreme to another with your characters. What was that like?
I find that whenever I am doing films, I sit back and think, what did I get myself into? There are times you just
suddenly get a hold of yourself and you think what the hell am I doing here? To be honest, that is a bit like me
in my life. I am constantly thinking how the hell did I get here or where did this come from? You constantly
evaluate the weirdness in one day and how you have swung from one thing to another. That is kind of what
happens in this movie. OK, today I am out at sea freezing. OK, today I am in the studio with Jodie and I am
trying to drag her out of a door. OK, today spiders are attacking me. OK, today I am being carried around by a
bunch of natives. OK, just give me your best shot, whatever you have got!
Was this film a completely different energy for you compared to your other films?
Yes. I have done other films like Dear Frankie and P.S. I Love You but in some ways, the bigger, more macho
roles that I do stand out more. I do a lot of different roles, but those 300-Gladiator style films are just the ones
that stick more in your memory for good or bad reasons.
You’re not a dad in role life, so how did you develop that rapport with Abigail? Was it important?
It was important, but sometimes the most important thing is realizing that you don’t have to work at
something. From the second we hung out we hit it off fantastically. I literally fell in love with this girl. That is
the kind of girl that makes me want to have a daughter. I can hang out with this girl all day. We have so much
fun. She can be my daughter. She can be my friend. She just is so cool. The first time we read, Mark Levin, the
director, literally had tears flooding his eyes. He was just so happy to see us reading this together because he
said we were so great together.
What was it like to work with Abigail?
She is more grown up than half of the grown ups I have worked with. And yet as much fun. My final day,
Abigail painted something on canvas for me. It was beautiful and I was so touched. But when she gave it to
me, part of it was not dry yet, so when I was sitting it was rubbing against me, and I had paint all over my
pants. But it was beautiful that she did this painting for me but I felt bad that I ruined it!
Did you work with the pelicans, seals and sea lions like Abigail?
I did, but not as much as her. It was interesting. Sea lions are huge and they were like four times the size of
Abigail. I didn’t realize how big they were until you get up close and then you can see how these things could
do so much harm if they wanted to. I had to do a scene where I was running down with a massive bag towards
one, and they were like, “OK, can you just stop and swing your bag over your head and put it down and get
down next to the sea lion?” And I was thinking this thing is going to bite my head off if I do this! He’s this big,
cumbersome, slimy thing and I’m coming down towards him with this flat thing that he probably thinks is his
sister and I am coming after him and he probably wants to bite my head off. The pelican, talk about a life of its
own. We never knew what that thing was going to do. I did a scene and it flew behind me instead of to my
side. He was literally behind me and could have ripped my ear off. You couldn’t actually see his body because
he was behind my body and he raised his wings and literally it looked like I had wings. It is hard to play a
scene with a bloody pelican behind you that nips people!
How did you get along with Jodie Foster?
It was easy getting along to be honest. That woman, considering what an amazing talent she is, is so easy
going. That was one of the most refreshing things about this film was to realize how cool she was and how she
didn’t dominate and didn’t try to control and just let things flow, which for me is the best kind of space to
work in. So we both just immediately got along and worked together great and I felt so relaxed working with
her and this was just one of those things where we started doing the scenes and we were like, ‘this is
So you were trained as a lawyer and wound up as an actor. How did that happen?
Perhaps going into the wrong career, developing a drinking problem and then following my dreams if you can
ever describe all that in under 20 words, then that was pretty much it! I’d always known I wanted to get into
acting, but the legal training had taken over and then things just got crazy in my life and the decision was made
for me and I moved down to London and just caught a couple lucky breaks. I stepped into a film, got a
manager in LA and then a couple years later came out and then just went from there.
ABIGAIL BRESLIN Generic Q&A March 2008
Abigail Breslin has been in front of cameras since she was three years old and made her first commercial for a
toy company. The eleven-year-old star who plays the feisty loner Nim in the adventure comedy film Nim’s
Island has also played Mel Gibson’s daughter in Signs, Kate Hudson’s niece in Raising Helen and Toni
Collette and Steve Carell’s daughter in the Oscar-nominated film Little Miss Sunshine. Nim’s Island is the
story of two women from opposite ends of the world who must find strength in one another to save themselves
and the island. Jodie Foster plays children’s author Alexandra Rover, who writes books about a world
adventurer named Alex Rover. Abigail Breslin plays Nim, an independent girl living on an uncharted island
with only her father, a marine biologist, and a host of native animals for company. When her father goes
missing at sea, she emails her favorite author and asks for the help of Alex Rover. However Alexandra Rover
is a recluse who hasn’t left her San Francisco apartment in years, so she nervously embarks on a journey to
save her biggest fan and teams up with Nim to then save her island from other unwelcome visitors.
How did you feel being transported into this adventure after growing up in New York City?
I thought that I was a really good swimmer, until I got there, and they told me to do all this stuff, and I couldn’t
do it! The stunt crew were really nice, and I started to respect them because they work so hard, and do so
much, but there was a pool at the studio and they would take me there and we’d practice doing all this stuff.
What was the scariest part for you?
Well, there was this one scene in the water where I rescue Jodie and they put this black tent over the water,
with a metal bar and these huge tires, and that was kind of scary. And they took down the bar, but once it was
over I felt a lot better.
What are some other things that you had never done before that you got to do and learn on this movie?
Well, I got to ride on a sea lion which was really fun! That was probably the funniest thing I got to do! And I
learned that sea lions don’t like their whiskers, their face, or their head touched.
What about the zip lining from tree to tree?
It was really fun! It was a little bit scary because it was really high up, and I’m a little bit afraid of heights, but
it was still really fun!
So how’d you overcome your fear?
Here’s the thing, when you do it, you have to look straight ahead, and you can’t look down. But the thing was
the camera was straight ahead and I didn’t want to hit it but I never did!
Do you have animals in real life?
Yes, I have two dogs, two cats, and a turtle. And one of my cats is named Blue Reed, and he’s in our room
over and he’s so cute! And we named him Blue Reed because he’s a Blue Siberian, and my brother likes Lou
Reed, so that’s why we named him that. And then other cat’s name is Amy, and she’s really cute. And then
my dogs’ names are Curtis and Stormy, and my turtle’s name is Manny.
If you could reach out to a hero like you did in a movie, who would it be? Who is your hero?
I guess my family are my heroes. And they live in the same house as me so it’s not hard to reach out to them!
What are your favorite authors? What books mean a lot to you?
My favorite book is Anne of Green Gables, and that was a really good book.
What was it like to work with Jodie Foster?
She was really, really nice. She was a lot of fun and helped me a lot.
One of the things that is said in the film is “Courage is something you fight for everyday.” Is there
something you fight for, or are you courageous?
Well, I’m definitely not as brave as Nim, but I guess doing anything that you’re scared of takes courage to
finally do. I think Nim was courageous but I wasn’t as much.
How do your friends react now you have become so well-known after Little Miss Sunshine?
You know, I don’t think they saw the movie. They didn’t really care that much. We don’t really talk about it.
I’m home-schooled, but even when I talk to my friends on the phone, I’m like, “Oh, I’m doing a movie,” and
they’re like, “That’s great Abbie, anyways…” So they don’t really care that much!
What was it about Nim that made you want to do this?
I just thought she was really brave, and she took care of her island, and she does so much, you know, and even
though she’s scared, she still protects her island. I just thought she was really cool.
How good would you be if you were stuck alone somewhere?
I wouldn’t be really good; I can’t find my shoes half the time. I’m like, “Mom! Where are my sneakers?”
How was it working in Australia for you?
I really liked Australia. It was actually winter when we got there and we were expecting it to be warm, but it
was actually a little bit chilly. But not too bad, and it was really fun! And everybody was really nice there.
Is it true Gerard snuck up on you and pretended to be an animal on the island?
Oh, we were all staying in treehouses on the island and walking upstairs and he was in his tree house, so when
you’re walking up there are a bunch of steps and bushes. So we were walking up and we heard this noise and
we were like, “Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh!” And we screamed and put up a flashlight and it was Gerard! And
he started cracking up. He thought it was really funny!
What do you like to do when you’re not acting?
I like shopping. I like to read. I like swimming. There’s a place called “Color me Mine” and it’s really fun
because you decorate your own ceramics and give them to people as gifts. I like to go to the movies too!
How did you feel like working with lizards? Were you afraid of them?
I wasn’t! I liked them, but the first time I had one on my shoulder I was a little scared. And during camera
tests, it would always kind of plant itself on me, and then they would ask if I could stand up straighter, and
make me turn around while it dug its claws in! But I started to get less afraid and liked them a lot by the end.
I’m afraid of spiders so that would have been a different story!
So do you want to be an actress when you grow up?
I either want to be an actress or a veterinarian.
Were all the animals you worked with real?
Some seals were animatronics, so they worked by remote controls, but they really looked like they were really
moving their head and everything. But they are oily, you know, when you touch them they’re really oily. And
they had the stuffed sea lions and the animatronics sea lions on the beach. So the animatronics is there, and
they use oil, and there’s this one scene where I’m lying down on top of them, and one of them was real, and
one was fake. But I got up, and my whole and my whole back were covered in oil!
What was one of your favorite scenes?
When I got to dance with a seal lion. That was really fun. We practiced it a little bit, but they showed me the
moves to do, and it was really fun!
How was the mountain climbing aspect?
That was fun. Part of it was done by my stunt double, Holly, but I did part of it too on a rock wall.
Was it really your first time in the ocean on this film?
Yep, the first ocean I have ever been in was in Australia. I did like it but I gulped a lot of salt water. I also got
to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, so that was really cool.
Do you have any other projects coming up?
I have a movie coming out called Kit Kittridge: An American Girl, and I’m doing a movie with Cameron Diaz
right now called My Sister’s Keeper. Cameron Diaz is really nice.
Do you enjoy doing schoolwork?
I like school, but I don’t like math. My favorite subjects are art and reading. I’m making a sock monkey right
What kind of music do you listen to?
I like the Jonas Brothers, I like Hannah Montana and I just started liking Jack Johnson. I think he’s really
Are there parts about acting you don’t like?
I don’t like doing crying scenes because I don’t like to be sad.
What stunts did you get to do yourself in this film?
I got to rock climb, ride on a sea lion, running, zip line, swimming – so a lot!
Are you more confident after this film?
Exactly! I’m not afraid of heights anymore! I could go out on a balcony and only be a little bit scared.
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