Last night was the Red Carpet Premiere of Mr. Peabody and Sherman and I already posted how to get the look of Ariel Winter. Now I want to share an interview that I had with Ariel Winter and Max Charles last month for the movie. Ariel Winter was so good with Max. I could tell that Max was very nervous about being in a room with all of us and Ariel helped him answer questions. He’s a great actor, they both are and here is part of the interview.
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What was your favorite historical scene?
Ms. Ariel Winter: I loved either ancient Egypt because I was engaged and that was pretty fun. And then I also loved the Trojan War because Sherman was a mini Trojan and that was adorable. I thought it was amazing.
When you were recording, did you guys get to be together in the studio? Or were you separate all the time?
Mr. Max Charles: We didn’t get to record it together.
Ms. Ariel Winter: –We were separate. We really did want to be together, well I did because he’s ridiculously adorable. So, that would’ve been awesome.
In the movie, there comes a point where Sherman really has to push through his dad’s protectiveness and believe that he can go forward and do more. Can you tell us a time in your life that you’ve kind of had to push through for a dream?
Ms. Ariel Winter: I think everyone goes through that in their life at some point, everyone goes through a lot of things. And what I think is funny is that throughout the entire movie, Penny is kind of giving Sherman the pep talk that he should believe in himself and that Penny believes in him–well, after they get through their whole, sassy Penny to Sherman.
She’s kind of really trying to build him up and tell him that Peabody isn’t really telling him because Peabody wants to protect him and have him still be his little boy. And Penny is really trying to give him that confidence in himself.
And I love that because I think what’s really important is to have that person there who’s telling you that you can do it and believing in you. And I really thought that was important because everyone goes through that in their life and has somebody there doing what Penny did for Sherman.
Mr. Max Charles: I’m 10.
Blogger: So you started the movie when you were nine or eight?
Mr. Max Charles: About two and a half years ago, I think. So, I think, eight.
Blogger: I wanted to ask, both of you have regular acting credits, a lot of voice acting credits. Do you prefer one over the other going forward?
Ms. Ariel Winter: I definitely don’t prefer one over the other. I think I’ve just been doing them both so long that I wouldn’t be able to pick one.
I love the challenge of having to express yourself only through your voice because I’m sure as you can tell, I’m a very expressive person with my face and with my hands.
So for me, it’s a challenge to have to express only through voice. I love that. And I also love being on film. It would be hard to pick.
But I’m also the type of person that I want to have my hand in all aspects of the entertainment industry. I want to open a record label and I want to be on the music side and I also want to be in front of the camera and behind the camera. I have a lot of things I want to do in the entertainment industry.
Do you guys still get to be kids and just do what young people do?
Mr. Max Charles: Yes. I like to go outside and play and do that kind of stuff. I like to play basketball. I got a basketball hoop for Christmas. So, I play basketball, ride my bike, skateboard. I do a lot of different things.
Have either one of you ever seen the cartoons before you started the project?
Mr. Max Charles: Before this project, I didn’t see it yet. But then when I booked the role, I looked it up and I watched it and it was really good.
Ms. Ariel Winter: I had heard of the cartoon but I had never seen it before. And so, after I found out that I would be playing Penny, I went to watch the cartoon and it was hilarious and brilliant. But then I realized Penny wasn’t in it.
I kind of liked that she wasn’t in it because it’s basically like they handed me a book and it was empty and I got to write the pages. I thought that was pretty cool. I got to create my own character.
Do you have any advice on two young kids that maybe want to pursue acting and pursue this as a career.
Ms. Ariel Winter: Just to have fun. And know–.
Mr. Max Charles: –Yes.
Ms. Ariel Winter: And you have to know for a fact that you want to do this and this is what you want to do and you have to apply yourself 100 percent to it. I think the main thing is while you’re doing that, because it is hard to achieve this dream if it is your dream, you have to have fun with it because it’s very possible to get kind of lost in the technicalities of things. But the most important thing is to have fun with what you’re doing and really love it.
Mr. Max Charles: Yes, follow your dreams, you know?
Where would you guys like to travel? If you guys could have one scene, where would you go back in time or the future?
Ms. Ariel Winter: They should go to the future.
Mr. Max Charles: Future.
Ms. Ariel Winter: I want Penny to drive a flying car.
Mr. Max Charles: Yes.
What are you favorite scenes in the movie?
Mr. Max Charles: They’re all really good. I like the part where we’re in the way back and King Tut slams into the windshield and I pressed the windshield wipers.
And I’m, like, what?
Ms. Ariel Winter: So amazing. I’m a huge sap. So, I loved at the end of the movie when Mr. Peabody told Sherman he loved him. And Sherman said, I have deep regard for you, too. I was bawling my eyes out because I just loved it. I thought it was so sweet. So, that was fun.
Did you see yourselves in the characters you were playing at all?
Mr. Max Charles: Yes. It’s cool because they animated the characters to do the same facial expressions that we did in the movie. It was really cool.
Ms. Ariel Winter: The sass is real. The sass is so real. I loved her sassiness, although I would never steal someone’s sandwich. That’s just off limits.
I was going to say I noticed Penny has quite the bullying streak and I was wondering if you guys had any experience with either having that happen to you or witnessing that with kids in your school or your peers.
Ms. Ariel Winter: I have to say, though, I don’t really find Penny to be a full bully. I really don’t. I think Penny is just incredibly intimidated by something and she’s held the role of being the smartest and the girl who gets the most attention for being smart at the school.
And I think that when she gets threatened by Sherman a little bit because he comes in and kind of takes her place, I think she just acts out to take what she feels is hers back.
I don’t find Penny to be a bully in a sense. Because in the end, Penny really realizes some things about herself and we see that she has a huge heart and she really ends up caring for Sherman and Mr. Peabody. So, I don’t find her to be a bully.
I mean, a lot of people in their life go through experiences with bullies. And it’s hard. So, I understand, but I really don’t find Penny to be a bully.