Tomorrowland’s cast is full of super strong characters and the actors that play them were matched in such an exact way it was unreal. Britt Robertson is well spoken, smart and hopeful. She’s full of talent and has been quite busy as an actress. Robertson was recently seen in “Delivery Man,” where she played Vince Vaughn’s daughter, and “Cake,” opposite Jennifer Anniston. She also starred in “The First Time,” which premiered in the 2012 Sundance Competition and sold to Sony. She played a cameo role in the feature film “Scream 4.”
In Tomorrowland she plays the main character Casey Newton a girl that believes she can make a difference. We had the chance to sit down with Britt and talk about her thoughts on the movie Tomorrowland which is out in theaters this Friday May 22. It’s a great family film. And she even shared her incites into her similarities with her character.
Q : How much of you is there in Casey? Similarities, differences.
BRITT: I think her mindset is very different from mine. Not so much anymore because I, I’ve adopted a lot of her traits and characteristics because I like her and I think she’s, she’s a cool chick, um, but before, prior to this movie, you know, I, I always looked at the future and being this ominous thing, you know, and uh, and it, and it was kind of daunting in this day and age to be so young in this world knowing what it could bring and, and, and the circumstances, you know.
Everything that’s going in, it’s, it’s pretty intense so then once I read the script and I, I realized so many things that I hadn’t before.. and I just totally went off topic and …and off track. The experience because of Brad and like, you know, that group. Everyone was supporting me so much, um, it, it was just, it was a fantastic experience. I can’t say enough about it. I feel like I’m constantly like, word vomiting great things. [LAUGHS]
Q : Could you tell us a little bit about your audition process?
BRITT: In two thousand thirteen… I had like multiple auditions from November to July. I first sent in, in a tape from New York in November and then I went in for Brad Bird a few times and for the casting people and then right around May they brought me in to do like a full, like a full read with Brad and then at that point they, flew me to Vancouver to actually do a screen test with Raffey Cassidy who plays Athena. And then from that point, like a week later they told me that I got the part.
Q : What did you feel, you know, what, what was the thought? What was the thought, you know, when you were actually okay, here’s your role. It’s yours.
BRITT: When they told me that that I was Casey? It was, I mean, to be honest with you, it was like really, it was kind of an, an overwhelming moment. It’s something that I, I still remember in my mind as being like the most euphoric feeling that I’ve ever had. Um, because I was, I was happy and I was like 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. It, I just knew that it was going to be a changing point for me in terms of career.
But also as an opportunity, um, you know, to be part of this movie was like, it’s just a deal.
Q: What did you think of the script?
BRITT: Um, you know, it was something about when you read the script and the story, you, you know, the story itself is a, is a really sweet, it’s an original idea and 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, um, as a society, we can actually influence our future and make it the world that we want to live in and, 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, was really cool for me.
Q : How did you feel about being the hero of the movie?
BRITT: Well…. it’s a great it’s a really great thing, um, to be like the hero of, of a movie like this. You know, a Disney film and, and to be a young woman and, and carry a movie like that, I, I found it really intimidating and um, but luckily Brad Bird was, he’s such a wonderful human being and he’s a family man, you know. He, he understands people on a very real level, so I think he gave me the encouragement to, to be brave and just, um, take it one day at a time. So that was I wasn’t too overwhelmed by being the hero, you know.
Q : What was it like for you to work with George?
BRITT: Working with George, you know, I, going into it, you have all the expectations of like, you know, a person like that. A movie star and what that means and, and for me, you know, if I was a , if I was George Clooney, I, I don’t know that I would be able to handle it as well as he has and that was what was so surprising to me is, is being able to be around him and see how he’s just completely himself. Like, he hasn’t been lost in, in the process of becoming George Clooney.
He, he’s still the person that he wants to be and, and, and that’s, um, you know, 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 uh, the process or the people. It’s just, um, you know, he, he’s so professional and I, I just learned a lot from him.
Q : How was it working with Tim McGraw?
BRITT: So cool. It was, I mean, I love Tim McGraw like nobody’s business. I’ a huge country fan. I, I, in fact, when I first met him, I, I attacked him. I was like you have no idea how much I love you. I love your music, I love your wife, I think you’re the coolest, um, but he was such a sweet man and he’s like a, again, he’s like a family man. He’s, um, you know, he has three daughters and just hearing his stories about his daughters was really sweet and I got to pretend I was his daughter for a second, so that was nice.
Q : How about when you had to drink all the Coke? Tell us about that.
BRITT: I was so excited for that scene because Coca Cola’s like my favorite thing. ….No. I’m still drinking it which is astonishing to myself, but um, yeah, I, think I went through maybe ten or eleven full Coca Colas and um, because yeah, you’re shooting. I mean, we’re doing so many different angles and we’re doing it a lot of times and I just thought that I’d be able to handle it because I drink a lot of Coca Cola in my life, so um, but then after like ten or eleven, it started to hit and my, my belly was like full from all the liquid, so it it was not, it wasn’t going down anymore.
It was not going down. It was coming up, um, so we had to like take little breaks and uh, and then they, they sort of um, fixed it so that I would only have to do a few more takes after that, but um, I, it was a lot of Coca Cola.
Q : What about working with Hugh Laurie?
Britt: Oh, Hugh Laurie is just such a gem. I remember being in the, in the makeup trailer with him because I was often there um when he was getting his, going through hair and makeup and wardrobe and uh, and he would be there and, and every day it was just like a new fun fact about life, but not even a fun fact. He would give you like stories and um, and theories on life. Like he’s really informed uh, of everything that’s going on, so I, I sort of looked at him like a book of knowledge, you know, and, and he’s also really talented. I would love playing music in the trailer and just like hearing him you know, appreciating it so much.
And he played the piano at a bar when we were in Vancouver at one point. Uh, you know, because he plays the piano. He’s very talented, musically, and uh, and I remember asking him like when can I go? Can I go? Can I see you? I want to see you perform and um, and the one day that I could’ve have gone because we were shooting, uh, I ended up having to stay for like stunt training or something, but I, I, I will get to him one day. I’ve got to go to one of his shows. And I would encourage you all to go to one of his shows if you can. He’s incredible.
Tomorrowland is in theaters May 22.