Emily Mortimer was born in Finsbury Park, London studied at Lincoln College, Oxford where she performed in several plays before becoming an actress. When she read the role for Holley Shiftwell, she thought her time at Pixar would last a month, boy was she surprised when it ended up taking two years to finish the role Holley Shiftwell.
Emily Mortimer feels that her life is much less glamorous than Holly’s. “I normally do parts where I never get to wear Mascara or you know, or have a Blow dryer on my hair and um, and — and I just look far from glamorous. So I don’t think I will ever look as good as I do as Holley Shiftwell. And I’m not normally this sort of, you know, together empowered Spy Car type. In fact, my friends will make me run for a bus just to give themselves a good laugh so I’ll totally mal-coordinated really in real life.” Sitting across from Emily, I find that hard to believe. She is a beautiful woman with grace and humor.
Playing a strong role like Holley Shiftwell has changed her view on future roles. Emily said her son, “thinks of me as this sort of hopeless sort of dappy thing and I play that part a little bit” and now she is thinking about playing stronger female characters because Emily isn’t dappy at all. She also has a 1 year old daughter now and will be considering how she wants to be looked up to by her daughter. “I think it is more important to me to think, kind of think about that more, you know, and what it is I’m doing every time I’m sort of pretending to be a hopeless dippy Female and — and of course I’m not.”
Emily truly showed me how strong she is when she was discussing how as an actor you really have to put yourself out there. “We’ve been talking a lot about that being, putting — putting yourself in unfamiliar situations being such a part of our lives as performers, and we spend half our lives feeling that way, as most people do. I mean, I think anyone that’s kind of trying to live a life and — and experience things and do things and challenge themselves as — is often feeling inadequate and like they don’t quite know what they’re doing. And — and um, and that’s a very familiar feelings as an Actor. You know, Performer.”
The best part of Cars 2 for Emily Mortimer was when her son was watching it and saw Holley get wings and fly off to help Mater. “he turned to me and he went, Mom, you’re amazing! And I, and that was just like, Oh my God, you can’t! That’s the, you know, it was just so great. And he’s not usually that impressed by me. So it was really cool.” Be sure to watch Cars 2 and see how Emily Mortimer made Holley Shiftwell so glamorous.
Disney provided the photos and paid for my travel and expenses.