While in L.A. for the Alice Through The Looking Glass Event our group of bloggers had the chance to sit down and interview the lovely Mia Wasikowska (Alice). Her favorite scenes, how she spends her time off, and what Alice has taught her.
After seeing her impressive performance in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (2010), I was really hoping to see a sequel. Looks like, I wasn’t the only one. Alice Through The Looking Glass opens in theaters on May 27, 2016. I wont spoil it, but I’ll tell you that I’ve seen it, and it’s good! If you liked the first movie, you are going to love the second.
Q: What is your favorite part in the movie?
MW:Well, I think I really like the, oh, one scene I really like is when I see the hatter in the marketplace and I’m trying to explain to him that we’ve met, but when he’s older and I’m younger. I think that’s so sweet, and it’s got like such an essence of the original book to it, that whole abstract, quite bizarre nature of it. Yeah.
Q: So Alice, if I remember has changed a bit. She’s gotten definitely more independent. How did it feel stepping back into the role with those changes, with the years that have gone by?
MW : Ah, yeah, it was, it was great. I really love Alice and I like seeing her journey. I think in the first film, she was quite, kind of still a little uncomfortable and trying to bridge that gap between knowing who she is and on the inside and then being able to be that on the outside. And I think that was sort of her journey in the first film. And then in this film, I think she’s just spent three years as the captain of her own ship, and she has a really strong sense of who she is. And she comes back into this story with a really strong sense of that, and despite the fact that, expectations of her are really low in her society, she manages to sort of hold onto that sense of being worth more than what people want of her, which I think is really great and important for, you know, young girls and boys, obviously, everywhere.
Q : There’s so many incredible quotes associated, especially with the new one. Is there one that resonated with you more than some of the others?
MW: There’s so many, but I do like the message of time, how you can’t change the past but you can learn from it, and that, I think, is really important to being able, it’s the best way to kind of live your life and be in the moment, to accept what’s happened in the past and, you know, like move on into the future, you know, openly and not be sort of fixated on trying to change something that’s already happened, which I feel like we can get a bit caught up in.
Q: You have a lot of relationships with the other characters in the movie. Is there one that stood out more, that was your favorite?
MW: Well, I like a few of them. I do like the relationship with Alice and Time. I think, Sasha plays like a confident idiot very well. [LAUGHING.] He’s like this old powerful like loser in a way and, like that Alice is the only one that kind of isn’t scared enough to pull him out on how he just doesn’t make any sense at all. I like that she sort of has no fear in approaching kind of anyone, especially him, because he’s gotten such a strong ego.
I also really like the scenes with the Hatter. I mean, when you’re filming a film like this and it’s green screen for five months, you spend a lot of time, running around and jumping around. So, obviously the more enjoyable days was when it was those really lovely scenes between the two of us and, that was really nice.
Q: What are some of the challenges that you faced, because there is so much CGI, and green screen in this film? Where there any particular challenges that you faced to stay in the role or even like tips that you used?
MW : Yeah,when you read the script and it takes an hour and a half to read the script, and you’re like okay, so I do a lot of running and then that translates to like five months of running every day and jumping and, it feels quite physical. And so that’s probably just sustaining that level of energy and, when you have quite little coming back at you in terms of the set. It’s just a big green blob of, you know, light and there’s not much sort of, we had a few more sets on this film, which was really great, but, otherwise it’s quite like an abstract experience.
Q: Your costumes were incredible. Were you allowed to play with them to help with the creation of them?
MW : Yeah, a little bit. Colleen, with the design, is really brilliant and she did the first one. So I knew her and we were able to have a good dialogue about it, but I feel like she, in this film, I had more accessible like active kind of clothing. I mean, I had so many trousers, even when they kind of look like skirts, they’ve got a leg bit, which was really good and even having her in a captain suit at the beginning and the end, just a sense that she’s like more active and less kind of restrained in her gaudy dresses was quite nice.
Q: Alice was such a great role model, especially for young girls or young women watching. Is there a particular message that you’d like girls to take away from this movie?
MW: Yeah, I think just sort of what I said before of that, like having, she has like, seems to have this innate sense of who she is and even though she’s got all these challenges and people always kind of questioning her, she manages to hold on to that really strong sense of herself and even when she goes to the ball with the oriental costume she just doesn’t’ even seem to notice the judgment coming off of everybody else, and that sort of just seems to roll off her back. So, I guess just that sense of not caring so much about what other people think, I think, is really important.
Q : What is one thing being Alice taught you about yourself or brought up in you?
MW: I mean, I guess you kind of learn a lot of stamina and, I mean, I think the film world in general, sort of what I’ve learned about it is the perception is quite different to the reality of it.
Q : What do you like to do when you’re not filming? How do you relax?
MW: I still live in Sydney and I spend a lot of time in my home, and I have a very small garden, but I like love gardening and reading, and being with friends. I live not too far from the ocean, so I like to go for walks a lot, yeah, but pretty boring, pretty simple existence.
Q : Sounds wonderful.
MW: It is. It’s amazing. It’s pretty fantastic. I’m very lucky.
Q: What was it like working with Johnny Depp this time around, and how was it different from the first time?
MW : It was great. I guess the main difference was just that I knew him before and with all the cast I had that level of familiarity with them and, that was really nice. So we all sort of knew each other and that always helps stepping into a project like this, which is quite abstract. He’s such a wonderful person, such a lovely, sensitive like person and I love that he’s so kind of creative. I mean, all his characters are very, very different, but they’re also distinctly his own characters. You always sort of know a Johnny Depp character and yeah, he’s great.
Q: The movie has so many different themes to it, with family and friends and obviously not hating or despising Time. What is the thing that resonated the most for you?
MW : I did really like that it looks at the relationships between all the characters, like Alice and her mother, and the Hatter and his father, and then, it looks at sort of the root of the rivalry between the sisters. You know, how your own relationship with your mom changes again and again as you grow older and you go through different stages in your life, and that kind of like reestablishing that relationship and how that happens constantly. And that Alice and her mom kind of learn from each other and are able to really appreciate each other again. It’s really sweet in this. I really liked that.
Q: Were there any scenes that got cut, that didn’t make it to the screen, that you would have liked to have seen stay in the movie?
MW: Yeah, there was one scene that I really liked where Alice, while she’s like chasing the butterfly through the house, the butterfly goes over the long buffet table, where they’re having the ball, and Alice kind of like jumps on the table and she’s like running towards the butterfly. And, she ends up sort of jumping on Hamish and, kind of having a little scrack with him, but maybe it was too much, so they obviously got rid of that, but that’s fine. I loved filming that scene.
Q: Is there a genre that you would like to work in that you haven’t thus far?
MW: Ah, yeah, I would love to do some comedy or something. I think, it’s really hard to find a good comedy. I think there’s a million great dramas every year, but comedies are like a tiny bit harder to find, you know, one that feel really great and funny. So yeah, I would like to explore that.
Q: We would like to see you in one.
MW : Thanks very much.
Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016!
In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.
Watch for more Alice Through The Looking Glass posts to be published here soon, including interviews and a movie review.
FTC Disclaimer: I attended an expense paid trip by Disney to press events for Alice Through The Looking Glass. All opinions shared are always honest and my own. Interview photos by Photo Credit Jana Seitzer from Merlot Mommy.