Britt Robertson is EVERYWHERE. Just last month you could see her falling in love in Nicholas Sparks’ latest book-to-movie rendition, The Longest Ride. And, this month she stepped it up even more and is casually saving the world in Disney’s Tomorrowland.
Besides killing it in the acting world, she’s also dating our favorite hottie Dylan O’Brien. But, apparently it’s not all roses and daises. We got to catch up with the 25-year-old actress and she told us one thing she absolutely HATES when Dylan does. To find out all the details, plus everything you ever wanted to know about Tomorrowland, read the full interview below:
Congratulations on Tomorrowland! What can you tell readers about this movie?
“Yeah, it’s a story that follows my character, Casey Newton, who grows up in modern-day Florida. She’s trying to figure out what her future will be and thinking about colleges. Everyone around her isn’t very excited about the future and she’s trying to remain upbeat and positive. Because of this mindset, she gets recruited to go to Tomorrowland. Along the way, she meets George Clooney’s character, Frank, and another character, Athena, and together they go into Tomorrowland.”
What about your character, Casey?
“Casey is sort of a technical whiz and her dream is to work at NASA. Her dad is a NASA engineer but they’re disassembling all their equipment that goes out to outer-space, so it doesn’t seem like a promising future for her. But she’s still looking up and she’s still optimistic.”
Are you like that in real life?
“I mean I’m not totally opposite from her. I don’t know if I’m as optimistic as she is. I definitely learned from her. I played her for seven months and she rubbed off on me a little bit.”
Tomorrowland is based on the futuristic land at Disney. How much of the actual land makes its way into the film?
“You will see It’s a Small World, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, but the two rides aren’t referred to as being a part of Disney. They’re just acknowledged at the World Fair, which takes place during the film.”
Are you a fan of Disney World or Disneyland? Do you have a favorite park or attraction?
“I am. I’m a fan, but I’m not really great with big crowds so I try to make it a once a year occasion. I do love Space Mountain and for the premiere they shut down part of Tomorrowland for us. I was able to ride Space Mountain enough for a lifetime!”
What was it like working with George Clooney?
“He’s such a wonderful human being and such a nice guy. He’s always entertaining and trying to keep us happy and enjoying our time with him. He was always very considerate of myself and Raffey (Cassidy), who plays Athena in this film.”
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“Tomorrowland” continues Disney’s long-standing tradition of family-friendly filmmaking on a big scale, transforming the eponymous section of Disneyland into fodder for a throwback fantasy adventure centered on a sci-fi utopia.
This is a big, big live action movie, with a budget of $190 million, directed by the acclaimed Brad Bird (“The Incredibles”) and starring George Clooney.
One could see how the project might have been intimidating for Britt Robertson, the 25-year-old up-and-comer who stars alongside Clooney as an adventurer named Casey. But Robertson, last seen on the big screen in “The Longest Ride,” more than holds her own with her illustrious co-star (“he’s a pretty normal guy”) and within the movie’s big, expansive world.
She spoke with amNewYork about the movie, which hits theaters Friday.
There’s a lot of nostalgic value attached to Tomorrowland, and Disneyland in general. What did it mean to you growing up?
I went to Disney a lot growing up. I lived on the East Coast, so it was always Disney World. Now, being in L.A., it’s Disneyland. My family, they’re huge supporters of Disney, so it was really cool for them. They love the brand; I’ve always loved the brand growing up, it meant something to me as a child.
There are high expectations here and it’s the biggest movie you’ve done. Do you ever think about those things?
There’s a part of me that’s aware of how big this movie is and what it means, it feels very different from any I’ve done. But I try not to put too much attention on those things because it doesn’t really do me any good, you know?
The film expresses a hopefulness that’s consistent with Walt Disney’s vision, in a lot of ways.
One of the things that I really love about the film is Brad’s spin on the future and how he’s really looking at Tomorrowland from a bunch of different perspectives; from the perspective of when he was a kid and what the future meant to him, and all of the things that he was looking forward to about the future. And then, also, what the future means to my generation and what it would mean to future generations. I love that the movie tackles all those different time periods. And then, how he really does simplify it in a way that is, the future will be what we make of it. That message really speaks to me.
The movie feels like a throwback to a less-cynical form of family filmmaking than the norm these days, doesn’t it?
I’ve always felt that this movie was a little throwback; or not even throwback, just classic. Like “Back to the Future,” it made a statement for its time, but has lasted and we can watch that movie still and it plays and it works. I think that was the point for Brad; creating an original story, original content and having it last a lifetime and mean something forever.
Sometimes, when you’re conducting your third interview for the same movie – in this case, Tomorrowland — you just run out of things to ask about that particular movie, and director Brad Bird and co-writer Damon Lindelof were quite thorough about their explanations. So, by the time I spoke to Tomorrowland’s star, Britt Robertson, I have to admit, I already had all the answers I was looking for. So, I decided to play the honesty card about this situation, which resulted in Robertson telling me to ask her anything. I did, and I knew this was getting way off track by the time we were talking about her appearance as Mike Seaver’s daughter in a Growing Pains reunion.
In Tomorrowland, Robertson plays Casey, a young woman who is thrust into a quest (along with George Clooney’s Frank Walker and a robot played by Raffey Cassidy) to find this magical, hidden city of Tomorrowland in an effort to save the world.
Ahead, Robertson — who admits that, like a normal person, interviews aren’t her favorite thing — explains why she’s still quite proud that she once played a Pink Power Ranger.
I was supposed to speak to you before Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof, but since this got pushed back, they answered all my questions.
Oh, great! So you have nothing for me, is what you’re telling me.
We can talk about anything.
Well, hey, the door is open. Come in; ask me anything.
How many times have you been asked about George Clooney pranks? That seems like a popular question.
Hugely popular, yes. And what’s so sad is that I have no story for anyone about George Clooney.
So you’re the only person he’s never pranked.
I know. I almost wish that he did so I could tell people something. But I’m also happy to be the one that he didn’t. I have a feeling he didn’t want to prank the two young girls on set.
I’d be worried that meant he didn’t like me.
Oh, yeah. No, I think he just knows that I’m not a fun person to prank.
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