I’m so excited to share with you my interview with Actress Mackenzie Foy, who stars as “Clara” in the movie, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms! I was out in Los Angeles less than a week ago and got to meet this beautiful spirit. During the interview, she shared with us how the interviewing process went, her landing the role, her favorite costumes she got to wear and so much more! Don’t forget, if you are looking for a family oriented movie to take the whole family to see, this is it, out it’s out now! More about the interview inside…
Can you tell us about you auditioning for the part:
“The audition process was actually quite long. It was about two months, which, isn’t really long, but it is more than usual. It was really fun. I did self-tapes because the casting was in London. And once I did a screentest; they flew me to London to do it in full costume, hair and makeup with a partial set and a real camera, it was like, oh my goodness!!! I didn’t really have too many details about the story of the character when I first got the audition. I just knew that it was a British character and that immediately, piqued my interest. And as I went further into the actual process, I learned more of what the story was, and what the character was, and I kind of got to go a little deeper into her, and then when I booked in, I was fully immersed in Clara, which was fun.”
What was some of your favorite costumes to wear in the film?
“My favorite costume, hum. I wear quite a few costumes in the film which was really fun. They were all handmade- all very, very intricate, which is really amazing. But I really love the purple party dress because that one has a bustle- and it’s really fun. It was very beautiful, there’s a lot of detail that went into the costume design, from the tights, to the shoes, to the many skirt layers, the bodices, and the corset. So, I have a very high respect for all of the costumes. They have kind of a different character to them, and they go with Clara’s evolution, which I really like.”
How did it feel to play such a classical character?
“It’s really fun. What’s beautiful about the Nutcracker is it’s such a beloved story throughout many, many years. So it’s really fun to be able to play a character that so many people all over the world can relate to and have kind of like this childhood connection from seeing the ballet when they were young. I think that’s really important to be able to do.”
How was it to work with Morgan Freeman?
He’s a really nice guy. He’s very joyous and has a very fun sense of humor, so it was really fun just getting to know him and getting to talk to him, and seeing what he was like.
All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.