Through the Eyes of a Child: Interview with Bronte Carmichael in Christopher Robin
Sitting face to face and during our interview with Bronte Carmichael about her role in Disney’s Christopher Robin was one of those life events that will forever remain in my memory. Her imagination, love and childhood excitement for this film was literally contagious and spread throughout the room like wildfire. Her belief and love for Christopher Robin and all the friends from Hundred Acre Wood made me believe and love it even more as well. To hear about the making of this beloved film through the eyes of an amazing child gave it a new viewpoint that only a child could express. In a nutshell, Bronte Carmichael will be taking the acting world by storm very, very soon.
Everyone who thinks about Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and friends are immediately taken back to their childhood memories of growing up loving and being surrounded by them and their shenanigans. For Bronte Carmichael, she is living those magical moments now. From the beginning of the interview to the end, every one of us in that room was entranced by her true passion for being a part of Disney’s Christopher Robin.
Myself, along with 24 other bloggers, were invited by Disney to attend the #ChristopherRobinEvent to watch the premiere, interview the cast, and share our experiences with you. All expenses were paid and all opinions are our own.
How did you become involved with the project?
I had to audtition. I did about three tapes before, and I went up on a Monday to meet Marc. On a Wednesday I met the producers and Marc again. We did a scene, when Madeline meets all the animals on the bridge instead of in the tennis court. We didn’t use this in the film.
Then my mom one day, my mom put a stuffed version of Eeyore on the bench in the garden. It had a note tied to its back saying, ‘looking forward to our adventures in the Hundred Acre Woods.’
So is Eeyore your favorite character?
I like them all. You can’t really like one, ‘cause they all have different personalities. They act almost like emotions. Eeyore can be gloomy and sometimes you can feel like Eeyore, but sometimes you can feel like Tigger, really bouncy. You know, I quite like Piglet. At the end of shooting the film, they gave me the Piglet to take home.
Do you have a teddy that is like a Pooh to you? A bear, or a cat?
I have lots and lots of stuffed animals at home. So, I don’t really have a favorite teddy at home, but I have lots and lots. I like to talk to them and play with them with my sister as well.
How was it like acting with stuffed animals versus people?
Like I said, I have lots of toys at home so it’s easy and fun to act with stuffed animals. It’s sort of a different experience acting with actors.
What was your favorite scene in the film?
I quite liked all the action scenes. I did my own stunt where I tripped, and I also liked riding my bike as well. That was really fun.
Do you have advice for other children that are interested in acting that you could pass along?
I would just say to be as natural as you can and don’t let things get in the way of you. You just let it flow and be there in the moment, when you’re filming.
To go along with that, what made you want to be an actress?
I’m not sure really. Everything kind of randomly fell into place. My parents friend who’s a director, asked me to be in something…once I did my first film I found I really enjoyed it.
So, how do you memorize the lines for the movie? Do you read them over and over? Do you have someone to practice with?
I read them once or twice and then I read it with my mom. Then I try to memorize them. I look back over them, and then I look at things I could work on like facial expressions during the scenes.
So, what was it like being on set, like a typical day on set? What did it involve?
I would arrive at about seven in the morning and then I would normally do hair, makeup, then costume. Then, I would have a little plate of berries before I went on. The first day on set I went into my trailer, they had set up all these little Winnie the Pooh characters all over the trailer.
So, average day, I would say depending on what we do, they’d bring me into rehearsal and then they had readers for the animals. Not the ones that they used obviously in the final film, but they had it so we didn’t have to just react to nothing. So I’d practice lines with them.
You said you love Winnie the Pooh. How did you get introduced to the character? Before filming?
My mom and dad used to read it to me when I was little. I have lots of the pop-up books and I listened to the audio books. I mean, everyone knows Winnie the Pooh, really. He is a really special character.
Do you think there’s ever an age that anyone will outgrow Winnie the Pooh?
No. I think it should always be like a special thing. Pooh is a very special character. He’s just so simple. He’s not like a really baby-ish character.
Were there any particular stories about Pooh that stood out to you from the ones that your parents read to you?
I quite like the House and Pooh Corner because each of the character in it will have a story about them. I’ve listened to the audio books so many times I can almost memorize it. They all show their personality. You know a bit more about them.
Do you have a favorite line in the movie?
Madeline is explaining to Pooh that you can’t just, nothing comes from nothing, and then Pooh tells her that nothing is the very best something, and that’s, that’s the line that I remember the most of it.
I know that you can’t just have a favorite character, but is there a character that you relate to the most?
Besides Winnie the Pooh, I sometimes like a mix of them all. Out of the most, I think I’m either like Piglet or Tigger. Piglet, sometimes can be nervous about some things. Especially with acting, there are certain things that can scare you. There can be certain takes that you are not that confident on, so you can feel like Piglet sometimes. Then when I get excited about things, like the time I got to go to Disneyland, I can be like Tigger,
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Unless otherwise noted, all photos taken during the interview with Bronte Carmichael should be properly credited to Louise Manning Bishop of Momstart.com