I was sent on an all expense paid trip to LA to cover the premier of Tomorrowland. All opinions listed are 100% my own.
When I was asked to go on this press junket to cover the premier of Tomorrowland, I never expected to fall head over heels in love with the adorable Raffey Cassidy, who plays Athena in the movie.
Raffey entered the room smiling and excited to get to talk to us all. For her being as young as she is, she really holds herself well, and did an amazing job answering all the questions that we fired off at her!
All of us moms wanted to know right off the bat what got her into acting at such a young age?
My brother went for an audition, and then they asked me if I wanted to have a go at it. So I went in and read for them and it just started from there.
If you have seen the movie, you know she has an accent — a British one, and yes — that is her real accent. I really enjoyed listening to her talk because I love that accent!
She then shared with us how she got involved in Tomorrowland.
I just went up for an audition, but it was a self-tape at home kind. Once they viewed that, then I went to London to do another screen test. Once I made it through that round, then I went to America to do another screen test. From that test, I found out that I got the part.
We asked her what her first scene was to shoot and it was the one at the World’s Fair where young Frank Walker was getting on the bus.
We then wanted to know what her favorite scene was to shoot, and she said doing the blast from the past was her favorite scene because there was a lot of action in it.
Not sure what the Blast from the Past is? You have to see the movie to see young Athena in action!
Of course there is an underlying theme through the whole movie, and we asked Raffey what she hoped the viewers took away from the movie. She shared —
I hope that everybody should be very optimistic and feel that there’s a way around their problem if they’re in a bad situation. There’s always a bright side. For Athena, this is great because she is so wise. She’s like an old soul in a young body.
She’s my kind of girl. I am one of those optimistic people too. It’s nice to know that there are others like that in this world!
The most challenging part of the film was creating a background for Athena, because she didn’t really have one.
In the movie, Athena has a lot of action scenes where she is fighting and doing martial arts, so all of us moms wanted to know how in the world she could move like that!
I trained for two months in gymnastics and martial arts, and then I went to Canada and did another month of martial arts and a bit of gymnastics. Then I trained off and on throughout the remainder of filming. I did it every couple of days every week or so.
One of her other favorite scenes to film during the movie was when she learned how to drive the truck. She said she thought she might have gotten a little too confident because a few times Britt told her to stop because she was so close to wrecking them!
Working with George was another highlight for her. She said he was super professional, really fun, and she learned a ton from him.
The first time she saw the movie all the way through was when she was watching for the first time with everyone else. She kept saying “Wow” through the whole thing and when it ended, she couldn’t believe it was over already.
Since we had asked ALL the other actors and actresses from the film what would be one item they would love to have in the future from the movie, we had to ask Raffey too. And guess what it was? Yep — the jet pack! Everyone wants that jetpack.
Since Athena is a robot in the movie, we asked her how she trained for that role.
Athena has so many different qualities. She’s optimistic. She’s intelligent. She’s wise, and I just kind of put all of those together. I always had an image in my head for a scene, so it was never just go in cold into it and trying to create one in my head. I always had an image that would just help me and I’d always be able to think of it to get me through this.
Since we asked her what her favorite scene was to shoot, we also wanted to know what her hardest scene was to shoot.
My hardest scene would probably be the end scene. I mean, that was a lot of lines to remember, but once
I learned them, it just flowed and George had to make a lot of eye contact with me.
It was easy to perform and it would have been hard if George wasn’t so good. It was easy because he jas just so professional and kept eye contact the whole time.
There were many locations in the movie where filming took place — in a field, in Tomorrowland, at Casey’s house — we wanted to know what her favorite place was to film. Of course, she said it was the Eiffel Tower. It was so very real and very cool.
Since many of us moms have a daughter her age, we wanted to ask her how she hoped this movie inspired them, especially when it comes to the STEM program at schools (Science, Math Technology program).
Well, I’d say the future isn’t a place we’re going. It’s something we’re making, so it can be anything that they want it to be. This movie gives you so much hope and optimism. It makes you think you can make a difference, you can change the world.
She shared with us what she thought about acting, and we talked about her family some, and what they thought of the movie, and then we wanted to know who her role models are.
Her answer? Britt Robertson. And this was Britt’s face when we shared that with her —
She was really humbled to know that she was making a difference in Raffey’s life.
Raffey said that Britt was kind and loving, and she really made her want to be a better person.
Our final question for Raffey was what is next for her and with any teenager, her response was heading back to school (said with a groan and eye roll).
Tomorrowland is Now in Theaters Everywhere!
From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.
Genre: Mystery Adventure
U.S. Release date: May 22, 2015
Running time: 130 min.