Headline : At 15, rising star AnnaSophia Robb is all girl but for kickboxing
By : Bill Husted The Denver Post
BAR (SORT OF): TRES JOLIE TEA & CHAMPAGNE LOUNGE
Tres Jolie Tea & Champagne Lounge, at 2399 W. Main St. in Littleton, is girlier than Cinderella on a sugar rush. This is where doilies go to die. The small shop is all sweets and scones and biscuits and berries. Tea, coffee and champagne abound in a space that owner Holly Smith calls “whimsical.” It’s got whimsy, all right, plus candles, wrapping paper, ribbons, cards, stationery, china, aprons and jelly beans. Don’t forget the peppermint hot chocolate. Three seating areas and a few seats at the soda counter hold but a few of the faithful. It opens and closes more often than a doggie door, so check it out at tresjoliestyle.com.
GRILLED: ANNASOPHIA ROBB
AnnaSophia Robb is a home-grown Colorado movie star. At 15, she’s appeared in such films as “Race to Witch Mountain,” “Bridge to Terabithia,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Because of Winn-Dixie.” Her co-stars have included such A-listers as Johnny Depp, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, Dennis Hopper, Woody Harrelson, Eva Marie Saint and Cicely Tyson. Yet she’s surprisingly down-to- earth. She lives in the Denver suburbs, where she attends public high school. She’s an only child. Her family here includes Mom, Dad and both sets of grandparents. On Nov. 12, she was presented the Rising Star Award from the Starz Denver Film Festival. She orders a pot of lavender tea and a white chocolate bomb.
BH: So what’s it like to be a sophomore in high school?
Robb: It’s really hard. To go to school and work at the same time. School goes for 6 1/2 hours every day. And then I come home and do 3 1/2 hours of homework every night.
BH: What do you do about school when you’re making a movie?
Robb: I am tutored. The school is very cooperative about that.
BH: And what about college?
Robb: Oh, yes. But I know it’s
a hard thing to do. Maybe do a semester on, a semester off. Or just block out those four years. There are a lot of options. I look to Jodie Foster, who went to Yale, and Natalie Portman, she went to Harvard. I’m going to talk to a few child actors who went to college and see how they made it work.
BH: Some child performers have grown up with a lot of bad press — Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan.
Robb: It’s definitely about your family and the kind of environment they promote. I have such a good family life. And I know that staying in Denver was one of the smartest decisions my parents and I made. I’ve been able to maintain a relatively normal life. I have high school with homework and boys and having fun and
being social and sports and schoolwork — a lot of schoolwork. And then I go to L.A., and see the big picture of what the rest of my life might be like.
BH: You turn 16 next month.
Robb: I waited to get my driving permit, so I have to wait a few months to get my license, which really bums me out. But at least I will be 16.
BH: Do you have a boyfriend?
Robb: No. Ahhh. I don’t know. Not yet.
BH: What’s your favorite movie you’ve been in?
Robb: That’s a hard question. You love every movie because you become a family and you bond and it’s so much fun. But in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” we were in London for six months. It was a fun set. Nothing
could have made it any better.
BH: What’s your favorite movie to watch?
Robb: I am writing a paper on “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and I watched it and loved it. And I love “Donnie Darko.” But I don’t have time to watch a lot of movies and read a lot of books. I read scripts, I read books for school. And then I work. It’s like, “Whoa!”
BH: Do you still stay in touch with all the people you’ve acted with? It’s a pretty heady group.
Robb: Yes. I think, “Wow, I’ve worked with these amazing people.”
BH: What are you going to do with all your money?
Robb: College and a car.
BH: Where do you like to hang out?
Robb: When I start to drive, it’ll be easier to answer that. Hanging out in obscure places isn’t really an option for someone my age. You have to get rides to and from everywhere.
BH: Where do you shop?
Robb: Oh, I feel so boring. I would love to be one of those people who know the cool places in town, all the fun new coffee shops and boutiques. But I really don’t know them. If I need something, I usually go to the mall.
BH: Do you ever diet?
Robb: Me? Diet? Never.
BH: What don’t you like?
Robb: One thing I don’t appreciate in life is when things are way overpriced. And basements.
BH: What makes you happy?
Robb: I like balance. The yin and yang. And I love my family. I love to work. I love being on set.
BH: What’s your greatest fear?
BH: What don’t you like in yourself?
Robb: I procrastinate.
BH: What don’t you like in others?
Robb: I don’t like people who smack their food or their gum.
BH: What’s your greatest extravagance?
Robb: It’ll be gas once I start driving.
BH: How are you feeling today?
Robb: I feel quite pleasant. Usually my mind is going in a million different directions, but this place is making me calm. I also outlined one of my big papers, so I am feeling quite good.
BH: This place we’re in, Tres Jolie, is very feminine.
Robb: For an interview, it’s nice to be someplace peaceful. That serves tea. I have a feminine side, I like girlie stuff, but I also kickbox. I am very strong. I have some muscle. I like to roughhouse. I like to get in the mud. I’m not afraid to get dirty.
BH: When would you lie?
Robb: To get a ride home.
BH: What do you dislike about your appearance?
Robb: I don’t like my nose.
BH: What do you like in a man?
Robb: A sense of humor, patience, not quick to anger, not needing a lot of ego-stroking, not needy.
BH: In a woman?
Robb: No B.S.; a woman who respects herself.
BH: What talent would you like to have?
Robb: I would like to be witty.
BH: What do you like to do?
Robb: I will love to drive. I like to snowboard. And hanging out with friends and playing board games.
BH: What games?
Robb: Candyland and Monopoly. And I like cards. It’s just about getting everybody around.
Robb: Coldplay. But I like everything really, except for heavy- handed Broadway shows and hard country.
Robb: Last night I read “Fall of the House of Usher.” By Poe. For school. It was good. I prefer Hawthorne, though.
BH: What names do you like?
Robb: Oh my gosh, I cannot believe you asked me that. I love names. I write them down. Right now, I like the name Flora. And Leo.
BH: Did people in Hollywood ever think of changing your name?