Exclusive Interview: AnnaSophia Robb
I recently had the chance to chat with AnnaSophia Robb about her role in Race to Witch Mountain (which is available on Disney Blu-Ray and DVD today), what’s up next for her, and her tips for fans looking to get into the industry!
JC: Tell me about your role as Sara in Race to Witch Mountain.
I played an alien in Race to Witch Mountain and I have really cool powers. I’m telepathic and I’m telekinetic so that means I can read minds and move objects with my mind. She was a really fun character to play because she’s pretty different from myself. I also got a lot of creative freedom because nobody knows what an alien is really like. We basically got to make our characters whatever we wanted!
JC: What is your favorite part of the movie?
I think one of the most fun scenes to shoot was the convention scenes because all of the actors were there. There were some really crazy costumes. It was more fun and more speaking too.
JC: Did you get to do any of your own stunts on the set?
Not really, because we’re minors. We did do one, there was like a big explosion in the underground lab at one time. It was at the end of the day and asked if we could do a roll or something, where you’re just getting back up, and we’re like ‘Yeah, that’s not that hard!’ So we just kind of rolled over!
JC: Do you have any funny stories from the set?
Alexander and I got into all sorts of trouble when we were off set, or on set but not filming. One of the times we got ahold of fake movie money. We were filming in Las Vegas and we got a video camera. We started running down the street and just dropping some cash. Alexander’s cousin was in town and would film or we would take turns filming. Just to see people’s reaction and what they would do!! Like some people would see us running, see the money drop, and they wouldn’t let us know. They’d just run over to the money and pick it up secretly and keep going. It was so funny because it was obviously fake, but they wouldn’t even look, they just saw that it was green! It was really fun to watch how people react to that sort of thing. Some people were nice.
JC: Do you prefer doing movies or television shows?
Movies. I just feel like I have more versatility that way. I can move from one film to the next and do all different genres and stuff like that. But I think TV shows are great.
JC: How did you get your start acting?
I wanted to ever since I was really young. When I was eight my mom got me an agent in Denver because I was just begging her. And then I took an acting class for about three months, and at the end of the class LA agents and managers came out and they brought me out to LA. I went out during pilot season and then I went out during the summer. It all kind of started from there.
JC: Do you have any tips for fans interested in getting into the industry?
I would say, do it if you really love acting. Don’t do it because you want to become famous or anything. That was never really my goal. I never saw myself walking down a red carpet or anything. I just thought of performing because I really wanted to be in front of people and performing. I think you should make that your goal instead of fame, because then you’re not doing it for the right reasons.
JC: If you could play any role, what would you do?
There is a book that I’m trying to get made into a movie. It’s called A Summer of Kings. I thin it’s a really beautiful story and it’s one of my favorite books and I’d love to play that character.
JC: If you could work with any actor, who would it be and why?
That’s hard! I would love to work with Natalie Portman. I think she’s a really talented actress. She started as a really young actor and I think she’s transferred to being a young woman and into a woman very well. And she went to an Ivy League school and I really respect her. And I think Meryl Streep is a wonderful role model as well.
JC: If you weren’t acting, what would you want to do?
It’s so hard to bring myself out of this business because I’ve been doing it for six years! I don’t know, maybe a psychiatrist or I’d love to be a film producer. I think that would be fun to create projects.
JC: Do you ever want to put out an album?
I’m not sure. I like to sing and I can sing, but it hasn’t been my main focus. I’d like to get more comfortable with my voice. But we’ll see what happens, possibly!
JC: What’s up next for you?
Right now I have a few projects in development, but we’re just working on those. And I’m going to be starting my sophomore year of school in like 15 days which is scary. I’m not ready for summer to end!
JC: Do you have any good luck charms?
I’ve been wearing my friendship bracelets that my friends made and I guess those bring me luck. I can just walk around and it feels more me when I’m all dressed up in a skirt.
JC: If you could say anything to your fans, what would it be?
Be yourself. It’s hard with all the media telling you what you should be like – that you should like this or try to be this. What you do makes you special and that’s what makes the world go round is people being different. Just appreciate yourself and who you are.