Disclosure: I was provided an all-expense paid trip to the #TomorrowlandEvent in order to facilitate this post; however all opinions expressed are my very own.
After watching Tomorrowland I was super excited that Raffey Cassidy would be one of our interviews. Being one of the youngest cast members of Tomorrowland we enjoyed a truly delightful interview and got to talk about the future with Raffey Cassidy! You will agree after reading this post too!
We got the questions going as soon as Raffey sat down. She was ready for us too!
Question: What got you into acting at such a young age?
Raffey: “Um, well my brother went for an audition, and then they kind of asked me if I wanted to have a go at it. So I had a go and then in kind of started from there.”
Question: How did you get involved in this movie?
Raffey : “Um, well, I just went up for like an audition, but it was a self-tape at home and then I went to London to do another screen test. And then I went to America to do another screen test. And then I found out that I got the part.”
Question: What was your first scene? *This was mine 🙂
Raffey: “Oh, my first scene… It was in the world’s fair when, I was watching young Frank get, I think it was getting on the bus.”
Question : What was your favorite scene to shoot?
Raffey: “My favorite scene to shoot was probably the blast from the past sequence. I really liked that ’cause, I mean, it was a lot of action in it.”
Raffey was quick as a whip when it came to answering our questions. We all felt she had such professionalism and poise for such a young actor.
Question: If there’s one thing you took away from it, and want everybody to think that you know.
Raffey: “That everybody should be very optimistic and feel that there’s a way around situations if they’re in a bad situation. There’s always a bright side.”
Question: What was the most challenging part of filming the movie for you?
Raffey: “Well, I kind of had to create a background for Athena, so, because she didn’t really have one, which was fun because that was something that I created for Athena.”
Question: How did you feel about your costumes in the movie?
Raffey: “I loved them. I mean, they’re, you know, the blue dress. If you look closely, there were actually algorithms; algebra in the design of the dress. Yeah. If you look close, you can just see them.”
The dress in the picture above is the math dress!! So very cool right?!
Question: You had a lot of action scenes where you had to do martial arts. Did you have to train for that, or how did you learn?
Raffey: “Yeah, I trained for two months in gymnastics and martial arts. I went to Canada and did another month of martial arts and a bit of gymnastics.”
Question: George was talking about your scene about you driving the truck. What were your feelings on driving the truck and learning to do all that?
Raffey: “I really enjoyed it. It was so fun they actually taught me how to drive and there was a scene where I had to like go down a ramp and then stop. I think really I started to get a little too confident, and I got too close. Britt just went STOP, because it got so close.”
Question: How was it working with George Clooney?
Raffey: “I’d seen the Descendants and I really liked it. And George is so, just so nice and I learned so much from him. He’s so professional but really fun at the same time.”
Question: You have a big role in this movie. What is it like to see yourself? Have you seen the whole thing?
Raffey: “I was just so shocked. It was like wow, and they put it so well together, ’cause there was never a scene when I was thinking wow, this was dragging on a bit. It was just always, yeah, and by the end of the film, it was like oh, my God. It can’t be over yet.” [LAUGHING.]
Question: What traits of Athena do you see in yourself?
Raffey: “Well, if I had to choose something, it would probably be optimism, because I think that I feel that I’m quite optimistic and always look on the bright side of a bad situation.”
Question: Because of your age, you are the future. When you were filming this film, did you look at it and say okay, this may be how the future’s gonna be, whether its certain aspects that you thought no, not too much? I mean, did it seem like it flowed for you for what may happen?
Raffey: “Yeah, there was so much technology in the actual Tomorrowland and I think that that’s how it’s going to be in, I don’t know, 60 years’ time or something. So, I think that will be what the future.”
Question: That question has gone on all morning. There’s something from the future or Tomorrowland that you could use now, what would it be?
Raffey: “The jet packs!”
Question: How did you train for the role of Athena?
Raffey: “Well, I mean, 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 to get me through this. a good job of playing a robot, I think.”
Question: What was your hardest scene to film in the movie?
Raffey: “My hardest scene would probably be, that my end scene, I mean, that was a lot of, that was a lot of lines, but once I’ve learned them, it just flowed and, and George like he had a lot of eye contact with me, so it’s so easy to perform and it would have been hard if, you know, if George wasn’t so good. But yeah, it was easy ’cause he just, he was just so professional and kept eye contact the whole time.”
Question: You filmed in a few different locations. Did you have a favorite?
Raffey: “Probably the Eiffel Tower, I mean, because that was an actual thing that Tomorrowland had recreated and it, it was just so real and very cool.”
Question: I have a daughter who is your age. What you would tell girls your age about the future and getting into STEM, that’s the, the science, math, technology?
Raffey: “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, that they want it to be.”
Question: That’s really great. That’s amazing that you’re so young and have such insight. Do you feel like the movie changed how you view the world now and the future? Did it make you more optimistic?
Raffey: “Oh, yeah, there were so much more optimistic and, and it now makes me think about like even talking about it now makes me think about the future now and, and how optimistic we can all be and, and how we can make it what we want.”
Question: Do you feel like it gave you personally more of a voice to want do stand up and try and make a change?
Raffey: “Yeah, yeah, definitely. It makes you think oh, well, maybe I can make a difference in the world.”
Question: Do you consider yourself part of the group of dreamers that you’re seeking out to find?
Raffey: “Well, I hope I’m a dreamer. I mean, yeah, I hope so.”
Question: So who were your role models, like the people that you look up to, um, and maybe inspired like your acting career?
Raffey: “I think that Britt Robertson, she’s somebody to look up to and admire because she’s just, she’s like an old person and she’s so but she’s done so much and, yeah, she’s just so kind and I really, really like her.”