Interview with Oakes Fegley & Oona Laurence #PetesDragonEvent

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I attended the #PetesDragonEvent courtesy of Disney and all of my expenses were covered. However, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own! 

Interview with Oakes Fegley “Pete” & Oona Laurence “Natalie”#PetesDragonEvent

Photo credit: Jana Seitzer /

Photo credit: Jana Seitzer /

I had a fantastic time in Los Angeles for the premiere of Pete’s Dragon. The morning after the Red Carpet Movie Premiere we had the opportunity to interview the two young stars of the film, Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence. It was an amazing experience being able to interview these two young stars and get a child’s perspective on the film and the film making process.

Photo credit: Jana Seitzer /

Photo credit: Jana Seitzer /

Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence did a wonderful job in Pete’s Dragon and truly brought their characters to life. As Pete, Oakes Fegley spends a large portion of the movie interacting with Elliot (the dragon) and this requires creativity. During the filming, they had to act with a tennis ball on a stick or masking tape on a wall to represent Elliot (who would be added in later.) Both of them were honest and admitted that this was challenging  at the beginning but did become easier the more they filmed the movie.

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Photo Credit: Disney

Neither of them had seen the original Pete’s Dragon before they filmed this re-imagining. Since it is a re-imagining of the original tale there was no need. However, Oakes has seen it since filming was completed but Oona admitted that she still has not seen it.

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Photo Credit: Disney

When asked what it was like to work with Robert Redford, this is what Oakes had to say….

“… He’s a legend.  He’s really, really cool.  He’s funny  and really nice.  He’s a lot like a father to everybody and he’s… just amazing.

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Photo Credit: Disney

I was truly touched by what Oakes Fegley said he wanted kids to take away from the movie. While many kids would focus on the magic of Elliot, Oakes went deeper with a meaning that is prevalent through out the film, FAMILY. Oona Laurence agreed with Oakes and it truly shows the maturity that these two young actors have.

What message do you want our kids to take away from watching this movie?

“For them to know that family is very, very important.  And that  you can’t give up on family because they are there for you whenever.”

Bryce Dallas Howard is Grace, Wes Bentley is Jack Oakes Fegley is Pete and Oona Laurence is Natalie in Disney's PETE'S DRAGON, the adventure of a boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot who just happens to be a dragon.

Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence are just like other children and enjoy doing the same things other kids do. This includes attending school, hanging with friends and playing video games.

The film was taped in New Zealand and the beauty was not lost on them. This is what Oona Laurence had to say about visiting New Zealand.

“I mean, it’s such a beautiful, and luscious place. There’s so much to do there, too.  So it was great.  When we had free time we would go do all the touristy stuff.  Also,the people are so nice.”

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Photo Credit: Disney

It was a true honor to be able to sit down with these two young and very talented individuals. It was so fun to hear them talk about the fun they had while filming Pete’s Dragon and see their excitement about this wonderful film. They even took time after the interview to pose for a group photo.

Photo credit: Jana Seitzer /

Photo credit: Jana Seitzer /

Make sure to check out our interview with Bryce Dallas Howard who plays Grace in Pete’s Dragon.

Check out my review of Pete’s Dragon and make plans to see it in theaters now!

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  1. Sara says

    My kids are really excited to see this! The actors are adorable and talented! What a treat to meet them and share this time with them!

  2. Emma Spellman says

    I can’t wait to see this movie. We will probably wait until it comes on DVD though because my toddlers are crazy at the theaters.

  3. says

    They are so adorably cute. I would love to pick their brains about acting and wait it means to them! How fun that they get to be part of such a classic reborn!

  4. Ann Bacciaglia says

    This is a great interview. We are so excited to go see this movie. The kids are constantly watching the trailer.

  5. Rebecca Swenor says

    This sounds like a fantastic interview with these two talented young people. Pete’s Dragon is one movie we can’t wait to see with my niece’s kids. Thanks for sharing the interview and the trailer.

  6. Nicole Etolen says

    These two kids look so adorable and very talented! I want to see this movie.

  7. says

    It’s always fun to go behind the scenes with movies, especially when you’re getting the actor’s input on the movie. I think this makes the movie even more enjoyable to watch!