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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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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