The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is now out in theatres! If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should do so ASAP. When I was in Los Angeles last week, we were able to talk with Mackenzie Foy, the young lead in the film, about her role in the new classic. She really seemed to enjoy her time on set and getting the chance to be a part of such a production.
Mackenzie Foy — Taking on a Lead Role in a Beloved Classic
Being only 17 years old, I was impressed by how well-spoken Foy was, how she held herself, and how her expressions were delivered in a clear and delightful manner. It was nice to hear her fresh take on the process, the costumes, and her fellow actors. Plus, she was such a sweetie! Wow, those statements must have come from the “mom” in me… Well, here is what she had to say.
Foy was honored to be part of such a well-known and well-loved story and ballet.
What’s beautiful about the Nutcracker is that it’s such a beloved story throughout many years. So, it’s really fun to be able to play a character that so many people all over the world can relate to and have like this childhood connection from seeing the ballet when they were young. I think that’s really important to be able to do.
What was your favorite costume to wear?
I wear quite a few costumes in the film which was really, really fun. They were all handmade, all very, very intricate, which is really amazing. But, I really love the purple party dress because that one has a bustle and that one’s really fun. Actually, I have a couple of bustles in the film. I have a proper cage and then I have kind of just like a bum pad… it was really cute. It was very beautiful.
There’s a lot of detail that went into the costume design, from the tights, to the shoes, to the many skirt layers, and the bodices, and the corset. So, I have a very high respect for all of the costumes. Also, they have kind of a different character to them and they kind of go with Clara’s evolution, which I really like.
Mackenzie Foy — Being Clara
What was it like to get the call that you were gonna be Clara for the movie?
It was really exciting. I was actually in the shower and doing my hair when my mom ran in. She was like, “The director’s on the phone.” I was like, “Oh my gosh, okay!” So, I put a towel on and I answered. The director was like, “Would you be our Clara?” I was like, “Oh my goodness, yes! Thank you so much!” And, he’s like, “All right, see you in a couple weeks.”
Can you tell us about the audition process?
The audition process was actually quite long. It was about two months, which it isn’t really, really long, but it is more than usual. It was really fun, actually, because I did self-tapes because the casting was with me in London. Once I did a screen test, they flew me to London to do it in full costume, hair and makeup, a partial set, real camera. It was like, “Oh my goodness.” They actually flew me there twice which was really fun.
I didn’t really have too many details about the story or the character when I first got the audition. I just knew that it was a British character and that immediately piqued my interest. As I went further into the actual process, I learned more of what the story is, and what the character was, and I kind of got to go a little deeper into her, and then when I booked it, I was like fully immersed in Clara, which was fun.
What was the difference with this character, because you’re the main character in this film, than what you played before?
Well, every character, no matter how big or small has its own challenges because they’re all unique, and you have to do the research in order to properly create them. But, I would say with Clara and her being a main role, there was definitely… This is the story, it follows my character, so I have to make sure that everything is in line. I have to make sure the past is in my head and I have to make sure I know where she’s going, character arcs, and emotional complexity, all of those things. So with the bigger part, you have to go more in detail to all of those things, especially how they relate to every single character in the film.
What was your favorite realm in the film?
It’s ever changing. But, right now I really love the Land of Snowflakes just because it’s very blue and shiny, and very sparkly. And, because it’s still kinda hot here, I’m dying for winter weather and winter clothes so that’s in my head at the moment.
How long did the filming take?
It was about six to seven months.
Can you tell us what a typical day would look like for shooting?
A typical day of filming: putting on the costumes, playing and working with them, which was really fun. The set on this film, the cast and crew, everyone was really, really nice, so it was a really fun and very happy environment. I still keep in contact with a lot of the crew. It was really amazing.
There was a lot of young women our the crew and so we all got along really, really well. We’d talk about our shows that we watched on the weekend and all of that stuff. School-wise, because if you’re a kid you still have to do school. Because of my age, I did three to five hours of school a day. Whenever there was downtime, if they had to change the cameras and stuff like that, I would go and do schoolwork.
Mackenzie Foy — Advice for Young Girls
What advice do you have for young girls that look up to you and wanna follow in your footsteps?
As for young girls, I hope they see this film and I hope they see that Clara is unapologetically herself. That even though she’s this young inventor, in her time period it wasn’t really socially acceptable, but she’s still, “This is who I am. This is what I love to do and I’m going to do it!”
I hope they see that and know you can do that. You can be interested in science, you can be in interested in mechanics, and you can still wear dresses and like those kinds of things.
Foy plays a charming Clara in the film and as you can probably tell, had a lot of fun while do—ing so. See how she did in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms by watching it with your family this week!
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is in theaters now!
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