Going to a RED CARPET event like CHRISTOPHER ROBIN World Premiere has its amazing benefits. It’s not only being a witness to celebrities and stars of different caliber walking the carpet. It is the live interviews we do with the directors, producers and the talent from the movie. Interview with Hayley Atwell is one of my favorites I’ve had in a long time.
Lively, witty and so mind and heart open to new ideas, this actress truly has won me over.
You may know and remember Hayley from AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, and ANT-MAN with her Peggy Carter cameo appearances. In CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, Hayley Atwell with her Peggy Carter role is featured as the main character.
Her wide range of roles speak volumes about her ability to act and create a multi-faceted characters on-screen. That’s what we call a talent!
Her character Evelyn Robin in CHRISTOPHER ROBIN movie, is a strong and determined woman. I wanted to know where Hayley drew her inspiration and strength to portray it.
Hayley Atwell’s Sources for Inspiration of Strength in Personal Life
I have a strong mother, and I have strong women in my life. One of them is my auntie Roundy who’s over there who’s visiting from Virginia [she brought her Aunt to the interviews – awesome!], my father’s sister. I think it’s from those experiences of being with older women who set the way, and the safety that I have felt from them at times when the feeling the world is a big place and the kind of the calm, the calm kind of voice of reason and strength but a gentleness that comes with that is something that I’ve had experienced over the women in my life and felt that – like the right kind of time for this movie as well that she’s [Evelyn Robin, her character] not sentimental.
She’s not, she’s not passive. She doesn’t kind of sit there, you know, allowing things to happen, but she also doesn’t attack him [Christopher Robin] for it. I think she’s aware of the complexities of his situation and also being heartbroken about the effects it’s having on her daughter, but also not turning her daughter against her father as well. And I think for me that was a very emotionally intelligent character choice to make and one that was much more realistic. I think that’s what parents have to do and have to struggle with.
I’m not one [parent] myself, but I’ve seen it with my god children and their parents and the people in my life who have kids about that dialogue of going: how do we help our children navigate these very emotionally, tricky times with an open heart still and able to process pain in a loving and healthy way. So I think although this is a good feel children’s movie, it does touch on things that I think families will identify with.
Playing a Mother to Madeline Robin (Bronte Carmichael)
Was A Beautiful Experience
I think there wasn’t any pressure [playing a Mother to Madeline], because Evelyn’s not in the books, and so this was a new character. I wasn’t having to create something that was already well known. I think that maybe the visual department in charge of this guy might have been feeling the pressure slightly, but I think it’s also the technology at this moment, and when you can see fine hair on a bear, and you can see how human and expressive they can be.
I walked in feeling very much in safe hands. And because also you have Jim Cummings who’s been our Pooh since the 80s. He’s part of our third Pooh right now, I think, and kind of have that incredible privilege to work with him. As soon as I heard Pooh’s voice, I went “Oh, he’s here. Oh, he’s here.”
Yeah, there was a very gentle kind of atmosphere on set. We had a nice time, and we had Jenny, our amazing costume designer. She would come in and she’d go “Oh, have you seen the stuffed animals? They’re just darling.”
This is the happiest job I’ve ever done. You can’t really do a film like this and have a bad time. You cant. You know, if you were to have a grump, I think someone would be like having a bit of an unhappy day, you know.
There was a gentle quality to it because the material. I’ve always found whatever the material that I’m working, it does seem to bleed over to the atmosphere of the set in between takes. So this was a summer spent in Ashton Forest with a bear of a very big heart. Yeah, we had a nice time.
Guess What Souvenir Hayley Atwell Brought Home
Yes, I had two souvenirs. So the first thing that I was given was the gramophone which is really beautiful. and that’s in my living room. But then weeks after we wrapped, I got a package in the mail.
Mark Foster had commissioned the art department of the film to paint me a beautiful painting about this size of Pooh and my dog. And then because my dog was on set every day; and he was very welcome on set; and he would come into the rehearsals with us; and he’d sit on some of the set; and he would just be one of the animals.
Mark adored him and would always go “Oh, bring Howard! I found that dogs like my dog are very calm and very quiet, so had a quite a therapeutic effect in the workplace. So Mark took a real shine to Howard. He had this painting of Howard and Pooh in matching red sweaters. It’s really cute.
Pooh Quotes That Warm Your Heart
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – POOH
Throughout the movie, POOH gives away his wisdom of his thoughts to the complexity of situations that life throws at us. I was totally mesmerized and humbled and inspired by this totally amazing POOH bear and his reflection of life.
You can read more of the POOH quotes from the movie in this post.
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