During #DisneysNutcrackerEvent we had the opportunity to interview Mackenzie Foy from Disneys The Nutcracker and The Four Realms. Just weeks shy of her eighteenth birthday, Foy is giddy with excitement as she shares exclusive details about her latest film. If you don’t know who Mackenzie Foy is you soon will.
An Exclusive Interview with Mackenzie Foy
How does it feel to be a classical holiday character now?
It’s really fun. What’s beautiful about the Nutcracker is that it’s such a beloved story throughout many years. It’s really fun to be able to play a character that so many people all over the world can relate to and have this childhood connection from seeing the ballet when they were young. I think that’s really important to be able to do.
What was it like to get the call that you were gonna be Clara with the movie?
It was really exciting. I was actually in the shower and doing my hair when my mom ran in, and she was like, the director’s on the phone. I was like, oh my gosh, okay! I put a towel on, and I answered. The director asked, “Would you be our Clara?” I said, “Oh my goodness, yes! Thank you so much!”
Can you tell us about the interview process?
The audition process was actually quite long. It was two months, which, it isn’ really long, but it is more than usual. I did a screen test where they flew me to London to do it in full costume, hair, and makeup with a partial set and a real camera. I didn’t really have too many details about the story of the character when I first got the audition. I knew that it was a British character and that immediately, piqued my interest. I went further into the actual process, learned more of what the story is, and what the character was. I kind of got to go a little deeper into her, and then when I was booked, I was fully immersed in Clara, which was fun.
On stunt work
I did a lot of stunts, which was really fun. I had horse training, which was awesome, and I went to this place- it’s called The Devil’s Horseman; They’re film horses, and they’re proper stunt people. It was really cool being with these horses. It’s what you think of the English countryside, that’s what it looked like there. It was amazing training outside on these beautiful horses.
Do you see this film as being one of those traditional holiday movies that families will continue to watch every year?
I definitely hope it is something that people want to see every year. I think the film really captures the spirit of the holiday season when it starts to be cold, and you have that joyous feeling. It also has elements of the book and the ballet to where if you are older, you have seen it many times, you have that nostalgic feeling. It also has all kinds of new twists and turns, and so it kinda brings in the younger and all ages. It brings everyone in together to watch it. I hope that families like it and that they go and see it every year.
What’s it like to work with Morgan Freeman?
He is a really nice guy. He’s very joyous and has a very fun sense of humor. It was really fun just getting to know him and seeing what he was like.
What advice do you have for young girls that look up to you and wanna follow in your footsteps?
I hope they see that Clara is unapologetically herself. She’s this young inventor in her time period, it wasn’t really socially acceptable, but she still- this is who I am. This is what I love to do, and I’m gonna 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.
With notable films in her resume, Mackenzie Foy continues to shine on the big screen as Clara. This will not be the last we see of this talented actress who has a promising career ahead. Watch her in Disney’s Nutcracker playing in theatres now.
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