I had the pleasure to interview Alice Through the Looking Glass’s Mia Wasikowka this week. I was in LA covering the Red Carpet for Disney. During our interview we spoke about her career, her character, her favorite parts that made the film and didn’t make the film, and if she could travel back in time.
Alice Through the Looking Glass Mia Interview
About Traveling Back in Time
In the movie, Mia Wasikowka, who plays Alice gets her hands on Time’s chromosphere. Time is a new character in the movie. This allows her to travel back in time. Her mission to travel back in time is a completely for an unselfish reason to help her friend, Mad Hatter. I had to pleasure to ask Mia if she could travel back into time where would she go. She said since she has done so many different period films in the Victorian era that she would want to go there, but she wouldn’t want to stay there because the outfits aren’t comfortable.
“Well, I probably would go to the Victorian era, just because I’ve like done so many films in that era. I want to see if we kind of got it accurate. And I want to know what we’ve missed. It seems so like I would never, ever want to live in that time even having spent just a few months in those costumes. Even after the first one, I said I’d like never do another period film, and I obviously haven’t kept that up. I would never really want to live in that time, but I would love to see it.”
About Favorite Relationships
Alice builds many relationships with different characters in the movie. She has her friendship with Mad Hatter, her sister (which is the Red Queen), her Mom, Time, and of course a few other characters. I asked Mia Wasikowka which of those characters was her favorite character to play.
“I like a few of them. I do like the relationship with Alice and Time. I think Sasha plays a confident idiot very well. He’s like this old powerful loser in a way and Alice is the only one that kind of isn’t scared enough to pull him out how he just doesn’t make any sense at all. I like that she sort of has no fear in approaching anyone, especially him, because he’s got such strong ego. I also really like the scenes with the Hatter. I mean, when you’re filming a film like this and it’s green screen for five months, you spend a lot of time running around and jumping around. And so obviously the more enjoyable days was when it was those really lovely scenes between the two of us.”
Green Screen Challenges
The movie is colorful, magical, exciting, and amazing! It is tough to determine what is reality in the film. That means there was tons of CGI and green screen acting.
“It’s quite an abstract experience.”
Her Message to Girls as a Role Model
“Alice seems to have this innate sense of who she is and even though she’s got all these challenges and people always kind of questioning her, she manages to hold on to that really strong sense of herself. I guess just that sense of not caring so much about what other people think, I think is really important.”
About Physically Preparing for the Role
I had like a two week period before we started filming with the stunt coordinators. They were really a brilliant group of people. I did quite a lot of the physical stuff, but I had a wonderful stunt double who did a lot of the really difficult painful stuff.
About Working With Sasha Baron Cohen
We all know he is so funny! He was my favorite character in the movie. It was only out of curiosity we wanted to know how it was to work with him. Mia explained that there is probably a 6 hour version of the film because of all of the improving! She did say, “It was great!”
We asked about type of movies she would love to do in the future. She told us comedies! We also asked about any scenes that got cut out she was sad to see not in the movie. She said there was one of her running on the table chasing the butterfly.
Alice Through the Looking Glass will play in theaters May 27, 2016! Get your tickets TODAY!
In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland to save her friend the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings a unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.
Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past three years sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland. Reuniting with her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem, the White Queen and the Cheshire Cat, Alice must save the Hatter and Underland itself, before time runs out. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.