Going on these trips are so much fun. The best interviews are almost always when we interview the kids. They are so fun, charming and well just themselves! Why not check out my interview with Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence! Disney invited me out on an all expenses paid trip to cover Pete’s Dragon red carpet premiere event for you.
How many times did you have to throw yourself off the cliff before they got the scene right?
Oakes: I don’t know the exact number of times. I’m going to say it was 10 times. We did stunt training before the filming. We felt safe with everything we did.
What were your favorite parts from the movie?
Oona: I loved the whole movie. The part where Oakes and Elliot say goodby made me cry. It just ripped my heart out.
Oakes: That was one of my favorite scenes too. I also liked when Elliot slides into the cow.
What was the dragon snot made of?
It was made of water and all kinds of stuff. They used something like an air gun set up. They just blasted it at us.
How did you deal with acting with an animated animal that wasn’t really there?
Oona: We had to act with a tennis ball on a stick so it was kind of hard at first. But once we got used to it, it was fine. It was a bit difficult to imagine a tennis ball as a dragon.
Oakes: Either a tennis ball on a stick or a tape on the wall. At the beginning it was kind of challenging and hard.
Did you enjoy making Bad Moms or Pete’s Dragon more or did you like both?
Oona: I enjoyed making both. I just want to keep acting and doing what I’m doing.
Did you see the original Pete’s Dragon to prepare?
Oakes: It was so different from this movie that I didn’t see it before. I’ve seen it a few times since then though. I’m incredibly proud of myself.
Oona: I didn’t see it.
How did you get the role?
Oona: I went through a few auditions and then a chemistry read with Oakes.
Oakes: Yeah, I did the same thing.
What’s up next for you two?
Oakes: I just finished a role with Julianne Moore it was so cool.
Oona: I am going to high school. So I’m excited about that. That’s enough to keep me busy.
What was your favorite part about shooting in New Zealand?
Oona: It’s such a beautiful, luscious place. There’s so much to do there too. The people are so nice. At the end of it my mom was like we have to move there.
What’s it like working with Robert Redford?
Oakes: He’s really cool. He’s funny, nice and a father and amazing.
What message do you want our kids to take away from watching this movie?
Oakes: Family is very important and you can’t give up on family.
What do you do outside of making movies?
Oakes: I play football and video games.
Oona: I just hang out with my friends and go to school.
Did you grow your hair long for the movie or was it a wig?
Oakes: It was extensions. They asked me to grow it long but it wouldn’t grow. They put in the permanent extensions and they weren’t fun at night sleeping.
What did you like about seeing the film on the big screen?
Oona: Seeing the dragon was so cool.
Oakes: Watching the trailer and seeing the dragon was incredible. After imagining the dragon and then seeing it was just incredible.
Were there any extra special moments on set?
Oakes: I had a lot of extra special moments. My driver, Shane was just so nice. I miss him.
What was the most challenging scene?
Oakes: When I had to leave Elliot. I was crying about a green screen leaving me. So that was pretty challenging.
Oona: When my parents fell off the bridge and imagining that I thought I wasn’t going to see them again. They were on a green screen so.
What do your friends think about being in the movie?
Oakes: They all see me as a normal kid. They don’t really care.
What’s your favorite Disney movie now?
Oakes: I really like the old Jungle Book.
Oona: The Lion King is mine.
Thank you Oona and Oakes for spending your day speaking with us! We loved you in the movie!
Pete’s Dragon is in theaters now!
Genre: Live Action
U.S. Release date: August 12, 2016
Running time: TBD
Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban,
Oona Laurence, Isiah Whitlock, Jr. and Robert Redford
Director: David Lowery
Screenplay by: David Lowery & Toby Halbrooks
Based on a screenplay by: Malcolm Marmorstein
Producer: Jim Whitaker
Executive Producer: Barrie M. Osborne
A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.
A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. “Pete’s Dragon” stars Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”), Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Oona Laurence (“Southpaw”), Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (“Cedar Rapids”) and Oscar® winner Robert Redford (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”). The film, which is directed by David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a screenplay by Malcolm Marmorstein and produced by Jim Whitaker (“The Finest Hours,” “Friday Night Lights”), with Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Great Gatsby”) serving as executive producer.
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.
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Check out my other Pete’s Dragon posts!
Make sure you check out my other posts before you go! Pete’s Dragon trailers and my trip itinerary, coloring sheets, and mazes, dot to dot and other fun printable sheets My red Carpet experience and my movie review too! My Bryce Dallas Howard interview too!