Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin Interviews - Nim's Island
What animal did Abigail say was animatronic?
What's the importance of doing a comedy that empowers females, especially little girls?
Jodie Foster: "You know, it's a great thing. There's the lightness of it, I think, for me, interested me with the character. But you're right. It's the empowerment issue with the young kids. Here's a young girl, Nim, who climbs coconut trees and wears a tool belt and fixes things, and makes her own food. In some ways the thing that's the most heroic about her is that she can take care of herself. And I can't think of a more important message for young girls, that you don't have to wait for someone to take care of you. You can take care of yourself. And it doesn't require like being a robot and having a laser or lots of CGI, that it's actually about learning, reading, and being active and coming up with stuff at the last minute and being the hero of your own life story. I think that's a very grassroots message and it kind of harkens back to those movies from the 1970s that I did, the Disney films from the 1970s, so it's exciting for me."
And working with young Abigail Breslin?
Jodie Foster: "I knew she was good so I wasn't surprised by how good Abigail is. But it's amazing to me what a deep well of emotion that she's able to access that I really could not do at her age. That side of acting I just had no idea what that was about until I hit my late 20s, I think. It was a mysterious to me, and probably because I wasn't a born actress the way Abigail Breslin is."
Jodie Foster: "I love the physical part of making films. I think that's the thing that draws me over and over again because you find everything else through the physical stuff. I get excited on a day when I know I'm going to be working in a water tank or I know that I'm going to be having to repel up a building or something that requires that kind of physical concentration. So I'm always going to be looking for that."
And the comedy part?
Jodie Foster: "And the comedy part was too fun. It was great."
Abigail Breslin: "I love animals and I think that it's really cool that there's a lot of animals in it. There's a sea turtle Well, it was an animatronic but he looks really real. And then there's two sea lions and five lizards. It was really cool and two pelicans."
How tough was it doing all the outdoor things being that you're a city kid?
Abigail Breslin: "Well, they had to teach me how to run. Not run like a girl because apparently I do, so that was a little bit hard."
And the underwater scenes?
Abigail Breslin: "That was fun. I thought that I was a really good swimmer until I got there and then I figured out I wasn't really that [good]."
Paula Mazur: "The reason I was so possessed with making Nim's Island was I felt that there weren't any movies that showed young girls as empowered and can do and indomitable. You know, a lot of the movies have them interested in boys and what are they wearing, and kind of more petty concerns. And here was this girl who just was running her island. And I felt like it was really important to show those type of characters. She goes beyond gender and I really wanted to get that into the world."