Oz The Great and Powerful- Joey King Interview #DisneyOzEvent #DisneyOz

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If you’ve been keeping up with my posts at The Mama Report, you’ve probably realized we had the fortunate opportunity to interview all the stars of the film.  Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, James Franco, Zach Braff, director- Sam Raimi and young actress Joey King.

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At only 13 years old, Joey King has a resume that would make most actors quite envious.  This bright, cheery, and polite young lady took a few minutes to chat with our group.  Her enthusiasm for the movie and her fellow actors was quite obvious.  She was delighted to voice the animated character- China Girl and portray a wheelchair bound girl in the beginning of the film.  Clearly, this young girl is determined to have a career in the movie making business and with her beautiful smile and positive attitude I’m sure she will succeed.

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QUESTION : How did you get involved with the project?

JOEY KING :  I auditioned for it, and I really loved it.  It was so exciting for me, and magical, ‘cause I’m a huge fan of the original movie.  And when I went to the screen test, I got to meet Sam there.  And it was just amazing.  And I wanted to be a part of it really badly because it seemed like such a fun thing to do, and it was just a breathtaking movie.

QUESTION : Were any of the actresses like your mom on set?

JOEY KING : Michelle Williams is more like my mom. Mila Kunis more like my sister.  Michelle was really funny because she wanted to know things, like, what age I got my phone at, how old am I to wear heels?  So she was asking me a bunch of things.  And one time when she asked me, how old were you when you got your phone?   And I said I got my phone at 10-years-old.  She said, ten, really! That’s early!  I said, no it’s not!  So she wanted to ask me a few things, and she was more like a mom figure to me.

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QUESTION : Do you have a China Girl doll yet?

JOEY KING : I’m working on getting it.  I really want one because she’s so cute, and I think it’d be really fun to show my family.

QUESTION : What did you think of your finished character when you saw the movie for the first time?

JOEY KING : When I saw the movie at the premier, that was the first time I’d seen it.  I had only seen about 20 minutes of it before.  It was really exciting for me, because I got to play two characters.  I played a little girl in a wheel chair in Kansas, and then I played the China Girl in the Land of Oz.  So it was really cool to see how everything came together, and how they did China Girl, ‘cause what they did was they used CGI technology, and they filmed my face, and attached my expressions onto China Girl.  So it was really like I was watching myself, kind of, but in an animated character.

QUESTION : Do you feel like it was easy getting into the character?

JOEY KING :  There were parts that were very difficult to get into that mode, and you have to be very different than yourself.  But, I am always up for a challenge, and I love those kind of things, but this one was a little bit more close to my personality.  She’s very sassy, and she had a lot of personality.  She’s very energetic.  But she’s just a little bit manipulative, in a way, but I pull pranks on my sister, so I can’t say that I’m not.

QUESTION : What was your favorite part about the movie?

JOEY KING : There are so many great parts about filming that movie, ‘cause it was really exciting for me.  I love the original, and I just loved everything about the script.  One of my favorite parts was just getting to work with everyone, like James, Mila, Zach, Michelle, and Sam Raimi is an amazing director, an amazing person, and I love the way he works.  He’s very precise, and he catches every little detail.  But it makes all the difference.  And he let us play around with it and that made it just feel really more natural.  And also the cast. Like I said, Michelle’s, was like a mom.  Mila’s like a sister to me.  Zach is like a brother to me, and James is always teasing me on set.  And he’s like a brother to me, too.  So I love them all.

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QUESTION : What advice do you have to other kids that want to get involved in acting?

JOEY KING : My advice is to never give up.  Because I’ve been doing this since I was four years old, and I’m 13 right now.  But it took a while to actually get where I am.  And it’s really exciting now that I am here because it was a lot of rejection, and a lot of auditioning, and getting so close, but not close enough to where you actually get it.   I never gave up, because I am here, and that’s my advice to everyone, to never give up, because you never know when, when it can happen.

QUESTION : How old were you when you watched the original Wizard of Oz?

JOEY KING : That’s a really good question.  I’m not really sure.  It was a while ago because I’ve watched it so many times, over and over and over again.  It’s one of my favorite movies.  I grew up with it.

QUESTION : Did you get to hang out with the puppet?

JOEY KING : I got to be on set a lot, which was really cool, because they filmed my face in the booth.  But Zach and I, ‘cause we were in the same booth together, we got to go on set a lot, and they brought the cameras on set and the puppeteer he was amazing.  She had so many strings on her, and he knew what every one worked, and it was so cool to watch. I got to hang out with her a lot.  It was almost like she was a real person.  I forgot that she was just a puppet.  That was really exciting and neat.

QUESTION : How do you balance your work with being a teenager?

JOEY KING : A lot of people ask me that, and it’s actually a lot of fun for me to come here and do this kind of thing.  It’s exciting for me. I love going away and filming, ‘cause I usually have to travel.  And when I come home I get to see my friends, and I get to hang out with them, and do fun things a lot.  But this what I love to do, and it’s part of who I am, and I love it.

QUESTION : What is it like being a role model for other kids who are watching your career?

JOEY KING : It’s cool to see that kids look up to me, and they admire my work, and I think that’s really neat. I love letting kids know that there’s more than just sitting at home on your computer and doing things like that.

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QUESTION : What was your favorite scene in the movie?

JOEY KING : My favorite scene was when I’m convincing Oz to let me go with him, and Finley on their journey to hunt the Wicked Witch.  And that scenes is my favorite because you get to see this side of China Girl where she’s kind of that manipulative little girl.  But she really wants to hang out with them and go on this adventure.  It was a funny scene, and I loved seeing how it all played.

QUESTION : What was the most challenging thing for you about being on set?

JOEY KING :  We filmed the movie for almost six months, which is longer than anything I’ve worked on before.  I wasn’t there the whole time.  I was home for one of those months, but one of the most challenging things for me was that I wasn’t on set the whole time, When I had to go back in that little booth, it wasn’t as fun as it was being on set.

QUESTION : When you were not doing your voices, would you run around on set and explore?

JOEY KING : Yeah.  When I wasn’t doing school, I was usually roaming around.  The sets were the most amazing thing for me to see.  They were so big, and detailed. It was really cool for me, because I loved the original movie, and the sets were very similar.  But there was also a big studio that I would roam around, and I’d run to the wardrobe department, and the hair department.  I would just take a look at the costumes and all the costumes were crazy!  The Wicked Witch!  That was really cool.

QUESTION : What was your favorite character other than your own?

JOEY KING : Definitely Finley.  Finley was so cute!  In the movie he’s so funny.  I like that Finley and China Girl kinda bring a certain humor and light to it.  And Finley is definitely, hands down my favorite character because he’s so funny.  

Oz The Great and Powerful is in theaters NOW! 

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My trip to the #DisneyOzEvent was funded entirely by Disney, however all opinions are my own.

Comments

  1. Wow, what an impressive young lady!

  2. She sounds very mature for 13. I do love how she said she “grew up” watching The Wizard of Oz. 🙂

    Thanks!

  3. susie turner says

    very impressed with this young lady very well spoken

  4. John Hutchens says

    it was a good movie. we all loved the china doll. wonderful movie

  5. sharon gullikson says

    She seems so mature……I can’t wait to see this.

  6. Karen Glatt says

    Thanks for letting me know who Joey King is because I had not heard of her before. I liked the China Doll character that she plays in the Oz the Great and Powerful! I thought that it was so inspiring that she never gave up, and kept persuing her dream of being an actress!

  7. She is so adorable and so down to earth. I cannot wait to watch this movie because it seems like it is going to be such a good movie to watch.

  8. She is a little cutie pie. I love how wise she sounds for her age. Can’t wait to see this movie.

  9. Carrie Phelps says

    I just saw this movie in IMax 3D last weekend, it was great and China Doll was adorable!

  10. Reading this makes me want to run out and see it as soon as I can! What a remarkable young lady!

  11. Joyce Raymond says

    Great post! Joey is so humble she thinks she will have to try hard to get her own China doll. Sweet kid :).

  12. Megan Parsons says

    What a great post! I am really getting excited to see this movie with all the blog posts about it!

  13. krista grandstaff says

    What a lovely interview…it’s nice to read about someone so poised and well spoken for her age 🙂

  14. natalie nichols says

    She sounds like a sweetheart.

  15. Megan Cromes says

    she sounds like a sweet young woman!;)

  16. I love reading interviews and more about the actors that are in films. Joey King sounds wonderful.

  17. Christy Anderson says

    Very mature little girl!

  18. This movie has such a great cast! I can’t wait to see it!

  19. Jessica Snow says

    She is a very bright young lady. I see her going far in her acting career.
    Thanks for this interview!

  20. She sounds like a fabulous kid that really knows what she wants! I am looking forward to seeing this!

  21. jamie braun says

    such a bright girl, she is! love how motivated she is!

  22. Constance Zimmer says

    I haven’t seen it yet- but now I am intrigued. I love Mila Kunis, so that’s just more reason that I think I would like it….

  23. Darlene Ysaguirre says

    Wow hard to believe she only 13 quite a resume already!

  24. Can’t wait to see this! Thanks for the great review – it’s the 1st I’ve seen about anyone involved w/the movie that wasn’t a”principal or featured actor”! Have to watch for this girl, I’m sure we’ll be seeing her a lot!!!

  25. Seems like a great movie

  26. kathy pease says

    this looks really good id love to see it..and what a great group picture 🙂

  27. She’s seems so mature for her age. Movie looks good

  28. Lorayne Gothard says

    So nice you got to meet her. My kids and I really liked the movie!!

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