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Alice Through The Looking Glass - Mia Wasikowska and Suzanne Todd interview

Alice Through The Looking Glass

Interview by Rob Carnevale

MIA Wasikowska talks about reprising her role as Alice in Alice Through The Looking Glass and why she feels the film offers plenty of inspiration to young audiences.

She is joined by the film’s producer, Suzanne Todd, is also discussing some of the film’s themes and what appealed to them about the script. They were both speaking at a UK press conference.

Q. It’s important to make an emotional connection to Alice. Was that part of the challenge of reprising the role?
Mia Wasikowska: Yes. I think doing the film again, everybody knew a little bit more what to expect. It was really fun. I think James [Bobin, director] pushed everybody in an emotional way and then also brought his own humour to it, which was really great.

Q. Suzanne, what was it about ? script that made you think she had nailed what you were looking for from the sequel?
Suzanne Todd: Well, we took a long time developing the script after the first movie had come out and this notion of Time, which James [Bobin] and Sacha brought so much comedy to it, but there’s also a lot of emotion to that idea in the film… you know, the preciousness of time and how any of us on any given day don’t necessarily spend our time doing things that are the most important to us. And when you watch the film you’ll probably take a second thought about how you spend the time in your day.

Q. The film feels like a rite-of-passage for Alice that should resonate with many young audiences. So, what would you like viewers to take away from this film?
Mia Wasikowska: Well, at the beginning of the film Alice has been travelling for the last two years and she’s become a lot more empowered. She really knows who she is. But then she’s quite disappointed when she comes back to England to see that expectations are so low. But she has this innate sense that she deserves more than that, or even just to be happy and to be able to do what she wants. I think that’s a great angle. But when you consider how women were still being treated not that long ago, I think it’s really wonderful that we’ve come quite a long way since then… there’s still a long way to go, of course, but I think it’s really lovely that a character like Alice is the first point of contact for a lot of young girls and boys. She is inspiring.

Suzanne Todd: I think there’s something for women in their 20s, in terms of what modern audiences can relate to. Alice is at that point where she knows what she wants to do with her career, she’s very focused on that, but then she also has to deal with her relationships at home, and redefining her relationship with her mother, which happens with your parents in your 20s, and trying to figure out romantic relationships. So, it’s like a turning point for all young women at that age and I think that’s something that all young audiences will relate to.

Q. Would you like to be able to time travel?
Mia Wasikowska: I’m probably alright not travelling in time! There’s not anything I really want to do again. But I like what the film says about time – that it’s very much about accepting what’s happened and living a bit more comfortably in the present.

Q. If you could choose three people dead or alive to invite to a Mad Hatter’s tea party, who would they be?
Mia Wasikowska: I would choose Patti Smith, Mary Shelley and Amy Winehouse.

Q. This is a more physical Alice. Was that fun to play?
Mia Wasikowska: Yeah. It was really cool to be given something that was very active. She comes from a placewhere she’ been the captain of a ship for two years and feeling incredibly empowered and doing what she loves. So, yeah, it was fun even though some of those scenes on the boat were shot at night. I was incredibly cold.

James Bobin: Yeah, Mia went blue.