I had the chance to sit down with Bronte Carmichael and interview her about her role as Madeline Robin in Disney’s Christopher Robin. This charming eleven year old actress has maturity beyond her years and an understanding of her craft beyond just playing pretend.
Be sure to read the other press interviews from the Christopher Robin Event. Hayley Atwell as Evelyn Robin , Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin, Jim Cummings The Voice of Pooh and Tigger as well as my experience on the Christopher Robin Red Carpet
How did Bronte Carmichael learn she was going to be Madeline Robin in Disney’s Christopher Robin?
Her mum put a stuffed version of Eeyore on the bench in the garden. And it had a note tied to its back saying ‘looking forward to our adventures in the Hundred Acre Woods.’
Who is Bronte Carmichael’s favorite character in Disney’s Christopher Robin?
I like them all. You can’t really like one, because they all have different personalities. They act almost like emotions. Eeyore can be gloomy, sometimes you can feel like Eeyore, sometimes you can feel like Tiger, really bouncy. I quite like Piglet. And at the end of shooting it, they gave me the Piglet to take home.
How was it acting with stuffed animals versus with humans, and which was more fun?
I have lots of toys at home so it’s easy to act with stuffed animals. It’s fun. And then it’s sort of a different experience acting with actors because they can be really nice people.
What was Bronte Carmichael’s favorite scene to film for Christopher Robin?
I quite liked all the action scenes. Like the bit where I, I did my own stunt where I tripped, and I also liked cycling as well, it was really fun.
Bronte Carmichael’s advice for other children that are interested in acting:
I’d just say, be as natural as you can and don’t let things get in the way of you. You just, let it flow and be there in the moment when you’re filming.
Why did Bronte Carmichael want to be an actress?
I’m not sure really. Everything sort of it randomly fell into place. My parents friend who’s a director, asked me to be in something, and then after that I was with my mum’s agent. Then it kind of all started off like that. And then once I’d done my first film I found I really enjoyed it.
How was it working with your mom as your grandmother on Cristopher Robin?
It was quite funny actually. I knew the boy who played young Christopher Robin and sometimes we drove back to the hotel together. We’d have these weird conversations about, like, my mum’s playing my grandma, and then my dad’s playing my grandpa, and it’s all a bit confusing.
What are Bronte Carmichael’s favorite games to play?
Well I play a lot with my sister. I like fun action games. I like making up games and like using things that I already have, turning them into stuff, and like exaggerating and turning that into something else.
What was a typical day like on the Christopher Robin set for Bronte Carmichael?
Well, I’d arrive at about seven in the morning and then I’d normally do hair, makeup, then costume. And then one of the AD’s, Alex, she was always really nice, she always brought me this little plate of berries before I went on as a little energy snack. And the first day, I went into my trailer they set up all these little Winnie the Pooh characters all over the trailer.
And so, average day, I’d say depending on what we do, they’d bring me into rehearsal, and then they had readers for the animals. Not the ones that they used, obviously in the final film, but they had it so we didn’t have to just react to nothing. And so I’d practice lines with them, and you know, and then go back and then shoot it.
Did Bronte Carmichael have a handwriting double, because the note was beautiful.
No I didn’t. I remember at the end of the day, one of the producers saying, in a good way, how I have a strange way of writing with my hand because I kind of write like that…