What was it like working with Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, and a bunch of stuffed animals? Find out in this exclusive interview with 11-year-old actress Bronte Carmichael who plays Christopher Robin’s daughter in Disney’s Christopher Robin.
I was invited by Disney to attend an all-inclusive event for the world premiere of the Christopher Robin movie and other activities. All opinions and ideas are 100% my own.
Interview with Bronte Carmichael on Christopher Robin
Last week I had the chance to interview 11-year-old Bronte Carmichael who stars as Christopher Robin’s daughter Madeline in the brand new Christopher Robin movie! This was my first time interviewing a child actor, and it was totally different than interviewing adult stars, directors, or producers.
Honestly, it was refreshing to be able to just take a step back and strip the movie and the interview down to the simpler things like favorite characters, funny moments, and favorite foods!
And my very favorite part of the interview? When I complimented her on her shoes as we were sitting down on the couch for the photo. Then I asked her about her dress for the Christopher Robin red carpet premiere, and she told me that it was red to represent Pooh’s red balloon in the movie! What she didn’t tell me was that it had the coolest yellow petticoat underneath, so pretty!
Keep reading to see what Bronte had to say!
Who is Bronte’s favorite Winnie the Pooh character?
One of the questions we asked everyone from Ewan McGregor to Winnie the Pooh himself (aka Jim Cummings) was which Winnie the Pooh character is her favorite. I loved Bronte’s answer, which just showed how mature and thoughtful she really is.
I like them all. Like, you can’t really like one, ’cause they all have different personalities, they act just like, almost like emotions. Like Eeyore can be gloomy, sometimes you can feel like Eeyore, sometimes you can feel like Tigger, like really bouncy. But you know, I quite like Piglet. And at the end of shooting it, they gave me a Piglet to take home.
Kind of fun that Bronte was the only person we interviewed that didn’t actual mention Winnie the Pooh when asked about her favorite character. Guess it kind of goes along with Pooh being a bit more wise and nostalgic than fun, I mean the best Winnie the Pooh quotes are often more appreciated by adults anyway!
We also asked Bronte which of the Winnie the Pooh characters she was personally most like. I totally saw this answer in her as we were doing the interview!
I’m sometimes like a mix of all of them. The most, I think I’m either like Piglet or Tigger.
So Piglet, sometimes I can be nervous about some things, especially with acting. There are certain things that can like scare you, they can be certain takes that you aren’t that confident on, you can feel like Piglet sometimes. And when when you’re Tigger, you can be really excited about something. Like I was definitely excited about coming to Disneyland when I, while I was in LA, so you know, I felt like Tigger.
Too bad I didn’t interview her before her trip to Disneyland, I could’ve given her my list of the best Disneyland food so she knew where to find all the best Winnie the Pooh related food!
What was Bronte’s favorite scene to film?
This might’ve been my favorite part of the entire interview (other than the red dress moment) and definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. I was expecting one of the funnier scenes like when she was on the tennis court and hitting balls back and forth to the stuffed animals. But this, this made me adore her even more!
I quite liked all the action scenes. Like the bit where I did my own stunt where I tripped, and I also liked the cycling as well; it was really fun.
You guys, I wish you’d been there when she was talking about the tripping stunt in the movie. It’s funny because that scene was one of the ones Ewan McGregor mentioned in his interview but for totally different reasons. Bronte loved that scene because she was so proud of herself for doing the tripping stunt on her own. I love it.
Does Bronte have advice for other child actors or children interested in acting?
I think this is often a tough question for kids who are as young as Bronte (she’s 11) because she’s still learning her way as well. But I love the answer she gave anyway.
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, you know, just be there in the moment when you’re filming.
Her advice to other kids is similar to the advice she told us her parents (both actors) gave her before she shot the movie.
They’re just like try your hardest and you know, be natural again. They’re just stuffed animals, so you don’t need to overact things.
Sounds like the key is to be natural and just enjoy what you’re doing! Definitely seemed like the key for seasoned actress Hayley Atwell as well when we talked to her about her role as Bronte’s mother Evelyn in Christopher Robin!
What does Bronte do for fun outside of acting?
Another question that we asked everyone during the interviews was what they like to do for fun or to play outside of acting. I mentioned in my Christopher Robin movie review that play is a huge element of the movie, so it was fun to hear from the different actors what they do when they find time to play!
Bronte’s response was another reminder that although she’s totally a professional when it comes to work, she’s still a girl who just loves her family and friends!
I play a lot with my sister and 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.
Sounds like she was born to be an actress! Bronte also mentioned that she’s been drawing since she was about three including drawing little bee people (because her name’s Bronte and starts with a B) with little faces and stuff. I was tempted to ask her to draw us a little bee person but held myself back.
It’s almost too perfect for the girl who stars in a movie about Winnie the Pooh.
Did anyone play any jokes on set that Bronte could remember?
One of my favorite things to hear about is little moments on set, especially funny, or touching moments. Hayley talked about a little picnic with the stuffies in her interview, Ewan apparently doesn’t play pranks, and Bronte told us about a screw Sharpie person.
I remember this one time we were waiting for a really long time. It was the scene before where me, Hayley, and Ewan were all about to run and save Christopher Robin’s work. We were waiting round the side of the building, and you will notice some screws in the wall. And he (Ewan) asks one of the ADs to chuck him a sharpie, and he drew like a really detailed face on the screws, and we call him Fred. And he’s pulling a face like this (makes a crazy face). Yeah, so yeah, we were a little bit late running after that.
Might not be a prank but apparently Ewan made some funny things happen on set after all!
Speaking of pranks, sounds like Bronte is quite the prankster herself. She made a couple of friends in her stunt and picture double – Martha and Anabelle – and they were constantly tricking people and pretending to be each other. The producers and stuff would always get them confused. Remind anyone else of some great Parent Trap pranks?
While Bronte had a stunt double, she did not have a handwriting double – the handwritten notes in the movie were all her own handwriting.
What’s Bronte “honey” aka favorite food?
Not many people are as obsessed with honey as Winnie the Pooh, but I thought it’d be fun to see if Bronte had a specific food she liked that much. For me, I have a couple but it kind of changes depending on the day. But I’d probably be with Bronte on this one if I had to pick an absolute favorite.
I don’t like one specific food, I like lots of different foods. But the foods I ate quite a lot during filming Christopher Robin, besides like craft services and the really nice food they did, I had a lot of noodles. I like noodles a lot.
Me too, Bronte, me too.
More Christopher Robin Interviews
Don’t miss out on all of these other fun interviews from the Christopher Robin press junket!
- Ewan McGregor (Christopher Robin)
- Hayley Atwell (Evelyn Robin)
- Jim Cummings (voice of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger)
About Christopher Robin
Christopher Robin is the fictional story of what happens when Christopher Robin moves away, grows up, and gets too busy for his old 100 Acre Wood friends like Winnie the Pooh. Really life happened and Christopher just learned the hard way that dreams don’t come for free. Unfortunately working toward his dreams has begun to cost him relationships with his family.
Find out what happens when Winnie the Pooh and friends come to the rescue and try to remind Christopher what it’s like to play and do nothing again. It’s a magically charming film that everyone should see with their families!
Want more info? Here are six more things to know about Christopher Robin!
Christopher Robin is in theaters everywhere now! Check out my full Christopher Robin review here.