I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Mackenzie Foy, who is going to be playing Renesmee in the upcoming ‘Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn part 2’ movie. At 12 years old she has already played multiple characters and has an impressive resume. I talked to her about life on set, people she’d like to meet, and memories of filming. Enjoy!
Mackenzie who do you look up to as a role model?
Adele and Taylor Swift.
What actor/actress would you like to work with?
Robert Downey Jnr. He’s funny as Iron Man. I liked that movie. I’d like to do an action movie with him.
What’s your favorite school subject?
I like History. I like it because we get to learn about the past, it’s fun to see how the world was formed.
What music do you like?
One Direction, Adele, Taylor Swift.
What activities do you enjoy in your free time?
I like Taekwondo, crafts and swimming.
What’s the strangest thing that’s happened to you since you joined the ‘Breaking Dawn’ cast?
We had a dance off! It was really funny. It was choreographed and we were learning the dance backstage.
There was also a stage in shooting, for the digital part, that I had to shoot an entire scene without moving my head or much of my body. They put all these blue dots on me and filmed movements and facial expressions. (This method of digitally capturing movements was also used in the ‘Lord of the Rings’).
Did you read the books before you were cast as Renesmee?
Not quite, hadn’t got a chance.
What was the most fun/exciting thing you got to do for the movie?
I got to ride on the “wolf”. It was fun, I got to wear a harness and do the stunt. There was a stunt coordinator with me. It was almost like riding a bull.
What do your friends think about you acting in Breaking Dawn?
They’re just like “Congratulations Mackenzie”. They are really supportive and really nice. They were more excited with my first movie.
Were you nervous to meet Rob, Kristen and Taylor?
No, they’re just regular people.
Who from the cast would you pick to spend a day with just hanging out?
Kristen (Stewart) I just love being around her.
Kristen and I got into trouble for talking too much on set. We talked for hours.
How do you combine school and acting?
When I’m on set I have to walk and go to school, then come back and shoot more, then go back to school and when it’s all done I have to prepare for what we have to do the next day.
What is your best memory from your time filming with the cast?
Everything was just so big. Being on set was amazing because there is just so many people and sets. We had a huge set.
What’s your biggest dream?
Winning an Oscar one day. It means you’ve done something right.
What can fans expect in this final installment of the movie?
Lots of action and excitement. It’s the end of the series; it’s going to be cool. I hope everyone likes it.
What message would you like to give to fans eagerly waiting for the movie to come out?
Have a good time, it’s the last one. Go crazy, have fun!
‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2’ releases in SA on 16 November
Jana Du Toit