Disney’s Tomorrowland movie was in theaters in May and will be released on DVD on October 13. I had the chance to interview Thomas Robinson (Young Frank) and Raffey Cassidy (Athena) from the movie while I was in California a few weeks ago. We talked about everything from how they got started to advice to aspiring actors. This interview was so much fun so be sure to check it out below.
Whenever Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) touches a lapel pin with the letter T on it, she finds herself transported to Tomorrowland, a city filled with huge robots and sleek buildings. The gifted young woman recruits the help of scientist Frank Walker (George Clooney), a previous visitor to Tomorrowland, who years ago made a startling discovery about the future. Together, the two adventurers travel to the metropolis to uncover its mysterious secrets.
How they got Started
Thomas Robinson and Raffey Cassidy never really had a plan to become an actor and actress. It just sort of happened. For Thomas, his brother started as an actor when they moved to California 11 years ago for his dad’s job. His brother’s acting coach thought Thomas would be a great fit for the part of young Frank and asked him to audition and he got the part. For Raffey she just decided to audition for a part and it kind of snowballed from there.
Preparing for the Role
Their role in Tomorrowland was not easy as you think. They actually had to learn gymnastics, martial arts, and driving. Raffey was the one that learned how to drive on set although she says she didn’t do all of the driving in the movie. To prepare for the stunts they trained by flying on the trapeze and indoor skydiving. Now that sounds like fun!
School, Work, & Free Time
Juggling work and school may be a little different. School is done any moment they can when they are not working with a tutor and online schooling. Although it may not be a set schedule they still have homework, tests, and projects.
In their spare time you can find Raffey doing special effects makeup and Thomas in the kitchen cooking. Thomas said his favorite dish to make is Lemon Bars which sound yummy to me.
As for future projects Raffey is working on a project called “Money Moon” and Thomas is working on his school work for now. They both would like to continue as actors as long as they can and Thomas will continue to cook.
As far as working with George Clooney they both said he was a prankster on set but fun to work with. When George Clooney was not busy playing jokes on the set he was professional and kept the set relaxed.
RAFFEY CASSIDY (Athena) is a young actress with an already impressive and rapidly growing list of film credits. As the youngest ever actor to feature in Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow, which has previously included actors Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and Gemma Arteton, Raffey’s credits include Universal Pictures “Snow White and the Huntsman,” opposite Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, and Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” with Johnny Depp for Warner Brothers.
Most recently, Raffey completed production as Molly in Amber Entertainment’s “Molly Moon,” with Emily Watson and Dominic Monaghan. On the television front Raffey co-starred in “Mr. Selfridge,” alongside Jeremy Piven.
Born in England, the younger sister of actors Grace Cassidy and Finney Cassidy, Raffey has been acting since she was seven.
Thomas Robinson (Young Frank) is best known for his breakout role as the loveable Sebastian in the 2010 summer comedy “The Switch”, opposite Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, who played his parents. Thomas has also been featured in Lifetime’s police drama “The Protector” and FOX’s smash comedy classic “Arrested Development.”
Advice for Aspiring Actors
Thomas and Raffey’s advice to aspiring actors is to never give up and don’t take no for an answer. Thomas also mentions that you will get no’s in life but don’t get discouraged. He says to be yourself, keep going and something will happen.
Be sure to pick up a copy of Tomorrowland in stores and online on October 13th.
Disclosure: Disney provided me with an all expense paid trip to LA to the #TomorrowlandBloggers #AladdinBloggers & #Disneyland60 Events. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.