I attended the #WrinkleInTimeEvent on behalf of Disney and ABC in Los Angeles 2/24-2/27. This post is part of the required content series, all opinions and experiences are my own.
Interview with Rowan Blanchard on her role as “mean girl” Veronica Kiley in Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, NOW playing in theaters everywhere!
There are times when you sit down to interview a young star and you just know the budding actor/actress is going to be a huge success one day. This is exactly how I felt during the interview with Rowan Blanchard, who plays Veronica Kiley in Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time. It can’t be easy playing a villian in a film but to play a “bully” at such a tender age, when bullying is such a huge problem in and out of our schools, must be a bit daunting. Rowan jumped into her role as mean girl Vernoica Kiley in A Wrinkle In Time and excelled. On screen she plays a character you want to hate but in person, she is as sweet as she can be; which really attests for her acting skills. Add her apparent motivation and drive to those skills and you have a product for success. Remember you heard her name here first folks, Rowan Blanchard, because this girl is going places! Here are some highlights from the interview.
On Playing A Bad Girl
It was definitely different for me. I felt like I was doing it in a way where it wouldn’t be minimized to just a very stereotypical mean girl role. I really trusted Ava to make a character that felt complex and more than just a mean girl. I think there’s a lot of layers to Veronica that we get to see throughout the film. There’s a lot of different parts to her that you sort of see as the film unfolds where she’s more than just the bad girl or the mean girl, which was a relief.
On Her Character Not In The Book
She was added into the script to sort of add this character, an element of friendship for Meg coming from another girl because in the book, that’s not really there. It’s very much about Meg and her dad and Meg and this boy and Meg and her brother. It was really important to Ava and to Jennifer to have a girl character that Meg could have in her life and that they could kind of learn from each other.
On The Message She Hopes The Film Portrays
This film marks such an incredible and unique time in history where so many people who have never seen themselves on screen are able to go to a film and see themselves starring in a huge sci-fi movie. Like, that’s massive. I was just looking on Twitter, there’s a lot of organizations led by young teenage black girls to buy movie tickets for a bunch of other young black girls to go see this movie. Just that alone, the fact that people are organizing like this and are so prepared and ready for this thing to come out makes me feel so excited to be even a small part of it.
On Her Confidence
I have to give myself permission to be a warrior on the daily. It’s not something that is a very conscious thing where I feel totally empowered and fearless every day. There are some areas that I feel more confident and then others. Going off on that piano with Oprah, Reese and Mindy, I felt like the odd one out to tell you guys the truth. There’s just so many moments on the daily where I have to remind myself that it’s okay that I am in the room.
On Working With Ava DuVernay
Her magnitude as a person is so overwhelming, just the idea that this woman has worked so hard and still remembers everybody’s name. Like, that was the one thing that I realized so much on working on the same side as her is she knows the entire crew by name and just being able to follow this woman who’s so loyal to everyone around her and so giving and wants to not only succeed but wants to bring people up with her, it was so incredible. I looked to her as so much more than just an inspirational director. She’s just like this incredible person that I’m so grateful to have in my life in so many ways.