Disney’s new fantasy film, “Into the Woods” intertwines timeless tales like “Jack and the Beanstallk,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Cinderella.” With a star studded cast of Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine and “Pitch Perfect” star, Anna Kendrick, kids of all ages are sure to sing along when “Into the Woods” hits theaters nationwide Christmas Day.
Q: How was it performing a country song in “Into The Woods?”
Chris Pine: “I had a lot of fun learning the ins and outs of the techniques of the genre. I had a lot of incredibly talented people who’ve worked in this medium before, from Anna to Meryl to Christine, so I had a lot of good company around me.”
Q: What does this move offer different audiences, be it adult or children?
Anna Kendrick: I think thematically the whole piece is about parents and children and the disappointment or failings of parents. It’s based on stories parents have told their children for generations, so there’s the element where it’s pure fantasy and it’s exciting for children. Then there’s elements specifically centered for parents, which is, we have to be carefully with what we tell our children, children take lessons to heart … It’s our responsibility to prepare them for the realities of the world, which is really the second half of the film.
Q: Cinderella and her Prince have been portrayed by hundreds of performers in the past and are readily available to audiences, how do each of you take these roles and make them your own?
CP: Everybody in this movie goes through these really wonderfully complex journeys. They experience joy, heartache, sorrow and grief and then my prince is just war more two-dimensional than that. He’s kind of wonderfully self-absorbed and I think that I had a lot of fun bringing some levity to the picture. There’s a bit of buffoon in the prince.
AK: I think the great thing that Rob really embraced was a modern text for all the characters. These stories kind of belong to the ages, so it makes sense to some way update them every generation. One thing that allowed me to do was to be overthinking, over logical, neurotic princess. I think modern women have a tendency to overthink things.
Q: With such an all star cast like Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep and Christine Baranski, what were the vibes like on set and what was the biggest advantage of working with such a talented group?
CP: I think Rob (Director, Rob Marshall), set the tone in the beginning … He recognized the importance of having the luxury of a month of rehearsal. We did get a chance in that month to see one another and see what everyone was doing and I think that really helped give the project a sense of community.
Q: How did shooting “Into the Woods” compare to shooting “Pitch Perfect?”
AK: It was harder. We’re singing pop music in “Pitch Perfect” and song time in “Into the Woods,” so I was petrified and excited. It was an unbelievable challenge
“Into the Woods” cast:
Meryl Streep (The Witch)
Johnny Depp (Big Bad Wolf)
Anna Kendrick (Cinderella)
Emily Blunt (The Baker’s Wife)
Chris Pine (Cinderella’s Prince)
James Corden (The Baker)
Lilla Crawford (Little Red Riding Hood)
MacKenzie Mauzy (Rapunzel)
Tracy Ullman (Jack’s Mother)
Christine Baranski (Cinderella’s stepmother)
Daniel Huttlestone (Jack)
Billy Magnussen (Repunzel’s Prince)
Lucy Punch (Lucinda)
Frances de la Tour (The Giant)
Tammy Blanchard (Florinda)