The big song and dance number at the end was for me one of, if not probably the most, memorable experiences of that film—just the sense of going for something full force and being very dedicated to it. I look back on that and I think to myself, Wow. And no pun intended, because the song is called “I Believe.” But it truly was a moment where I believed in myself so much that I could get up there and just be so committed to doing that in front of 300 to 400 people in the room let alone knowing that it would then be on screens around the world. I think it’s just knowing that you can do what you set your mind to if you’re truly passionate about it and feel that you have the potential to do it and just feeling comfortable in yourself and being willing and able to take a risk—knowing that there may be ups and downs. But as long as you’re trying something that excites you then you’re showing belief in yourself.

There’s a lot of resiliency and resolve that Snow must tap into when faced with evil and the poor treatment she experiences from the Queen. What do you think viewers of any age can learn from how Snow responds to difficult circumstances?

Well, I think that at the beginning of the story especially, Snow you know she’s not aware of what’s been going on outside the castle. So she’s not really aware of the evil going on. She just sees the good in people. I think that’s always an important quality to have even when faced with stuff like someone that’s not very nice or you’re in a situation where there’s lots of negativity. I think it’s important to still maintain that sense of there’s going to be some sort of positive thing that maybe sort of comes out of it. It may not be right away, but down the line I’m going to learn something from this that I can then take to the next experience. So even in the face of roadblocks or negativity, it’s important to maintain that sense of self and know that you’re going to overcome whatever it is you’re facing at the moment. And as long as you don’t get lost along the way, you remain who you are [and] make decisions based on who you are, then there will be something to learn from it.

In the scene where Snow must face “the beast” near the end of the film, what do you think that the beast symbolizes to her?

I think it’s just this ominous, mystical creature that has supposedly terrorized the land for so long, but almost ends up being the Queen’s wicked ways. It’s kind of the culmination of everything evil that she’s done just put into a character. And the idea of conquering this beast was like conquering all the evil things that the Queen had done especially when [Snow] finds out that the beast is kind of the Queen’s pet, if you will. It just symbolized all the fear and anxiety that the Queen gives to the kingdom as well as all that she’s done. So to conquer that would be to overcome the Queen. And it was just the biggest thing to overcome for Snow.

It’s nice to see Prince Alcott also rise to the occasionman up, if you willand fight for something he believes in as well, namely Snow. Do you think that is an important element in Mirror Mirror?

Yes, definitely. The Prince comes from a privileged family from Valencia, and he’s out there looking for his own adventure and does not want to rely on his family’s wealth or name to kind of just get by in life. He’s looking for his own adventure. So seeing him actually rise to the adventure and really truly put his actions where his mouth is is very inspiring—I think for young men as well to see actually saying you want to do something and [then] actually doing it. And as well it takes a strong man to accept help from a woman. So the fact that he allows Snow to help as well I think says a lot.