Do you look for films like this when choosing roles where there is such a clear message or perhaps a more defined sense of right and wrong?

I don’t think I necessarily look for specific messages. When I’m reading projects, I definitely go for story and I look at each one individually. I think some characters, as an audience member, you’re not sure if they’re evil because they’re very complex. But for a fairy tale like [Mirror Mirror] where you’re aiming for a wide audience of kids, grandparents, parents, you know in order to appeal to the kids and have them experience part of the story as well as take messages away from it I think there needs to be more delineation between good and bad—just so that they can understand it better. But when it comes to more complex characters and deeper, edgier scripts, if you will, I think as is reality you can’t always pinpoint what is good and what is bad, because if you were in that position how would you genuinely react as that character. I think those are very complex people, and those are kind of the extreme parts to play as an actress because they’re so complex. But for a story like [Mirror Mirror] I think it needed to be more black and white for younger kids to understand.

Family-friendly films aren’t always “family friendly,” as parents sometimes find out once they’re in the theater with their children. What would you say to moms and dads about Mirror Mirror and how would you reassure them that this is a good film for all ages?

I would say if you look at “the huntsman” who is supposed to be the evil “villain” of the film and is the one who’s supposed to go out and kill Snow White, which is probably the most evil act you would think of in the film, and you see that it’s Nathan Lane . . . well, I think that kind of sets the tone for knowing that the evil characters are . . . well, they’ve been cast in a way that is a different approach and is already off the bat going to be more comical and more family-friendly. You see Brighton in the trailer [for the film], and you see that there’s a song and dance number. And just in general, the comedic notes of the film really bring out smiles and laughs as opposed to fear. 

 

Mirror Mirror

Starring Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane and Mare Winningham, Mirror Mirror opens wide in theaters on Friday, March 30, 2012 and is rated PG for fantasy action and mild rude humor. Click here for more information about Mirror Mirror.

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Watch the official Mirror Mirror trailer here.