Carina Battrick is a young actress, who I had the opportunity of virtually interviewing about her her appearance in the upcoming film, Falling. The directorial debut of Viggo Mortensen will be screening at TIFF(Toronto International Film Festival) 2020 and you can see Carina Battrick in the role of Little Sarah. Thank you to her for answering all of my questions.
Could you tell our readers a little about yourself?
Well, I am a dreamer and a comedian at heart. I love telling jokes and making people laugh. I also love to imagine things and play pretend. Unicorns, glitter and rainbows are three of my favourite things. I am also a middle sister. I have one older sister and one younger sister. I love being in the middle because I am the older and the younger sister at the same time. I also love to read books. My favourite is Harry Potter.
How would you describe Falling in your own words?
Falling is about the relationships we have with our family. How the little moments in our lives ultimately shape who we become when we grow up. Our family is the only constant that stays with us for better or worse.
As Little Sarah, what is your part of the film focused on?
My character Little Sarah appears in the flashbacks as the younger Laura Linney who plays Viggo Mortensen’s sister in the movie. Her character is important because it shows the unconditional love a daughter has towards her father. Her character also helps show more dimensions of Viggo’s father portrayed by the legendary Lance Henriksen from a daughter’s point of view.
Did you spend much time with Laura Linney since she plays the adult version of your character?
No unfortunately I didn’t get to meet Laura Linney as she plays the older Sarah and we had no scenes together. Also that part of the movie was filmed in Los Angeles. The flashbacks scenes were filmed in Toronto. It would have been nice to have spent some time with her though.
What were some of your favourite on set moments?
I loved working with Viggo Mortensen. He is super easy going and he has this really unique voice that is very calming. Sverrir Gudnason who plays Sarah’s dad in the flashbacks is from Sweden and he used to play a harmonica on set. It was super cool. On the last day of filming he gave everyone a harmonica and I have been trying to play it ever since.
Could you tell me a bit about your other movie, Feel the Beat, and your character Michelle?
Feel the Beat is a dance movie with Sofia Carson. After failing to find success on Broadway, April returns to her hometown and is recruited to train a misfit group of young dancers. I am part of the main cast of the nine students that Sofia teaches how to dance. Being part of the movie was amazing since I am a dancer in real life so it was really special to be able to work with the famous choreographer Mia Michaels on the dance routines. The movie is a summer hit and has given a lot of the younger audience an interest in dance. Michelle is one of the youngest dancers of the cast. She is the younger sister of Nick portrayed by Wolfgang Novogratz as Sofia’s love interest in the movie.
I read you are also a competitive dancer, what are some of your favorite dancing styles?
Hip Hop and Acro. I love hip-hop because it has fast and catchy beats that I love to freestyle too. Acro is amazing because I get to do all kinds of cool tricks.
Where can our readers see Falling and Feel the Beat?
You can see Feel the Beat on Netflix and Falling will be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.