Lots of fans writing to me are raving about you. So I thought it only fair that your fans should hear your views on all this acting business. I myself don’t like interviews that have more than ten questions so here are my ten questions for you.
Where did you take up acting and how do you feel about acting as a profession?
I was found by a talent scout called Sled Reynolds. Sled’s job is to search out animal actors for the film business. I never really thought about acting until Sled approached me in a field in Kumeu, New Zealand (I actually thought he was going to ask me directions). Up until that point, I had a fairly normal horse existence. Eating hay, running around a paddock – you know, horse stuff. I must tell you though, acting has now consumed my life. It’s all I think about. I could never go back to my old life - pulling a cart or giving kiddies a ride on my back. I’m now an equestrian-thespian!
What are your favourite films?
Well, I love all the obvious ones – Black Beauty, The Black Stallion, National Velvet, Seabiscuit, Hidalgo. But what I really like are comedies. Skandar and I found out accidentally that we are both huge fans of several of the same movies - Starsky and Hutch, Zoolander, Meet the Parents. Actually, anything Ben Stiller is in.
What is your favourite food?
Love carrots more than anything, but they tend to put a bit of weight on my backside, so I stick to oats, hay and grass. Oh, and the occasional toastie sandwich, an NZ tradition.
What is your favourite colour?
I know this will sound crazy, but I love the color burnt orange. During the filming, the wranglers from Texas got me hooked on American football. I’m now a huge fan of the University of Texas’ football team and that’s their color.
How do you feel about auditions and how did this one go?
Like I mentioned before, I was lucky enough to be scouted by Sled. Since then I’ve been on many auditions for films being shot in New Zealand (where I presently live). It’s a hard road with lots of rejection, but that doesn’t deter me. I recently heard about a film shooting here called “Waterhorse” which really excited me as I’m an avid swimmer, until I found out the waterhorse in the title was the Loch Ness Monster and that would really be a stretch for me to play (even with prosthetic makeup).
How do you see your part in LWW?
I think my part in the film brought a “real” voice to horses around the world. What I mean by that is until this film, we were mainly viewed as beasts of burden - “4x4”s for Cowboys, “Mr. Ed”-like parodies and unicorns. I’m really tired of those guys taking so much thunder away from us. And aside from all that, I think my comedic timing brought genuine humor to the film!
How was it working with Andrew Adamson?
This being my first professional gig (I did a few high school plays prior) I must say that Andrew was a class act. He gave me my space to work in and was extremely patient of my “method” style of acting. I would definitely work with him again and he even hinted that I should audition for Shrek 3 – to replace that annoying donkey. I mean really, a donkey? They didn’t even start speaking English until a few hundred years ago. We horses on the other hand have been speaking the Queen’s English for thousands of years!
Where were you during the battle?
Sadly, I missed the battle filming as my older sister was giving birth to her first child. I tried to make it down for the tail end of shooting, but I couldn’t talk anyone into giving me a ride to the location. I did catch up with the filming unit back at Cair Paravel though.
What about Skandar as your rider?
I must say that I was very nervous when I first met Skandar during rehearsals. Word around the barn was he was a classically trained British actor and didn’t suffer fools. I spoke very little our first few days together, but eventually Skandar broke the ice with a great fart joke! Well, from that moment on, we were pals. At one point I even pretended to throw him from my back, but I would never let him fall. I don’t think the Texas wranglers on set liked that too much though!
What are you doing now? Will you be in Prince Caspian?
I’ve been practicing my craft, meeting agents and saving up for a trip to Hollywood to audition for pilot season. I haven’t heard from the Prince Caspian people yet, but it’s still early and maybe Skandar can put in a good word (hint, hint)!