“Kind and generous and so smart”–ALICE’s Mia Wasikowska discusses Johnny Depp

In a recent interview with Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times, Mia Wasikowska, who plays Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, explained that while green-screen filmmaking is disorienting and “really strange,” it also suits the material. “Wonderland itself is bizarre and weird and comical and confusing, so it’s appropriate that [. . .] we were in this green-screen environment where it doesn’t always make sense to you. Things were just really odd and weird, and I suppose that [. . .] put you in the right frame of mind. And it made you rely on your imagination more.”

When asked specifically for her impression of the actor who plays the Mad Hatter, Wasikowska had this to say about Johnny Depp: “He is such a cool guy. He has the humanity to keep this sense of self. He’s very kind and generous and so smart. To be able to watch Johnny [. . .] as he takes something from the page to reality and how hard he works and what he brought to it and how much he brought to it, it’s was amazing. It is inspiring too that he does things in a purely joyous way and has fun with it all, because so often there are people who seem disgruntled. To keep that love of what you do is so important. And watching him and Tim work together is fun. They have a very deep rapport. Watching them, it’s like they speak their very own language.”

The Zone thanks Theresa for sharing the interview; you can read all of Wasikowska’s comments on the Zone’s Porch forum.