Lucy Hale has been mixing her movies with TV work in recent years as she has found success with the likes of Pretty Little Liars and Scream 4.
For her next film project she has lent her voice to Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings 3D.
- How did you come to be Disney’s newest fairy, Periwinkle?
Actually, I got a call saying that Disney was casting the latest version of 'TinkerBell.' And after I read about the character I thought, well this is a no-brainer. It’s the sweetest story about bonding between these two girls from different worlds and how they’ll make anything happen to be able to see each other.
They defy the odds, and it’s a fairytale, so there’s a happy ending. And it’s just so, so sweet, and such a great story.
- How was the experience of voicing an animated character different for you than doing live-action?
It was my first time doing a voice over, and it’s a completely different world. I felt like a kid again. It was so much fun.
You have to have a lot more energy to do voice over because you have to bring a character to life with only the use of your voice.
It’s almost more acting, if that makes sense. You have to be a lot more - my character is really bubbly and excited about life and very curious. And you have to make sure that you really hone in on those characteristics.
I would come in and each session would be about four hours long, and I would be exhausted when I would leave. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be, but such a learning experience and so much fun.
- How did you arrive at the voice you used for Periwinkle?
I really didn’t want it to be like a character voice. There’s more of Lucy because in real life, I am very bubbly and excited about everything.
And it was almost just about, bringing myself into the character. I was lucky in that Periwinkle was so similar to me.
I just wanted her to be really bright, and I remember there was a line when we were recording where she said her name for the first time, and we had to do that line quite a bit because they wanted my voice to really stick in people’s heads when I said her name.
And we couldn’t quite find the right way to do it. But we finally found it. She’s just a happy, curious little character.
- Tell us about some of Periwinkle’s attributes that you like the most.
First of all, I love the fact that Periwinkle is fearless. And as I said, she’s very curious. She wants to know everything about everything, every little detail.
And, she’s almost the life of the party in a way. She’s like Tinker Bell. Everybody loves Tinker Bell and they’ll all love Periwinkle.
- How are Tinker Bell and Periwinkle different from one another?
First, they live in two different worlds. Periwinkle lives in winter. And Tinker Bell lives in spring. Periwinkle is not supposed to be able to survive in Tinker Bell’s world and vice versa.
- Tell us how you feel knowing that you’re now and forever after part of the Disney legacy.
I hadn’t really thought about that until you said it. I know it’s a great honor to be a part of such an amazing franchise. But I don’t think it’ll really sink in until I actually see the movie on the screen.
It’s very cool. It seems like a dream come true. It really is. It’s like a fantasy. And it’s been so much fun to get to make believe because you really have to when you’re in that recording booth, you really have to be able to make believe and then bring the story to life. And so, as an actress that’s really fun.
And it was more challenging than I thought it would be but, such a great experience. I hope to do more of it in the future.
- Perwinkle’s hair is very special in the film. Would you please talk about that.
Periwinkle’s hair, yeah, it was designed by Ken Paves so it’s very stylish. She’s up with fashion and that’s cool.
She’s pretty stylish. That was such a great idea to actually bring in someone who knows everything about hair. He did a great job.
- Tell us about working with director Peggy Holmes.
She was just immediately so welcoming. I could tell the first time I met her how enthusiastic she was about the project and she had a vision. She knew exactly what she wanted.
That was especially good for me coming in having never done a voice over. She had great pointers and she really helped me by describing what she wanted and was so sweet about it.
She knows how to talk to actors. We had a good time. She’s just really, really, really nice.
- What would you say is the message of 'Secret of the Wings?'
What I love about all Disney movies is that they have a strong sense of family or strong relationships and teachings about loyalty. But I think what is also cool about this movie is, sort of going for the impossible.
Because in this movie Tinker Bell has a seemingly impossible challenge. But she finds a way. And I think that’s a great message for kids, that anything is possible.
- Tell us how you feel about the fact that you’re going to be a famous Disney heroine.
I’m so excited. It’s very - it’s something new for me, and I’m really, really excited about it.
- If you were a real fairy, what type of adventure would you like to go on?
That’s a good one. Let me think about this for a second. If I were a fairy, well, I’m big on traveling. I love to travel.
I feel like that’s what I’d do. I’d just go everywhere, and travel all over the world. And I wouldn’t need any transportation 'cause I’ve got my wings!
Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings 3D is out in cinemas 14 December
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