Rachel Weisz Interview | Oz the Great and Powerful #DisneyOzEvent

As I sit on my couch writing this, I still can’t believe that just two weeks ago I was packing for Los Angeles to attend the World Premiere of Oz the Great and Powerful! It’s so surreal. Once again, I have another amazing interview for you. This time we are talking to Rachel Weisz who plays Evanora in Oz. 
 
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From the moment she read the script, Rachel loved it. She didn’t know that the Wizard of Oz was only a fraction of the books Frank L. Baum had wrote. She loves the Wizard of Oz movie just like everyone else and loves that this is the story of how the Wizard came to be the Wizard. Although she doesn’t have any definite plans, she would be open to reading more scripts and possibly playing other bad girls.
 
This was Rachel’s first time playing a fantasy character. She said that it is most exciting when you are nervous about playing a role. There is always the fear that you might suck. She loves trying something new. It was scary for her because it was new but it was a definite plus for her rather than a minus.  
 
Being that Rachel played Evanora, we needed to know all about her evil character and how she felt about it. We were all fans of both the costumes and her character. She felt they were both kind of the same thing. As she put the costume on she would become that character. She wouldn’t have been able to play Evanora without the corset, sequins, feathers, lashes, lips and pushed up boobs (yes, she said boobs). Although she played a nasty, evil character, she didn’t feel that it was out of the ordinary for a fairytale to have an evil character. Even though Evanora is dark, she has a lot of fun being bad She had a lot of fun playing this role and doesn’t think the character is really, really bad.  
 
Rachel said there was really nothing that helped her prepare for her role as Evanora. There were no witches she could interview or talk to. It was just pure fantasy. The costume was a huge part of finding the character. Basically, it was make believe – no research. She compared it to playing make believe as a kid. Speaking of kids, she did mention that it’s ultimately up to each individual parent to decide how young of kids should watch Oz; however, she would go a bit younger than eight. 
 

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One of Rachel’s most memorable moments and favorite part while filming was playing Evanora while torturing Glinda in Emerald City. Now don’t jump to conclusions. Rachel and Michelle Williams got along brilliantly. They have things in common including both of them being moms. The most fun she had without being evil was flying. She said it was a little scary but quite exciting (kind of like a really good roller coaster ride). She loved being hoisted up really high on a zip line. By the way, Rachel did all of her own flying and stunt work. Pretty impressive, huh? 
 
Rachel really liked the whole big family of characters.  She thought Theodora was just delicious and the Wizard is great. After watching the movie on screen, it was surprising for her how delightful China Girl and the Finley the Flying Monkey were considering she never got to work with them on the set. She loved working with the rest of the cast. It was really fun with all of them.  
 
 
She was surprised to hear that she is a role model to little girls. Being the evil Evanora, she wasn’t expecting to be a role model. As a career woman she likes to try different things and Evanora is definitely something new and unexpected. She tries to do what is right and responsible and be true to herself. 
 
Rachel remembers going to the cinema to see the Wizard of Oz when she was about five and trying to see above the seat in front of her but hiding at the same time. Witches really terrified her. They seared into her mind as properly terrifying. When it comes to dark fairytales, she thinks it’s to teach children about good, evil and morality. That is why there is a tradition that for hundreds of years, children have been seeing scary things in movies. She doesn’t think it’s damaging – it’s just fairytales. 
 
 OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL will be at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA
March 8th – April 30th in Disney Digital 3D and Real D 3D
 
March 8 – 31 ONLY you can see “Disney Mysteries of Magic” live on stage!  
An expert wizard will show you the artistry of illusion in a magical showcase.  
 
March 8 – April 30, you can see an exclusive display of costumes from the movie!  
For tickets call 1 (800) DISNEY6 or visit www.elcapitantickets.com
 

Although Disney provided me with an all expense paid trip, all thoughts and opinions expressed are those of my own. I genuinely love this movie and it is my pleasure to share my memories with you. 

 

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  1. muckoffyoucunt says:

    What an awful interview: haven’t you heard of direct quotes?

  2. What a great interview! I can’t wait to see this movie.

    • Thanks! It really was a great movie! I can’t wait to take my family.

    • certainly like your web-site but you need to check the spelling on several of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to tell the truth nestrehelevs I will surely come back again.

    • wow…those pictures are absolutely stunning! I LOVE the keep calm carry on one… Sounds like you have had some delish eats this weekend! I too, will give in to anything bacon wrapped I think i will let someone more creative give you advice for what you should make for bookclub lol…let’s hope it is something delish!

  3. I’m really excited about seeing this movie! Thanks for a great interview that has me every more ready to see the movie!

  4. Can’t wait to see the movie – it’s always nice to see how the actors got involved in her role. Makes me enjoy the movie more.

  5. How cool! Thanks for the interview, she is so gorgeous too! I can’t wait to see the movie.. counting the days!

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