Emily recently did an interview with the Israeli website Ynet! The interview was posted in hebrew, so I have taken my time to translate it and post it for you below! Please note that the text has been slightly altered for coherency, as word to word translations often do not work as well. Enjoy!

To be Gal Gadot for two minutes: the girl who played the two most powerful women on the screen

Emily Carey is only 15 years old, but the keen-looking action enthusiasts may have noticed that she had already starred as the young version of two giants – Wonder Woman and Lara Croft. “They helped me with the accent, it was fun,” she says of the entrance to the shoes of Gal Gadot – and of the connection to a character who grew up without a father. Still, “Tomb Raider” was easier to connect to: “Lara grew up in Britain, and I did not live like an Amazon on a desert island”

Four minutes of fame, more or less – this can sum up Emily Carrie’s film career; But those four minutes are divided into two of the biggest box office cashiers of the past year. The British girl, who celebrated her 15th birthday this year, appeared this year at Tomb Raider and last year at Wonder Woman: in one of them she played Lara Croft and the second was the young version of Diana. In the first she shared the screen with Alicia Vickender, and the other with Gal Gadot – with whom she even shares the same birthday (April 30).

Thus, Carey became the missing link in the fictional life histories of two of the female icons of western culture, in two separate Warner Brothers productions. As far as the young actress is concerned, this is a coincidence, or at least that’s what she says in a special interview with Ynet.

“I was lucky to be at the right age for each of the roles and to look like the younger versions of each of these characters,” she says. “I certainly agree that the two characters are somewhat similar, but I had to play each of them in a completely different way because each one comes from a different background and they are two different girls, who grew up in a different realities.

“Although the two characters are determined and courageous, they are different: Diana has always known her direction – to fight, while Lara has discovered her destiny in the course of her routine life, and I agree that there is a basis for the similarity between the two films that lead them to independent and strong women. I could testify to this myself, as someone who played the two young versions of the two heroines, and I was required to enter the heads of each of them, and as an actress I played them in a completely different way.”

To whom did you connect more personally?
“I think I feel closer to Lara Croft, especially since her childhood takes place in today’s Britain, I connect to the culture in which she grew up, but on the other hand I never experienced what it was like to be a young Amazon on a desert island. And the fact that she grew up without a father – like me – both of us adore our mothers and see them as role models, and I feel that there are a few points between their journey to my personal life.”

The right job at the right time
Carey was born in April 2003, and grew up with her mother, former actress and talent agent Sarah McDonnell. From the age of nine, she has appeared on stage in London, and has also been involved in small roles in British television series such as “Houdini and Doyle” and BBC’s “Casualty”. For more exposure she could also be seen in Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé’s music video for Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

Carey’s way to the big screen was achieved last year in another huge one-time production like Wonder Woman. She says that at the audition stage, she did not even know what role she was auditioning for and for which film. “It was a secret, and only three months later I was invited to a first meeting with director Petty Jenkins,” recalls the actress, who was asked to perform a stunt to check her physical fitness. “A few weeks later, my agent called to tell me that I had booked the job and immediately began a nine-week training program.”

The casting process for Tomb Raider was quite different since Carey joined the production only at the completion stage. “The process was much faster,” she reports. “I had one meeting with the female conductor during which we read the scene, and then two weeks later, my agent called me to offer me the job, I practiced a few days with the bow and arrow, and I really enjoyed it.”

Which production do you enjoy more?
“I have to admit that Wonder Woman was a bit more fun, because I spent more time shooting the film, and spent more time with the actors and the production team and made personal contact with many of the amazons, which are all wonderful. Besides, it was my first experience filming a big movie.”

Perhaps the biggest challenge that Carey encountered in preparing for Wonder Woman was the fact that she is still in school, taking swimming lessons and uploading images to Instagram, the background of the super hero was completely foreign to her. “I did not know the character, because she was not part of my world as a little girl who was more into Disney movies,” she admits.

“As a young girl, I am full of day-to-day inspiration from the character of Diana and Lara Croft, and I think they inspire many people, young and old, all over the world … I’ve always been aware of women’s empowerment in my life since my mother raised me alone and she was the only role model I was I also believe that in the 21st century we need more strong women to be featured in the industry on the screen and behind the camera, Lara Croft and Diana, and of course the brilliant Patti Jenkins are perfect examples. ”

One way to compensate for the gaps in knowledge about Wonder Woman was to watch the wave of banks on the sidelines. “It was hard for me because I did not read the full script, so all I could know about Diana was from my own scene,” she says. “I think Gal took a lot on this character, because she started from a completely blank page, I watched Gal’s videos on the internet and I watched her interviews as well, she was just herself, and it helped me with the character.”

You should have adapted yourself to the wave and its Israeli accent, in order to preserve the character’s continuity.
“We had a great teacher for a dialect named Joe Cameron-Brown, and I had a couple of sessions with her to help me with the accent, and it was fun to try something new, on the set, Patty (Jenkins) was very helpful with the character and the accent. The right to watch some of the scenes filmed both in the studio in London and in the location in Italy and it was amazing to see Gal and the other players in action, these were moments of great value because I had to play the same figure in her youth, and we were not on the set at the same time.

How did you notice a sickle on the screen and behind the scenes?
“I love Gal – the woman and the actress, I admire her realness on the screen, she is a very natural actress, and of course she has a very strong and powerful presence in the industry, she was usually very normal with her husband and daughter. I remember that during the filming in Italy, while I was waiting to film my scene, I spent a full day playing with a stunning little girl, who turned out to be Gal’s daughter, Alma.

What would you like to take from Magal Gadot and Alicia Vikander to continue your career?
“I remember the first time I met Gal and she gave me advice that I’ll never forget: ‘The most important thing is to enjoy what you do, and it does not matter what you do in your life.’ I think it stays with me because it shows how passionate she is and I would like to take away her work ethic because she is so focused, just in her own ‘food’, but at the same time she enjoys what she does.”

“I did not really work with Alicia on the set, but I think she’s an outstanding player and she’s very bold as Lara Croft, of course I would love to follow the same route as Alicia because she has such a varied career and she’s still so young. People around the world look up to her because of her character and work on the screen, I would be happy to reach this level in my professional career and influence people’s lives. ”
From Amazon to belligerent to Tsar’s daughter
Carey’s first chance to realize her experience and the skills she learned from Vikander and Gadot came soon with the production of “Anastasia”, a free adaptation by director Blake Harris to the 1997 animated hit that tells the story of the Russian royal family, 2. Carey will appear in the lead role as Anastasia herself along with Brandon Rahat and Amiya Miller.

“The experience of working in a huge production helped me especially when I came to film Anastasia because I learned so much,” she says. “I am very excited that I had the opportunity to present this interpretation to Anastasia’s story. The story of the Romanov family, but they are presented in a family-friendly way and also have an element of fantasy, and I really enjoyed doing a historical investigation of this role. Anastasia was and still is a strong young female figure.”

What’s next for the future?
“I’m one of those people who live in the moment and I take every role when it comes in. On the other hand, I want to turn this into a career as an adult so I have to start thinking about what roles I take and how it can affect my future as an actress. It’s my passion and I love it, there are exciting jobs that are going on for the next few years, but in the meantime I will continue to study and work hard and I know that the right things for me will come now or in the future. ”

Would you like to play the older Wonder Woman down the road?
“I’m dreaming of playing a big role like Wonder Woman or Lara Croft in my career, and I’d love to influence the lives of people all over the world like Gal and Alicia. Obviously it would be an exception to play Wonder Woman in the future, but I do not think there will be another version soon because Gal did an amazing job, and in the meantime she has already started filming the next Wonder Woman film. ”

Source: Ynet

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