I think I really needed a dose of Zootopia today. It is funny how life will bring things in just when you need it. Ginnifer’s words really spoke to me this morning. Being a blogger is hard for me, sometimes. Well a lot of the times, especially in the last few months. It is hard to get opportunities presented to you that you worked really hard to achieve only to have to close the door. It is heartbreaking and frustrating. I am not going to lie, I went to bed last night super sad. It seems that is the norm anymore.
I was switching computers yesterday and didn’t get a chance to write this post. I think that was a good thing. Because this morning I read this interview and the words really spoke to me. Ginnifer was told she would never be a leading lady. I agree with her, that is silly. We ladies come in all shapes and sizes, we all have stories, so why can’t Ginnifer or another lovely actress tell them for us? She is as beautiful as she is talented. If my story was told, I would want her to tell it. When I started blogging I was told by family, friends, etc, that I wouldn’t make it. I am to nice, they said. I don’t understand why you can’t be a blogger and be nice? That just seems strange to me, you know? Another thing I heard was I was too scatter brained, which is true. I am scattered brained and sometimes forget things or don’t do things right, but I just push on. I have never been a quitter and don’t plan to start now.
Another thing that spoke to me was Ginnifer’s words of infinite possibilities. I am holding on to those right now. Because I am a firm believer that when you have turn down one opportunity, no matter how much it hurts, another one will come along. I have to believe that. I believe that if you take a leap, the net will appear. In other words if you take that first jump something will be there to catch you. Does it bother me that I have to turn down opportunities that would elevate me as a blogger? Yes! It makes me wonder what am I working for? I sometimes feel I am in the same place I was two years ago. But then I have to look at all the other things going on in my life. I am starting a new graphic design business, I am getting wonderful products to review, I am number 17!!! at out of a 1,000 tech bloggers, and I may have an opportunity to work with Carnival cruises. When one door closes, a couple more open. And when they don’t I just take that leap and believe the net is there.
I have had wonderful, wonderful opportunities thanks to Disney. I have met celebrities, visited sets, finally made a trip to LA, and went back to Disney World. Not bad for someone that people swore would never amount to anything. Like Ginnifer said “Anyone can be anything”. I absolutely believe that. I instill that in my girls every day. You can be anything you want to be and if the doors close on you, bust them down.
I guess I kind of went to the sad place but I like to let you all know sometimes that my life isn’t Facebook awesome. Sometimes I get sad over my job and you know what, that’s okay! But I don’t live in that sadness. The world is full of infinite possibilities and I aim to go out and grab some 🙂 I hope you will too, because your net is there, you just have to believe.
Ginnifer Goodwin Zootopia Interview
How did you prepare for your role as Judy Hopps?
I would like to say that I have a lot of artistic integrity and lived on a rabbit farm for a month, but I really just relinquished all control, which was new for me because I think control is something for which actors are always fighting and creating. All I did was show up and try to be completely emotionally available and said my lines and tried different things and wore sneakers so I could jump around and, and that’s about it. I mean, it’s the most fun I’ve ever had, no one should get paid to have this much fun. Except me. I’ll totally take it.
What made you want the role?
To be honest there was one word that convinced me that I needed to take this role and that was Disney. I was sitting in Mickey Mouse pajamas in my kitchen. I was pregnant. I was in Vancouver shooting Once Upon a Time and I got a phone call that I was being offered this job and I had never heard of Zootopia and I took it immediately. My representative said, don’t you want to know anything about the character or the script and I said well, of course, I want to, just accept the job first and then call me back.
What did you think when you first saw Judy Hopps with your voice?
It was a dream. I didn’t see an entire scene until I saw what became the, the first trailer. The block DMV scene in its, edited trailer form at D23, so I had saw it while standing backstage with a monitor at the same time that all of the thousands of fans did. I was really blown away. I still can’t get over it. I do thank goodness, when I’m watching the movie, forget that it is me and I can get completely lost in it which is something that I can’t, unfortunately do when I’m watching something live action because when I’m watching something live action, I’m just going, I need to lose five pounds and I hate the way I said that line.
Have you overcome any stereotypes in your life the way the two characters have in the movie?
I think becoming an actress in the way that I’ve become an actress was overcoming other perceptions because I, I am proud of the fact that I am not some like stereotypical, classic package of a Hollywood actress. I was certainly told early on I would never be a leading lady, and I thought that was ridiculous because there are all kinds of ladies and all stories need to be told, so why wouldn’t my kind of lady, you know, lead a film at some point? I think that maybe being an actress in general, takes you know, exceptionally thick skin in that we’re rejected on a daily basis for a number of reasons and I think I’ve always been pretty good at letting it all roll of my back.
As a mom, what would you like kids to take away from the film?
The one that I gravitate towards the most because it’s the one my character articulated was that anyone can be anything and I absolutely believe that. I believe that’s in keeping with the answer, yeah, to the question about, you know, defying other peoples’ expectations and in stereotyping me and how I am received. I do believe anyone can be anything. I believe that there are infinite amounts of opportunities for everyone. I’ve never understood this idea that there’s so many pieces of the pie. Like, if, you know, actresses are fellow actress haters and, and are extremely competitive and I mean, not any more so than men. I’m just using actresses because I’m an actress, and I’m sure it’s the same in many, many different fields, but I’ve always felt like why can’t we just look at it as there’s an infinite number of pies? There’s, there’s enough to go around and there’s enough for everyone to carve their niche in life, and so that’s the thing that I would hope on the surface that my kids take away from seeing Zootopia.
Do you have a favorite scene in the movie?
A favorite scene. Oh my gosh. I mean, as an actress, I would say that because I’m a glutton for punishment that I love the scene in which Judy takes responsibility for what she has not only done in the world of Zootopia, but what she has done to Nick and goes back and apologizes, but also calls him to action. But as an audience member I think that that flock scene is one of the strongest scenes in the movie. I think it’s hysterical.
What qualities do you find in yourself that you see in Judy Hopps?
We’re both fiercely optimistic, we’re both idealistic. I think we’re both a bit self-righteous which can then get into the flawed territory which I also love. I don’t like playing characters who don’t have some flaws and I think that that our flaws are similar. I love that she, which is something that I hadn’t really, honestly, articulate for myself ever until playing Judy, I love that she believes that before one can of course, make the world a better place, one has to make one’s self better. There’s nothing more responsible than that. I would love to be that responsible. I also wish I were as fearless as she is because I’m a tryer like she is, but I try things and when I try things, I’m often secretly a bit scared and I feel like she didn’t get the scared gene somehow.
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.