Rising star Mackenzie Foy has said that she’s looking forward to completing her final year of high school and trying her hand at directing after starring in Disney’s forthcoming blockbuster, The Nutcracker.
The US model and actress, 17, is set to become a household name thanks to her role in the eagerly-awaited fantasy epic, starring opposite Keira Knightley and Morgan Freeman and set for release in November.
Foy said she was in the shower when she got the call from director Lasse Hallström, telling her that she’d landed the role of Clara.“I was actually in the shower when my mom ran into the bathroom and told me Lasse was on the phone,” she said in an interview with Rollacoaster Magazine.
“He asked me if I would be Clara and, of course, I said yes. I was just ridiculously excited to go on a new adventure.”
She added: “It was amazing. It was just like ‘wow, we’re doing this!’ The costumes, the hair, the make-up, the set design; everything is so detailed and absolutely stunning.
“It was really fun working with Lasse. In the beginning process for the film, Lasse and I had a lot of meetings where we would talk and develop Clara. I had a wonderful time creating Clara’s story with him.”
Foy first rose to fame as a child star in the final two Twilight films, before landing roles in hit horror The Conjuring and Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar in 2014.
But it seems that the teenage star has even higher aspirations as she wants to try her hand at directing after she leaves school.
“I’ll be working on my senior year, which is very exciting. It’s so cool to be finishing high school. I want to be a director once I finish high school,” she said.
“I pretty much want to make films that will make people end up looking at the world in a different way, so that they will feel inspired and learn something new.”