Tomorrowland star Britt Robertson was not only all too excited to star in a film with George Clooney, but also one rooted in the science of science fiction. Robertson’s character Casey spends much of the film with a NASA baseball hat that belonged to her onscreen father (played by Tim McGraw), who is a NASA engineer.
Although NASA has been scaled back a bit of late, when we caught up with the Tomorrowland star, she had hope that the U.S. space agency was merely taking a pause, before another push at greatness.
“For me, I think NASA sort of represents a very specific hope. It sort of ties in with the movie in a sort of symbolic way, you know? NASA represents this unknown, and the human race’s being able to explore the universe and other things that are out there,” Robertson said.
“I think that’s in line with the movie, in terms of theme. We’re talking about a movie that’s saying, ‘We don’t know what our future is. It’s not determined for us, and maybe if we go out there and explore the world -- maybe if NASA wants to go and see what else is out there -- then maybe that will have some helpful part in making our future something to be excited about.'"
Tomorrowland finds Robertson’s character discovering a magical pin with the letter T on it (as teased in the Tomorrowland trailer). When she touches it, it takes her to a land in a different dimension where scientists and great thinkers are given the freedom to come up with ideas that will improve our way of life and, at its best, even save our world.
Raffey Cassidy plays Athena, and it is her character that gives Casey her Tomorrowland pin. When asked about the young actress, Robertson admitted that it was an interesting dynamic for her, and even for Clooney.
“I think Raffey played Mom a lot, especially with George and I. She was constantly just trying to keep us focused, and funny enough, that’s how she is in life too. But, she’s so professional and so focused herself,” Robertson said.
“We had such fun together. We spent a lot of time together, just between stunt training and then obviously filming the movie. So I think our dynamic off-screen probably helped a lot of our chemistry on-screen as well.”
One of the main themes of Tomorrowland is how one person can make a change in a world that desperately needs it. When asked how Robertson sees her role in making the world a better place, she doesn’t hesitate in her response.
“Living in California, I’ve turned off my sprinklers. I know it’s a very small step, but I’m trying to use less water,” Robertson said.
“It’s important for everyone to take into consideration their community and the environment wherever they are and the things that they can do for that specific region. If you have any ideas, send them over!”
Check out our Tomorrowland review and discover Disney’s latest this weekend!