MEET LAUREN MOTE, STAR OF DISNEY'S TINKER BELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE!
Every young child has dreamed of living in that fairy tale world of princesses and fairies and for one lucky thirteen year old girl, that fairy tale has just come true! Lauren Mote stars as the first human to interact with the fairies of the beloved dreamland of Pixie Hollow in Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment's latest release in the Tinker Bell saga, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue.
After taking dancing classes for two years in Sunderland, England, young Lauren Mote realized her passion to entertain was more than just a hobby. "I started dancing when I was three and that's when I started getting interested in the arts," Lauren told us in a recent interview. "I started going to Stagecoach at five, and thats when I really started wanting to do acting for a job." It wasn't long before the Mote family realized the special talent that Lauren embodied and without hesitation the family packed up their belongings and moved to London to support her dream.
Upon moving to London, Lauren became a radio personality for BBC Radio where she voiced the title character in the on-air serial Matilda and later appearing in Afternoon Play Highgate Letters. She was also given an opportunity to perform in the musical Oliver at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in the famous theatre district London's West End.
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In 2008, Lauren attended an open call audition competing against thousands of hopeful girls for the coveted role of Lizzy in the latest Tinker Bell film. "I got notified of the audition by my agent, who is at my school, and she didn't tell me what it was for - she didn't tell any of us what it was for - because she didn't want to add any extra pressure," Lauren explained of the audition process for the role. "I went in and audition and it got wittled down, I don't know how many to, but I went for a recall and obviously now I got the job, which is really exciting."
Lauren portrays the character of Lizzy in Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, the first human ever to interact with the Pixies. Lizzy has always believed in fairies even though her father is a scientist who believes it is impossible for them to exist. "He believes in fact and he believes that seeing is believing," she explained. "Lizzy doesn't think the same as her dad. So, Lizzy is always trying to prove him wrong."
When these two character's worlds collide everything that each of them believed in was coming true right before their eyes. An immediate friendship bond is formed, but the realization of these two different worlds hits Tinker Bell when she sees a portrait of the fairies in Lizzie's book. "Tinker Bell wants to go home and she can't because it's raining," Lauren shares. "Lizzy's so heartbroken that Tinker Bell wants to go, but she ends up staying with Lizzy a little bit longer."
Lizzie couldn't hold her excitement that fairies really do exist and wants to show her proof to her father. "He wants to make test subjects out of them," she explained. "Lizzy just thinks they know so that is all that matters, but he wants everyone else to know. She finally persuades him that it's what they know that counts. It's not that the world knows, it's that they know."
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Tinker Bell premiered in the United Kingdom in August where Lauren got to take her best friend Lily along with her. "She's been my best friend for about four years," Lauren told us. "We brought her to the premiere yesterday and we really enjoyed ourselves."
"I love Tinker Bell and I follow the story," Laured shared with a glimmer of excitement in her voice. "It's a great honor to be in one of the films and I have really enjoyed all of it."
Check out some of the highlights from our interview below to get to know a little more about this adorable rising star!
Did you get to work with any of the cast members on the film?
No, I haven't met any of them, but I'm really excited to.
Do you have a favorite scene from the movie?
I like when Lizzy is flying. That's my favorite scene.
Were you able to see a picture of your character before you went in to do the voiceover?
I didn't have any images or anything of Lizzy when we started, but towards the end, they started the animation. I was working to some of the animation in the end. Some of it was in all color, but some of it was black and white and grey. At the end, it was much easier. I enjoyed using my imagination for literally the whole recording.
Were there any funny moments in the recording studio that you would like to share?
Oh, line muck-ups and just things like that.
What do you like to do for fun with your best friend?
We always go out shopping, or meet up, or even just go out to the park or something. Just to meet up and chat because we get along really well and I think we're going to be friends a long, long time.
In the movie, your character Lizzy likes to draw. Do you draw at all?
I do. I love drawing because you can draw whatever you want. You've got freedom.
Did you get to see the music video that Bridgit Mendler did for the film?
Yes, I've seen it on the internet. It's a really lovely song.
Do you have any aspirations of becoming a singer in the future?
I don't know. If it's there, obviously I'll take it because I love to do it,. My main thing would be acting, but if singing comes along I definitely would do it.
If you could be any one fairy in Tinker Bell, which one would you want to be?
Tinker Bell, because she is so adventurous and she's mischievous and she'll just go off and do her thing. She has a good time all of the time. I'd love to do that.
What is the one quality in your character Lizzy that you like the most, or that you can relate to the most?
I like that it obviously does bother her what her father thinks, but she still believes what she believes. She's very, I won't say stubborn, but she won't budge for anybody, if you know what I mean. She believes in what she believes.
What would be your dream role?
I hope I'll just carry on working with Disney.
Do you have any favorite Disney Channel shows?
I love them all. I love Sonny With A Chance. I love all the films. I'm a true Disney girl.
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