Acting since she was just 10 years old, Britt Robertson has spent most of her career on television, starring on shows like Life Unexpected, The Secret Circle and, most recently, Under The Dome, but she continues to pick up big screen roles as well. In addition to being in the middle of production on Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, this weekend she can be seen starring alongside Vince Vaughn in the new dramedy Delivery Man.
In the new movie Robertson stars as Kristen, one of the 533 children that Vaughn’s character, David, unknowingly fathered through multiple anonymous donations to a local fertility clinic. Kristen, unfortunately, has had a hard life and has turned to drugs as a result, but when David meets her he feels compelled to try and be her guardian angel.
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to sit down with the young actress one on one to talk not only about her latest film, but also the work she’s been doing on Tomorrowland and what we can hope to see from her in the season of Under The Dome. Read on to find out what she had to say!
When you first start looking at a character what do you really hone in on?
Like in general? What do I hone in on? I mean, like lately, well, not necessarily lately, but for a long time it’s been like age, because I’m 23, but I really do look very young and so for a long time I would be sent these roles would be like "mid-twenties, sexy" and I’m like, okay, I cannot play mid-twenties sexy. So, a lot of times I just want to feel comfortable in my skin, to bring something to a character that maybe somebody else hasn’t and also just find some depth and truth and realness into a person so that an audience can relate and have some, you know, I don’t know, emotional...
Exactly. So, those are the kinds of things I look for.
From there, when you were approaching the character of Kristen in Delivery Man, what would you kind of dig your teeth into?
I actually really loved the character because she was kind of this young girl, who’s super feisty, trying to make a way on her own and you know, get an apartment in New York. She has nobody in life, but is really kind of falling apart and she can’t hold on to anything and for me, like, in life, I’ve always kind of been the person to take on huge tasks that I probably can’t handle, and I sort of lose my mind in the midst of it, and I thought it would be... There’s a sweetness and a vulnerability and also a toughness to someone like that who can take on the world, but like really not know how to handle it.
It’s a competence and independence.
Exactly, but it’s so sweet to see them try and give up and fail and then have these people like Vince who come into their lives and help them out, and that’s kind of what I was drawn to.
And what kind of conversations did you have with Ken Scott when you first got to the set?
A lot of the conversations for me and my character were about levels because like with my character, she can be like, at a 105 all the time or there can be these moments of anger and sadness, resentment and hurt. So, he wanted to make sure that, especially the first scene, where you meet my character, that there was, I mean, it’s a very short time, but he wanted to make sure that you could see something was happening, and it wasn’t just to be skated right over.
And it is very subtle...
Exactly, but that's kind of what he wanted. He wanted it to have an impact but still be subtle and not be a slap in the face. She’s a young girl and she’s sort of been thrown into this situation and has these issues. So, those are the kind of conversations we talked about, just the different levels and where she would be and how we wanted to play with those.