Mackenzie Mauzy who plays Repunzel in Into the Woods talks a little about her experience filming the movie.
Mauzy also talks about her wig, working with Meryl Streep, and more in this interview!
Alright, how heavy was the wig?
“Oh my gosh, so I never weighed which I probably should have. But it was a thirty-foot long piece and the rest of it was just CGI’d, if I can make that plural. It was super heavy, and Meryl was actually worried about it because of my neck and like trying to come up with ways of if they could put a harness in her hair or something [Laughs]. But ultimately, the top of it is my hair and the they braided the extension into my hair, and so they sort of made cornrows under the top of my hair which it then attached to which sounds really weird, but then I just sort of wrapped it around my arm. Like I asked to have some time with the piece before we filmed just because I wanted it to feel natural and it’s a thirty-foot piece so how she would naturally walk around with it. Because if you just leave it around you could trip on it and I was worried about that in shooting in a small place when we started so I just decided, I figured out a way to wrap it around my arm and my left bicep was stronger than my right after a few weeks with it [Laughs].”
So we talked about the tower earlier, how much time did you spend in it throughout your shooting schedule?
“We were there for a week, and I want to say like three full filming days, but then we had a couple of…. cause the top of the tower was on a sound stage but the outside of the tower was on location in like old abbey ruins in a beautiful place called Waverley Abbey a couple miles outside of London. Inside the actual tower, on the sound stage was about a week, but the stuff on location outside of the tower I just stood up on like a scaffolding and they built the rest of the tower around these abbey ruins so we were out there for about a week and a half or maybe two weeks because there’s a couple other scenes that take place in that area, but the scenes in that small enclosed tower space I’d give about a week. And those were my last scenes before I left, right now actually, I think I left about a year ago today.”
Did you ever just get to hang out on the sets and watch other peoples’ scenes when you had off time?
“A couple times, like Billy and I came in like we had a fitting or something, or a couple times they’d give us horse-riding lessons and stuff and we’d be kinda in the area, so we’d come in and bug people [Laughs]. In general, definitely if we were in the area, or if I was in the area. There was a couple days when they were in the kitchen and doing Cinderella and the Step Sisters, and I got to go cause I never got to film on the actual Woods set. So we did half of the Woods stuff in the actual forest and the other half of it on the actual stage, and I never filmed on the stage version. So I went in and Rob actually really wanted me to come in and see it cause it was so cool and I never got to film in it, so I cracked one of those days and just got to walk around. That was incredible.”
Oh I definitely would have done that.
“Yeah, so they put two stages together to make the forest and I mean the trees were huge, and you could get lost in there if you know… wanted to.”
I don’t know what would be creepier, getting lost in an actual forest at night or getting lost in a stage forest at night…
“They both would be terrifying! I don’t know, I guess I would opt for the studio one just because I would hope there’d be some kind of panic button somewhere or something…”
Do you think that like Rapunzel grew up with the only other person she saw being the Witch when she’s ugly and deformed and would look in the mirror ever and be like, “So is this what’s gonna happen at some point? Or is there something I’m missing?”
“[Laughs] Yeah, I mean I think at some point Rapunzel began to worry like, ‘What’s gonna happen to me?’ Or something like that. But I think one of the things with the Witch is that she’s spent so long convincing her of the evils of the world that in my mind, that’s what happens in the world, that’s why she’s protecting me in the tower. That’s what you can kind of get into if you will. But yeah, I’m sure Rapunzel got a little concerned [Laughs]!”
If you could play any character in any musical ever, who would it be and why?
“Oh man, I am not enough of a theatre nerd for this…. You know honestly, I would really like to play The Witch. I don’t know if I’d want to play it after Meryl Streep, but it is a dimensional character and it’s a challenge to make it seem, cause it’s easy to play one way, but I was trying to think cause I always see musicals and there’s always these amazing roles for men, and I think, ‘Oh if I was a dude, I’d love to play that!’ But it’s not coming to me right now, but the Witch would be a fun role to play. It would have been another cliche answer, but I have always wanted to play Eponine (From Les Miserables), cause growing up it was my Mom’s favorite musical and so we’d listen to it in the car, so that’s another pick too.”
I love Eponine! Alright, last question, what’s one of your favorite moments while working on the set of Into the Woods?
“Favorite moment…. I mean, the “Stay With Me” day was the best day for sure because we had a little trouble with the hair-cutting. The scissors weren’t sharp enough, so it’s this huge dramatic scene and then I just heard Meryl be like, ‘These Goddamn scissors aren’t cutting!’ [Laughs] It was also just scary too because my hair is actually in there somewhere, so she was more nervous about it than I was about actually cutting my hair. So little moments like that. There was a climbing day, when it was stunt people and Meryl and the Prince and they were all actually climbing my actual hair. So I had to be like harnessed into the wall cause Rob was terrified that I would fall out of the window. So the stunt guys were pulling all kinds of pranks on me, like just leaving as an example, they would come back though. Everyone was very serious of course about making the movie, but there was also just we had a lot of fun as well with it which is good.
The other story that makes me laugh is that it had been like a week of working with Meryl, just doing scene work and stuff and I was sort of like settling into a new apartment and I got a text message from her about this show that I had wanted to see, but the tickets were sold out, basically saying that I had tickets reserved! But that was the moment where I think I really let it sink in like, ‘Oh my God! Meryl Streep just texted me!’ But then I had to be like, ‘Okay Mackenzie you’re working with her, you’re in a movie with her, like this is really stupid that this is what made you freak out.’ But I think that it was all just so real, and it had been a long crazy week and you just get into work mode and that was a moment where I was like, ‘Okay, have a heart-to-heart with yourself, this is crazy.’ It wasn’t elaborate or anything, she just did me a favor!”
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