Disclosure: I attended the #ZootopiaEvent, all expenses including travel and accommodation were covered, all opinions are 100% my own.
Ginnifer Goodwin plays the voice of Judy Hopps in the movie “Zootopia” and if you have followed her or are a fan, she is just as sweet in real life as she appears on screen!
I admire, a lot about Ginnifer Goodwin, she is a wonderful parent, a beautiful and talented across and I have followed her acting career for a few years now since she played Snow White in Once Up a Time. When I heard she was the voice of Judy Hopps in Zootopia, I instantly thought the character would be sweet and I wasn’t wrong!
How did you prepare for your role as Judy Hopps?
I would like to say that I have a lot of artistic integrity, but I really just relinquished all control which was new for me because I think control is something which actors are always fighting and creating and protecting characters. This is a new role for me in animation and I really did understand that everything physical and every making of what you see, was in the hands of the animators. So all I did was show up and try to be completely and emotionally available and said my lines and try different things, that’s about it, it’s the most fun I have ever had, no one should get paid to have this much fun (laughs!).
Why did the script speak to you? What made you say “I need to be Judy Hopps?”
To be honest, there was one word that convinced me to take this role, and that was “Disney”, and that’s the truth. I was sitting in Mickey Mouse pajamas in my kitchen, I was pregnant and I got a phone call that I was being offered a job, I had never heard of Zootopia and I took it immediately and my representatives said don’t you want to know anything about the character or the script and I said well of course I want to but, let’s just accept the job first then call me back.
So they did, and I actual didn’t read the script for a little while! I went in and I sat down with the story makers and they showed me the film board, they created the role for me, walked me through everything and I was shown a version of the script that is similar to what we made, but, definitely would have been a different movie. One of the things I love most about Disney is that it’s the only studio, that I am aware of that will start from scratch to make something better, even if they are years into the process which happened with this one. But reading the script I was really taken with not only the theme but the fact that every great Disney film, it could make me laugh, it could make me cry, I related very much to the character, I understand why I was cast, there was no question I was going to take it, the second I knew it existed.
We just learned from Jason that you don’t get to see a lot of the animation at the start, so what did you think when you first saw Judy Hopps with your voice, did she really look like the way you were envisioning her? Was it better? What did you think?
It was a dream, I didn’t see anything, honestly, I didn’t see an entire scene until I saw what became the first trailer, the sloth DMV scene, so I saw it whilst standing backstage in the trailer at the same time when all of the fans did. Before that I had seen all of the artwork, I was really blown away, I do thank goodness, when I am watching the movie forget that it is me and I do get completely lost in it! This is a completely different experience, it’s different from doing live action, when I am watching live action I’m like “I need to lose 5 pounds” (laughs) and I hate the way I said that line, but sometimes I am brought back into it by realizing that Judy has raised her eyebrows in a way that I would raise my eyebrows or does something with her hands that I would definitely find very familiar. I only just saw the entire movie around 6 weeks ago, and it really did blow my mind, I started crying the second the castle comes up because it’s Disney (Laughs).
Has your son seen the movie? Does he realize that it’s your voice?
He hasn’t seen it and we only recently decided that we are not going to let him see it for a long time. Not for reasons, that we would have expected from ourselves, we have kept him from all technology based entertainment up until this point, he only recently watched Winnie the Pooh. We thought that we were going to let him see Zootopia and then we watched it and it’s almost out of our love for it that we are going to keep animated things in which we are a part of because we realized that Oliver thinks that Winnie the Pooh is real and we would never want to shatter the illusion that he’s not. I am terrified that he would see Zootopia and say that sounds a lot like mommy. So I am going to keep that from him for as long as possible, I want to push him to be imaginative.
Is there a character that you dream of playing?
Oh my gosh, there are types of characters, I can’t think of one specifically, I would like to do more period work my focus was in Shakespeare. Thus far, I feel like every one of the jobs I have taken have always provided surprises and I am really interested in signing up for anything.
What was the best thing about playing Judy Hopps?
It’s less about playing her and more about her affect on me as an audience member, I was really surprised when I saw the final product because I had given the directors a million different versions of everything, they practiced her performance, the directors made he. They created an action hero and a real butt kicker who is kind and generous and girly and uncompromising.
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The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where humanoid mammals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. However, the city is separated into classes, where they face prejudice based on preconceived notions about their species. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy, as she was sidelined into a boring career meter maid because she’s the first rabbit in the police force. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case of a missing otter, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery.