Since starting her acting career, Pixie Davies has appeared in many popular screen productions including the Nativity film series and Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot. Having played a major role in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and TV series Humans, last year Pixie could be seen around the world in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns playing the role of Annabel alongside Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. We recently chatted to Pixie about being on set of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, appearing as Sophie Hawkins in Humans and filming for Mary Poppins Returns.
Had you seen the original Mary Poppins before being cast in Mary Poppins Returns and what was the experience like on the set of a big Disney production?
Actually, Mary Poppins was one of my favourite films as a small child, I would ask to watch it every day. It’s just so magical!
Is there anything you can tell us about Annabel Banks and what’s the response been like to your character?
Annabel is quite stubborn and likes to think that she is the mother figure of the Banks household, so when Mary Poppins comes along, as you can imagine, she isn’t very happy! All of my friends say that the character is really cool and sassy!
What was it like acting with the rest of the cast and had you seen any of their previous work?
They were all complete LEGENDS to work with and I was honoured to work with them. I loved Hamilton, and The Devil Wears Prada and Mamma Mia are among my favourite films!
How was it being in the studio recording the soundtrack?
I felt like a pop star! Words can’t describe the buzz I felt singing the songs with a live orchestra!
What is Razzi the Rat in 101 Dalmatian Street like to voice?
I love the sassy, yet strange, little rat as I relate to the character on another level! Also, my favourite animal is a mouse so this was close enough. 😂
You played Sophie Hawkins across all three series of Humans, what was she like to play?
I absolutely loved playing Sophie, she’s so cool!
How would you describe the character and do you have any similarities to her?
She is the exact opposite of me actually because she was quite quiet and introverted (most of the time)… completely different from me, as I cannot sit quietly for two minutes!
What did you enjoy most about being in the cast?
I loved the WHOLE cast and crew, everybody was amazingly amazing and made me feel like family! Well, we were really a HUGE family 😂 of humans and machines.
Who did you spend the most time with in between scenes on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and how much fun was it on set?
I had the time of my life on the shoot, and enjoyed every second! I mostly hung out with the girls but I loved everyone on set!
How was it seeing the film for the first time once the special effects had been added?
SUPER cool as a lot of the gruesome things were all green, so seeing them for real was incredible, pure Tim Burton magic!
Did you know the story of Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot before being cast as Roberta in the 2015 TV Movie and what was she like to portray?
I have always loved all of Roald Dahl’s books and read each one many times, Esio Trot was one of my faves so I FREAKED when I found out that I had got it! I loved my experience on set to pieces! And all of the cast and crew.
You’ve appeared in Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! and Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?!, how different were they to film?
Super different because there wasn’t a script for the kids so it was insanely manic and unpredictable every day! But it WAS really fun!
Was there anything in particular that got you into acting?
Not anything in particular, I was just SUPER confident as a child.
What do you enjoy doing away from your career?
I love baking, sewing, photography, long walks in the woods, oh and shopping! 😂
Do you have any projects you’re currently working on or filming soon that you can say about?
Currently in Budapest shooting a film set in the 1940s called Our Man In America, which is based on a true story.
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