With all the young, up and coming actresses out there, you really don’t get much luckier than Kara Hayward. With only a few summer camp and school plays under her belt, Hayward not only got an opportunity to star in a feature film, but the chance to lead Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.
She plays Suzy Bishop, the young girl who catches the eye of Khaki Scout, Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman). After quite a bit of letter writing, the two 12-year-old lovebirds opt to run away together, Sam ditching Scout Master Randy Ward (Edward Norton) and the boys of Troop 55 and Suzy taking her kitten, but leaving her three little brothers and parents behind (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand). While Sam and Suzy are enjoying their budding romance out in the woods, Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) leads the Khaki Scouts and the Bishops in a search effort to track them.
Not a bad first feature to have on your resume, huh? In honor of Moonrise Kingdom’s big release, Hayward took the time to talk about the filmmaking process from beginning to end, from first hearing of the audition from her dance teacher to what the experience taught her about her abilities as an actress. Check it all out for yourself in the interview below.
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