Interviewing child actors is one of my favorite things to do! They have a different energy from adult actors and they’re usually pretty fun to hang out with! So when I found out we’d be interviewing Pixie Davies (“Anabel Banks”) & Joel Dawson (“Georgie Banks”) as part of the #MaryPoppinsReturnsEvent, I was excited!
It was a blast to sit down with them and learn more about Mary Poppins Returns through their eyes!
Disney provided me with an all-expense paid trip in exchange for sharing about the film.
THE BANKS CHILDREN – PIXIE DAVIES & JOEL DAWSON
If you’ve never heard of Pixie Davies and Joel Dawson, don’t worry! You’ll be very familiar with them soon! They play two of the three Banks children in the new film. John (played by Nathanael Saleh), Annabel (played by Pixie Davies), and Georgie (played by Joel Dawson) are the children of Michael Banks and his deceased wife.
Just as the original Banks children were in Mary Poppins, the new generation of Banks children are in need of a little magic in Mary Poppins Returns.
If you think you recognize Pixie Davies, you might be have seen her in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children as Bronwyn! She’s also in the television series Humans (which you can watch if you have Amazon Prime Video) so she might be familiar to you.
Joel Dawson might not be quite as familiar. He’s making his debut in Mary Poppins Returns and I think it’s a great movie to get started with!
Photo: Jana Seitzer/whiskynsunshine.com
HOW DO KIDS REACT WHEN THEY FIND OUT THEY GOT THE PART?
We asked both of the young actors what it was like when they found out that they landed their roles in the new movie.
Pixie Davies shared (with her infectious smile) that, “I thought I was going to burst!” I can imagine how exciting it must have been to get a role in such an iconic movie.
Joel Dawson said that his agent came over (because she already knew) and Director Rob Marshall called them to tell him that he (Rob Marshall) wanted him to have the part. He was so excited and his mom was squealing. I bet that was one proud momma!
WHAT WERE THEIR FAVORITE SCENES?
Neither of the kids had any trouble coming up with some of their favorite scenes from the movie.
Joel told us that he liked the part where he had to dive through the bushes and gets dragged along by the kite so watch for that one! It comes fairly early in the film and is a pretty important scene!
For Pixie, it was the scene with the song “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” and its incredible production number. She shared that it was “so incredible watching the dancers” and that it gets better every time. I couldn’t agree more!
WHAT ABOUT FAVORITE SONGS?
Once we knew more about their favorite scenes, we HAD to know about their favorite songs. I have to warn you that once you see Mary Poppins Returns, you might find it difficult to choose a favorite! Both of the young actors had a favorite. I was surprised by one but not by the other.
Joel surprised me a bit with his choice of “(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky.” It happens to be one of my favorites and I think that it’s a song that really grows on you. But it wasn’t what I expected to hear from one of the kids!
I wasn’t surprised at all by Pixie’s choice of “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” because she gushed about it multiple times during our chat. She did add in, “but they’re all amazing” so I think she suffers from the same challenge that I did (and you will too!)
WHAT DID THEY DO WHEN THEY WEREN’T FILMING?
Tutoring. They both confessed they had tutoring a lot and that it was okay, but it was still school.
Some of their favorite things included the place for props. Pixie Davies described it as “the most magical place on Earth.” She also added that there was always a lot of food and “it was great.”
I don’t think anyone would complain about that. We all got a chuckle when the food talk went on and Joel Dawson shared about something that seems to have really stuck with him from his time on the set of Mary Poppins Returns.
“I remember one day they had a chocolate water fountain with marshmallows and cookies.”
Oh, to be a kid again!
I remember one day they had a chocolate water fountain with marshmallows and cookies.
Photo: Jana Seitzer/whiskynsunshine.com
WHAT DO THEIR FRIENDS WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE MOVIE?
Pixie Davies said her friends wanted to know all about the food, her costumes, her hair, and her makeup!
Joel made us all laugh when he told us that all his friends wanted to know was, “When is it coming out?”
Oh the differences between boys and girls! This sounded just like my kids and their friends!
WHAT ADVICE DO THEY HAVE FOR KIDS INTERESTED IN ACTING?
I always find it interesting to see what kids say when we ask them questions like these.
Pixie shared something she’d learned from the older actors. She learned that you have “to be yourself. Do what you think is right and if you get a note you get a note.”
I love her attitude and from what we heard in all of the interviews, I think that working with Director Rob Marshall on the movie gave her the safe place to do just what she mentioned.
As for advice for other kids, she told us, “If you really want to do it, just do. It’s a really great feeling!”
I love her attitude and I think you’ll love both Pixie Davies and Joel Dawson in Mary Poppins Returns! They help bring this new addition to the Mary Poppins universe to life!
Mary Poppins Returns hits theaters on December 19th! Be sure to mark your calendars! What a fun film to catch with the family during the holiday season!
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