Brooklynn Prince Interview: ‘The Florida Project’
When asked during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above) about the praise heaped upon her performance in “The Florida Project,” pint-sized star Brooklynn Prince responds with grace and humility. “It means a lot to me,” she states, “but I’m not famous. I’m just me.” Prince stars in this A24 release as Moonee, a rambunctious six-year-old who goes on adventures with her friends and rebellious mother (Bria Vinaite) while living in the Magic Castle, a ramshackle budget motel outside of Disney World. Willem Dafoe plays Bobby, the kindhearted and patriarchal motel manager who watches out for Moonee and her mother.
She describes her character as “a trouble-maker” who “likes to get into mischief.” She praises Vinaite as “the coolest girl I’ve ever met,” someone who “loves aliens like I do.” She also reveals that on the set, Dafoe would “play thumb-war with me,” and treated all of the first-time and non-professional actors “like we were the same. He wanted to blend in with us.”
Directed by Sean Baker (“Tangerine”), “The Florida Project” is a possible Oscar contender in several categories for A24 this year. The film has already been recognized at the Gotham Awards with nominations for Best Feature, Best Actor (Dafoe), and Breakthrough Actor (Prince). Should Prince fight her way into a crowded Best Actress race, the 7-year-old would be the youngest nominee ever in that category, beating then 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis for “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (2012).