Isobelle Molloy is starring as young Maleficent, a role that took her all the way from Tomorrow’s Talent stage school in Danbury to Hollywood for CGI filming.
“I filmed on and off for over two years but in total it was only about six weeks,” says the 13-year-old from Springfield, Chelmsford.
Isobelle, who recently appeared in Eastenders as Bella Young, said: “I first started out in dancing and moved to drama and singing when I joined Tomorrow’s Talent. The Principal sent me to an audition for Oliver in the West End and I was cast as a workhouse child.
“I was playing Matilda in the West End and the casting director saw me and invited me to audition.
“My first professional job was in Oliver in the West End, I went on to play Matilda, but this is my first film. It’s very exciting – I feel very privileged.”
The film tells the story of the nature loving Maleficent (played by Angelina Jolie), who suffers a ruthless betrayal and her heart turns to stone. With her sights set on revenge, she curses the King’s daughter Aurora, unaware that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom and her beloved land.
Tomorrow’s Talent pupil Isobelle even got a chance to meet the leading lady: “I met Angelina on set, she was lovely and very helpful, and she told me to come to her if I needed any help.
“To be in a film with Angelina Jolie was absolutely incredible and a bit surreal at the same time, I felt very privileged to be given such an amazing opportunity.”
Maleficent has a very unique look, which meant Isobelle spent a lot of time in the make-up chair: “I had prosthetic ears and horns so it took about three hours, it didn’t feel that long though – it was all very exciting.
“The horns were a little heavy at times but I got used to them.”
Tomorrow’s Talent Principal Gavin Wilkinson says: “We’re so proud of Isobelle and her achievements in such a competitive industry. She remains a very level-headed young lady who simply strives to be the best that she can be as an actress.
“Isobelle is a testament to the wealth of talented young people that we have in the local area with many of our students performing leading roles both on stage and screen.”