By Jean-Paul Eliard
The 04 June 2021
Hi Emma , I'm glad to do this interview and I hope you are well
Can you introduce yourself to the visitors of cinema-movietheater.com ?
Hello, my name is Emma Berman. I am 12 years old, and I live in Northern California with my parents, my grandma and my cat Peppa.
I just finished 7th grade and I am very excited for summer!
You lend your voice to one of
the stars "Giulia", friend of "Luca" for the animation movie Disney Pixar’s "Luca" Could you tell us about your character?
Giulia is an Italian girl about my age. She is smart, brave, determined, strong, passionate, intense, genuine and a bit goofy.
I really love her bright red hair which perfectly matches her fiery personality.
What did you like when you read
When I was reading the script, I enjoyed seeing Italian words because I love exploring different cultures and languages.
I thought the scenes I auditioned with were very funny, and I enjoyed playing around with how Giulia might act and sound when meeting Luca and Alberto.
How did you get this dubbing
I first auditioned in November of 2019 and got an in-person callback about a month later.
It was my first time going to the Pixar studios headquarters in Emeryville, not too far from my house in San Francisco.
I heard from the agent that the Pixar team liked me and wanted to bring me back into the studios in January of 2020 to do some scratch recordings for Giulia.
Then about 3 months
later, mid-March of 2020, I had a surprise zoom call with director, Enrico Casarosa and producer, Andrea Warren
the part of Giulia! This was the best day of my life. I still can't believe
I got this part!
How long did it take to dub your character?
I started recording in the Spring of 2020 and worked through the end of 2020.
What is the biggest difficulty when you are dubbing?
And are you alone or with other actors / actresses?
The hardest part of the recording process for me was setting up to work from home because of the pandemic.
I really missed going into the Pixar studios and visiting the campus. When I worked at Pixar, I did not record with any of the other actors, just with our director Enrico.
You work your accents, and you speak fluent Russian too.
Do you have a family in Russia? And Did you go to Russia already?
Yes I do! My mom's brother and his family and my grandpa all live in Moscow, Russia.
Also, my dad's cousin lives in Moscow with his family who I am pretty close with, so I have a lot of cousins and relatives over there.
I have been to Russia once when I was 9 years old and I had lots of fun learning about my culture and the birthplace of both of my parents.
I mostly stayed in Moscow, but we also visited St. Petersburg, where
I loved visiting the museums and walking around the old town and the famous streets.
When and why did you choose to
be an actress?
When I was 8 years old, I did a theatre summer camp that was staging a production of Annie and I landed the role of Annie!
I really enjoyed doing theater from then on and that is how it all started for me!
What role would you like to play and what kind of film?
I would love to be in a TV series or a movie.
I think it would be very fun to meet and work with other actors and be on set for an action or comedy movie!
To be an actress at 12 years old, is that a problem for your studies?
Although it is not usually a problem with my studies, sometimes I have recording sessions that happen during my class time, so I just have to catch up on any missed work later.
For the most part, my career does not cause many conflicts with my studies.
I have a very supportive school community and my principal and teachers actually want to watch me in various theater productions outside of school. I am very grateful for my school's support!
What do you like doing outside of acting?
Some of my favorite things to do outside of acting are go-karting, reading, playing my guitar, watching old black and white movies and drawing or painting.
I know it is difficult to predict what the future holds for movies, TV series, etc. for the moment with Covid-19, but what is your next challenge / project?
I am very grateful that I have been able to work during the pandemic.
I am currently recording
at home for a new animated series project, and though I can’t share any details yet, I know it
will be a super fun
project audiences will love!
Do you wish to add something?
Thank you so much for this interview opportunity and the really fun questions I enjoyed answering for you!
Thank you so much for your interview Emma and I wish you all the best and take care