Young Wonder Woman actress Lilly Aspell received some important advice about acting from the film’s star Gal Gadot. With director Patty Jenkins’ DC Comics film gaining positive reactions from audiences and critics alike, and being dubbed as “a new way to empower women” from original Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter, it’s no surprise that Diana Prince’s message of love, power and peace is resonating with people around the world.
Young actress Lilly Aspell plays the spirited eight-year-old Diana living on the island of Themyscira with an all-female Amazon tribe of half-gods. She’s also been changed by the movie, and had a fantastic time filming with actress Connie Nielsen, who plays her on-screen mother Hippolyta, filming horseback riding scenes and working hard to portray the future Wonder Woman in her origin story.
In an interview with THR, the young actress talked about playing Wonder Woman as a child, the important advice Gadot gave her about acting and how watching Gadot helped improve her own performance. Aspell said:
“Gal is such a wonderful person and was very helpful. I would often watch her filming and try and listen to her accent, she told me to only act if you enjoy it as it can really show in your performance, the day you don’t enjoy it, you should stop. She is also very kind and down-to- earth. I’d love to be just like her when I’m older.”
It’s no surprise that Gadot gave such inspirational and important advice to the young actress being that Gadot herself is practically a superhero in her own right filming re-shoots of the film while pregnant with her daughter and serving in the Israeli Army for two years. Aspell also talked about the conversations she had with director Patty Jenkins about her character, which, it turns out, is very much like the young Aspell, who sees a lot of Diana in herself. Aspell said:
“Diana is very like me, so Patty just told me to be natural and let my own character come through. This made my job much easier. I have so much admiration for Patty and I would love to work with her again someday. She really is inspirational.”
Aspell also reminisced about filming her favorite scenes and the most challenging sequences in Wonder Woman. She said:
“My favorite scene to shoot was riding Vendeval, the gray stallion, through the yellow field. I think it is an amazing scene and made me smile when I watched the movie. The most challenging was when I run up the stairs away from my tutor. We shot it a few times and although I’m pretty fit, I did get tired out!”
The nine-year-old, Scottish-born actress, on top of acting, is an equestrian who combines acting and showjumping. Wonder Woman is her first break into acting and she is set to appear, so far, in the two upcoming 2018 films Extinction, directed by Ben Young, and Holmes and Watson, directed by Etan Cohen. With the young actress already making great strides in her career (playing a young Wonder Woman is a pretty big deal), we expect to see a lot more of Aspell gracing our screens in the future.