Meet the star of REDDOG: True Blue
Hi Phoenix! What can we expect from REDDOG: TrueBlue?
This movie is about family, friendship and adventure! It’s a story about Red Dog’s beginnings in the Pilbara in Western Australia and the adventures he goes on with his best mate Mick, played by Levi Miller.
How did you get the role? Was there a special audition process?
Yes, I had to audition! The director Kriv Stenders and producer Nelson Woss went on a big search to find the right dog and luckily I got the part! I’m Koko’s cousin (Koko played RED DOG in the first film) – so acting runs in our family.
The real life RED DOG story took place in Pilbara. Was the movie filmed in Pilbara?
Yes, we filmed in the beautiful Pilbara region just like in the first film. Everyone in the community loves Red Dog; many people have stories of meeting him on his adventures so they’re very supportive and love to be involved in telling his story. There was so much
space for me to run around on set and get nice and red from the dirt, just like the real Red Dog!
What are the similarities and differences between you and Blue?
Blue is very mischievous, always plays tricks on the adults with Mick. I am more obedient after being trained to perform. But we’re both very loyal and friendly – we both love Levi/Mick!
Did you have to learn any special tricks for the movie?
I learnt to jump on a motorcycle for one scene, which was fun! I howl whenever I hear someone sing and I learnt to crawl so I could work in a cave.
Is this your first movie? What is it like being a movie star? Do you get recognised and asked for autographs, photos or to shake your paw?
Yes, this is my first movie. Being a movie star is lots of fun, getting to play a character and do fun things you’d never do in normal life. But it can also be a bit boring! You have to wait around on set for the director to call “action!”. I don’t get recognised just yet – but I am sure when everyone sees the film I will be a big star!
Do you get nervous during filming? How do you overcome your nerves?
Sometimes – but I have my wonderful trainer Zelie Bullen with me who shows me what to do, tells me that I am doing a great job and even rewards me with a treat when I do a great scene so that makes me feel much more relaxed!
What was your first impression of meeting Levi Miller? Did you guys hang out between takes or off set?
Levi and I are best mates! He is lots of fun and very clever – he learnt how to help me do my tricks in our scenes. We got to hang out on set and play together so our friendship is real on and off screen!
What were your other human co-stars like to work with?
They’re all great! Bryan Brown played Mick’s grandpa and he’s a big time Aussie actor – I learnt lots of acting tricks from him! I also had fun growling at John Jarratt in our scenes together. Woof!
What is your favourite memory from working on the film?
Running alongside Levi on his motorbike along a big Pilbara dirt road – nothing but blue skies and fresh air for miles! What more could a dog ask for?!
SEE PHOENIX IN ACTION WHEN REDDOG: TRUEBLUE LANDS IN AUSTRALIAN CINEMAS DECEMBER 26 AND NZ CINEMAS JANUARY 1! PHOENIX