Oscar nominated actress Sally Hawkins was quick to jump on board of the sweet new family film, Paddington. For one thing, the film is directed by her close friend Paul King but having grown up in the U.K. Sally was more than familiar with the books based on the adventures of this precocious and adorable bear. As a matter of fact, Hawkins' parents wrote and illustrated children's books but always encouraged their daughter to read whatever she could get her hands on.
Hawkins stars as Mrs Brown, a mom who is a bit quirky but is sweet as pie! The movie begins after a deadly earthquake that destroys his home in Peruvian rainforest, a young bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) makes his way to England in search of a new home. The bear, dubbed "Paddington" for the london train station, finds shelter with the family of Henry (Hugh Bonneville) and Mary Brown (Sally Hawkins). Although Paddington's amazement at urban living soon endears him to the Browns, someone else has her eye on him: Taxidermist Millicent Clyde (Nicole Kidman) who has designs on the rare bear and his hide.
Paddington is a must see for anyone with young children and even you parents will be delighted by it's charm!
I had the opportunity to speak with Sally Hawkins via satellite from Los Angeles about working on the film and why it appealed to her. Please click on the link below for the interview.