I have always been a big fan of The Peanuts gang from reading the comic strip to my annual viewings of It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and A Charlie Brown Valentine. When I was asked to interview rising actress Rebecca Bloom about starring, as "Marcie," in The Peanuts Movie, I got out my popcorn and strung up my Christmas Tree as Rebecca and I chatted about this new venture! The Peanuts Movie will be released in theaters on November 6!
More on Marcie:
Peppermint Patty’s best friend, loyal follower, and complete opposite, Marcie is the smart one of the duo—even if she doesn’t know the difference between baseball and hockey. She’s horrible at sports, but terrific at friendship, especially with Charlie Brown (whom she calls "Charles") and Peppermint Patty (whom she calls "sir").
2. Your latest role is going to be playing "Marcie" in The Peanuts Movie, which was one of my favorite cartoon specials/comic strips growing up. What made you want to audition for this movie? When the audition came in I was happy to be auditioning. But, the fact that it was for a chance to portray a Peanuts character made it extra special and motivated me to the max.
3. What do you identify most with about "Marcie"? "Marcie" has the guts to say what she thinks and looks at the positive side of people’s personalities. She adores "Charlie Brown" for being so unique.
4. Prior to auditioning for this movie, were you a fan of The Peanuts gang? If so, what is it like now to be starring in a movie based upon a cartoon you grew up watching? Yes I was. My mom has a vintage Peanuts book and she has been reading it to me since I was very young. It is very cool that I can be the voice of a character that I have loved for years.
5. If you could give people one reason as to why they should come see The Peanuts Movie, what would that reason be? The new Peanuts movie is going to be the biggest one yet. It will have cool new music and be available in 3D.
6. You got your big break at the age of seven, when you starred in an Apple iPhone 5 commercial, which lead to a string of other national commercials. What do you enjoy most about filming commercials? What is it like to see your commercial on TV? Shooting commercials has given me the opportunity to work with new people. I have made some very good friends from working on them. It's always a different experience to actually see the commercial air and see how it was put together.
7. After much commercial work, you started doing voice overs. Your first voice over work was "Masha" for the TV series Masha and The Bear. What was this experience like for you? Playing "Masha" was an incredible learning experience. I had to learn how to match my dialogue to the animated character on the screen. It was my first time doing that.
8. In addition to being an actress, you are also going to school. How do you balance acting and school? Some of your extracurricular activities include basketball, singing, and guitar. Who are some singers and guitarists you look up to? I always share my school work with my set teachers. When I am on a set and away from class, I get assignments from my school teachers so I can stay current.
9. You are also involved in several charities that help homeless animals. What made you want to give your time to this important cause? Seeing the movie Blackfish made me feel bad for Orcas and Dolphins so I have decided to speak out on their behalf. "Cats and Dogs should live with people. Orcas and Dolphins belong in the open ocean not in cages."
10. What's the best advice you've received so far? To always be prepared when auditioning and working. My dad has always said that working as an actor is a privilege and I believe that.
11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? I would like to be able to fly.
12. If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be? I would like to play Minnie Mouse.
Rebecca Bloom is a phenomenal young American actress from California, who caught the acting bug at the tender age of seven. Her first role was in a TV commercial for Apple’s iPhone 5. That commercial launched a successful string of other national commercials. Soon after, she and her parents discovered that Rebecca has a very unique voice. So they decided to put her in the direction of a voice over career. Her first voice over work was the role of "Masha" in the TV series Masha And The Bear. That series opened doors to the next biggest opportunity in her career where she landed the role of "Marcie" in the upcoming animated feature film The Peanuts Movie. She then discovered her natural funny bone, which led her to pursue improv at the LA Comedy Connection. Her goal is to continue landing roles in animation and comedy projects. While acting, Rebecca attends a regular school where she plays basketball, sings, and studies guitar.
Rebecca is also heavily involved in several charity organizations, which helps homeless animals. Some of these organizations include "PETA" and "The Orca Project." In addition, Rebecca has a big Labrador dog named "Junior" and two kittens. Her goal is to be involved in several other animal rights organizations.