This weekend the New York Times has posted an article entitled "Actors Share How They Got The Job," a series of brief interviews with actors from upcoming films. Isabela Moner talks about her audition process for Transformers: The Last Knight,
what Michael Bay was looking for in a lead actress, and how she narrowly escaped a haircut. Keep reading to see!
“I was nervous. I had just turned 14 and was intimidated by the fact that it’s such a big franchise and I’d be stepping into one of the leads.”
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The director Michael Bay wanted to see more and asked her to fly to Los Angeles for a screen test. “The hairstylist said, ‘We’re going to come up with the look for the movie.’ Then Michael walks in and he’s like, ‘We might have to cut your hair.’ I’m like, ‘What? Right now?’” Luckily the new look let her keep her long tresses. “So we dodged a bullet on that one.”
She and Mr. Bay went to a studio parking lot, where he asked her to pretend a Transformer was looming above as he filmed. He told her, “‘I want you to shout things at him, be really mean and challenge him.’ So I did what he wanted me to do, and he did as much as he could without actually having to pay me to be there. What was supposed to be a 30-minute meeting turned into a three-hour fun day of just a low-budget ‘Transformers.’”
TF5, starring Moner as Izzy opposite Mark Wahlberg's Cade Yeager, is due out June 21st, the release date having recently been bumped up to Wednesday of the same week as originally planned.