Johnny Depp made a splash as a swashbuckler in Pirates of the Caribbean; Abigail Breslin played a beauty pageant contestant in Little Miss Sunshine. The two join forces in their animated debut Rango (March 4), a tale of a chameleon who has an existential crisis when he ends up in an Old West town and must become a hero.
Q. How is voice work different from live-action acting?
A. Usually for an animated film you're in a booth and in front of a screen, so you don't get the full effect of being with the actors. We shot this like a live-action movie and then they animated it. It was a lot better to see the other actors and their characters. But instead of getting into costume and makeup, we could wear sweats every day.
Q. What drew you to your role in Rango
A. I got a sketch of Priscilla, and I thought she was the cutest thing in the world. I just had to play her. Little did I know that she's adorable on the outside and very morbid, dry, and strange on the inside, but nevertheless a really cool character.
Q. If you could play any person—real or fictional—in a movie, who would it be and why?
A. Lady Jane Grey—she was queen for nine days in England when she was a teenager. It's an interesting, really tragic story.
Q. What's it like growing up in the public eye?
A. It's actually been pretty normal—I mean, I make movies and that's my favorite thing to do, but when I'm home I don't really do anything terribly different. I have schoolwork and hang out with my friends and that's it. I just got a puppy; his name is Maximilian the First.
Originally published in the March 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.