Mackenzie Foy – the child that Hollywood protected from vices

Mackenzie Foy was just 4 years old when she got her first job, thanks to a baby photo her mother posted.

About 15 years ago, all that was needed was a quality shot and a beautiful little girl standing in front of the camera to create an endearing storm around childhood beauty.

Little girls with perfect doll looks were the weak point of the media and the public. One picture, one pose was enough to create a sensation around pre-teens and take them to the pedestal of popularity.

In 2004, Mackenzie Foy was one of those little girls who became famous for being beautiful.

After her media fame, her path followed the standard order for her years – she was invited to various advertising campaigns, became the face of the distinguished brands in the market, and the biggest achievement in fashion came when she was hired for the Ralph Lauren catalog.

But the “prettiest little girl” mold proves narrow for Foy, one of the few children on the fashion scene whose mother isn’t aiming for success at any cost. Mackenzie’s family strictly censors her engagements so that no pictures or media rumors emerge to discredit them.

This policy paid off for Foy when she decided to move from the pages of fashion publications to the cinema. There are no extreme ambitions for fame, nor is there the typical fear of Hollywood that many young stars experience after years of intense publicity.

The roles Foy gravitated towards early in his acting career were small but memorable.

So much so that they secured her two Disney films and two Cannes film premieres before she turned 20.

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Mackenzie Foy with the Twilight cast

The big leap for her came when she was chosen to play the child of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) in the last part of the Twilight saga.

By the fourth film, the obsession with vampires and werewolves from Stephenie Meyer’s book has reached its peak, which turns even actors with minor roles and a few lines into a part of the phenomenon and, accordingly, into fan favorites.

The funnest thing about Mackenzie, however, is not the fact that after her role as Renesme, they start to recognize her. The funny thing about her is that she is not allowed to watch the premiere of “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” because she is officially too young to be a viewer of the violent scenes in the teenage drama.

The actress was 10 years old when the film was released, and neither her parents nor the production people agreed to bend the rules by letting her into the theater, even though she was one of the stars of the last part of “Twilight”.

“Everyone was protective of me,” Foy recalled on The Twilight Effect podcast, where he recounted another moment that became law for the rest of the team.

The restriction was imposed by “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” director Bill Condon and took effect from the first day McKenzie set foot on set. Condon forbids any team member from cursing in front of the child, and fines those who don’t.

“By the end of filming, he had raised $800,” says Foy.

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The censorious environment that Condon creates for the child actress, as well as the attitudes of the rest of the franchise cast, keep McKenzie from forgetting that she is a child and shape her criteria for casting.

“I was extremely lucky to have Twilight as my first film. Everything I learned on that set has prepared me for the rest of my career,” Foy told Entertainment Weekly.

The learned professionalism and boundaries Foy transferred to his next film, “Interstellar”.

In Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi drama, McKenzie plays Murph, the daughter of Matthew McConaughey’s character and sister of Timothee Chalamet’s character.

Like Twilight, the Interstellar team tried to filter the adult world in front of Mackenzie Foy by shooting some of the scenes as a game. Nolan was convinced that Foy’s strength in the story came from her innocence, and to keep her believable, he spared the young actress some details from the film.

This includes the scene where Matthew McConaughey’s character tries to get his daughter’s attention while locked behind the walls of the library.

Mackenzie Foy with the cast of "Interstellar"Photo: Getty Images

Mackenzie Foy with the cast of “Interstellar”

The “Interstellar” crew didn’t explain to Mackenzie what the story of the clip he was shooting was, and Nolan just told her, “Just trust me. Walk around the room and do something trivial,” Foy recalls.

“It wasn’t until the premiere that I realized that the whole time Matthew McConaughey was shouting from the library,” says the actress with a smile.

Eight years after the premiere of “Interstellar”, the role of Murph is the most memorable of Foy’s professional career, and for the moment the actress does not plan to overshadow it.

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While she recently ventured into the Disney realm with a remake of The Nutcracker and family drama Black Beauty, the actress plans to slow her screen career down a bit and devote herself to the more creative process of filmmaking — directing and writing screenplays.

She does not lack plot ideas, but she is aware that her breakthrough as a director and screenwriter will not come easily, because she is not among the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. But fame was never Foy’s priority.

And it probably played a significant role in the fact that today we talk about her from the perspective of directing, and not from the point of view of another child star that Hollywood swallowed.


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