Austin Highsmith (played Phoebe in Dolphin Tale)

Q: What was your favorite part of working with Winter and Abby Stone?

A: The best part really was that they basically trained me to be a dolphin trainer! I got to learn from the best and work closely with Winter. Abby taught me many of Winter's behaviors so I could perform them on film. I got to live the life of a trainer (almost) for 3mos. I loved it!

Q: What was it like "becoming" Abby Stone?

A: Abby is extremely smart and devoted. I just tried to learn her calm demeanor and mimic her focus. She's a master, so playing her was a treat!

Q: What other dolphins did you interact with while you were there?

A: I got to interact with all of the dolphins! And the otters & sharks. I was also present the night Hope was rescued which was amazing to see!

Q: What is your favorite part of being part of the "Dolphin Tale family?"

A: Truthfully working on "Dolphin Tale" was the best work experience I've ever had. Every part of filming was my favorite, we had a blast!

Q: What is your favorite memory from filming?

A: During one scene I asked Winter to do a behavior and she responded like I was a real trainer! I was so excited I almost broke character.

Q: What is your favorite scene?

A: The final scene where her tail finally fits. That scene was really fun to film and Winter was so cute that day! That was my favorite.

Q: What do you miss most about CMA?

A: I miss everything! The animals and the people especially. I keep in touch with several of the trainers still. I made friends for life!

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