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!