Betsy Landin (played Kat in Dolphin Tale)
Q: What was it like to work with Winter, the cast of Dolphin Tale, and the CMA staff?
A: Working on Dolphin Tale was an amazing experience I'll never forget. Not only did we have a hard-working and dedicated cast and crew who got along without even the spec of an ego, but the people of CMA welcomed us with open arms into their home. I STILL stay in touch with some of the girls who work at CMA.... That says a lot.
Q: Why is Panama so special to you?
A: Panama is special to me because she is the very first dolphin I interacted with in my life! And... she's awesome! I remembered our director telling me the first day we got to set that she was meant to be the dolphin I took care of and Austin was in charge of Winter. He wanted us to bond. At first glance, Panama looked so massive under water but as I swam up and touched her I realized just how beautiful this animal was... she was a gentle giant.
Q: What do you miss most about CMA?
A: What DON'T I miss about CMA!!! The people, the animals, the ocean soundtrack playing softly in the background.... So much.
Q: What is your favorite scene from Dolphin Tale?!
A: Believe it or not, the reveal of the tail... That was a very somber moment for me. Both in the scene and in my personal life. I got news that someone I cared for had passed away right before shooting and I was able to bring that to the scene. Now, when I watch it I remember them fondly...
Q: What is your favorite memory from filming Dolphin Tale?
A: Singing alongside Morgan Freeman! That was pretty rad.
Q: Any advice for younger kids that want to maybe be an actress one day?!
A: Study your craft. Take acting classes, go to school and do your best... You'll be a well-rounded person that way and it'll open up opportunities. I love a saying that goes, "Luck is when talent meets preparation." I live by that.
Q: What is your favorite part of being a member of the "Dolphin Tale family?"
A: My favorite part of this movie is the lifelong friendships I've made and all the new people I get to meet because of Dolphin Tale.
Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
A: My favorite part about being an actress is that I get to live I the shoes of many different people and I get to see how they live their life and why they make the choices they do. I learn more about myself with every character I play. It's wonderful and exciting.