Today, the space adventure and teen romance film The Space Between Us is officially available on DVD & Blu-Ray! In the movie, Britt Robertson plays Tulsa, an Earthling who strikes up an unlikely friendship with the first human ever born on Mars – Gardner Elliot, played by Asa Butterfield. TWIST caught up with the actress right after filming wrapped, and asked her to dish about the project, and share how she relates to the story IRL. You can catch our exclusive Q & A below.
TWIST: Can you tell our readers all about the plot of The Space Between Us?
Britt Robertson: It's about a young boy who is a human and sort of raised on Mars. Then, through the Internet while he’s trying to research his dad, he ends up developing a relationship with my character. So when he ends up coming to Earth, he reaches out to her and they go on this journey together to find his father.
TWIST: What's something you admire about your character Tulsa's friendship with Gardner in the film?
BR: What I love about Tulsa and Gardner is that they’re two unlikely candidates to be in a romantic relationship with each other at this point in their lives because neither of them are in position where they’re looking for one. Embracing another person just isn’t something they're interested in. But I love that once they stumble upon each other, they really open up to each other and it’s beautiful. They’re both compassionate towards one another and what each other is going through .
TWIST: A lot of kids will be able to relate to Gardner because he feels a little bit of an outsider when he comes to Earth. Is that something you've ever experienced?
BR: Yeah, for sure! I think we all have situations like that, especially as kids or as teenagers when we feel like we don’t fit in with our surrounding. Like, for me, when I moved to California when I was 12, or any other new cities as a child, I could relate to what he was feeling. I mean, I constantly feel like I’m a fish out of water and experienced being an outsider before.
TWIST: Do you have any advice for kids when it comes to fitting in?
BR: I think sometimes we all worry too much about fitting in, when we should try to learn to appreciate what makes us different.
My advice would be to embrace who you are and try not to get caught up in what other people say and what other people’s opinions of you are. Try not to even be deterred by what other people think. I know it’s hard to do that when you're in that moment, but now that I’m older that's what I would tell my younger self and anyone else to try to do. You know, just be who you are!
TWIST: Seeing how Gardner grows up on Mars, if you could live in on any planet, which one would it be and who are three people you’d bring with you?
BR: Probably Mars because that seems like the one that’s closest to civilization working. Hmmm, it's hard to choose who I’d take because I have so many family members, so I couldn’t choose just three of them. I’d definitely take my dogs, Bonnie and Clyde, though. And I love all my sisters so I can’t pick just one of them, that’d be too cruel, so I’d bring my best friend, B.K, and I’d also bring my boyfriend, Dylan [O'Brien], because he’s sad right now [because of his on-set injury.]
TWIST: Your character is also very musical! Is that a talent you've always had?
BR: No, I learned to pay the piano for this role. I was constantly bringing the piano from home to work so I could learn the keys.
TWIST: Do you think you’ll keep up piano playing now that the movie wrapped?
BR: I probably won't continue it, but I really enjoy taking on characters that present me with a challenge like that where I have to learn something that I otherwise wouldn’t have in my real life.
TWIST: Would you be able to share some of the best advice you've ever been given in your career?
BR: Sure. I've kind of grown up working in the industry on and off for the last ten years and sometimes it can be hard to stay positive when you’re dealing with rejection and stuff along the way. Like there would be phases when I was really busy working and other times when I wasn’t, which was tough. But I remember George Clooney once said to me, “I want you to remember that after this movie comes out, you can’t just sit on your tookus and wait for the next amazing thing to come your way. You need to put yourself out there and try to pursue things in life that will make you happy.” That advice really motivated me to stay proactive keep going after my dream roles. It was the encouragement I needed.
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