Joey King Talks About Her Experiences on THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Joey King Talks About Her Experiences on THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

The young actress that starred in Beezus and Ramona is rumored to be playing the part of a young Talia Al Ghul in Nolan's third Batman film.

Just last month a mother of a young actress said that her eight year old daughter, Leilah De Meza, was offered the role of a young Talia Al Ghul. Talia is the daughter of Ra's Al Ghul in the Batman universe. The mother for the young actress turned down the role because it required the actress to shave off all of her hair. The mother feared that the shaving off of all her hair at such a young age could have serious societal ramifications, like a lack of confidence.

Either way most people are assuming that Joey King has landed that coveted role. As for Joey King, she is landing role after role in some big time movies. She just finished filming Sam Raimi's OZ: The Great and Powerful where she'll play not one, but two parts.

Thanks to PaulRomCBM for the heads up
What was the experience like working on The Dark Knight Rises?

“Working on The Dark Knight Rises was so cool. I got to travel to different places that I have never been to before. I got to go to India, I got to go to London. Christopher Nolan is awesome, so is Christian Bale.”

Are you a fan of previous Batman movies?

“The last Batman movie I watched was The Dark Knight. It was phenomenal I was amazed by the performances. I love the Batman movies and when I heard I was going to be in one I was like, (enthusiastic) ‘Oh my God, oh my Gosh! This is so cool!’ I was calling my family, I was calling my friends and I was like ‘Guess what, I’m going to be in a Batman movie!’”

How does Christopher Nolan compare and differ from other directors?

“Christopher Nolan is so cool because he can take the smallest thing in a scene and change it and it makes the world of difference. He just knows what to do. He’s so experienced and so amazing. The same thing with Sam Rami, he’s also amazing. He asks our input to see what we feel and what is real with our lines and our characters. It just adds something. If you have a director like that you know the film is going to be good because he cares about your opinion and you’re not just saying lines – you’re speaking your voice and saying things that feel real. The same with Christopher Nolan, they’re both brilliant, amazing directors! It’s just a pleasure to work with both of them.” -

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MrReese - 1/7/2012, 4:05 PM
What a gangsta lil' girl :D
csdot - 1/7/2012, 4:16 PM
sure looks like she could play a young Marion Cotillard..
Oarsis - 1/7/2012, 4:19 PM
She sounds very smart for her age...

I have only seen her in that movie with Selena Gomez, and she annoyed me...But, I do have high hopes for her!

I think she could be very talented in the future!
Good for her landing a role like this!
40oz - 1/7/2012, 4:25 PM
Pretty sure she is already smarter than me
Christuffer - 1/7/2012, 4:29 PM
@MrReese -- lol you said "gangsta"
95 - 1/7/2012, 4:35 PM
If she's not a young Talia al Ghul, I'm thinking she could be a prisoner. Given the rumor of Gotham's elite being imprisoned by Bane after be finds out that Batman is a billionaire himself. She could be the daughter of a wealthy family. A female version of a young Bruce. Inspiring him to rise above his circumstances.
stumbleMaster57 - 1/7/2012, 4:39 PM
why did she randomly bring up sam raimi?
aurorsand147 - 1/7/2012, 4:51 PM
if they were looking for a young Marion Cotillard, they shouldv'e gone with maisie williams from Game of Thrones. She can definitely kickass as young Talia
95 - 1/7/2012, 4:54 PM
Did Joey King have her head shaven as the other girl was asked to? That's the only part that makes me think she'll be a prisoner. Well that and her meeting Bale. Otherwise I would only put my money on her being Talia. But that would also mean her dad brought her along to watch the LoS raid the prison, cue Ra's meeting young Bane. Bad parent.
Organa1978 - 1/7/2012, 5:58 PM
She is definately playing the young Talia.
As our friend more above said,it basically put the nail in the coffi
Supes17 - 1/7/2012, 6:14 PM
"Hmmm. That bitch seems smart. Just need to grow up and she'll be hot."

thalidomide - 1/7/2012, 6:51 PM
She's Bruce Wayne's mother as a kid
Supes17 - 1/7/2012, 7:15 PM
@ruka: Couldnt resist bro:p
It was the only TDKR-related pedo pic i could find, lmao
Supes17 - 1/7/2012, 7:17 PM
@thali: Nolan Batman's mom is blonde, so it's not her
She's playing Amanda Waller or A young Nora Fries:p
Squaremaster316 - 1/7/2012, 7:42 PM
Only the most talented child actors star in Nolan films.
ISleepNow - 1/7/2012, 9:31 PM
@Leilah De Meza
I hate to break it to ya but, your mom ruined your life.
Proceed directly to the nearest biker joint and get a TDKR tattoo on your butt
sevenyearslumber - 1/8/2012, 12:18 AM
she looks exactly like Marion Cotillard! the woman is Talia!
MovieMaster - 1/8/2012, 3:42 AM
She mentioned in a tweet a while ago that she liked having her hair short after she had to shave it off for a movie. I asked her if it was for The Dark Knight Rises but she never replied. She's definately Talia.
jazzman - 1/8/2012, 5:04 AM
very smart girl good luck on her career
Mrmo416 - 1/8/2012, 12:10 PM
If her role requires her to travel to multiple locations, then it's probable that these flashback scenes will likely be important to the development of Talia's character. Assuming she is indeed Talia Al Ghul, can we then infer that her father will likely be in the movie as well?

That would be consistent with earlier rumours of Liam Neeson appearing on set.
sarahsatire - 1/8/2012, 2:17 PM
"The mother feared that the shaving off of all her hair at such a young age could have serious societal ramifications, like a lack of confidence."

That was her only reason!? If it was because she didn't want to expose her daughter to fame and Hollywood at a young age i'd understand.. but hair? Confidence does not come from hair, it comes from within (not to go all cheesy here). And what better for your societal standing than to be in an iconic movie at the age of 8?

Bah.. glad Joey King is up for the task. She was cute as a button in Ramona and Beezus.
mgeoff88 - 1/8/2012, 3:28 PM
If Talia Al Ghul isn't in this movie... Then I'm Bruce Wayne. ;P

I know the cast/crew won't confirm this because she obviously plays an important, albeit, behind the scenes role in the film.

Nolan has stated many times that this film would go back to the story of the Batman Begins and finish it. It's supposed to come full circle.

@sarahsatire Well, kids at that age could be mean sometimes. But you're right, her being in a Batman movie would have made her the bees knees. The Mom was being too overprotective.
007440 - 1/9/2012, 12:18 AM
She had me till she said "Sam Rami"

Never forget: Spider-man 3

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