Young Actress Carly Schroeder Gets a Lift, Literally and Spiritually, from Dolphins in Indie Flick "Eye of the Dolphin"
BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 15/PRNewswire/ — In the upcoming MovieBank/Quantum Entertainment indie film Eye of the Dolphin, set for release in theaters on 24 August, actress Carly Schroeder (Gracie) spends much of her time being pulled through crystal clear tropical waters by dolphins and she says she’ll never be the same for it. “The dolphins are so amazing, . I didn’t know they could make you feel so much better, just instantly. The crabbiest crew members would just start smiling. The dolphins have a kind of spiritual presence—it’s incredible how they affect you. Their energy, the power they give off is so uplifting. It’s in the noises they make, their body language, how they react to you, how they love being pet, and how silly and playful they act.”In the movie, Schroeder plays a troubled teen whom circumstances force to move from Los Angeles to the Bahamas, where her father is a dolphin researcher. Shroeder found that each dolphin had a distinct personality. “There’s Kayla, the big mama, who was very protective and would float next to the others. And Bryland, the attention seeker – the baby boy that would just squirt the camera and cause trouble to get attention. And Salvador, a real kisser –he would bob out of the water and touch you on the lips.”Schroeder is no stranger to physically demanding roles. In Prey she played a tourist attacked by Lions and in Gracie she played a teen soccer star, training for six months with professional soccer players to prepared for the role. “ With Eye of the Dolphin the film’s producers initially thought they would need a stunt double for many of the scenes, especially those working with dolphins in the open ocean, but Schroeder quickly proved she could handle the task. “The Amazing thing is the dolphins know when you’re out of air and need to get back to the surface, almost before you do – and they guide you back up.For Schroeder, though, the experience also raised questions. “We don’t seem to understand them very well, but they seem to understand us. …they can sense what we may be feeling, if we’re happy, or unsure – they know. It’s hard for us humans to comprehend what they’re thinking, but the dolphins have it down, even if we don’t.”
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