DIXIE EGERICKX can be seen as the lead, Mary Lennox, in The Secret Garden alongside Colin Firth and Julie Walters.
When Mary Lennox’s parents suddenly die, she is sent to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven, on his remote country estate deep in the Yorkshire moors. While exploring, she discovers a hidden magical garden.
AC: What can audiences expect from The Secret Garden?
DIXIE EGERICKX – The Secret Garden is a lovely film with beautiful visuals of glorious British gardens, an inspiring and uplifting story of hope and emotional growth (and a fantastic dog!)
AC: How does your character fit into the story?
DIXIE EGERICKX – My character is Mary Lennox, and the story follows her journey from India to Yorkshire and from sadness to happiness.
AC: What do you think is your character’s ultimate goal?
DIXIE EGERICKX – I think Mary’s goal changes over the course of the story – Initially she is simply trying to survive emotionally but as time goes on she begins to think less of how she can help herself and more of how she can help others.
AC: Can you recall any funny moments from on-set filming?
DIXIE EGERICKX – Filming The Secret Garden was a really funny experience from start to finish. The cast and crew laughed all the time, it was a wonderful summer and the weather was glorious which I think really contributed to the good humour of everyone on set.
AC: As an actor, what are you still trying to learn?
DIXIE EGERICKX – How to balance schoolwork and script learning.
AC: How can you tell when you’re reading a great script?
DIXIE EGERICKX – If it’s easy for me to visualise the characters in the story by the way the dialogue is written and it is believable and authentic then I’m interested!
AC: When did you begin to see acting as a potential career avenue?
DIXIE EGERICKX – I’m still pretty young, and there are many things that I think of as potential career avenues at the moment so I’m just very excited to see what happens next.
AC: What do you want the world to look like in 10 years?
DIXIE EGERICKX – A greener, kinder, more accepting place for all.
AC: How important is social media to you right now?
DIXIE EGERICKX – I think that social media has been particularly useful to me in the past few months, mainly because it has enabled me to educate myself on many issues that I would not have been aware of otherwise. Having the opportunity to see things from other perspectives has really helped me to form my own views on topics that I believe are important.
AC: What’s the biggest realisation you’ve had this past year?
DIXIE EGERICKX – That my parent’s taste in music isn’t all bad!
AC: Everyone seems to have an app idea at the moment, what’s yours?
DIXIE EGERICKX – An app that makes you invisible – sometimes!
AC: What makes you feel nostalgic?
DIXIE EGERICKX – Marmite on toast and Halloween!
AC: Aside from your upcoming projects, what are you excited about for the future?
DIXIE EGERICKX – A COVID-free world.
The Secret Garden, a Sky Original, is in cinemas and on Sky Cinema now
PHOTOGRAPHY: JOSEPH SINCLAIR
STYLIST: HOLLY WHITE
GLAM: ERICA SCHLEGEL
INTERVIEW: ADAM CROOKES