VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Oona Chaplin On Moonshots, ‘Avatar’ Sequels, James Cameron
The 33-year-old British-Spanish actress, who is the daughter of Geraldine Chaplin and granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin, is known for her roles in series like Taboo, The Crimson Field and Game of Thrones. Oona told uinterview about her view on moonshots, her upcoming role in the two upcoming Avatar sequels, and more.
“The curious thing about pairing the notion of making the impossible possible and putting a woman on the moon is that putting a woman on the moon is not impossible,” said Chaplin. “Man’s already been there, its’s perfectly possible, we’ve proved it.”
“I think there’s a risk of women wanting to do the things that men have done in order to create the illusion of equality,” she said. “I don’t know if that’s the way forward. I think it’s much better if we are heard and valued and listened to. I think maternity leave is a great way of celebrating women.”
Chaplin went on to say she fears we are “losing our connection” with life and existence on planet Earth as we know it.
The actress noted how the first Avatar film — whose sequel is set to be released in 2021 — was the highest-grossing film in the world for years. However, this year’s Avengers: Endgame recently surpassed it.
Chaplin is also an activist known for her humanitarian work. She has spent much time volunteering at a refugee camp in Calais, France, and worked with refugees and indigenous groups around the world to help promote the introduction of sustainable technologies and resources in their communities. She spoke to this indirectly by explaining her hope for the priorities mankind sets for its relationship with the planet going forward.
“As we advance and take these incredible steps forward in technology, can we back it up with a sense of nurturing, the deep love and care and compassion for the planet, for life, for one another and ourselves,” she said.
Chaplin gushed about the unimaginably advanced technology used on the set of Avatar 2 before praising director James Cameron, who helmed the first film.
“He’s such a legend, he’s a very passionate and bright and deeply caring man,” she said of Cameron. “He’s a wonderful eco-warrior and a man who is totally unafraid to do what he believes in.”
Chaplin added she loves the attitude Cameron pushes for on set that makes everybody push beyond their limits and “exceed their own expectations.”