Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Important to Treat People as I'd like to Be Treated; IN THE HOTSEAT Former Child Star Elijah Wood Is Best Known for His Role as Frodo in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. the Actor, DJ and Producer Will Next Be Heard in New Cartoon Network Series over the Garden Wall, and Chats to KEELEY BOLGER about the Cute Cartoon, His Feelings about Fame and How He Chooses Roles

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Important to Treat People as I'd like to Be Treated; IN THE HOTSEAT Former Child Star Elijah Wood Is Best Known for His Role as Frodo in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. the Actor, DJ and Producer Will Next Be Heard in New Cartoon Network Series over the Garden Wall, and Chats to KEELEY BOLGER about the Cute Cartoon, His Feelings about Fame and How He Chooses Roles

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Byline: KEELEY BOLGER

What's special about Over The Garden Wall? IT WAS unlike anything I'd seen in a long time and it seemed to evoke old-fashioned animation that we don't see anymore. It was very painterly and autumnal in its design and I loved it.

What's really special about it is that W it's a mini-series with one story that takes place over all these episodes so it has this real re-watchable (quality), like a lm.

Over The Garden Wall has a slightly dark tone. Do you think it's important children's programmes embrace that? I'VE always loved fairytales and animated lms that were a little darker. A lot of material you read as a child to be somewhat of an exploration of the darker aspects of your imagination, which I think is really healthy for kids.

It's a safe way to explore darkness, so it was nice to see that that was tonally part of the show. [euro]e Wizard Of Oz is W a dark exploration that's frightening at times, and Grimms' Fairytales are totally frightening too. [euro]is is probably less dark than Grimms' fairytales!

Does achieving success so young give you the freedom to make interesting choices now? MY EXPERIENCE prior (to this) has certainly allowed for a certain amount of freedom to make di'erent choices, but I also don't take that for granted, nor do I feel like I can do anything at any time.

My choices are simply motivated by wanting to be part of interesting material and work on something that's creatively exciting.

I'm rarely looking for something specic. I'm only ever looking for interesting experiences and new challenges and to be part of something I'm creatively enthusiastic about and moved by.

How do you feel about the attention from fans? PEOPLE are friendly. I guess I'm recognised everywhere I go to a certain degree but there's something quite nice about it. One fringe benet is if I'm travelling alone, there's this immediate sense of familiarity with people. …

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