Bindi Irwin Fights for Animals
New Free Willy movie all about saving whales.
I recently spent an afternoon with Bindi Irwin, who is starring in a new straight-to-DVD movie, Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove.
Bindi has been in the public eye since she was a toddler. Her father was the famous, enthusiastic animal expert, Steve Irwin. Also known as “The Crocodile Hunter,” Irwin died in 2006 after he was struck in the chest by the tail of a stingray.
Since then, Bindi has followed in her father’s footsteps protecting animals and teaching people about them on TV. Bindi became the youngest person to ever receive an Emmy award when she was only 9 years old! She has appeared on many TV shows and in movies. She even had her own TV show, Bindi the Jungle Girl, on the Discovery channel.
After meeting her, it was easy to see why she is a star. She has great confidence and is very lively. She is also smart and even more talkative then some of the adults that I have interviewed!
During the interview, Bindi let me in on a little secret. When she works closely in scenes with Willy, there is a lot of “movie magic” involved. The whale still looks very life-like. (See my review of the movie here.)
My interview with Bindi came at the perfect time. It just so happens that one week before I met her, I saw whales in the Pacific Ocean off of Laguna Beach, California, where I live. Sometimes we see dolphins, but it was a rare and exciting experience to see so many whales.
The huge black and white mammals swam gracefully, spouting water. It was a remarkable sight to behold! When you see whales in their natural habitat, you can understand why Bindi’s character Kirra would struggle so hard to put Willy back where he belongs! Whales really do need room to swim and be free. I felt like I shared something with Bindi: a love of animals.