Hayley Mills Interview: From Disney Fame to ‘Getting the Elbow’

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Published on 14 Nov 2021, 14:05
British actress Hayley Mills will always be remembered for her time as a child actor who was signed to a contract with Walt Disney and his studio that would result in a six-movie output and several family-friendly classics, including Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, and That Darn Cat!

Mills recently published a memoir, Forever Young: A Memoir, where she delves into her long career and unique life. And IGN's Scott Collura spoke to her about the book and her work over the years. Watch the full video for the entire Hayley Mills interview!

Follow the timecode to jump ahead to the discussion about specific Hayley Mills movies or topics:

00:00 - Intro
00:45 - Why she decided to write her autobiography now.
04:25 - What it was like balancing Hollywood stardom with being a regular kid back home.
10:25 - Whether or not she ever regrets signing the Disney contract.
13:50 - How she learned to appreciate fandom despite the occasional scary situation.
18:20 - On being a fan herself, and meeting the Beatles.
19:30 - Hayley's fondest memory of making The Parent Trap.
21:00 - Her regret about accidentally offending Rosalind Russell on The Trouble With Angels set.
23:20 - Making the more "adult" The Family Way as a reaction to being free of the Disney contract.
26:00 - Returning to the screen and shooting The Flame Trees of Thika in Africa.
27:20 - Hayley "getting the elbow" from Good Morning, Miss Bliss, the show that eventually became Saved By the Bell.
29:40 - On the possibility of writing another book.

Raised in a famous British family, with movie star father John Mills and writer mother Mary Hayley Bell guiding the Mills brood, Hayley made her acting debut in the film Tiger Bay in 1959. She won the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer in that movie, and also caught the eye of Walt Disney who signed her on to a contract at his studio. As a result, she would achieve worldwide fame thanks to films like Pollyanna and The Parent Trap, but also have to learn to deal with the perils of stardom and the balancing act of constantly being in the spotlight while growing up.

As she grew to adulthood and took on more adult roles, as in 1966's The Family Way, both she and the public had to come to grips with the end of the Hayley Mills and Walt Disney era. She continued to act both on stage and in film and TV and eventually was given a Disney Legend award.

So if you're wondering what happened to Hayley Mills, then watch the full Hayley Mills interview for an in-depth chat with the actress about her movies and her life, then and today.

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