"I thought him interviewing people from 'Oz' would be great because his dad was in 'The Wiz,' he's a fan of 'The Wizard of Oz' and he wants to get into producing and directing," Anderson said in a phone interview Monday evening. The timing also worked out well for the high school student, who did filming over the long holiday weekend when classes were not in session.
To help him prepare for the joint interview with director Sam Raimi and actors James Franco and Zach Braff, Anderson said she sat with Jackson and went over potential questions. She also gave him some tips on how to stay relaxed in front of the camera and even did some push-ups with him to eliminate any tension.
"He really did not need that much coaching. This may sound strange because he's 16, but he was very smooth and confident," Anderson said.
During the interview, Anderson said all three of the stars were aware of who Jackson was but did not turn the tables and ask him about his father.
"Zach said, 'Is this really your first interview?' " Anderson recalled. "He created a really great energy, and they were all surprised by how knowledgeable he was about the film industry. He knew technical 3-D terms that I had no idea about."