QK: It was an emotional roller coaster. Sometimes I would be crying for four or five hours straight – those were my favorite scenes to film, because I was able to throw my whole heart and soul into it and I wasn't honestly sure in the beginning that I was able to pull those scenes off. So I'd kind of ask the spirit of Pocahontas to guide me and help me show her story as best as I could to the world.
SFBG: Did you feel any added pressure playing Pocahontas because she is such a symbol of ...
SFBG: ... and ...
SFBG: And America.
QK: People have so many different views. Being a young girl myself – Pocahontas seeing a white person for the first time, with their armor and their white skin, never seeing them before, I think she would have perceived John Smith in a way like a god or spirit. So there was a little bit of a crush and [a] naïveté. Were she given the foresight to see what devastating consequences her actions and beliefs in the hopes for peace would have brought upon her own people, I think she would have gone away from [him]. I wanted to show Pocahontas's story as best I could to the world and really do her justice because I fell in love with who she was. I thought she was an amazing, strong woman who wasn't afraid to dream.