It's fair to say that Pixar's Pete Docter takes the notion of Take Your Daughter to Work Day a little too seriously. For his last film as a director, "Up," he let his daughter, Elie Docter, provide the voice of the younger version of the character Ellie. And his latest film, "Inside Out," was inspired by her adolescent mood swings. The good news is she's probably not reading this right now, according to her dad.
Has your daughter gotten fed up with you using her for story material yet?
You know, it's funny. We're not a real media-heavy family, so I'm not sure she's aware of how much I reference her — either at work or talking about her in the press. That's probably a good thing. She's just kind of going through her life unaware.
But she has seen "Up" and this film, hasn't she?
Yeah, of course. And that's weird. That's really kind of a public thing, to do a voice. I'm not sure she was really aware of what that meant. I think, thankfully, she has not really relied on that in any way. It's not like, "I did the voice in 'Up'!" or anything, so she's just kind of like, "OK, back to work. Back to school." And she first saw this movie when it wasn't quite finished, but she seemed to enjoy it.