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Lucy Fry for Female First

Lucy Fry has been interviewed by Female First, a UK website, as Vampire Academy DVD releases this 14th July in the UK!

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Vampire Academy is about to be released on DVD, so can you tell me a bit about the film?

It’s really fun! There is a great mix of comedy action and Romance all surrounding the powerful friendship between Rose and Lissa.

You take on the role of Lissa Dragomir in the film, what was it about this character and Daniel Waters’ script that drew you to the project?

I loved the Journey that Lissa goes through. At first, she is really shy and relies on her best friend Rose for everything, then she tries to take matters into her own hands and fix things alone but this just makes her even more fragile and crazy.

She goes on a really wild ride emotionally and eventually learns how to be at peace with herself… but only after hitting rock bottom first.

Vampire Academy is the first in a series of success and popular books, so how much responsibility do you feel knowing that there is already a very dedicated fan base attached to this story and characters?

I never thought of it as responsibility but rather a shared excitement for this story.

It’s really encouraging to know that there are fans of the books who feel as connected to Lissa as I do.

How much did you use the novels as you were developing the character of Lissa? Or did you just use what you had in the script?

I used the book constantly as a reference point because it helped me to really flesh out the subconscious journey Lissa goes through.

The book really delves into the complexity of her powers and how they hurt her, as well as the reasons why she turns on Rose and lets herself get hurt in the process of winning back power.

It was amazing to have so much depth written for me to refer to.

Friendship is really at the core of this story, so how did you find working with Zoey Deutch in particular, as this is the core relationship?

I loved working with Zoey; she is a phenomenal actress and always such fun to be around. They couldn’t have found a more perfect Rose.

This movie mixes, friendship, romance, action, humour, so how much was this blend of different genres a major draw?

I loved it; it was so fun to get to go through the full range of experiences during filming.

From blowing things up, to romance scenes, to playing around with Zoey and every day high school hilarity… I loved it.

Mark Waters is in the director’s chair for the film, so how did you find working with him? What kind of director was he?

He was amazing. He pays so much attention to detail and really knows how to bring out the comedy in a scene.

I felt really safe working with him because I knew he wouldn’t move on to the next scene until he got exactly what he needed.

How collaborative a process was it between Mark and yourself as you were developing the character of Lissa? Was he very open to you bringing your own ideas to the table?

Well Lissa already existed very clearly as a complicated three-dimensional character in the book, so it was easy for both of us to see clearly who she was.

However, in terms of how I played her, he was very open to my interpretation. Especially with the healing scenes.

It took me a while to get my head around how that pain would feel in my body and Mark was open to the way I wanted to play the healing process.

Source: Female First

New interview of Daniel Waters

Daniel Waters talked to MoviePilot about Vampire Academy:

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When you got the job for Vampire Academy, where did it fall in the vampire and teen lit phenomenon? Were there already some teen lit movies, or was this even before that started?

Oh, no, it was definitely late in the game. Perhaps naively, my brother and I thought, much like the way at the end of the ‘80s, people were sick of teen films and nobody wanted to see another teen film, but I did the movie Heathers and it was a new way of looking at the teen film so it was responded to quite well. Even if it didn’t make a lot of money, people liked it. Mark and I thought, “Okay, people are sick of vampire movies, but this book has its own kind of personality and its own kind of style. If we bring that to life, people will of course see what an original take on the vampire lore this is.” I think we just came at the wrong time where no matter what we did, people just had fatigue about the whole vampire genre and there was nothing we could do to change that.

For fans of the book, if they get the DVD, are some of the additional scenes you wrote included?

Yeah, there are some additional scenes. Definitely there’s a big flashback scene that was in the book that was mystifyingly cut out of the movie. I know that’s on the DVD. I haven’t actually seen the final list of deleted scenes. To me there’s a lot of things just personally, stuff within scenes that exist in the movie now that I thought were cut down a bit too much. To me the famous scene from the book, the charm necklace scene, to me it went through an ABC Family Channelization process. It was much sexier before. Maybe I’m an old perv, but I miss the old version where it was much more sexy.

It sounds like you disagree with some of the cuts. Did you get into it with your brother over that?

Yes, yes, we had a very awkward Thanksgiving, let’s just say that. Stuffing went flying across the table. This is the problem. I think my brother loves cutting movies tight. He likes to cut movies tight and then Harvey Weinstein likes to come in and whatever the director thinks is tight, he needs to cut that much more out of it. So I was working with two guys who don’t like to let people stand around and talk and I love movies that were just okay, it’s not about keeping the story moving. This isn’t like a bomb on a bus and if the speed goes under 50 miles an hour, the bus blows up. It’s not that kind of movie. I wish it was a little more leisurely.

Speaking of feeling rushed, there is a lot of background to the Strigoi and St. Vincent’s. Were there points in reading Richelle’s book that felt like, “Come on, Richelle, you’re killing me. Don’t give me all this stuff to explain!

Definitely the first movie. We thought, “Oh, just get us to the second movie and we can relax a bit more.” It’s a 300 page book that I thought was going to be a two hour movie, ended up being a 90 minute movie. Of course there are some fans of the book that wouldn’t even like the longer version of the movie because they want a five hour movie that has every single thing in the book. It’s just not going to happen. Yeah, definitely for my adult friends who hadn’t read the book, I would show them early drafts of the script and their eyes would glaze over. “Moroi? Strigoi? What’s going on? Help me.” I think we need to give people a menu before they walked in that had everything on a big placard. We could wait to start the movie for 10 minutes and have them read everything.

Speaking of scenes of people standing around talking, was there a part of you that would have wanted to throw out a lot of background and just do a wacky high school movie with vampires?

The thing is, some people criticized us like, “Oh, the guys who did Mean Girls and Heathers are not the right person to do the movie.” But we never wanted to do just Mean Girls with fangs. We really wanted to capture everything about Vampire Academy. I’m someone, if you look at the movies I’ve done, I’ve never met a tone I didn’t like. I like darkness and fantasy mixed with humor and I thought the book had all of that. We tried to get it all. My first approach was even less explanatory. It was more like okay, I’m just going to pretend that you’re backstage at a concert and this is just the way this school is and you’ve got to play catch up yourself. Richelle liked that version the best, but then we ended up doing [a draft] explaining every little thing. Then that was too long, so I think we ended up with this middle version that is simultaneously too much exposition, too many facts and figures and also for some people not enough explanation. I think just the pure information of it was a tough nut that we never quite cracked. But please, buy the DVD.

Source: MoviePilot

New interview of Zoey Deutch for the DVD

Zoey Deutch talked to She Knows, anticipating the Vampire Academy DVD release (it is out today in the US).

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“She’s not your average vampire. She doesn’t need blood to survive. She can go out in the sunlight. The thing that makes her supernatural would be her unique ability to fight and her heightened senses and abilities in combat. So she’s a glorified bodyguard to her best friend, who is full vampire and is set to be the queen of this society.””She’s not your average vampire. She doesn’t need blood to survive. She can go out in the sunlight. The thing that makes her supernatural would be her unique ability to fight and her heightened senses and abilities in combat. So she’s a glorified bodyguard to her best friend, who is full vampire and is set to be the queen of this society.”

Source: She Knows

New interview of Richelle Mead!

PenguinTeenAus, publishers of Richelle Mead’s books in Australia went live with their first TV episode and they brought us an interview of Richelle Mead, talking about Silvers Shadows (Bloodlines, 5) and Age of X. What is it about the new project?

 

Sarah Hyland for Flaunt Magazine

Sarah Hyland has been interviewed by Flaunt Magazine about her social networks addiction, her love of singing as well as celebrity.

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“I use Instagram and Twitter a lot. I’m a very, very opinionated person so it gets me in trouble a lot of the time.”

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Source: Flaunt

Cameron Monaghan in Bellus Magazine

Cameron Monaghan has been interviewed by Bellus Magazine about his new movie, the Giver, as well as about Shameless.

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Source: Bellus Magazine

Cameron Monaghan in Status Magazine

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Source: Cameron Monaghan

Danila Kozlovsky for Zoey Deutch in Interview Mag

Danila Kozlovsky has been interviewed by Zoey Deutch for Russian magazine, Interview Mag:

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Zoey Deutch in Russian IP Magazine

Zoey Deutch and Vampire Academy are in Russian IP Magazine!:

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Source: AlwaysZoeyD

US PROMO: Old interviews of the cast with Made in Hollywood

Watch old interview of Sarah Hyland, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Dom Sherwood with Made in Hollywood!