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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

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.

Shot05_0032_v2Crop-791x1024“All I’ve ever wanted to be was successful. Not famous. I’m in a really amazing place in my life where I find it hard to believe it could ever get better.”

“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

Sarah Hyland in Nylon Guys Mag

Sarah Hyland has been interviewed by Nylon Guys Mag:

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On her role as Natalie Dashkov in Vampire Academy:
“Natalie was really fun to play. She’s such a fly on the wall, so unassuming, and a loser—at best—with pimples and glasses and frizzy hair.”

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You can now buy Nylon Guys Mag!

Source: Nylon Guys Mag

Australian PROMO: Interview of Zoey Deutch with Junkee

During her trip to Australia, Zoey Deutch has been interviewed by Junkee about Vampire Academy and what she finds interesting.

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I liked the reference in Vampire Academy where your character calls your stalker-y classroom crush ‘Duckie’. Nice in-joke.
My father thought so too. He’s like, “Ah, that’s hilarious!” That was all Dan Waters – it was in the script before I was cast, too.

The whole teen vampire thing’s been done to death in recent years, but there’s a unique tone to this one: it’s more Buffy-ish than the recent spate of ridiculously serious stuff.
Yeah, it’s very playful. It has a real sense of humour about itself. Most of the plot and tone are true to the book, but the jokes are elevated – that’s much more of a Dan Waters specialty.

There are some interesting themes in there: it’s mainly about female friendship and competitiveness…
Yeah, and I’m sure there’s some weird sexual undertones that come through between them, which is inevitable when you have two young girls sucking each other’s necks. It’s also Mark Waters pushing the envelope: he’s not romantic at all, so he always needs to undercut it with some irony. Any sort of sentimental romance was like pulling teeth with him.

What’s it like working with the Waters Brothers? I read in an interview where you said Dan Waters has “the mind of a 13-year-old girl”.
Well, evidently – have you read the kinda dialogue he writes?

Yeah, kids calling each other “Bloodwhore!”
Dan Waters is impossible, and Mark Waters just doesn’t let anything phase him. They couldn’t be any more different.

Last Google Image search you made?
‘Pink Dior dress’. I’m wearing one to the Vampire Academy premiere and I was trying to see what kinda hair and make-up people have matched with it. That’s kinda embarrassing. Previous to that was ‘Neil Gaiman’. He wrote a short story that I love that’s being turned into a film script.

Last song you played?
‘Actor Out Of Work’, by St Vincent. I saw her perform at a DVF fashion show in New York recently.

Last thing you bid on on eBay?
Oh, a pair of Eames replica white chairs. I lost on eBay, but I got them somewhere else.

Last thing you Wikipedia’d?
‘Gustav Klimt’. My favourite artist. I was at a museum and saw one of his pieces, and the plaque mentioned the year that he made it, and I thought he was dead by then. Wikipedia proved me wrong. As did the painting which was right in front of me.

Source: Junkee

Australian PROMO: Lucy Fry for The West Australian

Lucy Fry has been interviewed during the Australian promo tour and talked about the movie and the reviews:

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“I loved the book myself, so even without thinking about anyone else, I wanted to do it justice”

“I put a lot of pressure on myself to do the best job I could, sometimes I wish I could go back and do it again and not be so hard on myself and kind of relax a bit more.”

“Personally I am not a huge fan of Twilight because somehow I didn’t connect to it as much,” she said.

“But what I loved about Vampire Academy is that Rose and Lissa are very powerful young women. Lissa’s acceptance of her own vulnerability is what makes her strong while Rose is such a hearty brave character.”

“It’s modern, it’s fast, it’s energised and it’s a comedy as well. For me I relate more to this because it’s in some ways more human than Twilight.”

“I try not to read reviews and that kind of thing because I don’t want to know if people hate it,” she laughs. “I love it and I think it’s a really great fun film and whenever I’ve been at a screening or a premiere it gets a lot of laughs and people are really enjoying it and having a lot of fun watching it. So that’s the kind of feedback I want to see.”

Source: The West Australian

Interview of Cameron Monaghan with Just Jared

Cameron Monaghan has been interviewed by Just Jared, read what he has to say about Vampire Academy:

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Moving on to Vampire Academy, what was your favorite scene to shoot?

Zoey [Deutch] and I had a fun fight scene. I love getting to shoot fight scenes in general. She was awesome, she was really good and really strong, and probably could kick my butt actually. (laughs) We used stakes. Well, they were wooden imitation stakes, ’cause when you’re in school, you don’t get the full thing until after you graduate. We had training stakes that we were fighting each other with.

What was your favorite off screen moment during shooting?

Zoey and I got stuck in the Tube, on one of the very first days we got to London. (laughs) We were stuck in the train and we didn’t know what to do. So we started hanging on the bars, swinging back and forth, hanging upside and stuff. That was fun. The train just stopped in the middle and we were stuck. We didn’t have cell service either! We didn’t really know each other that well yet, so that was a really cool way to get to know somebody.

What’s your favorite prop from set?

I didn’t get to use them but the full stakes, they’re metal, modern and slick. They have these holsters that they keep ‘em in. They’re really cool. I was jealous.

Describe your Vampire Academy co-stars in one word. Sarah Hyland.

Caring.

Olga Kurylenko.

HOT! (laughs)

Joely Richardson.

Legend.

Zoey Deutch.

Mercurial. (laughs) She’ll get really pissed at me if I steal her word. It’s her favorite word. (Zoey used “mercurial” to describe Cameron in her JJ Spotlight interview, ha!)

Sami Gayle.

Friendly.

Danila Kozlovsky.

Cool.

Lucy Fry.

Nurturing.

Claire Foy.

I need more words for friendly… Congenial.

Dominic Sherwood.

Laid back is a compound word right?

Ashley Charles.

Bro.

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Source: Just Jared

Australian PROMO: Popsugar Aus interviewed Zoey Deutch

Zoey Deutch was interviewed by Pop Sugar Australia during her tour in Sydney, she talks about the movie:

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What is it that sets Vampire Academy apart from what we’ve seen before, or what’s new about the vampire world?
I think what sets us apart is that it’s more of a high school movie that a vampire film, in my opinion. It has such an individual sense of humour about itself, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. It pokes fun at itself without being a parody. That’s my favourite part about the film: its tone.

PS: Do you relate to Rose?
Yeah, I do. I definitely think I have a lot in common with her, probably more so in the script than in the book. I’ve always been known to use humour as almost a means of survival, as Rose does. I’m very stubborn and strong-willed, passionate, curious. But one of the main things that I admire in Rose that is so far from me is her absolute, incredible loyalty as a friend. I have that with my family and my boyfriend, but not necessarily with all my friends. And I just think that’s so beautiful and admirable, to be that true of a friend.

The relationship Rose has with Lissa is pretty much the whole film. What did you and Lucy do to bond after you were cast as these two best friends?
It was very immediate, actually. I’m not particularly someone, as an actress, who likes to form relationships outside of work that reflect those in work, but it just happened. At the audition, I ended up driving her home because she didn’t have a ride, and then when we got the parts, the next day we were baking cookies and I burnt them, as Rose would do. And when we got to London [to shoot], it was pretty natural that our relationship was very similar. I have this innate feeling of needing to protect her, and make sure she’s OK. I tell her she’s confused and angry because she’s actually hungry. And vice-versa — she’s calming for me, and kind, and compassionate, and so not defensive, which is a huge problem of mine. You say one thing to me and I hear a completely different, opposite thing. So we have a very great dynamic. To have done this film and not gotten into one fight is kind of remarkable. We really get on well.

What were the biggest challenges of the shoot? You had a lot of night scenes.
The biggest challenge was that! It was exhausting. I don’t look forward to a time where I have to do that again. You feel crazy because your body’s not meant to go to bed when everyone’s waking up, and it’s light outside.

I heard you weren’t familiar with the books before you got the role, and then you read some. Have you read all of them?
No. I read a few.

What did you think of them?
They’re good! They do what they’re meant to do — they’re entertaining, fun teen books.

And what do you know about their fanbase?
Well the fanbase is what makes it what it is. The movie would not be in existence if it weren’t for them. I appreciate their passion, as well as their fervent opinions, as a fellow impassioned person myself [laughs]. Though I’m sure it can get a bit critical, I don’t necessarily mind. It’s their right to say how they feel.

Have you had any strong reactions to any other films that have been based on books you really loved? Like if you loved Harry Potter. . .
I did, but they did that perfectly. So I have no criticism whatsoever. Maybe Alice in Wonderland I was a little critical of, because it’s my favourite book. It was so beautiful and I really enjoyed it, but I remember feeling very. . . focused on all the little details that perhaps I didn’t expect, but then liked.

This movie has a strong, young cast. What did you and the rest of them get up to away from filming?
I didn’t have any time. I would get like one day off a week, and it was basically not a day because everyone was asleep when I was awake. But I managed to find time to be with them because I thought it was important for my own sanity. We would go out and get in trouble, and it was fun. It was awesome to be 18 and living in London with a bunch of new friends. It was exciting.

You got to learn a lot of new skills. What was the training and preparation like, and what was your favourite new skill that you learned?
My favourite aspect of training was the kickboxing, just because I found it to be very therapeutic, as opposed to gym training, which was the most boring, tedious, obnoxious way of exercising, in my opinion, coming from a dancer-yogi-hiker. One move that I think is really helpful is all the chokeholds, because as a woman your punch isn’t going to do much to a 250-pound man. But choking them is going to knock them out, and buy you time to get out of there.

Sarah Hyland is quite different to her Modern Family character. What was she like to work with?
She’s great. She’s hilarious. We got on immediately. We are both innately loud humans, so together that’s loud to the second power, and very obnoxious to be around, I would imagine.

Do you get to catch up with her while you’re here? [Sarah was also in Australia shooting Modern Family.]
Yeah, and I see her quite a bit in LA as well. We stay in touch for sure, and we live extremely close to one another, so that’s helpful.

And how about you and Lucy?
I see more of a future for Lucy and I deciding randomly to take a trip to Bali, out of nowhere, than actually getting lunch in LA, because if you know LA well, we literally live on the other side, and it takes so long, and it’s very difficult to plan. Unfortunately I haven’t seen her as much as I would like to, but travelling and doing press with her, we spend large quantities of time [together]. But we’ll manage; I won’t let her get away [laughs].

Did she teach you much about Australian culture?
I understand her a lot better after coming here, for sure. She has a very free spirit. And a lot of the food she eats, which is delicious here. She’s so funny. We’re very in tune with each other’s energy and vibe, and the second we landed, she just lit up, more so than she already is. She was so happy to be home. She loves it here.


Source: Popsugar Australia