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Dom Sherwood talks with Collider about his audition (he tried for the role of Ray), the fire effects as well as working with the cast!
I got sent the casting by my agent, who said they were looking for someone who looks like this to play this character in a movie based on a series of best-selling novels. So, I turned up at the first audition and I actually auditioned for two different characters. And then, when I got recalled, they dropped the other one and it was just Christian.
Which was the other character you auditioned for?
Ray, who’s played by Chris Mason. And weirdly, Chris Mason auditioned for Christian, as well. I guess they flipped us over. And then, I went through my audition process and, as I did, I fell more in love with the production, with Mark and Dan [Waters], and with the girls. It was really great. And then, by the time I was offered the part, I was like, “Wow, this is really amazing. I can’t wait to get started on it.”
When you do a supernatural story like this, do you try to focus more on the human aspects of it?
Well, that was very easy for us because the humanity in our vampires is very present and very evident. But some of the stuff that’s very surreal, like the fire magic, I love doing it. It’s my favorite thing to do. That’s when you can really let your imagination run away with you. When you’re told, “Christian raises his hands and fire bursts out of them,” the rest of it, you do in your mind. That’s great. I love doing that sort of stuff.
Were you excited to see what the finished product looked like?
Yeah, I was really excited. I was like, “Please don’t let me look stupid. Does my fire face look ridiculous? Oh, it is! Dammit!” No, it was great. I was really, really happy with it. When we went back to do re-shoots, Dan and Mark said they were working on the scene at the end and they said it looked great. And then, I saw it and thought it looked really cool. I was only disappointed that we didn’t do more actual fire. The stunt guys were talking about actually setting my hands on fire for the last scene, with this special gel that they use. You can be aflame for 20 or 30 seconds, before you put it out. And then, they said no. I think it’s ‘cause I’m too clumsy. I genuinely think they were like, “No, Dom will kill himself or someone else. We can’t risk it. We’ll just do it with CGI.”
Because there are so many vampire stories out there, was it important to you that this one be a bit different?
Yeah. We have a normal teenage element to it, too. What’s interesting about this, that doesn’t happen very often in vampire movies, is that there is no outsider coming to join our world. It’s the audience who are being brought in and welcomed to a world that’s already in progress. We know we’re vampires. We were brought up with it. We were born vampires. This has been our lives, and we’re very, very used to it. The Academy is very normal, from that point of view. That’s where the naturalism of high school comes into it. Why would we have the same problems as normal kids, going to a normal high school? They would develop naturally.
When and how did you realize just how popular these books are?
Very recently. It was on the press tour that it started hitting me because we started meeting fans. They’ve been coming to get things signed, and we’re actually seeing how passionate these people are. Whilst I was filming, that was all stuff I tried very hard not to focus on. That can be so much pressure, so I tried to ignore that. And then, I actually started meeting these people. You can say “best-selling novel” until you’re blue in the face, but when you actually meet people you’re like, “This is actually real.” There are these thousands of people who really care about this movie and the books. We’ve all said it, but we’re so appreciative of all these people that are behind us. It goes hand-in-hand with the fame thing. I’ve never been interested in being famous. I enjoy acting. That’s what’s important to me. But at the same time, having these people coming up to you and asking for autographs or photos, or whatever, they’re basically saying that they appreciate what you do, and they think that you’re doing a good job at what you do. It’s a huge compliment for me. That’s how I’m going to try to take it.
Was it important to you, that if you were going to play a character like Christian, that he’s the unexpected bad boy?
He’s also passionate and loyal and very brave. But no, not so much. If I had been offered one of the other characters, I would have done that, as well. It was a great project that I wanted to be a part of. Honestly, I was more suited to Christian, and hopefully I did a good job. But, the actual character wasn’t necessarily as important. I think it would be really interesting to do the most surreal characters that I possibly can, and then go back to normal. I want a really diverse range of different people under my belt. That’s what I’m hoping to do with my career.
Was it fun to work with this cast that was all around your age, and then to also have actors like Gabriel Byrne, Joely Richardson and Olga Kurylenko?
Yeah, it was really inspirational, having people like that on set. The vast majority of the cast was very young, so we look up to people like Gabriel, Joely and Olga, who are making their way, very successfully, through their career. I very much was in awe, watching Gabriel and Olga do their thing. I nearly ruined a couple of takes by watching them and not doing my own thing. I forgot I was making a movie. They are all so nice, as well. Joely was lovely. She was only there for a day, and she took the time to take me aside and make sure she introduced herself, which was really, really nice. I met Gabriel a couple of times, and he was an absolute gem. He was such a nice man. And same with Olga, too. But, I got a little shy around Olga. She’s really good looking, so I got a little bashful. She has this presence. It’s crazy. It was really amazing, having people like that on set.
What was it like to work with Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry?
It was great. Especially when you’re working so closely with people and you have to develop intense relationships, it’s great when you have a relationship and a rapport with them. And I have that with both Zoey and Lucy. It’s really great to work with people that you’re just so comfortable with that you can say or do anything around them.
Do you know what you’re going to do next?
I’ve just had a movie offer come in, but I’m not allowed to say too much about it because we haven’t gone through the contracts. And there’s something else, as well, but I can’t talk about that either. I’m not actively looking for anything, in particular. My team around me are avoiding me playing a vampire again, straight away. And that’s not because I didn’t enjoy it, but that could potentially pigeonhole me for the rest of my career. So, it’s important to me that I get as far away from being a vampire as I can. I also don’t want to go from playing a vampire to playing a werewolf. It would be great to maybe do a period piece, or something in one of the world wars, or something naturalistic and surreal in a very different way. I just want to do something very different. I’m never opposed to anything. My agents and my managers are very good at whittling things down to the things they think I would be good at and that I’d respond well to, and that includes theater, TV and film. Whatever it is, if the material is right for me, then I’ll go for it.
Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Dom Sherwood talked Vampire Academy with NT Daily:
Vampire Academy is founded on a hugely popular series, so there’s no doubt that being a part of this film is a real big deal. I wanted to ask, because this is such a big deal, what was the best advice you received before signing on to this and who was it from?
Dominic Sherwood: “That’s a good one.”
Zoey Deutch: “Ooh, what’s the best advice we received?”
Sherwood: “Yeah, to handle all the pressure.”
Deutch: “Don’t have any expectations because you’ll be disappointed either way.”
Sherwood: “Who told you that?”
Deutch: “Zoey Deutch.”
Sherwood: “Zoey Deutch?”
Deutch: “No [Laughs]. My mother told me that.”
Lucy Fry: “For me, it was if people don’t like the film then it’s just not for them. In the end, it has to be something that you did for you. My friend Christina told me that I believe.”
Sherwood: “Yeah, mine is kind of similar. It was said by one of my best friends. He said individuality is key to art— a lot of people won’t like something. But hopefully, for every one person who didn’t like it, there will be two or three people who did like it. And that’s what is important— finding the light and shade in all of it.
All of the characters you portray have a certain vulnerability about them. Was it hard to tune into the darker side of your characters?
Fry: “I think it was really fun to get the chance to play with a darkness in the characters because that contradiction and juxtaposition of the light and shade is what makes the character interesting. I really enjoyed that exploration and the challenge of facing those darker places to get to the other places.”
Sherwood: “I am very much with Lucy on this. I think it’s very cathartic to go through and explore feelings and emotions that are quite dark and kind of reflect your own self. It can feel quite good afterwards. I enjoyed the challenge.”
Deutch: “Fans who’ve read the series and know Rose Hathaway will label her, right off the bat, as strong. There are normal things — insights to her vulnerability that are perhaps the most important in her character development, like when she’s wrong. She’s the heroine, the narrator and is supposed to be the decision maker and sometimes the decisions she makes are wrong. I really appreciate that human side to her.”
Obviously, when you create a movie that is based on a novel, filmmakers have to make certain cuts and changes to the source material to kind of spice things up a bit and make the material work as a movie. If somewhere to make a movie about your life, what sorts of cuts do you think people would make?
Deutch: “Well, that would be the most boring film of all-time for my life. There are not enough interesting things in my life to make an entire story out of. It would be a boring movie.”
Oh, I highly doubt that.
Sherwood: “They would have to cut a lot of my nights out in central London. I think that would have to go.”
Fry: “Oh, God. Probably all my time walking around trees or something like that. I bet that would be boring [Laughs].
If Dimitri and Christian were to take Rose and Lissa on a double date, what would they do and where would they go?
Sherwood: “Oh, good question. I think Christian would take them to some weird, dark poetry reading.”
Fry: “Lissa would love that.”
Sherwood: “Yes. Lissa would love that. But I think Dimitri would take them to some big, sprawling and really expensive place to kind of show Rose how much she means to him. That’s what I think— some cross between those two. Rose would hate the poetry though“
Deutch: “Imagine all of our characters in a pottery making class [Laughs]. That would a phenomenal scene.”
Fry: “We should do that as a cutaway scene.”
Sherwood: “We should. We’ll have to have a talk with our director, Mark Waters, about it.”
If you could teach a class, what do you think you would teach?
Deutch: “I personally don’t feel confident enough in any realm of intelligence to teach anyone anything. But hypothetically, if I knew everything, I would teach how to speak Ukrainian. That seems peculiar and something that a lot of people don’t know here.”
Sherwood: “Perfect. Good answer.”
Fry: “I would teach a class on spirit. Yeah [Laughs].”
Deutch: “A class on the power that she has in ‘Vampire Academy.’ That’s what she is regarding.”
Sherwood: “I would teach a class on psychology. I love looking at the human mind and the choices that we make. If you have knowledge of that, I feel like you could teach anything. So that’s what I would teach.”
Source: NT Daily
Dom Sherwood talked to Matt Crowley about Vampire Academy and his career:
Source: Matt Crowley
Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Dom Sherwood and Sarah Hyland play at “Who said that?”, where they have to guess who said some lines from the movie.
Dominic Sherwood talked to OK Magazine about Vampire Academy and his friendship with Sarah Hyland.
Your character, Christian, has quite an interesting relationship in the film with Lissa (played by Lucy Fry). What’s it like?
Dom Sherwood: Yeah, well it’s really cool because it’s not about them being vampires. They both are and they’re both members of the royal bloodline and they’re defended by the guardians and that’s where the guardian training comes into play. But their relationship is very much, they both feel alone and kind of find soulmates and kindred spirits in each other because of their loneliness. But it’s a really lovely relationship.
Does it remind you of any of your own relationships?
Dom Sherwood: No, god no (Laughs). My relationships have all been a trainwreck so far. I’m still waiting for a lovely relationship to come out that’s something like Lissa and Christian’s.
Mark Waters, your director, also directed Mean Girls. Did you guys find yourself dropping Mean Girls lines on set with him?
DS: (laughs) No, I think Zoey (Deutch) and Sarah (Hyland) popped a couple in every now and then but I think it would’ve been a bit weird, especially since I was playing like an anti-social darkish introvert character. If I were to pop in a Regina George line everyone would look at me weird so I held off. I kept it all inside.
Ha! What’s your favorite line from this movie?
DS: It’s in the book but its been tweaked a little and it’s like my first line when I first bump into Lissa and I say, ‘don’t worry, I don’t bite. Well at least not in the way that you’re afraid of.’ And we took the line from the book as well. It’s all kind of taken as a bit of a joke.
I see you’ve tweeted a lot at your co-star, Sarah Hyland. Are you a Modern Family fan?
DS: I literally, I wish I could take a photo of my living room right now. I’m watching Modern Family. Just as you rang. I had to pause it. I’m a huge fan and I’ve got my housemates as huge fans now as well. Sarah and her boyfriend Matt (Prokop) were lovely enough to invite me to their 100th episode party when I was over in LA. It was amazing. I got to meet a couple of the other castmembers and it was really cool and nice of them and I’m eternally grateful and that’s where I met Ariel Winter and the other guys.
Do you see yourself sticking with these kind of movies for the rest of your career?
DS: As far as being locked into one certain thing ,that’s not what I want to do. I just want the opportunity to go off and do something else whether it’s plays or musicals or whatever. I’ve always said from starting off, I don’t mind if I’m in a big budget film or a huge play or something small in London playing for 50 people, as long as I’m doing what I love doing for a living.
If you were to do a romantic comedy in the future, who would you want as your leading lady?
DS: Ooh. I think if I don’t say Lucy (Fry) people will tear my head off (laughs). I would love to do something else with Lucy, obviously, but if it could be anyone, I think it’d be cool to do something like that with one of my friends, someone I’m close with and explore that relationship and have the freedom to sort of be very open with one another. I’d love to be able to do it with maybe even Sarah. Someone like that that would be cool.
Speaking of playing the leading man, are you OK with being compared to Robert Pattinson? You’re both hot British guys who play vampires…
DS: Yeah, no I know, (laughs). I get it, it’s fair enough, people will make that comparisons but really the only similarity in our characters is that we’re young vampires.. Twilight is very different to the Vampire Academy completely. But I don’t want to be the next anything, I want to be the first me, you know? I don’t want to be treading in any one else’s footsteps.
Source: Ok Magazine
Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Dom Sherwood talked to Red Carpet Crash by phone:
“I think it was fun to play with the darkness of the character. Enjoyed this exploration.”- Lucy Fry
“Dark and quiet psychology, explore the emotions.”- Dom Sherwood
“(Christian would do) dark and poetry reading (for Lissa). Dimitri would be all for really expensive restaurant to show Rose how much she means to him”- Dom Sherwood
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