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PROMO: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Sami Gayle for AP

Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Sami Gayle recently talked to AP about Vampire Academy:


Can people who haven’t read the books enjoy the film?

Lucy: It was made so people who haven’t read the books can really enjoy it, and in that way it describes the world really clearly at the start so you understand who everyone is and go with the story. It’s got a lot of punchy humor and it takes the story of the book, and Dan Wood, the writer, added a lot of cheek and pizazz that is in the book but heightens (it).

Will fans of the book series enjoy the film?

Lucy: The one thing about an adaptation from a book to a film is it’s not gonna be the way that anyone pictured it to be. I know myself when reading a book you have all these details and images in your mind and when you watch the film, nothing’s gonna be the same because everyone’s imagination is completely different. But the great thing about that is they also see something new and see something they haven’t thought of before.

Sami: If you do the character justice and you’re true to the character, hopefully the fan base will love the character.

How does this movie compare with other vampire-titled entertainment?

Sami: Although it’s a vampire film and there’s that supernatural layer, I feel that the supernatural aspect of this film is the icing on the cake; that the cake itself is actually the sort of high-school society represented in this film.

How do you think people react when they hear the title?

Zoey: They’re trepidatious about the title, it’s called ‘Vampire Academy,’ even the author was like, I didn’t want it to be called that, but you know exactly what it’s about when you hear it. And when you see it, in my opinion, I’ve seen the finished product, and it is a fun movie. It is a date movie. It is a charming movie.

Did you understand the popularity of the books?

Sami: We shot the film in kind of a bubble in London and in studios closed off from any public interaction, so I had no idea, but then … I had a different film premiering at the Toronto Film Festival and seeing fans there with my picture superimposed with different hairstyles that they thought (her character) Mia might have or going to Comic-Con and seeing that vast fan base there, it was eye-opening and shocking.

Zoey, what was it like playing Rose, the protagonist of the book series?

Zoey: It all happened quite fast. I immediately started training, gym training as well as kickboxing and martial arts. … Obviously you don’t look at me and your instinct is, ‘Oh my gosh, she could beat me up. She looks tough,’ like, no. So I knew that I wouldn’t feel honest playing this part had I not done the work and I did.

Source: AP


PROMO: Lucy Fry and Sami Gayle for Den of Geek

Lucy Fry and Sami Gayle were interviewed by Den of Geek to talk about all things Vampire Academy.


I’m going to start with the obvious question; were you familiar with the source material?

Lucy Fry: Not before I got cast but as soon as I was cast, I dove into the books and I loved them.

Sami Gayle: I was familiar with it through friends but I had never read the book until I began to get involved with the film, at which point I began to read the book, and I loved it. Richelle Mead is such an incredible author and she came to set, and we all got to meet her on this one day when we had this huge scene, and everyone in the film was in the scene. She’s just such a charismatic, fun personality.

Were you first interested in joining the film based on the script alone or did you want to read the book before you really delved into this?

Sami: I loved the script. I’m such a fan of Daniel Waters, who wrote the script, and also Mark Waters, his brother who directed. Vampire Academy has, I think, an iconic director. Mean Girls, Heathers, which Daniel Waters wrote, Freaky Friday, which Mark directed; those are some of my favorite films.

Lucy: Mean Girls, I’m obsessed with Mean Girls as every teenage girl is. Pretty much everyone is.

Was working with him everything you expected?

Lucy: No, he’s got a great sense of humor too. He’s really quirky and interesting. I guess I wasn’t expected him to be so…when he’s focused he can pay attention to everything at the same time. Like he has 10 eyes, one looking at the actors, one looking at the lighting, one looking at the colors and makeup. He can just see everything and knows exactly how the story needs to fit for the comedy to play well. The way he can make comedy play is just so brilliant. He’s got that down pat.

What exactly drew you to the character specifically?

Lucy: As soon as I read the first script, I loved it because of the friendship between Rose and Lissa [the two central characters played by Zoey Deutch and Ms. Fry, respectively]. It was interesting, because when I got sent the script, I had been backpacking around Europe with one of my best friends, and just the story of their connection, and the psychological bond that it has, felt really in tune with the kind of friendship that I was having at that time. Well I’m still best friends with her, but the connection between the two of them is what really excited me about the story. About Lissa, I loved her sensitivity, and the way that she has so much empathy for everyone and everything, and that she’s got a lot of emotional baggage and is dealing with a lot of psychological problems, but is doing everything she can do get better. Rose is a part of her healing.

Sami: I think that Mia is a manipulative girl who sort of confiscates her motives. She’s interesting to me, because I felt it would be challenging to play that mean girl because I’ve never really done that. I’ve played a prostitute, I’ve played a catholic schoolgirl, and now we’re seeing her be a little less innocent, but I wanted to do something different. I also sort of enjoy this magical, mystical world that I was going to get to sort of put myself in. What was great and best about Mia for me was finding her redeeming quality, because no one wants to see someone on camera that is plain mean for an entire film. There has to be, even if it’s just for one second, an ounce of a redeeming quality. With Mia, I couldn’t really understand Mia as just a vampire. You have to shed that supernatural layer and realize that’s just the icing on the cake and just look at her as the girl that she really is – who is an innocent girl that’s insecure about her social status, her upbringing, her family’s status in society, who’s jealous of Lissa, because she feels that she’s a threat to her boyfriend. So, it was looking at those things that made me insecure to make me realize she was just mean to mask that insecurity. That really made me begin to love Mia and understand her and relate to her. That’s what I brought to the character; that underneath all this meanness is this glimpse that I really am just a normal girl like every other teenager on this planet who’s just trying to find himself or herself.

Was your internalization of how your character felt something that you kept to yourself during filming?

Sami: No, I discussed it with the director in finding the character because, obviously, you always collaborate with the director on these films. For me, it was important to have that in the back of my head and be in clothes, especially with our costume designer Ruth Meyers, who is a doll, I love her, it was important for me to have…even my shoes were a little less because Mia doesn’t come from the wealthiest upbringing. So even those things were wannabe components of my character – my shoes, my outfit. It’s sort of like the girl who wants to be at the top but can only get clothes at the second hand store. To do that, that makes her relatable.

Was it freeing being able to play the baddie? Did you bring anything different to your process?

Sami: I think for me, since I’d never done that before, dying my hair was something great, because I felt like I was changing Mia as the person instead of just playing Mia. I was becoming her. I think that I wasn’t going to walk around on set being Mia, because no one would have liked me, so you have to shut it off and then turn it back on. Process-wise, I think it was finding that redeeming quality and internalizing that and understanding that, and thinking about that constantly. Tom Selleck, who is the sort of patriarch of Blue Bloods, he has this thing, which he tells me to do, which is fib and vipe. It’s sort of like looking at the financial status of the character and the intellectual status of the character, and the emotional status of the character, and that’s sort of what I did. Each letter stands for something different, and I filled those out extensively. I did a lot of work before to find who she really was, so I could really have Mia as sort of a layer cake character rather than just a sheet cake character.

There are so many different types of vampire lore now over the centuries, and this story uses specific types of lore that maybe people aren’t familiar with. Did you have to go back yourself and look over what they wanted to do or did you just go with what was in the script?

Lucy: To me, it actually made perfect sense when I read the script. Somehow, it’s written in a way, and I hope the film appears in a way, that makes it very obvious. The lore is that the Moroi [the good vampires at the Academy] are the living vampires who have powers, the Strigoi are the undead vampires who are evil and want to kill off the Moroi race, and the Dhampir [vampire helpers, including Vampire Academy protagonist Rose] are half human, half-Moroi, who want to protect the Moroi from the Strigoi.

Sami: I think a lot of it was reading the book for background knowledge and the script for what we were actually going to portray onscreen. It was interesting for me to learn about the Moroi, the Strigoi, the Dhampir because we don’t really see that before where they are a bodyguard-sort of race that protects the good vampires and collaborates with them and the Strigoi. Where this movie is really different from others is it shows that when people are supporting each other, and coming together for good against an evil force, they can really accomplish things.

Lucy, you mentioned that you were drawn to the film because you were backpacking with a friend. This movie is technically a school movie. Were there any allusions you could make back to your own schooling?

Lucy: Yeah, I think that everyone at schools, or who has been to school, will be able to relate to those issues that Vampire Academy deals with about bullying and finding yourself in an environment that can try to box people into stereotypes. I think everyone will be able to relate to that.

Did you have your own personal feelings that came up at any time?

Lucy: Um, I guess the value of friendship when you’re in high school is one of the most important things, and there aren’t a lot of films that reflect the power of your girlfriends, and that’s one of the things that I loved about it. It’s very girl power and it’s really honest in that your friendships are the most important thing at that time.

I guess there are comparisons everyone could make in general about their own upbringing to kind of growing up in this high school environment with a social pecking order and all that.

Sami: Absolutely, everyone at this age is just trying to find themselves between innocence and maturing to be an adult. It’s sort of that journey that’s not just when you get there; it’s the climb that really matters and what you learn along that journey. I think you really see that in this film.

With what you’ve read in the script compared to what you actually saw on set, were you prepared for any specific kind of action requirements that may have been needed or was there extra training you had to do?

Lucy: Well, I was the princess so everyone fought around me, and my action sequence was ‘back away and squeal.’ I got the squealing down pat. I’ve got a good scream now.

Sami: Yeah, I was so excited. I’ve done a lot of really dramatic films and I have a film coming out called Hateship Loveship, which is a dramedy comedy, and it just premiered at Toronto with Kristen Wiig. So, it’s different for me to be able to do action in this mystical world. I did one other action film with Nicholas Cage and played his daughter, but this was totally and completely different. The schools that we got to shoot in were insane. I mean, I’ve never seen schools like this before.

Were there more actual practical locations rather than sets?

Sami: Yeah, we only shot in studios for a few weeks. We were shooting at real schools in and around London. I took a few exams while I was out there. I took an AP exam and I took an ACT out there, and the schools that I took them in they were offering you fresh muffins, and I had my own proctors just for me! It’s crazy. So different from the US.

Lucy, technically this is the first big jump from TV to film for you.

Lucy: Yeah, this is my first movie.

Were there any kind of different feelings that you had on this type of set compared to TV?

Lucy: I was really nervous going into it, because it was my first film, and I put a lot of pressure on myself. I wanted to do as good a job as I could and I really let myself feel that pressure. Thankfully as we went along, I felt really comfortable, because the director, Mark, paid so much attention to detail that he wouldn’t move onto the next scene until we had what we needed and what would work. So, I felt like I was free to stop judging myself, because I knew that Mark would just take care of it.

This is a very large cast with veterans and up and comers. Were there a lot of points for you to learn from that as well?

Lucy: I really loved Gabriel Byrne and learning from him, from the way he is able to manage to deal with the state that he’s in, and he’s been a really powerful actor but has balanced his life. He’s got a great sense of humor and puts nature first and his family and his friends, and he doesn’t let any of it get to his head, and he’s really grounded. That was really inspiring for me to meet someone so successful but doesn’t buy into anything false. He’s really just a really good guy.

This is the kind of film that may become a series. Were you prepared to jump into the whole thing if that was the case?

Lucy: Yeah, I really hope that I can take Lissa the whole way. I love the book series, and her journey is really exciting and interesting and fun, and to get the chance to take her the whole way through would be a dream come true.

Read more here: Den of Geek

PROMO: Sami Gayle on Popsugar

PROMO: Sami Gayle in Beyond the trailer

PROMO: Sami Gayle on The Talk (CBS)

Sami Gayle was on The Talk today. She talked about her role in Blue Bloods as well as going over her audition in Vampire Academy!

PROMO: Interview with Sami Gayle

Sami Gayle has been interviewed on her character, Mia Rinaldi.

Check it out here:


Exclusive new clip

In this exclusive clip from the film, we get our first good look at Christian Ozera (Dom Sherwood) and his ability to play with fire.

A few quotes:

“Mia, you are usually a lot better at passing on notes” – Teacher

“Please don’t read this note aloud, I beg of you”- Mia

“Mia is using you as a tool”- Lissa

“Are you calling me a tool”- teacher

“If she is not, I will”- Rose

“But Mr Meissner, you left out the best part about me and my boy Jesse and that damn tramp last night”- Ray

“Truth hurts, Bloodwhore”- Ray

“Kindly report to the headmistress, Mister Ozera”- teacher

“Like I need directions”- Christian


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Source: Yahoo Movies | MOVIES Coming Soon (Yahoo)

Sami Gayle live on Pix11

Sami Gayle was on Pix11 talking about her character Mia and how Vampire Academy is different from other vampire movies.

“VA is different from other vampires movies because it focuses on school setting!”

“”Vampire Academy is the tribulations of teenagers at school and Mia wants to climb the social ladder”

“”[VA] focuses more on the school setting and how difficult it is to grow up in the stage between adolescents and adults.”

Source: Pix11 | VA_India News | KoriOnAir

Lucy Fry/ Dominic Sherwood and the Moroi

Just Jared has just released an article presenting the Moroi with an infographic:

Just Jared vient de publier un article présentant les Moroi:

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Les Moroi sont des vampires vivants et mortels, ils sont nés et pas créés. Ils supportent le soleil mais ça les rend faibles, alors ils ne doivent pas trop s’exposer et leur journée commence au coucher du soleil.

Les Moroi sont grands et ont la peau très pâle. Ils ont une vue, un odorat et une ouïe surhumaines, de même qu’une magie élémentaire.

La magie élémentaire

Terre: les utilisateurs du pouvoir de la terre peuvent contrôler la terre, provoquant des mini tremblements de terre, faire pourrir du bois, et lancer des pierres ou des mottes de terre par l’esprit.

Air: les utilisateurs du pouvoir de l’air peuvent contrôler l’air en créant de légères brises et même en suffocant un ennemi en enlevant tout l’air d’une pièce.

Eau: les utilisateurs du pouvoir de l’eau peuvent contrôler l’eau, la faire traverser l’air pour aller noyer quelqu’un.

Feu: il s’agit du pouvoir le plus efficace contre les Strigoi, il peut réchauffer l’air, créer des boules de feu et allumer des objets ou mettre le feu à quelqu’un.

Esprit: les utilisateurs du pouvoir de l’esprit peuvent soigner des plantes et des animaux, aller dans les rêves des gens, voir les auras, obliger les autres à faire quelque chose, créer des charmes de guérison, et surtout ramener quelqu’un, qui vient de mourir, à la vie.

La royauté

Même si les Moroi vivent dans des pays dirigés par des humains et font partie de ces gouvernements, ils sont aussi dirigés par un roi ou une reine issu de l’une des 12 familles royales. Les Moroi de lignée royale ont automatiquement un gardien dhampir.

Les 12 familles royales, de la plus petite à la plus grande:













Dominic Sherwood and Lucy Fry are featured in these new stills of the “Moroi” characters from their highly anticipated new movie Vampire Academy.

Dominic Sherwood et Lucy Fry sont mis à l’honneur dans ces nouvelles photos représentant les personnages Moroi du nouveau film Vampire Academy.

In the new film there are two types of people – Moroi, who are the peaceful, mortal vampires, and Dhampir, who are half-human and half-vampire.

Dans ce nouveau film, il y a deux types de gens: les Moroi, qui sont des vampires mortels et paisibles, et les Dhampirs, qui sont mi-humain, mi-vampire.

Source: Just Jared 

New stills + Stills from a Turkish magazine!

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