Every teen-supernatural-romance needs a “bad girl”, and in Warner Bros. and Richard LaGravenese’s Beautiful Creatures (based on the novel of the same name from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl), that role is filled by the character of Ridley, a witch with a penchant for lollipops and male domination. The role’s played by Emmy Rossum, a talented young actress many readers will probably recognize most from her work in Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River and Showtime’s critically-acclaimed dramedy, Shameless.

Earlier this year, I had the chance to travel with a few other members of the online press to the Baton Rouge set of Beautiful Creatures, where we had the opportunity to speak with the bulk of the film’s cast. What did Emmy Rossum have to say about how she landed this potentially iconic role, playing the bad girl, and manipulating dudes via witchcraft? Find out after the jump, folks.

beautiful-creatures-posterWarner Bros. won’t release Richard Gravenese’s Beautiful Creatures—a supernatural romance based on the novel of the same name from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl—until February 13th of 2013, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start getting educated about the flick now! And besides, when your film’s based on a YA novel with a complex, involved mythology that stretches across a number of centuries, it can never hurt to get a head start.

My head start began earlier this year, when I was invited (along with several other members of the online press) to spend a day on the Baton Rouge set of LaGravenese’s film. While we were there, we were given the opportunity to interview the majority of the film’s major cast members. The bad news was, that lineup did not include Jeremy Irons (though we did get to meet him briefly on-set). The good news was, that lineup did include the kinda luminous Emmy Rossum, who plays Ridley in the film.

If you’re a fan of Showtime’s Shameless, then Rossum certainly needs no introduction. To everyone else, she might look familiar from her roles in The Day After Tomorrow, Phantom of The Opera, and Mystic River. Here, she’s playing a villainess—something she doesn’t often get to do—and is apparently relishing the opportunity to take the role as far as the film’s PG-13 rating will allow. We’ll get to the interview in just a moment, but first—let’s look at some highlights from our chat with Ms. Rossum:

  • On her character, Ridley: “I’m a bit of a shape shifter. Or not actually a shape shifter but I…I’m kind of like a bad girl evil witch. With a tiny little heart underneath. And my power is the ability to manipulate people to see or think anything about me. Kind of just, ultimate man control.”
  • Rossum tells us that her character changes looks in the film almost as often as she has scenes, appearing as a blonde, a brunette, and a redhead over the course of the film.
  • Apparently, Ridley favored a lollipop in Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s version of the story. Asked if the lollipop will appear in the film, Rossum tells us: “Sometimes, yeah. Well we’ve kind of expanded it to be more of just a general oral fixation. So there’s lots of fruit, candy, juicy plums. The lollipop will appear, though.”
  • Asked to describe working on the film’s Baton Rouge set—outdoors in the dead heat of summer—Rossum says, “The heat. The monsoons that happen at 4pm. The incredible amount of sweat that just drips down under my wigs. But in a very attractive way, of course. But it’s really great, I mean the food’s great, people are great, everything’s – I’m super positive about the whole experience. My mom was actually born just three miles west of here. So that’s kinda cool.”

Check out the full article at Collider.

By Kait

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary