TeenVogue.com got to interview to two main stars of the upcoming movie, Beautiful Creatures. Here’s what they had to say:
What drew you to your roles in Beautiful Creatures?
Alden: “I’ve only done two or three movies, but typically when I read scripts, I tend to be more interested in indie, more serious films only because they’re usually about people rather than bigger films, which tend to be about effects and explosions. What drew me to Beautiful Creatures was the character that I get to play, Ethan. Within three pages, I knew He is so specific and interesting.”
Alice Englert: “Richard LaGravenese, who’s our director, pursued me despite the fact that I was a nobody. And I was so surprised and shocked, but I was curious. I read the script and it was great. I was in, I was there, and I wanted to do it.”
I do love that they picked virtually unknowns for the roles and they look great for the parts!
Lena’s classmates torment her, making her an outsider. What statement does this story make about the severity of bullying?
Alden: “Ethan is somebody who’s on the inside and on the outside at the same time—his internal life makes him feel like an outsider. He gets along with his classmates and is friendly with them, but actually sees them from an outsider’s perspective. The bullying happens to Lena, and it’s a story that champions the way that they connect with each other through feeling like outsiders. It’s a love story built out of that experience. They’re two misfits outside of the popular group.”
Alice: “The people who bully Lena are just as much of outsiders as she is. We all feel like we’re outside of something, but we don’t know where the inside is. High school is like a whole other world. It can be so cruel! It’s humanity as its worst, in my opinion.”
These two actors are really not that much older than the characters they play, so it’s nice to see that they understand their characters so well, I think.