Teen Vogue Interviews Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert on ‘Beautiful Creatures’

Alden Ehrenreich & Alice Englert play teenagers Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes 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!

Meet Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert, the Stars of 'Beautiful Creatures' |
Alice Englert as Lena Duchannes

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.

Meet Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert, the Stars of 'Beautiful Creatures' |
Emmy Rossum plays Lena’s cousin, Ridley Duchannes. Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan Wate looks away.

Good versus evil is a major theme in this story. Is it possible to be both?

Alice: “The Casters think they’re a sophisticated, higher species because they have this primal, black and white view of what is good and evil, and it’s quite backwards. The love story is so important in this film because Ethan teaches Lena this humanity. He shows her that things are complicated; you don’t have to be one thing or the other. We feel all sorts of things—we are bad, we are good, and that’s okay.

Meet Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert, the Stars of 'Beautiful Creatures' |
Viola Davis, who plays Amma, with Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich

Lena guides Ethan through her supernatural world. Usually, it’s the male character that has the special powers. Did you find this role empowering?

Alice: “Lena is unaware of how important she is to Ethan. She lives in a world that for her is normal, and what’s great is that both of their worlds are so fascinating to the other.”

I don’t know if Alice actually answered the question, but I do like her understanding of her character.

Ethan has books and college brochures hidden under his bed to remind him of his goals. Do you have a keepsake that represents your ambitions?

Alden: “I carry around a black leather moleskin journal all the time. And I always write ideas down, especially when I’m on set and working with actors like Jeremy Irons and Viola Davis and learning from them.”

Good idea, Ethan!  The key to growing is always trying to learn more, no matter what age you are.

Meet Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert, the Stars of 'Beautiful Creatures' |
Alice Englert’s Lena trying to research a curse

This movie also has a crew of young, talented actors including Thomas Mann and Zoey Deutch. How did that impact your experience on set?

Alden: “This was the first time I’ve done a film where it’s a bunch of young people hanging out together. And that was really fun, and it’s great to be able to kind of joke around. It lightens the mood.”

Did you pull any pranks?

Alden: “No, I don’t think I did. None that I can talk about!”

Alice: “Yes, but I can’t tell you! We had a really good time.”


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