Witches and romance haven’t been touched upon in pop culture as of late, thus Beautiful Creatures is being transferred from page to screen. We recently interviewed Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich, who play Lena and Ethan in the upcoming film Beautiful Creatures.
The film is based upon a novel of the same name, and follows Ethan as he discovers that the powers of his new friend Lena have more to offer than anyone else’s he’s met before. Together, the duo discovers dark secrets about their own family’s pasts, and uncovers details that set into motion life changing events for their small town.
We participated in a conference call to interview the stars. The people available for interview were Emmy Rossum of TV’s Shameless, Zoey Deutch, and Thomas Mann.
Unfortunately, we only got a chance to speak with Englert and Ehrenreich. Both were candid about their experiences in filming and in their own individual approaches towards the film.
Promethean: Your upcoming film seems like an exciting twist on the popular novel of the same name. How were you able to take inspiration from a beloved novel and make the characters come to life in the film?
Alden Ehrenreich: You know, I think both of us weren’t familiar with the books or the characters, so we’re working off Richard’s (director) work in adapting the characters, which I think he did a marvelous job of keeping the spirit of who these characters really were.
When you have characters that are that well written, it’s so easy to look at who they are, and I think that the characters are the same in the book and in the film.
Of course, you know, there are fans who have their own ideas, but for me, for the purpose of the story, I thought the characters were just wonderfully adapted and wonderfully played by all the actors in the film.
Alice Englert: I agree.
P: How do Lena’s superpowers affect the overall nature of her relationship with Ethan? How were the cast, and creative team for that matter, able to use the medium of film to convey the complex dynamics of their relationship?
Alden: You’re the first person to ask that.
Alice: Yeah. I think that what is so interesting about her particular brand of supernatural abilities involves her emotional sensitivity actually manifesting itself in her surrounds, and in the weather, which is something that I found metaphorical for the experience of being a young person and the intensity of the emotions you’re feeling actually coloring the world around you and the way you see it.
Especially specific to the way that they would then relate because she was vulnerable, her feelings were out there and I like that the tension in their relationship comes from an honest place.
‘Beautiful Creatures’ opens this Valentines Day in theatres everywhere.
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