A Day on the Beautiful Creatures Movie Set
by Liz Compton
When I was asked to visit the Beautiful Creatures movie set, I was absolutely ecstatic! I had just finished the book (which I loved!) and I was excited to get a behind-the-scenes peek at the movie. Nerves set in during my ride to the set. I had no idea what to expect. Would I forget my questions? Would the actors be nice? Would I get to see anything cool?
The vibe on the set was surprisingly relaxed. Everyone was busy preparing each area for filming. I desperately wanted to sneak a picture, but I had to keep it a surprise for other fans like myself! After taking everything in, I got the chance to meet some of the film’s starring actors.
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Were you familiar with the book series?
No, I was not, which surprised me because I read all of the Twilight series because I had so many nieces and nephews that age. But I felt this script is…it’s so entertaining. What I love about it is that it deals with the past. So many movies are futuristic. This one deals with the past, as well as a great love story — I don’t care if they are only teenagers.
This project is very different from your other projects, like The Help. How have you liked working in the supernatural element?
Well, I like working with the mythological element, only because it just gives you a sense of play that you don’t get when you’re playing someone completely realistic. It gives you a sense of being larger than life; it has a sense of theatrics to it, which I really appreciate. I love it, I love working in a world that’s different, and that’s why I would love to do sci-fi. I’d love to see myself in space.
So you’re a secret Trekky?
I am not even a secret Trekky; I am an outed Trekky!
You play the popular guy in high school in the movie. Did you draw from your own high school experience?
I guess so. I think everybody in high school has an “outsider” experience, like they are observing. I definitely had a great high school experience; I had a lot of friends that I’m still really good friends with. But even so, there are times when you are going through something as an individual and the group can’t understand what you’re going through.
What did you learn about love while making this movie?
I feel like it’s such a difficult thing to describe. I talked to Emma Thompson about it. I asked her, “How do I choose to love this person?” And she said to treat love like it was something that you need — you know, like you need water if you are thirsty or when you are hungry, you need food. It is that kind of need. There is no logic associated with it. So that’s how I got my head around it when I went to the set at 6 a.m.
Tell us about your role in the movie.
Well, I play a young, frustrated, lonely girl who’s been moving through every small, lonely town there is in America and who also happens to be of the supernatural variety. I love the genre as a way of talking about things we all feel in our normal lives but we can’t necessarily say in our lives. So I love Lena, I think she’s a really great character and great as a girl character. She’s caught up in this strange society of Casters; they are very sophisticated but they are also very basic, in that you can only be good or evil. I think this story is really about love. It’s about finding your own thing and having to do that and accept that…and not accepting what people are giving you.
Were any aspects of your character particularly challenging?
What I originally found very challenging was the idea of playing a real person who had all these supernatural gifts. It’s not because of the supernatural elements, I love that sort of thing, but because you’re trying to tell a story about young people in high school and about growing up. It’s about making the magic more than just the effects…it’s about making it personal. I think that’s what was initially so challenging, making someone so surreal, real.