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Tag Archives: Rupert Grint
Of all the actors discovered for Harry Potter, none’s faced a more complicated path from youth to stardom than Emma Watson. Originally ambivalent about success — at one point stating she might leave the series, then trying to juggle a college education — Watson seems to have settled into life as an actress and newly-minted glamour girl, even signing on as a new “face” for L’Oreal cosmetics. With her newly-shorn locks evoking memories of Jean Seberg or Mia Farrow, Watson met the press in New York in a feathered Givenchy dress to talk about the end of Harry Potter, global stardom and what’s next.
On her last day and last shot for the series:
The last shot we did was this strange moment where we dive into the fireplace in the Ministry of Magic. It was actually for ‘Part I,’ not ‘Part II.’ Dan, Rupert and I, one by one, jumped onto these blue safety mats, basically; that was the shot, that was it. It seemed like a strange one to go out on, but David made the point that we were leaping into the unknown. It was a perfect metaphor for what we were about to go into. It’s so funny, I can’t tell you how I felt when we were shooting it — I think I was numb.
On when it hit her the hardest:
It’s so funny; this film obviously was incredibly challenging for me. It really pushed me as an actress, but at the same time, I was able to use a lot of my own genuine emotion that I felt about loss and all of it coming to an end. I was able to bring how I was feeling to the role. A perfect example of that is the scene when we stand on the bridge after the battle and before we flash forward. I remember really feeling exactly how Hermoine would be feeling, which is, ‘Wow, this is all coming to an end; look at everything we’ve achieved.’ The set was built looking out over Leavesden studios, which is where I grew up, essentially, and spent the last 12 years. Not much acting required, really. It was all there for me.
On what she had in common with Hermonie then and now:
Not so much now, but I guess an earnestness, eager to please and do the right thing, terrified of ever getting into trouble. I’m very heady in the same way that she is, constantly thinking 3 or 4 moves ahead. I try and intellectualize a lot, which she does as well, obviously. She’s very determined; I am as well. I like to think I’m very loyal in the same way that she is. I’m a bit of a feminist in the same way that she is; I will speak my mind in the same way that she does. It’s hard to say, really. I feel as though so much of me went into her and so much of her went into me, I can’t really differentiate too much anymore: It’s all a bit of a blur.
On how she’s changed in the past 10 years:
It’s hard to say, because obviously when you go through the ages of nine to 21, that’s when you change that are inevitable that are just part of growing up. It’s hard to say what isn’t just that natural process and what else has happened. I went from being a nine-year-old schoolgirl to having a job. I’ve learned how to be an actress and how films are made and how to do interviews — hopefully. I always had quite a strong sense of who I am, but it’s nice coming through this and feeling like I have still managed to maintain my own sense of identity away from something that potentially could have overwhelmed (me). I’m glad that I had that. I was quite the stubborn young girl.
On her favorite films in the series and what’s next:
The last two, ‘Part I’ and ‘Part II’ for me really stand apart from all of the rest. Their quality is amazing, and the role and the depth and how much darker they get really gave me a chance to stretch myself as an actress and really feel like I was an actress, like I was acting; for the first however many years, I didn’t really feel as though I was doing much acting at all. It’s nice, I feel like I can say I’m an actress and really believe in that. What’s next for me, I’m going to travel this summer, I’m actually really excited about. It’s obviously scary — change is always scary — but I feel really excited; I feel like I’m entering a new chapter, like I get a fresh start, and there’s something really exciting about that. I’m going back to school in the fall; I’ve got two years left until I complete my degree. I’ve just made a film called ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower,’ which was the most incredible experience — I had the best six weeks. I’m very excited about that movie. Having an experience like that outside of ‘Harry Potter’ is what really convinced me that acting really was what I should be doing and that I was good at it — It really solidified that for me. Now: Reading, reading, reading, and trying to find the next thing that really speaks to me and that I really care about, finding great directors hopefully who will keep teaching me so I can keep learning. I’m excited about the idea of being an actress now, in a way that I wasn’t so sure of when I was younger.
On when she realized she was no longer just Emma Watson:
It was when I was in a shantytown in Bangladesh, and a boy stopped me in the street and said, ‘You’re the girl from “Harry Potter.”‘ There’s nowhere in the world I can go that isn’t somehow touched by this film franchise. It’s absolutely amazing; it reaches the furthest corners of the earth and the least expected places that you’d expect. I was like, ‘Wow, I really can’t go anywhere. This is incredible.’
Looking surprisingly beefy in a long-sleeved T-shirt, Rupert Grint — best known as Harry Potter’s pal, right-hand man and comedic relief Ron Weasley — is, like his co-stars, grateful that the last book in the series that made him a household name (in households with kids, anyway) was going to be two films. “I think it was a really good decision, actually,” he says. “Especially from our point of view: ‘Deathly Hallows’ being such a messy book, with so much detail, we could get a lot more in two films. Really, we didn’t really notice, because we filmed it as one film. It just felt like one long film.”
Grint also gets some nice scenes in “Deathly Hallows,” where, under the spirit-crushing burden of a locket containing part of series villain Lord Voldemort’s soul, he gets grunged up with sallow skin and haunted eyes like something out of ‘Trainspotting,’ lashing out at Harry and Hermione. Did that, I ask, make for a nice change? “Yeah, it was good,” he says. “It was fun. For all the characters, it’s a much darker environment. The whole dynamic of us really changes, and we’re not school kids anymore. Ron’s frustrated with Harry because he’s kind of leading us into death traps, and we’re not progressing that much. He’s jealous and paranoid. It was fun to see that side of him.”
Grint also offers how he enjoyed the more run-and-race tone of the action-oriented “Deathly Hallows.” “No, I think this is definitely a nice action movie,” he says. “We’re kind of running for our lives, really. We aren’t at the school (Hogwarts); we’re kind of on the run, and out in the real world. We changed the wand fights, as well. It’s kind of more inspired by sword fighting. It’s really more aggressive. This one is really kind of setting us up for ‘Part 2,’ which is like a war film, really. It’s like one massive battle; characters are dying as well, which is kind of shocking for a Harry Potter movie.”
Asked about his last day of filming, Grint is clearly taken back to the recent past — and, perhaps, a little unsure about what was going to happen in a future where his life has no “Potter’ in it. “I still don’t quite believe it, actually,” Grint says. “It was a really emotional day. I was surprised how it would affect me. We actually cried. It was really bizarre. But it just really overwhelmed me. It’s just been such a long time, and it comes all down to just one shot and we just … go home and relax. It was really weird.”