What is the prospect of being a vampire? What to Watch had a chance to discuss with Jacob Anderson (Louis), Sam Reid (Lestat) and Bailey Bass (Claudia) about bringing these iconic characters to life with their own go-to vampire films.
What to Watch: "Anne Rices vampires are known for living in extremes, whether it be anger, grief, love, humor, or hunger. Im wondering what it''s like for you, as actors, to play characters who don''t have a middle ground. It''s always the highest of the lows and the lowest of the ones."
"It''s what you want, I think," Jacob Anderson says.
"Yeah," Sam Reid says.
Anderson says, "I think you can become more aware of the limitations of always wanting to justify a character''s behavior." And it''s really fun to occasionally be like, "I dont know how I feel about that." And then try to discover your way through that and discover your way into it. I think this is quite likely because it will be a generalization. There are also some limitations that you must check out in a lot of horror. Not Chekhov, but check it off."
[laughs] Sam Reid
"There''s a lot of Chekhov plays [laughs] But something about Anne Rices vampire that''s so special is that they do live in this extremely complex, like a cosmic scale. They are everything at the same time," Anderson said.
Reid: "I mean, they live forever. We know that [her] vampires are immortal beings and I think she really hammers that home. The fact that they love forever, and endurance is a huge part of being a vampire. Its endurance to make life interesting. Its endurance to make every day that you wake up or every night that you wake up not the same monotonous, merry-go-round of existence.
"So they do make things extreme, they are extra, you know, and youre feeling a lot of things because they are conscious, they are aware that they are bad, and they kill to survive. "Do I embrace it, do I enjoy it, and hate myself?" "It really happens in all of the books, especially when you look at Catholicism and the older Children of Satan and all of these issues. "Do I get a glimpse into it, and try and stop it and stop it?"
"It''s certainly freeing," Bailey Bass said, because the challenges are never ending. And a lot of actors really want a challenge. Every night has to be exciting and developing something new, mainly with Claudia, because all her senses are even greater as she is trapped inside a 14-year-old body, and her brain never develops. It''s really exciting as an actor, because I felt like I could never do anything wrong on set, which is always fun."
Anderson says, "Yeah! And it''s rooted in humanity and rooted in things we don''t want to reveal about ourselves." So you don''t always have to make a decision. It may be that you make choices, but it may be quite a series of things at the same time. That''s cool."
What to Watch: "It''s appropriate for a vampire show to debut in October, with Halloween approaching." Aside from Anne Rices'' world, do you have a favorite vampire movie, television show, or book?
"When I was a kid, I was fascinated with and Gary Oldman playing Dracula. I loved that film, and he was kind to his."
Bass: "I like to see some characters from the Twilight film. I''m absolutely addicted to it. My entire family would binge it once more. I remember going to the movie theaters even though it was PG-13 and I closed my eyes through a lot of it, but I like vampires and that I get to play a vampire."
"I''ve been a huge Bowie fan since I was a kid and I watched quite a few Bowie movies prior to this. It didn''t really come of anything, but I was looking for figures to consider and link to the present day. I did watch and is amazing, and there''s something quite "Ricean" about it that exists and questions lots of things. It involves aging and, more specifically, loneliness and that desperate grab for not wanting to be alone and if you want to be the opposite of
Reid says, "And that goes quite well with the reality of blood." I feel like the characters have to deal with it throughout the film. Like, they have to clean up after themselves. It''s a messy business becoming a sociopath and a murderer."
Anderson says, "I''m not a fan of the conclusion in," though. [Laughs]
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