Cinema Online was lucky enough to catch up with the lead actress for the upcoming "Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters", Alexandria Daddario. The actress stars in the film with Logan Lerman, Nathan Fillion and Stanley Tucci, and she shares with us her experience with two different directors in one film franchise, and her pick of what Disney princess she would be if she was to be cast in a live-action version!
Cinema Online interview with Alexandra Daddario was conducted via phone on 24 July 2013.
The first film was directed by Chris Columbus, but the new movie is directed by Thor Freudenthal. What was it like to work was Chris and how did it compare with Thor's way of directing?
Each director has their own style. Chris has been a director for years and years and he has made tons of films so it was intimidating to go on set at first because it was my first big movie. But Chris is a nice guy so it was wonderful. It was also a completely different experience because of where I was in my life in that time. Thor is passionate and a wonderful guy and stylistically, he has made a film closer to the book and the fans will love it.
You're in Rome right now, we understand. How is it over there?
It's amazing! It is such a beautiful part of the world.
What was it like to work on the Imagine Dragons music video, "Radioactive"?
I got a call and they asked if I could do it and I said of course! It has been a dream since I was a kid to be in a music video. It's like a childhood fantasy come to life. Imagine Dragons are an amazing band and their success is well deserved! When we were shooting the video, Hurricane Sandy started to hit and it was cut short when the storm came but besides that it was very cool.
What kind of scenes are more challenging to film? Action or romantic ones?
I think they're both difficult in their own way. Love scenes and sex scenes are awkward, especially if you don't really know the person that well. The challenge in that is to be intimate with someone in front of a bunch of people. Action scenes are difficult because you have to rehearse and rehearse and be in good shape because it can be very tiring.
What was it like to film in New Orleans?
It's one of my favourite places! Douglas Smith, who plays Tyson in the movie, fell in love with the place so much he lives there now! [Laughs] It had a big impact on us. New Orleans is so much fun and has so much culture and the people are wonderful, and the food is great. Except the heat! I don't know how anyone can stand the summers there!
What Disney princess would you want to play if you were cast in a live action adaptation?
The Little Mermaid! I don't know how they'd do a live-action film but I love "The Little Mermaid"!
Is working with some of the same cast again easier since you have already worked together? How was working with the cast again?
It's easier in a sense. We now know what we're getting into a little bit more! Logan can be very funny on set! And working with Nathan Fillion, Sean Bean and Stanley Tucci is insane! Especially during the first film, I got to meet tons of amazing actors in one film, which is unusual to meet all these great actors. Nathan Fillion is so funny and I am so happy he is in the film.
Who do you look up to most in the acting world?
I look up to a lot of filmmakers! I love Charlize Theron, Steve Martin, and I love David Fincher. So many people have inspired me but those three people inspire me the most. Personality-wise I have read a lot of Steve Martin's books and it's interesting to learn about his background and history of his journey as an entertainer.
Thank you so much for having the time to talk to us at Cinema Online!