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Let Me In – Kodi Smit-McPhee interview

Kodi Smit-Mcphee in Let Me In

Interview by Rob Carnevale

KODI-Smit McPhee talks about playing Owen in Let Me In, what he thinks about the Swedish original and why he thinks vampires have become so popular of late…

Q. Do you feel a sense of irony that this is a coming-of-age film about two people your age and yet you probably won’t be able to see it? And have you watched the original?
Kodi Smit-McPhee: I’ve seen Let Me In… I’ve seen it about six times now. But I’ve seen the original one time. I saw it right after I was done filming Let Me In because I was so eager to see it as I hadn’t been allowed to see it the whole time. My dad didn’t want me to see it, and neither did Matt [Reeves, director], so I was just waiting, waiting to see it. When I finally did, I thought it was awesome and I understand why people are so protective of it because it’s a really good film. And if you heard someone was remaking it, you’d sure want them to be careful with it, but I think a lot of people really like this one.

Q. There are moments when your character does have some moments of happiness. How easy was it to find those moments when, for most of the time, you have to endure quite a horrible, bleak existence?
Kodi Smit-McPhee: I think it was pretty easy. For me being Owen in that moment… he’s always waiting to be happy. He goes through this crap every day, pretty much, of being bullied at school and comes home to his mum… because his parents are divorced. So it’s not really a very happy life that he has. But when Abby is there it’s something to look forward to on the way home and, in that respect, it was easy to get into.

Q. Why do you think that vampires have become such a phenomenon of late?
Kodi Smit-McPhee: I think mainly because of Twilight [laughs]. But I think that a lot of people started to like them and it got on TV because you can do whatever story you want with vampires. You can make them kind of epic, with Twilight, or turn them into an adolescent story with this. So, it’s already a great story in itself but you can then mould it into whatever you want.

Read our review of Let Me In