Compiled by: Jack Foley
Q. How tricky was it to play this character, who was complex
A. Yeah, it was a big challenge. But I hung out with my cousin
for about a month, who is 14, and got to know her and what she'd
talk about, what she'd do all day. She's nothing like my character,
of course, so then I would have to try and use my imagination
to create who I thought she was. And then being with Nic and being
on set, doing scene after scene, the character begins to take
on its own development. So you kind of see what happens with that.
Q. I think you're being really modest about it, because it's
incredible how you captured the body language of a 14-year-old
girl. I thought that was the most remarkable thing. How did you
go about that?
A. There's definitely a look in the eye that a young person
has, that we don't have anymore, so I definitely wanted to make
sure we captured that in the movie. For me, the movie is the relationship
between Roy and Angela, so it something that is almost sort of
intangible, something you can't quite put your finger on, and
you have to try and inhabit that spirit. I think it's all a look
in the eye. And I think Nic works the same way.
Q. Can I ask you to comment on behalf of Nic, as he's not
here, whether it ever became tiring, given the number of tics,
etc, that his character possesses?
A. It seemed like he wanted to do more and more. I think he
Q. How challenging was it to be the only female on set and
how often did you talk to Nicolas Cage and get tips from him?
A. I did talk to Nic and asked what he was studying, because
I really respect him as an actor.
And as for the first question, yeah I was a little intimidated
and nervous initially, but getting to know them, we just laughed
the whole time, and they're so funny that they really created
a comfortable environment for me. I really trusted him, so I felt
really comfortable and, like, protected...
Q. So you didn't mind being the only girl in a largely all-male
A. No, not at all, not at all.
Sir Ridley: I think Alison is actually under-scoring her
natural ability. From a director's point of view, she is one of
those rare occurrences where the intuition, which you can't really
verbalise, is just really intuitive, and visceral and you can
adjust to something during a take, and it'll nearly always work.
She has got extremely good taste, which is rare.
Q. When you were 14, were you as self-willed as the character
you play and as untidy?
A. I am the antithesis of my character. My mom used to tell
me that I'd hide behind her. I was really, really shy, not outgoing
at all. My character is really melodramatic, in that one minute
she is throwing a tantrum and the next she is laughing hysterically,
but I wasn't at all like that. I was just reading and doing theatre.
I've never flipped anybody off in my whole life.