The upcoming adaptation of Beautiful Creatures, the first novel in Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s series of books, may get a lot of attention for its cast of veteran Oscar-winning (and nominated) actors like Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson and Viola Davis, but the real standout stars of the movie are relative newcomers Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert, who take on the roles of Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes, the teenage lovers at the center of the story.
Ethan’s a typical 17 year old living in the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina who becomes mesmerized by the new girl in class, Lena, who lives at the mysterious Ravenwood Manor, which many people in town think is haunted. When he follows her home, he meets her eccentric uncle Macon (Irons) and starts learning that Lena is part of a family of casters and when she turns 16, she’s in danger of turning dark, so it’s up to Ethan to try to save her.
Beautiful Creatures might be the first time most moviegoers encounter these two young actors, but they’ve both had leading roles in movies by prestigious auteurs, Alden having starred in Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro while Alice appeared in Sally Potter’s upcoming Ginger & Rosa opposite Elle Fanning and Annette Bening, having been acting since the age of 11.
ComingSoon.net had a chance to sit down with the two of them earlier this week. It had already been a long day for the duo, having done interviews since very early in the morning. Alden definitely had more energy, so Alice let him do much of the talking, but you can definitely get an idea of the playful chemistry they have in the movie from the interview. Besides talking about how and why they wanted to do the movie and whether or not they went back and read the books, they also talked about working with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Richard LaGravenese and their prestigious supporting cast. Alden revealed that he not only spent a lot of time kissing Alice, but also kissed most of his female co-stars and he also gave us a couple of reasons why guys who get dragged to see the movie by their girlfriends and wives (or want to take girls they like to see the movie in order to show their more sensitive side) should be able to find reasons to enjoy the movie despite all that kissing.
Alden also talked about working with Woody Allen in his upcoming Blue Jasmine and having a scene opposite no less than Cate Blanchett.
Beautiful Creatures opens nationwide on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14.