What’s your favorite book?
Oh, my favorite book? AJ Jacobs – anything by him I really find fun, and easy to ready. I also really like – what’s his name – Mitch Albom, anything by him I really like. He wrote a book called FOR ONE MORE DAY, I read it on a plane, and it really stuck with me, and I thought it was a really beautiful book – it starts out with him trying to commit suicide, and he ends up reliving a perfect day with his mom, and I’ve always loved that book. It was the first book that had a really significant impact on me. I got off the phone, called my mom and said “I love you. It’s a really great book.
So, you’ve worked with some notable directors: Darren Aronofksy, Sam Raimi, Paul Haggis, and now the Wachowskis. Is there any other directors you admire and/or would like to work with? Also, what was like kissing Natalie Portman?
Oh my goodness, oh you! Chris Nolan, I would love to work with… let me think… I would love to work with Alejandro González Iñárritu… I think those I would love to work with, right off the top of my head. And how was it making out with Natalie? I mean… when you have a kissing scene in a film it’s not something you think about as a kissing thing. You have all these crew around. But she’s a lovely kisser, very polite. But here’s a little-known fact: there’s one person in the world that both Ashton and I have kissed, and that’s Natalie Portman. Maybe Zoe Saldana too? Though I can’t quite recall when I played Zoe’s girlfriend in a movie…but that could also be it.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
Right now, I kinda really want to go to Cuba. Before it gets Westernized. I would want to go to Cuba very quickly.
What was the best thing about working on “That 70s Show?” Did you ever imagine it would be as successful as it was?
You know, at 14 years old, you don’t really contemplate success and that aspect of work, you kinda do things because it’s fun to do. We had an amazing crew and cast, and I had the best 8 years of my life on the show. It’s not something you can force, it’s either something that happens or doesn’t. Yeah! Read More…
1. @princecalum: What makes Jupiter Ascending different from anything you’ve ever done?
I’ve never done a sci-fi film, so, for me, it was a whole new genre.
2. @MadnessBxtch: What’s it like working with Channing Tatum?
Channing is so great. So sweet and a really fun guy!
3. @_CassieDay: Best acting advice you ever received?
Don’t ask. Just be.
4. @winchesterslock: Can you share a funny memory from set?
I almost got run over by a camera that had no one attached to it while I was on wires, so I couldn’t move…that was exciting.
5. @riveroflawrence: What was one of the hardest scenes to film?
There was a scene called 52P, it was 8 minutes long, and we literally shot some part of it every day for 7 months!
The producer of Jupiter Ascending – Grant Hill - spoke to ScifiNow. In the newest issue he talks a little bit about the movie story and explains the unfamous delay.
On the story
“It’s a very grand world – or series of worlds – that have been created. They’re very vivid and very different, and the look and the workings of these worlds is just something that I think, on a scale, hasn’t really been seen before.”
“There’s a freshness, certainly, from the smallest thing to the broad vision of the world. It’s just so re-envisaged that it does take your breath away a little bit. But I guess that at centre of it, it is also a sort of sibling rivalry story, which is a story that people know, people have seen it in their own families, and they’ve seen it in large more prominent families. It’s about rivalry, it’s about the relationship of a family, and at its heart it’s a love story.
On the unfamous delay
“We didn’t want to rush it in a way that didn’t allow time for Warner Bros to properly market the movie. Those things are always competing a little bit in visual effects movies, because until you get right to the very end of it you don’t have the full movie in the sense that you would a drama or a comedy or whatever. ”
“There are different sorts of risks. I mean, there are financial risks, creative risks, ‘can you do it in time’ risks… In this case, I think that the risks are not of a commercial nature. I think the risks going into it were more that Lana and Andy had a vision that was so detailed and so fantastical.”
“We needed to design so much stuff. We had a little more time on so it allowed us to work that out a lot. But I think by the time we got to filming we had pretty much exactly what we hoped we would get to, but it took a lot to get there.”
Multiple Academy Awards nominee – producer Grant Hill – talks making of Jupiter Ascending in Total Film magazine.
Outside the box
“Lana, Andy and I were approached by Warner Brothers about four or five years ago,” says Hill of Jupiter’s inception. “They wanted a big Wachowski movie: the whole design element and the grand story. It percolated. The first real sense of what Lana and Andy had was when they delivered the first script. It was astounding; a totally new take on the design of multiple enviroments within space, with large characters, a great love story, and a family battling over an inheritance – which is Earth. It was so huge in scope, so much fun to read. The Wachowskis are supremely creative, and for me it was about letting them fulfil their vision.”
“This deserted farmhouse is where Stinger has been stripped of his position,” Hill explains of Sean Bean’s character, a man genetically enhanced with bee DNA who’s an ostracised ex-member of the intergalactic police force. “Something went wrong; he took the bullet while Channing was able to remain on. Sean’s is a very pivotal character – a sort of father figure to Channing. The farmhouse is a place inhabited by these bees, which are programmed in their own society to react to the queen. And they react to Mila – it’s a final signal that she’s the real deal. This is a really lovely, lyrical sequence.”
Jupiter Ascending is featured in SFX’s January issue, as a part of their 2015 Movie Preview. In the 1-page interview, Mila talks about the relationship between Jupiter and Caine (Channing Tatum), the film’s emotional story, living on purpose and more…
Can you describe the relationship between your character, Jupiter, and Channing Tatum’s character, Caine?
My character meets him and he instantly taked her on this crazy journey, where there’s this really long action sequence, with a chase between aliens and spaceships in the middle of Chicago; and we shot it in the middle of Chicago. He’s like, “This is what happens” and “This is life” and “Here’s some aliens in their spaceships.” And she’s like, “This can’t be life. This is crazy. Am i hallucinating? Maybe I’m under drugs?” He’s like, “No, no. This is real life.”
What’s the film’s emotional story?
It’s about destiny. I fall in love with him, he falls in love with me.
Was this the most physically challenging film you’ve worked on?
Yes. The whole film was a massive boot camp. I have no body fat in this movie for the first time in my life. For five days a week, you train every single day, for six months. Just work out all day long for six months and you too will have no body fat! We both got in trouble for losing too much weight. It was really bad.
Jupiter begins the film feeling as though she has no purpose. Have you ever felt that way?
I’ve never thought about a purpose, but I was always working or in school. Even at my lowest when I was trying to figure my life out or going through puberty I never doubted myself like Jupiter did. I always had a very good backbone, being my family. Which was always an incredible support system. So anytime I questioned anything it was never as dire as Jupiter. I think Jupiter feels like she’s alone. I’ve always been very lucky where I never felt alone.