GalTime Chats With the Stars of “The Host”

You can feel the hype in every major city. The anticipation is epic. The fans are already crazed, and the movie isn’t even out yet! I got to sit down with the stars of the next Stephenie Meyer (of Twilight fame) blockbuster “The Host” from Open Road Films. I know, it's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it!

I am putting down now my prediction for this film and stars – it will be HUGE. The stars are all so likable, talented and gorgeous, and Stephenie Meyer’s fans are always incredibly loyal and passionate.

The film has all of the themes Twilighters go crazy for like a love triangle (with a twist – hint, hint), blurred lines between good and evil, courage and other-worldly accents (this time aliens instead of vampires).

This is how the trailer describes the plot: When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

Spoiler alert: William Hurt kind of steals a lot of scenes. Can you blame him? He’s such a great actor and his character Jeb is a badass.

First up, I chatted with Saoirse (pronounced Ser-sha) Ronan who plays the two main female characters-- Melanie and Wanda.

Inside scoop: In order for Ronan to feel comfortable playing two different characters, Director/Writer Andrew Niccol had separate chairs on set, one for each. 

LL: So much of the film is tight shots on your face to follow your reactions, was that difficult for you?

Saoirse Ronan : Not really. Sometimes the camera would be here (showing 2 inches from her face), which can be a bit off-putting at first, but I love having a relationship with the camera. I love using the camera and working and moving with it, so I didn’t really mind that.

LL: How did the cast get along?

Saoirse: We gelled really well together. It was really important, especially for the three of us (her, Max and Jake) to get on well since we had so many scenes together, and so many intimate scenes, that we needed to have a certain dynamic where we were relaxed with each other. More than anything, we had a laugh, we had fun. Max and I were always laughing at each other and that made it more relaxed on set.

LL: Are you ready for what might come with this film – rabid fans and a huge franchise?

Saoirse: I am aware that with a film like this, you do get a lot of attention and I don’t know how I will react to something like that because the films I’ve made didn’t get that kind of attention. So I’m not used to that, but I’ll just have to wait and see.

LL: How do you keep yourself grounded?

Saoirse: I don’t want to get a big head. I don’t want to be swept up in the Hollywood side of things. I really just enjoy working and being on set. I was in Wales on a farm last year for two months and it rained every day, and I had the most amazing time because I was working and was with brilliant people and that’s what I love. I think if you are in love with the work and with working, then you won‘t get swept away. Also, I live in Ireland and generally we don’t have too much of an ego, I think. Also, my mom and dad are fantastic. They wouldn’t allow me to behave like that.

Inside scoop: She had her first on-screen kiss at 10. William Hurt (also in the movie) ordered a special chair for Saoirse because the high chairs hurt her back, so when asked what she wanted written on the back, she said “Awesome,” thinking he was kidding, but sure enough, two days later, the chair was delivered on set with “Awesome” on the back.

Now, onto Max Irons who plays Melanie's lover Jared Howe...

LL: You’re going to have a lot of young ladies in love with you after this film comes out. What are you most concerned about?

Max Irons: The idea of that seems nuts. I try not to think about that because it’s consequential to what I do for a living. There are times when you are riding high and times when you are riding low. If you become too preoccupied with that, it can screw you up.

LL: In sci-fi, you get to do things you wouldn’t do in other films. How did that interest you?

Max: We’ve seen the White House and the Empire State building get demolished and the world is kept safe by some action hero. “The Host” poses a much more interesting question, “Do we need saving from ourselves?” Looking at our history, the state of the world today, we’re clearly doing something wrong. It’s a tale of human survival.

LL: The alien souls look like fuzzy caterpillars. What animal would your soul be?

Max: It would probably be a duck. But I’d like it to be a leopard.

LL: What’s your next project?

Max: I can’t officially tell you, but if you Google it, you can find it.

Inside Scoop: His British accent is dreamy. Yes, he is Jeremy Irons’ son, but he is sick of being asked about it. To him, it’s just his dad - the guy who goes straight to the garden when he gets home.

Last but not least, Jake Abel who plays one of the rebel humans Ian O'Shea. At one point, he almost kills Wanda...

LL: Are you a sci-fi fan?

Jake Abel: I am. I’ve done some sci-fi/fantasy films. I read the Aragon series. I love “Close Encounters of the Third Kind", “Space Odyssey.” There’s a place in your imagination you get to go that I think is exciting. I don’t think you have to be a sci-fi fan to like “The Host.” It’s a human tale and you see a lot from the alien side. I don’t think that has been shown before.

LL: What aspect of Ian would you like viewers to see more of?

Jake: I play a little bit of guitar and Andrew (Director) didn’t know that so he decided he wanted me to play. A score was written and I was playing on set, then Stephenie Meyer came in and said “No, no, you can’t do that! There might be something in the second book about music.” In the film, you see a guitar in my room, so this could be a foreshadowing of the next film.

LL: At a recent pre-release event for the film, 1,000 people showed up. What was that like, knowing the film hadn’t even come out yet?

Jake: It’s overwhelming. They are very kind to us. One girl was crying and we were worried about her. We got drawings, candy, someone made bracelets that said “The Host” on them. It’s pretty cool.

LL: If you could choose, what body would you put Wanda in, besides your fiancé?

Jake: Diane Lane (blushing).

Spoiler alert: Jake has a fiancé. Sorry ladies!

Inside Scoop:  William Hurt kind of steals a lot of scenes. Can you blame him? He’s such a great actor and his character Jeb is a badass.  On the set, Hurt was a great mentor for Jake.

The film opens March 29th!

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