Interview with Teresa Palmer from ‘I Am Number Four’

If you haven’t seen the movie I Am Number Four then you are definitely missing out. It was recently released on DVD and Blu-ray and in celebration of that release, we have an interview with Teresa Palmer who starred in the film.

Teresa Palmer plays the dark and mysterious Number Six, a beautiful and powerful extra terrestrial warrior who also has exceptional powers. She has some high-energy action scenes as this mythical teen.

Born and raised in Australia, Teresa Palmer starred in the independent film 2:37. Her credits include THE GRDUGE 2, DECEMBER BOYS, RESTRAINT, THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE, BEDTIME STORIES and TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT.

Charismatic and striking, with long blonde hair, Palmer was wearing a cream   sleeveless halter-neck dress when she sat down for the following interview in Los Angeles.

Q:  How much fun was it playing this  powerful and very sexy character?

A:  “It was wonderful.  It was very empowering to play such a strong character. I don’t think that we often see female warriors like this on screen and she really is a bit of a hero. She’s intimidating, but also I think she is alluring and charming and sassy. There’s definitely something mysterious about her, too. I think when we’re introduced to her, we don’t really know if she’s one of the good guys or one of the bad guys. And I like that about her. It was very refreshing.”

Q: Were  you inspired by any female warriors?

A:  “I actually referenced Angelina Jolie in this film, not so much her as a person but her performances in TOMB RAIDER and in WANTED. I think she’s the perfect female warrior.  There’s something about Angie that’s very intoxicating and intimidating all at the same time and  Number Six has similar qualities. I just think Angelina is so phenomenal, there is something very mysterious about her too, so she is a great role model for me.”

Q:  How do you see Number Six? What kind of person is she?

A:  “I think she’s a dark horse and she has complexities to her. She’s used to living an isolated lifestyle, so there’s a part of her that’s quite lonely on the inside and she has vulnerabilities like anyone else. She wants to be loved and she wants to fit in, but she has a very tough exterior; you would not want to cross her and you can tell that she means business.  I also think she’s very calculated, which is quite funny because all those things are very different from who I am. It meant that I had to make a real transformation from myself to portray Number Six.”

Q:  How are you different and what to you share with the character?

A:  “Well we do have a similar style in clothes.  I’m a rocker, my wardrobe’s all black (although today I’m dressed as girlie as possible so as to provide a contrast with my role in this movie). Number Six is a ‘bad-ass chick’ wearing tight black jeans and a big belt and a chain dangling down. She has a tattoo and a skeleton ring and she is definitely ‘out there’. In general I’m a bubbly, jovial sort of girl.  I am very open, I wear my heart on my sleeve and I don’t really have a tough exterior at all like Number Six.  I   just am who I am and that’s it.  I still don’t understand what they saw in me in the audition because I came in, I was super bubbly and I probably should have acted a little more tough, but I guess it ended up working because they cast me, which was great.”

Q:  How did you prepare for this role, there’s a lot of tough action?

A: “It was such a physical role so it meant that I was training for weeks and months. I learned martial arts, I worked with Peng Zhang, an amazing fight coordinator who specializes in martial arts.  I became a stuntwoman, I had to learn how to fall and fight and use a sword and shoot a gun. I wanted to actually become the character, not to fake it. And then, of course, I had learn to ride the Ducati motorbike that you see me riding in the movie. That took a few weeks. I started learning on a little dirt bike and then I gradually worked my way up and then finally got up to the Ducati. But it was really difficult actually because I was riding one particular style of the Ducati in Los Angeles, then when I traveled out to Pittsburgh to start shooting, I had to get on a different bike so it was like starting again. I realized that the gas tank was now in front which meant that it changed my stance completely, so I had to be almost lying down while I was riding it.   I had to learn how to balance in that position, which was very challenging.”

Q: What was it like working with D.J.Caruso?

A: “D.J.’s wonderful.  He’s very supportive and he also gives you the freedom to find your own character, he told me to do what I wanted with the character, while making  sure she’s  ‘Angelina Jolie-ish’ (laughs) but within that realm  he let me do what I wanted to do. It was nice because he put his trust in me and that’s very refreshing.”

Q: What was the atmosphere like on the set?  Was it fun?

A: “It was so much fun.  We were shooting nights a lot of the time and that is always fun, when everyone else in the city is asleep and there’s a little group of you who are awake.  I think the energy of that atmosphere means that you become connected to each other on the set and it becomes just like a family.  I loved that and we all hung out together when we were not working.”

Q:   You have a fantastic figure, does staying slim come naturally to you?

A:  “I love eating healthy food.  I haven’t always liked eating healthy though, only for  the last few years. (laughs) I used to be obsessed with Burger King and eating a lot of meat and fries and I still love sweet potato fries, they are my favorite. I also love desserts like cheesecake. A while ago I found that I was feeling quite sluggish and so I decided to eliminate  processed foods and all of a sudden I felt amazing.  I’ve been feeling great ever since I cut out all the bad stuff in my diet. Now I am lucky ‘touch wood’, for the time being at least, because I don’t really put on weight.”

Q:  Do you have an intense work out regime?

A:  “I worked out a lot for the film, seven days a week, because  I really wanted to become a stuntwoman and prove I could do all the action.  I didn’t want them to treat me as though I was a fragile actress who couldn’t do her own stunts.  I said:  ‘pretend you’ve hired me to be a stuntwoman to play this role’ and   I just went in there and I was black and blue and bruised, but it was well worth it. Also, because of that I got in the best shape I’ve ever been in my life.”

Q:  You still look like you are in great shape.

A:  “Oh, well, I’ve lost it a little bit of muscle, I’m a little bit softer. But I work out with a great trainer, Jason Walsh  who also trains Jessica Biel. What happened was that I saw some pictures of Jessica on the beach in her little bikini and I thought ‘wow’, because she looked incredible. So I called her trainer and I’ve been working out with him for the last couple of years, twice a week.  I  do cardio twice a week and I do weight training  several times a week.”

Q:  You’ve worked with some fantastic directors and actors already.  What have been the highlights in your career so far?

A: “The film 2.37 was one of the best films that I’ve ever done, only because it was my very first film and it was all about getting my feet wet.  I was thrown in at the deep end on that movie.  I played a rape victim. That was definitely a highlight.   TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT   was great too. It is an ‘80s comedy with Topher Grace and Anna Faris and it’s exciting because we had so much fun shooting that film. It was fantastic to experience that  ‘80s era while making the movie. I was born in ’86 so I got to go back there and have the crazy hair and the  fun outfits and all the make-up and that was  a dream.”

Q:  Your career is going so well, do you think it is purely talent or does luck play a part in success for an actor?

A:  “I think it’s a mixture of both.  I think obviously luck comes into it, but I feel that destiny comes into the equation too. I  believe that you have to have some sort of talent otherwise you wouldn’t have longevity in your career.  You may get cast in one film but it would not continue on after that. Hard work plays a huge part in it all too.  When I first came out to LA, I was  focused on the goal of getting jobs and I would work incredibly hard at my auditions and run around to different meetings and do dialect training and acting training and I was just so motivated to succeed. Recently though, I’ve become more relaxed in those areas and I do believe that maybe my career and success was already predestined; that I was supposed to do this. But who knows?   You never know.”

Q:  What has it been like moving to Hollywood from Australia?

A:  “Initially the transition was tough, moving from Adelaide, South Australia to Los Angeles. LA is so different from little old Adelaide. When I first moved to California I didn’t know anyone and I wasn’t working, so I had a tough year.  That was  in 2007 and I  am proud that I stuck it out and I made some friends and then I finally became settled and now a few years later, I’m very happy living here.”

Q:  What motivated you originally, because you didn’t come from a show biz  background did you?

A:  “No, I came from very humble beginnings and I didn’t ever really pursue acting actively.  I never would have thought that I would be out in Los Angeles working in films right now. My mother still cannot believe it. She is a very religious woman and she always says that God answered her prayers (laughs), which is very endearing and sweet.”

Q: How did your film career get going?

A: “I had some meetings with some agents and I met my manager and he believed in me straight away, even though I had only done very small roles in Australia. He said to me, ‘ I think you’re going to have longevity and I want to be a part of your future and I want to help you’ and he really did.  He has been very nurturing. He actually brought me out here to LA  and I was lucky.  I came out here and I just started working.  I was auditioning and I ended up booking that first role in 2:37, that come out at the Cannes Film Festival  and since then my career  has  snowballed and I’m still here, so I feel very blessed.”

Q:  What are your ambitions—other than work and career?

A:  “I would love to have children before I’m 30,  at least  to start having children before I’m 30.  That has always been my dream and I really embrace that.  I  also want to start my own website dealing with parenting and healthy living.  I’ve got  so many  big dreams, I don’t just want to be an actress, I have interests in many different areas and I am excited about all of them.”

Interview with Alex Pettyfer from ‘I Am Number Four’

Today is also the release of I Am Number Four on DVD and Blu-ray. This is a big movie release day, so stay tuned for all kinds of movie goodness! Today, we have an interview with Alex Pettyfer from ‘I Am Number Four‘. He talks about the movie (of course), as well as life in Los Angeles and training for the movie.

What can you tell us about your new movie?

I Am Number Four is an action-packed adventure entwined with a romantic story – and I play the role of John Smith. John wants to be a normal kid, but he is from a different planet and he has been given this destiny of becoming a warrior. John tries to find out who he is and what he wants to do with his life, but he has a bit of a tough time with it all. I think a lot of people are going to relate to what he goes through in the story because it’s about an outsider trying to fit in. We’ve all been there.

When were you an outsider?

Well, I think we’ve all been in that scenario where we’ve felt like we were alone or different. Everyone goes through that.

What was it like to work with Dianna Agron on the movie?

It was great. Dianna has an old-school movie star quality to her and I had an amazing time working with her, but I also had a great time working with the rest of the cast. Everyone on the set was amazing.

Who else stars in the movie with you?

An actress called Teresa Palmer is a young ball of energy and we also have a guy called Callan McAuliffe who is great. Working with everyone on the movie was phenomenal. We all fit together really well.

Can you live a normal life in Hollywood?

You can live a very normal life here. Los Angeles is a very magical place when you take the entertainment industry out of it. You have beautiful beaches and amazing mountains here. I’m a big rock climber. I head out into the mountains whenever I have free time. It’s amazing.

What else do you like about California?

There’s so much to explore here – and I love exploring. There are not many places in the world where you can get to the beach in an hour, the desert in two hours and snowboarding or skiing in three hours. You can do all that in California.

It sounds like you’re a very active, outdoors guys… Did you enjoy tackling such a physical role in I Am Number Four?

I loved it. I jumped off a cliff backwards for I Am Number Four, which was pretty cool. I’d never done that before. It took seven takes from different angles and luckily there were no injuries. I came close, though. My head nearly hit the rock at one point.

How high was the cliff dive?

The cliff was 60 feet high and it was extremely memorable. You know what? I’m a big kid at heart. Not many guys get to experience what I’ve experienced. I get to run around a movie set with guns and I get to jump off cliffs. It’s amazing. I had the time of my life shooting the movie.

How much training did you do for the role?

I spent months preparing for the stunts in the movie. It was a really physical role, but it was also a lot of fun. We practiced and practiced and practiced – but it was still a very nerve-wracking experience. I loved every minute of it.

Why did you sign up for the movie? I was really excited to work on the movie for a number of reasons. First of all, I really wanted to work with the director, D.J. Caruso. He’s incredible. Plus, I really liked the premise of the movie. It’s been amazing.

Purchase your copy of I Am Number Four today!

‘I Am Number Four’ Clips and Slideshows

Coming to DVD and Blu-ray on May 24th is I Am Number Four, starring Alex Pettyfer and Glee’s Dianna Agron.

Three are dead. Who is Number four?

From Director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia), producer Michael Bay (Transformers) and the Emmy-winning writers of TV’s Smallville, comes this gripping, action-packed thriller. John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) is an extraordinary teen masking his true identity to elude a deadly enemy sent to destroy him. Living with his guardian (Timothy Olyphant) in the small town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected life-changing events – his first love (Dianna Agron, TV’s Glee), powerful new abilities and a secret connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.

Complete with deleted scenes and more, I Am Number Four is an explosive suspense-filled ride that will take you to the edge of your seat and beyond.

Enjoy these clips and slideshow from the film!

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Conditioning (Bonus)

Trying to Connect (Deleted Scene – Bonus)

Sam’s Mom (Deleted Scene – Bonus)

Number 6 Hallway Fight (Film)

Testing the Legacies (Film)

Alex Pettyfer a Hot Topic Hottie!

Alex Pettyfer and girlfriend Dianna Argon posed at Hot Topic at the Westfield Mall in Paramus, New Jersey on Friday evening (February 4rd).

Dianna took to her blog to refute rumors that she and Alex are engaged…

“Today has reminded me of the great and the not so great aspects of our job as actors. The great: I was a guest on Leno today!! What the hell? Now if you told me ten years ago that I would be following Jeff Bridges as a guest on Jay’s show I would probably call you crazy. I am so happy to be here, doing what I love to do, and the fact that I keep getting the stamp to continue onward.

On the other side of the spectrum, I have been getting a lot of questions about things that I don’t feel the need to explain or talk about. I don’t mean it as an insult, I’ve just never shared private details of my personal life to promote my career or a project that I am working on. To me, it feels like cheating. What is the payoff worth when you haven’t taken the fair steps to get there? They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but aren’t those words subject to the eye of the beholder? And who is the viewer to say that their perspective is the right one? Opinions, opinions, opinions….and all of those ‘inside sources’. If you believe to have the facts, show your face and then say what you indeed know to be true! :)

It’s all neither here nor there, I am only on the beginning chapters of my career. It’s possible that these moments may be ever-present, but honestly, I feel it can be a waste of time. More than that, I never want it to get in the way of doing my work. To me, that is the REAL fear. I’m really excited that our film is coming out soon, but mostly because we worked hard, and had a lot of fun doing it. If that is something that others want to see, and possibly enjoy, it’s a win-win situation.

I am putting my faith in all of those people who know better. Perhaps some of you would rather hear about projects I am working on and so proud to be a part of, not whether or not I’m swapping spit with some guy? Or if I’m painting my house, or washing the car, or having septuplits with a guy I met in Naples named Luciano. If you want a good story, let’s at least make it really rich! Totally understand if there is interest, but I find I am more interesting on screen. Once there, I’m able to live many lives, and travel the world in each new character.

Do you think that we as people are only defined clearly if paired with someone else? Or if every single detail of our lives are laid out on the table? And even if they were, would you really know what those shoes were like without walking in them? Here I am RAMBLING. OK! I have learned you can’t really let it get to you – ever – or you will go insane. But just to be clear, to get it out there in the open: there is only one thing I will ever do to promote a project, and that is to talk about the project. And then perhaps a few items such as my lack of knowledge in regards to football or about my recent pat-down at LAX.

I guess it has been a slow media week….

I don’t know why I am so awake at the moment.

My ramble is done.

The end.”

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Alex Pettyfer Screens ‘I Am Number Four’

Alex Pettyfer headed out for the London screening of his new film “I Am Number Four” yesterday (January 31st). Alex posed with Teresa Palmer at The Apollo Cinema.

In a recent interview, Alex said that he was interested in the film because he wanted to be a superhero!

There’s an element of kid in everyone where we play out in the back garden, and pretend to be Batman, Superman and Spiderman, so why not do it for three months and pretend for real. I think everyone wants to feel superhuman in one way or another, so why not do it.

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