Lily Collins Interview For ‘Abduction’
What would you do if you found your own picture on a missing persons website? Teen Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) finds himself facing this very dilemma. Setting out to uncover his real identity, Nathan quickly learns his parents are far from who they say they are. When the police, government agents and shadowy figures start to pursue him, Nathan’s quest for the truth erupts into a full-blown “Bourne”-like man-on-the-run journey with the only person he can trust, his neighbour, Karen (Lily Collins). Every second counts as Nathan and Karen race to evade an army of bad guys and Agents. But as they close in, Nathan realizes that the only way he will survive and solve the mystery of his elusive biological father is to stop running and take matters into his own hands. ‘Abduction’ is set for release September 23rd in the US, and September 30th in the UK. Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello, Michael Nyqvist, Sigourney Weaver, Antonique Smith, Denzel Whitaker, Nickola Shreli, Allen Williamson and William Peltz also star. Check out what Lily Collins had to say about the film below.
Can you tell us a little bit about your character in the film, Karen, I can imagine she was a lot of fun to play?
Lily Collins: Yeah definitely, Karen and Nathan have had this relationship, we don’t necessarily know how far it went, but we allude to this awkward situation that we had a few years ago. In the beginning it’s that awkward teen phase between the two of us. But in the end she turns out to be a real partner in crime with him, a confidant, a rock for him. She’s a very confident young woman, she’s a very strong character. She gets into all the action with Taylor Lautner’s character Nathan, she’s not just running around on his arm being the ‘girl’ in the story – which is very cool to play (laughs). They go through a huge evolution, he needs her as much as she needs him, it’s very balanced.
Going on this journey alongside Taylor Lautner, how was that?
Lily Collins: Taylor Lautner is a very daring boy, in general (laughs). He has obviously trained in martial arts since he was very young. He’s all about action, he knows how to do crazy flips, he’s not afraid to go there and do all that himself. He’s very confident and very determined, that’s what Nathan is in the end. He has to go on this journey and be independent, whilst still being protective. Taylor’s hilarious, he’s got great comedic timing, I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people with this film. He goes from emotion to emotion, from sadness to compassion to rage to humour, every scene is different. He’s a very complex teenager in the film. I think Taylor is really maturing as an actor in general, from the Twilight sagas to now. Taylor is just the perfect guy to play Nathan, he’s got that action background, and drive that Nathan has.
I’ve heard that director John Singleton gets engrossed when he’s directing?
Lily Collins: John Singleton, wow, he’s probably one of the more fun directors I’ve ever worked with. My favourite thing that he does is when he yells action, he doesn’t just say, ‘Action,’ he yells, ‘OK, action, GO,’ (laughs) he gets so excited, he gets everyone so amped up for the scenes. When we were shooting he wanted me to fall in this cool way, because we were running through the forest – he literally plummeted down the hill himself and said to me, ‘I want you to try to do that.’ He really gets into it, into the action. He knows exactly what he wants to get, he really knows what he wants to capture. So when it comes to lighting he’s already got the story-board mapped out. He’s so in tune to portray what he wants to get out of us, he’s a real actors director.
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