In the epic action-adventure ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar-winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, The Avengers) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power. Directed by acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist, Rupert Sanders, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Noah Huntley, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Steven Graham, and Nick Frost. The film arrives in cinemas June 1st.

You were one of the first people cast in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman.’ What was it about the project that got you interested?

Charlize Theron: I think it was a mixture of a very iconic story, very iconic character. And then an attempt to retell that in a way that was challenging. Taking that, turning it on its head a little bit so that people enjoy it, so that it doesn’t feel like a regurgitated story. Also I think the potential the story had, all of us felt like the story lent itself to that kind of exploration. It was being fascinated by how much you could explore thematically with this story, and then obviously the visuals of it is just….I’ve never been apart of anything visually this extravagant and amazing and fantastical. The set pieces, the special FX, the epic scale of it. All of that was a huge plus for me, I was like, “You want me to be in my own Castle? Sure!” (Laughs).

This classic Brothers Grimm fairytale has had many incarnations. How would you describe this particular take on Snow White?

Charlize Theron: I read Brothers Grimm when I become a young adult, I found it later in my life. I found them to be incredibly dark stories. So it was shocking for me to discover them at that time in my life and realise what I’d come to know was that we’ve kind of watered the stories down. I think with ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ we’ve gone back to some of those original ideas behind the story, and thematically stayed true to what I think their intent was. We brought it back to a more darker tone, and I had no problem with that – I really like that stuff.

What was it like working on the set of this fantastical world Rupert Sanders created? I can imagine that world helping inform your performances as well?

Charlize Theron: Definitely. It is like nothing I’ve been apart of, it really is epic in scale, it is gorgeous, it is disturbing. It’s always walking this very fine line of fantasy and reality, heightened fantasy and harsh realities. I think that’s the thing that grounds it and makes you care, makes you connect, makes you hooked. But at the same time it’s an incredible feast for the eyes. It’s beautifully shot, this film is really really gorgeous. Scale wise, and on how epic it is, and on how visual it is…..combined with the actors Rupert got play in this, I mean the Dwarves alone, the cast is incredible! Grounding the world in hyper reality, I think that’s people will really connect with. At the core it’s going to be something emotionally that really moves them. I think that’s the ultimate thing you can ask for in a film.

Your character Ravenna, the Queen, I think this is the only version of Snow White that I felt a tad sorry for her. She’s not the typical “Evil Queen” caricature?

Charlize Theron: She’s manipulating you! She will eat your small child and pets, do not fall for it (laughs). She was very, I don’t think I would have wanted to play her if I didn’t feel like we could ground her in some reality. And Rupert Sanders was really obsessed with that. I was very excited to do that with him because I work like that and I’m really driven by….if it doesn’t make sense to me, I don’t know how to play it. So we had to almost work backwards in order to discover why she was the Queen we had come to know over these centuries. Building that back-story for her, and stripping away at all of the menacing attributes, coming back to the little girl that was taken away from her mother at age 8, and given to a King to be a wife. Then at age 11 she was too old for him and she was replaced. That informs you a lot about how someone would be thinking and what they would do in order to survive in their life – they might not turn out to be the healthiest person (laughs). I think it was about finding the human in there.

How did you find it working opposite Kristen Stewart?

Charlize Theron: She’s amazing, incredibly talented. I loved her tenacity, she’d come to work and she’d be really excited to be there. That to me says that this is someone who really loves her job and wants to push the envelope. Wants to stretch it and pull it and is willing to do that. I loved how absolutely focused she is on the stuff that matters, and not on the stuff that doesn’t. She’s a nice girl to be around, she’s refreshing. I’m so thoroughly impressed with her, when I think of myself back when I was her age, boy, she is really special. She’s really got a good, good head on her shoulders.