Teresa Palmer Interview For ‘Warm Bodies’
A funny new twist on a classic love story, ‘Warm Bodies’ is a poignant tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world. ‘Warm Bodies’ stars Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, John Malkovich, Analeigh Tipton and Dave Franco. Directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50), the film is set for release on Febuary 1st in the US and Febuary 8th in the UK. My interview with Nicholas Hoult for the film can be found here.
What was it about Julie that you admired, and what was it about her arc in the story that appealed to you?
Teresa Palmer: She’s a warrior, I like to think of her as a warrior. She’s strong and she has such an amazing energy. She’s bubbly; she’s got a big spirit and a good heart. Things have really been dimmed for her since her mother was killed by one of the zombies. They’re living in this post-apocalyptic society, which is very bleak and dreary. She’s unhappy. Then she meets R, and he breathes life back into her. They fall for each other and she’s reminded of what life can be like and she starts to hope again, which is a really beautiful thing.
Can you recall your initial reaction to ‘Warn Bodies’ when you read the script? I can imagine there was a number of elements to it that you found compelling?
Teresa Palmer: Definitely. What I found compelling about ‘Warm Bodies’ was that it’s such a unique and original story. It goes into such great emotional depth, and it’s smart and cool and edgy. Also, it incorporates music so well. It’s something that just felt so very grounded in reality – which is a strange thing to say since it’s set in this post-apocalyptic world with zombies (laughs). But there were so many elements to it that made it appealing. There’s the action, the romance, the love story. Reading it, it’s just such a fun journey that I hadn’t been on before reading a script or even watching a film. I think it’s unique and something that’s very special. There’s a lot of wit and charm to it.
I really enjoyed the lab attack sequence when Julie and R first meet. How was that to film?
Teresa Palmer: That’s a really interesting scene. I love that scene as well. The scene’s in this lab, in this abandoned school. All the human kids from the Green Zone have gone to collect medical supplies, and all of sudden in bursts a whole gang of zombies, R included. There’s a huge fight between the two. We’re trying to kill the zombies and the zombies are trying to eat us. Lots of people get killed and eaten, zombies get blown up. It’s a very intense scene. But then midway through that everything sort of goes in slow-motion, with the first time R sees Julie. I’ve got a huge shotgun and I’m blasting zombies away (laughs), and for whatever reason he finds that very endearing and he starts to fall for her. That was fun to shoot (laughs).
How did you find the physicality of the role….?
Teresa Palmer: When I first read the script, I was focused on the emotional depth of the film and the heavy dialogue scenes. The second day that I was running around, because I hadn’t stretched, I was like someone with arthritis. I realized that I was just super unfit – it was quite embarrassing (laughs). We didn’t really get a ton of time to rehearse specific moves. I would arrive on set and then have 20 minutes with the stunt team so they could quickly show me what to do. Thank God I had a little bit of martial arts training on my last film!
You get to be a bit of an action star among these lovable zombies….
Teresa Palmer: Oh gosh, I do (laughs)! I turned into an action star, and I absolutely wasn’t expecting that (laughs). It was fun though; I definitely enjoy playing the “tough chick”. Julie’s a bit of both, she’s tough, but then when the bonies come around she gets absolutely spooked and she gets vulnerable and very girly (laughs). But I liked that. Mixing it up. And the zombies in ‘Warm Bodies,’ they’re very lovable and dateable. They’re very sweet. They’re not as complicated as normal human guys (laughs)!
Look out for a more in-depth interview with Teresa Palmer for ‘Warm Bodies’ later this week.
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