Exclusive Interview with Justin Chon & Christian SerratosNov 6th, 2009 | By Kallieross | Category: Fandom, Featured Articles, Site News
We have some AMAZING interviews coming out this weekend! Here is the first, with…
Justin Chon & Christian Serratos
Q: You guys portray the nice people in the series, does it feel ostracizing to not be included in the fight scenes or action sequences?
J: Well, I love being on the lighter side of things. I think it is definitely needed in the film. It can’t just be dark moods, love triangles and stuff like that. I think that it is refreshing to us to act in those type of scenes too. I very much enjoy it.
C: It would be fun to get to do some of the training, but it’s still nice to have this brighter, lighter role where I can bring some comedy to it.
Q: What do you think the fans will be most surprised by in New Moon?
J: They will be very surprised when they see how amazing Taylor looks without his shirt on.
*J & C laughs*
C: Each film is definitely growing, and getting slightly darker as each movie/book goes on. So I think it’s going to be the same but better… a little edgier.
Q: We’ve heard a lot about Chris Weitz, and we’d like to know what you took away from working with him?
J: What i took away is how important it is to be meticulous and thorough in pre-production and planning for a movie because once we got on set he had done all the work in terms of setting things up. So all we had to do was come in and just play. So, it was really relieving and it just shows because I am just an actor but with working with different directors, he really was on the ball with this stuff.
C: The thing about Chris was that he was on point. We got there, and he had already had a phone call with each of us. He was really into getting to know each of us. He was probably one of the best directors I have worked with, but he wasn’t like a ‘director’ director. He was like this friend that just happened to be amazing at directing! He knew what he was doing and he had a vision. He made sure we incorporated what we wanted to, but still got across what he wanted to, and it has created this awesome flick.
Q: At the end of Twilight we see that Eric and Angela are a couple at the prom. Do they stay together in New Moon, and if so, how would you describe their relationship? Are they quirky, silly, or cute?
J: Yeah, they stay together.
C: They are together through it all. They are very silly, and very quirky. They’re an interesting couple.
J: Quirky, but at times I don’t even know. It is like, they aren’t even together, but they are. They are very much together, but, you know how those couples that will fight in front of everyone else but in private, they will be as sweet as can be.
C: They’re that cute bickering couple.
Q: Since you have played your characters for two films, and you play them so well, is there a point where you ad lib a line or tweak something in the script? Or do you think that your character might say something other than what is written?
J: Well, it is really up to the director on how he feels that the scene ultimately should be shaped, but if there is something that we feel that might be more effective by tweaking it a little and we will do it and see what the director has to say. If he likes it, he will keep it in. If not, we’ll just continue to explore the options.
C: We’re really encouraged to speak up and let someone know if we feel it would be better to do this… everyone is encouraged to speak up because we are trying to make the best movie ever! We’re trying to nail it, and if we feel something coming out of our mouth, then we’re encouraged to speak up.
Q: Do you have a favorite line from New Moon that sticks out to you?
J: Yeah I think I do. But, honestly I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I think I will probably pick one when I see it.
C: Yah, me too!
Q: In Twilight you guys contributed something personal to your wardrobe. Did you do that again for New Moon?
J: Not so much so. I think it was more settled on what we’d wear this time around and our characters are more established and they kind of take it from there this time around.
C: I have been wearing my own glasses through the whole saga; they are pretty much Angela’s glasses now. I auditioned with my glasses, and I wore them for Twilight, and they broke. It was a lot of wear and tear on my glasses so they had to special order the exact same pair from Gucci with my prescription in them and everything. So if I am wearing those and not wearing any animal products then I am good!
Q: In Twilight your characters are the comic relief, after intense moments with Edward and Bella. Will that continue in New Moon?
J: I think so yeah.
C: That’s pretty much our purpose.
J: We are definitely there to make sure that it isn’t too serious to where people want to –
C: Scream, yah! We’re the comic relief. We are there to brighten things up!
Q: How much has your life changed from Twilight to New Moon, as far as doors opening or media scrutiny on you guys?
C: There have been minor changes. There’s a little more attention, but we get the laid back version of the attention aspect of it. So, that’s been pretty cool!
J: Yeah, I agree with Christian. We get a lot of the benefits without the drawbacks. Me and Christian can still walk on the street and be fine.
Q: Have you taken any souvenirs from the Twilight or New Moon sets?
J: Mm, not me. I haven’t taken anything. I am a good little boy.
C: He set that up because of what I’m going to tell you. Yah, I took some bracelets! I forgot to take them off, and then I realized I was happy I forgot to because I had an ‘Angela souvenir’.
Q: Since you haven’t seen the film yet (New Moon), can you tell us what scene you are most looking forward to seeing, whether you were in it or not?
C: I’m excited to see the cliff dive and the Volturi come into the mix for the first time.
J: Yeah, I am really excited to see how the Volturi’s appearance is and how they act. I’m also excited to see Taylor/Jacob ride his motorcycle and really tear it up.
Q: Have you ever been on your own and thought, “What would my character (Angela/Eric) do?” Has it affected any of your choices?
C: Not really.
J: Not too much. Because Eric is – I don’t think I would make the same decisions as he does. But you know, Erik is a little smarter than I am in real life.
C: I think so too!
J: *laughs* Yeah, maybe I should start thinking “What would Erik do?”
Q: We love the human characters, but if you could choose one of the more serious characters to play in New Moon, who would you pick?
J: I would like to play Alex’s role, Paul. He just has so much testosterone going on. So wild you know?
C: If I could play another character, I think it would be awesome to take a shot at playing Leah. She’s got an awesome sass about her, and I think its fun to play sassy characters.
Q: Has your association with the Twilight Saga movies inspired any of your friends or family to come out of the Twilight Closet, and reveal their obsession with the books or the movie?
C: Oh, yah! I know a lot of people. One of my friends, when I told them I was working on this project, went out and bought the books and fell madly in love with them! What’s awesome is that I, my family and some of my friends are taking this journey together.
J: My sister is a huge fan of Twilight. So, she can’t even believe that I am a part of this. In a way it is like, she wishes I wasn’t in it, because when she sees me it is like, “Oh, now I know that it is a movie because my brother is in it” you know? But my sister loves the whole series.
Q: Have you guys had any crazy or memorable fan experiences?
C: None very crazy. They have all been really respectful and really chill. They have all actually all been really cool people.
J: The craziest I have seen is with a girl. She tattooed Twilight and New Moon on her body. I thought that was pretty wild.
Q: Because the fans are so dedicated, have you ever been huge fans of something (experienced that for yourselves with something other than Twilight)?
C: I have a huge obsession with So You Think You Can Dance. It was an obnoxiously large obsession. I even went to the SYTYCD concert.
J: I had a huge obsession with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was a kid. They even had a soundtrack on cassette tapes back then, and I bought all that stuff. I bought action figures, and t-shirts…
C: That’s weird!
J: …that fake green ooze. Yeah I was just really obsessed with it.
We will have interviews from Anna Kendrick, Michael Welch, Edi Gathegi, Alex Meraz, and more!
*Thanks to Matt from TwilightSource.com for helping me transcript this interview!