Both of you said "no" to the film before later accepting. Then I got an email from the producer saying, "Please come and meet." It was a very nice, gracious email, and the subtext was basically, "Come on, you silly girl." So I went in and met with Richard and I adored him and read the script and I loved it. : They were also subtle things which I really love about the movie that you wouldn't notice. If they had said, "Oh, its a rip-off of 'Citizen Kane,'" you still don't want to do a rip-off of anything. : I got the part a week before we started shooting, so I was just scrambling to figure out the character and everything.For example, the pivotal action scene, the lead male isn't present for it and all the other dudes are dead or passed out. That's not a normal thing for a big commercial film to have just a fully-female action climax. "Beautiful Creatures" is an adaption of a widely popular Young Adult novel. Once we started shooting, I read the book mostly because it's narrated by my character in first person.He explained, “We showed it to her parents, and they said ‘You look like an idiot.You cannot show this to anybody.'” We said, “We don’t care.Really early on when I was Googling it, which now I don't do anymore, someone was saying, "Isn't Lena black? I was thinking actually, it might be cool because look at a TV show with the main actor -- you look at them and first season compared to the second or third season, you see them finding that character, that guy, and really settling into it. In this movie, it's not about an idealized couple fighting against these external circumstances that are bad.
”“When it comes to a kiss, you never talk out a romantic moment. I wouldn’t treat a romantic scene any differently than any other scene.It was nice to kind of wash yourself with the themes of the story.So if it was a week before you were cast and they were planning on shooting, what was the game plan for your character if you didn't take it?I wanted to keep a very definite separation between the film and the books. You're also given this freedom because you're in something that already has a fan base and they're making another one, so you can experiment that much more. : I think it's a funny movie and we have a lot of humor in our relationship.I didn't want to try to take Lena from the readers. She should always be the way they picture her in their heads. I think it's a good thing for anyone who is looking into stories to try to understand how the world works; it's still love even if you fight.