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“It’s hard to get jobs, and Percy Jackson took me from being a nothing actress in New York struggling to get work to suddenly starring in a big movie. I’ve really fought to get into rooms, and I’m a big believer in auditioning. It’s hard, because I’m insecure, but I have an intense desire to prove myself to people."
"[about acting] I thought, I have to devote myself to this fully, or I’ll regret it for the rest of my life."

"I've always been a big reader and I love stories. I'm fascinated by who people are, and why they do the things they do. I love film as a medium for showing people the world around them, and I'm so inspired by the books I read and the films I watch. As a kid and teenager, everytime I'd see movie and walk out of the theater thinking, "so this happens to other people and other people feel this way," it made life easier to understand and therefore I saw more and got more from life. Being able to be part of the the things that inspired me is absolutely amazing."

"We all have our own fears. One thing I learned when I studied acting was to apply things that make you scared and miserable and unhappy and all that kind of stuff to situations you've never been in. I've never been in a situation where I've been attacked by a guy with a chainsaw, but you can learn how to apply something else to that situation."

[about the Percy Jackson fanbase] "The biggest thing for me is that it's kind of amazing [how] you're jumping into something that so many young people are inspired by. When I was a kid – ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen – I used to go to Broadway shows and wait outside the back and wait for autographs from the actors. I thought they were godlike and the most amazing people. My dream was to be on stage or be in a movie. To be in the opposite position now is kind of amazing. It's really exciting to be able to inspire somebody and meet somebody and uplift them just because you get to play a relatable character that everybody knows in a movie. That's kind of cool."

[about Percy Jackson] "I think it's really hard to be a kid, and it's really hard to grow up. We all know that's true. This series shows that no matter what you're going through, no matter what you're struggling with or what is difficult for you, you can still succeed. It doesn't mean that you can't be who you want to be. It doesn't mean that you have amazing powers or amazing abilities, despite all your weaknesses. That's really relatable and inspiring, and it's really cool to be a part of that. I think that's one of the reasons that people love it. It's just a relatable inspiring story."

"When I was a kid, I went to a lot of different lessons growing up and one of the lessons I went to were acting lessons. I used to watch a lot of Broadway plays growing up in New York. I think I saw Les Misérables on Broadway like 12 times and I wanted to be Cosette. I wanted to be on the stage and I would choreograph dances to the songs and I knew the whole soundtrack. Also Disney movies like The Little Mermaid and things like that. It really started with musicals. I wanted to sing."

"I’m constantly, endlessly fascinated by who people are and why they do the things that they do. I love exploring and finding a way to explain to people how I feel about life and I think that the best way I can do that is through acting. That’s what I’ve always gravitated to and with the stories that we tell as actors you can humanize and explain something through a different character. That’s one of the beautiful things about acting. Someone can walk out of a movie and think, 'You know what? I really learned something from that character'."

[about Percy Jackson] "What is great is that all the gods are human in some way in their emotions. They get jealous, they get angry. They hate people, they love people, and they have affairs. It makes the stories interesting and complex and relatable. It makes her really exciting and the women are tough and are equals. Annabeth is a warrior and she is on par with men and maybe even tougher."

"Acting was something I gravitated towards when I was young. Movies always inspired me. There are so many stories in life that I feel it is important to tell and being part of telling them and inspiring other people is incredibly rewarding. Working on a film like Percy was particularly amazing because I saw myself reflected in so many of the fans of the movie and the books. It’s wonderful to be part of what inspired me when I was young. I think you should always try to do work you love, and I love acting. I feel incredibly lucky to be part of this business."

"I love comedy. I love working with comedians. Some of the best movies – even if they are dramas or horror films or whatever they may be – I think elements of comedy make for a great movie. That’s just how people get through life, I guess – comedy in dark moments. I think actors are all comedians in a way."
"When you have to scream and cry and be in a vulnerable position in front of people, it helps you learn how to shed off what is going on around you."

[About receiving compliments on her acting] "It’s amazing. It makes me so happy. I’ve been doing this since I was very young. It makes me so happy that in the thing that I love doing, people acknowledge my work and see potential in me. That is incredibly flattering. It’s great."

"The first month I was there [The Lightning Thief set] I sort of thought that I was going to get fired and have to get back on a plane home. It’s just one of these things that you can’t even believe it. But that was an incredible experience. That was a five-month shoot and I got to work with tons of great actors that I’ve admired my whole life. And Chris Columbus, who is just incredible and I got to do a big press tour. It was really fun. I got to be like a princess for a little while."

"I had the opportunity to be on All My Children and I hadn’t done anything. They gave me that chance. When I first started on it, I didn’t know where to stand to get my light, I didn’t know where to position myself for my camera, I didn’t know the basic technical aspects of acting. It really helps teach you what to do. Also, it just gives you experience being on set, in front of a camera, getting used to that."

"I think I've been interested in acting my whole life. I am lucky to have grown up in New York, because you have opportunities that you wouldn't have elsewhere. It was sort of an organic thing, I think. I just took acting lessons and loved it."

"One of the hardest things for me as an actress was discovering how to play and show difficult emotions onscreen."

"One great thing about heroes – they teach you that no matter how ordinary you feel or told you are, you actually aren’t. You have secret untapped resources."

"One that sort of stands out is when I was 17, I had my first screen test for a show called Point Pleasant, and I was extremely excited and nervous. They flew me to California to L.A. to screen test and I had to read in front of – looking back, it felt like maybe 40 people, but I'm sure it was only ten or so, just a room filled with network executives. And I got so nervous and so scared that I completely forgot my lines and completely blew the screen test. I didn't end up getting it and I think I was the only person testing at that time. They had to go back and try to find someone else. I was so close, and I was very upset with myself for a long time about that."

"Every mistake that you make or every thing that you might regret, you don't need to necessarily regret it because it can be a step forward. You just move forward and let them go because there will be a lot of bad auditions and there will be a lot of negative responses. But that won't last forever."

"I was incredibly excited to get it [All My Children]. I always wanted to be an actress and this was the first time that I was like, 'Oh, wow, I really can be. I can do this with my life'."

"I put a couple of things on tape, and I was told that the movie [The Lightning Thief] is so huge that they probably won't even look at an unknown. This is a one-in-a-million chance. After they saw the tape and they really liked it, I moved to Vancouver two weeks after that. It was one of those things where you work really hard for years and then you get an opportunity all of a sudden. I was very lucky."

"The first commercial I booked was so insanely exciting. I couldn’t sleep the night before and still had tons of energy on set. And everything I booked after that – just knowing that I was going to be on a set was enough to send me into fits of jumping up and down and screaming like a maniac. Kind of like when Abigail Breslin finds out she’s going to be in the beauty pageant in Little Miss Sunshine."

"Auditions are stressful. Being an actress is stressful. I've been in a lot of unfair acting situations, but a lot of people in any profession have been in an unfair situation."

"I grew up in an environment where acting wasn't necessarily considered a real career – you go to college, you go to Harvard and you become a lawyer or a doctor. But that wasn't something that I loved and I knew that I wanted to be an actress at a very young age and I'm happy to be doing what I love to do and my parents are thrilled."

"We’re attached to do three movies [Percy Jackson] so if all five in the series come out we should be very wealthy by the fourth one. [laughs] I’m joking of course..."

"I get scared very easily. I’m sort of like my mother, I think, dramatic or something. I very much grew up on Disney films and my mom used to edit out all the scary parts."

"If you’re crying for 10 hours and you’re hysterical, your body actually sort of thinks that you are, so even though you know you’re not, you sort of have gone through a traumatic experience."

"I chose acting, but it also chose me. It was just something I was never willing to give up."

"I can't believe I ended up here. Sometimes you have an idea of where you want to go and you really work toward it. It literally happens sometimes."

"I was very stubborn. I knew this is what I wanted to do so I just kept trying over and over and over, and each screen test after that got a little bit better."

"Advice is hard... I know what I'd say, but I think taking advice is a lot harder than having the experience firsthand and learning from it."

"It's such a crazy business and you meet all sorts of personalities."

"When I was a kid, there were books that I was really passionate about, and you start to create an idea of what the characters look like. So I understand that I stray very far, looks-wise, from the character that everyone had envisioned."

"When you begin a project it's always exciting and scary and wonderful. The hope is that you'll get to keep having that variety and won't always be cast in the same role."

"I accidentally dyed my hair purple once. Let's just say it was after a bad breakup, and it was not pretty. When I got my role in The Lightning Thief, they had to bleach it and recolor it. My hair texture has never been the same."

"I've had the experience of not being able to fit into designer dress samples, and I started to think 'what's wrong with me?'. But you have to remember what you love about yourself."

"When I first start working on Percy Jackson, I'll admit I had a bit of a googling problem. So many people were being so mean about my casting when they hadn't even seen what I could do!"
"Life can change instantly. One day I was putting myself on tape for a lead in a major film, and two weeks later I was on a plane to go to set."

"They [her parents] taught me to be very verbal, although it was hard to ever win an argument at home."

"I was 17 and the studio flew me in from New York and put me in a nice hotel. I imagined the situation being a thousand times worse than it actually was. I saw myself on stage in front of a bleacher filled with about 50 executives. In reality there were probably only seven people there, but I went up to read and was so petrified I couldn't even speak. I froze. The experience forced me to deal with my stage fright. It was a good lesson."

"The weekend the movie [The Lightning Thief] came out, I would walk around just staring at children, hoping they'd recognize me. I was like 'Don't you recognize me? Look who's standing right here!'"

"I'm a big reader but I have trouble reading on screens. Maybe I'm an old soul, but I love paper."

"I have no problem being sexy as long as it's not classless."

3 comentários:

  1. Não que eu seja do tipo de reclamar mas, vocês bem que poderiam deixar a tradução no lado...

    1. A bandeirinha do Brasil ali em cima serve pra isso :)

  2. A tradução do Google Translate tá toda cagada. x.x


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