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So Warm Bodies which starts Teresa Palmer has topped the box office on it’s opening week with 20 million so far.

    

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During the recent press day for Warm Bodies Dread Central had the opportunity to chat with Palmer during a roundtable interview with the Australian actress who discussed her involvement with the project.

Question: Can you talk about how it felt to play a strong female protagonist in Warm Bodies since there doesn’t seem to be a lot of those kinds of roles in the genre world?

Teresa Palmer: I just loved it! I’m not always a fan of the damsel in distress, I like the empowered woman, a strong woman, and that’s the reality of my own life because all the women I know in my own life are very strong and can take care of themselves. And certainly Julie can too; she can shoot a gun and defend herself and I love that she’s feisty enough to try and escape her situation a few times rather than just sit there and wait for help. I loved that.

Question: Was it challenging at all having to play opposite a zombie for most of the film since he can’t really communicate all that well?

Teresa Palmer: Well, I thought it would be a challenge because R really doesn’t get to express himself and so Julie is doing all of the talking so I was really worried about finding the chemistry and finding the rhythm of the scenes because I didn’t really have anyone to bounce my dialogue off of. But Nick Hoult is such a gifted actor that he was really able to emote almost everything just through his eyes; I mean, his eyes are so expressive and his little subtle choices with his facial expressions and his body language actually meant that I had SO much to work off of then in the end because I could respond off of all of his little moments.

Question: Was it hard at all working alongside the CGI creatures- the Boneys?

Teresa Palmer: Nah, not really; they were guys in motion capture suits so it was almost more hilarious than anything else really. But I do have to say that Jonathan Levine was very much about grounding this story in reality and the way that he did that was just every single day on set he was making sure that the production design was perfect and was just very particular about all the details really. We shot at an abandoned airport in Montreal and the whole place was just decked out as if there really was a zombie apocalypse. All of our zombie extras had make-up and were really on set, there was no digital zombies in that sense at all and I think all made this a really wonderfully authentic feeling story.

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Teresa: “I am a little tired! We were in London yesterday, Toronto today, Chicago tonight. Then we’re off to New York and L.A., too.”

JJ: Can you tell us about Warm Bodies and your character Julie?

TP: “I play Julie, and she is the daughter of General Grigio played by John Malkovich. Julie is a spitfire! She’s independent, and sassy, and brave, and she is living in a world of the zombie apocalypse. One day she goes out with a group to find medical supplies, and they get bombarded by zombies. Julie gets taken captive by R – a lovable zombie played by Nicholas Hoult. She’s very fearful, and she doesn’t understand why he hasn’t tried to kill her. Then she starts watching him and realizes that everything they thought they knew about zombies is wrong. There is something very different about R, he has thoughts and feelings and he wants to protect her. Julie’s fear turns into curiosity, and then the curiosity turns into a deeper connection and they realize that through this connection R starts to heal. This sparks a change in not just R, but in all zombies. It’s a really endearing, warm-hearted story.”

JJ: What was your favorite scene to shoot?

TP: “I love the scene on the plane when Julie is talking about her ex-boyfriend Perry, played by Dave Franco, and how she saw a light in him dim. Julie gets emotional, and R is watching her, and he sees her struggling with her emotions, so he touches his hand on his heart and then touches his hand on her heart. It’s a beautiful moment, and it really is a trigger for Julie and she realizes that he is something new, something different, and it affects her to her core. It helps breathe life back into Julie, and she breathes life back into him, and it’s a chain reaction. And a beautiful romance!”

JJ: What was it about Warm Bodies that made you want to be in the film?

TP: “I loved how different the script was! It was strong and unique and refreshing. I loved hearing from the zombie’s perspective – we get to hear his thoughts, his feelings, and what it’s like to be a zombie. I loved that it was both comedic and romantic and that there is a really wonderful social commentary to the film. It’s about how de-connected we are. We spend so much time on our phones and writing emails and sitting on social media that we have really de-connected from one another. It’s about the power of human connection and how love can heal us.”

JJ: We heard you’re a bit of a practical joker…

TP: “You know, I’ve heard that before too and I have no idea where it came from! My friends always laugh about it because no one really knows where that originated from. I was definitely the chatterbox at school, my friends and I would fool around a bit, but just in a funny way.”

JJ: So there was no practical joking on the Warm Bodies set then?

TP: “No, that didn’t really happen on this movie! We all had a lot of fun on set, we were all really passionate about the movie and connected over a love for the story, but we didn’t really play any jokes on each other, no. I wish that I could tell you some really amazing, funny, crazy practical jokes though.”

JJ: Nicholas told us that the brains he had to eat on set were like a peachy-cake. Did you get to try them at all?

TP: “I did! I got to try them for the first time at a parody shoot we did to promote the movie a few weeks ago. It was really mango-y! It was jelly-like, and it had sugar in it, and it tasted like fresh mangos. I could have eaten the entire brain, it was that delicious!”

JJ: Do you think you could ever fall in love with a zombie, like Julie does?

TP:” If the zombie is as sweet, and endearing, and as caring, and humble as R then absolutely. He also had amazing taste in music, he doesn’t talk back, and he’s a great listener! So, for all those reasons I think it could be a possibility!”

JJ: If the zombie apocalypse were to actually happen that you would survive it?

TP: “Yeah, I think so. I think I have an upper hand because I’ve been in Warm Bodies, and I got to learn how to shoot guns – I’m pretty good with a shotgun now! I think I would probably pretend to be a zombie. I think that would be my number one tactic, to zombify it up. Do hair and make-up in the mornings, go out and pretend to hunt for humans, and then go back to my lair and eat my tin food and listen to music. I would play make believe in order to survive!”

JJ: Did you go through a lot of training to learn how to shoot the shotgun?

TP: “I actually just built upon the training I had for I Am Number Four. I kept learning martial arts, and I did a lot of weight training, and then I’d go to the gun range and learn how to shoot. I had to learn how to put together a gun, load it, then pull it apart again, and do it with my eyes shut. Just getting used to handling the weapon and getting really comfortable with it. It’s fun! These are all the wonderful things you get to pick up as an actor, you get to learn all of these new skills. It’s one of the perks of doing what we do.”

JJ: Are you into the zombie craze at all?

TP: “I love zombie movies! I’m a huge fan of Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, I thought that was an incredible film. It’s very gritty and realistic. I also love Zombieland, because it interjects a sense of humor into the zombie genre. I think that’s what Warm Bodies does, and then it takes it a step further by adding the romantic element. I do love that zombie culture is almost like social commentary. It’s really important to be a part of something that has a message like this.”

JJ: What’s next for you once you’re done promoting Warm Bodies?

TP: I have a movie with Terrence Malick called Knight of Cups coming out. I don’t know when, and I don’t really know much about the story because it’s true Terrence Malick style and the story has been kept under wraps, and a lot of it is improvised. That was the greatest filmmaking experience that I’ve ever had. I also worked on a film called Parts Per Billion with Josh Hartnett and Rosario Dawson. Then there’s a film I’m working on called the Fun in Forever, it’s directed by Mark Webber. It’s a fantastic piece. It’s about the breakdown of a marriage, and a lot of it is improvised. I just started shooting that, and I get to film at my family home in Adelaide! We’re bringing a lot of real elements to the movie, and incorporating real members of my life and my family and my friends. It’s a really interesting experimental film.

JJ: Is there anyone specific you would love to work with in the future?

TP: Cate Blanchett. She’s in Knight of Cups, but we don’t have any scenes together. I think she’s a real chameleon, and she is just a true icon in Australia. I think if I had the chance to work with her it would be the best acting class ever!

JJ: Last but not least, do you have a dream role in mind – anything specific you would really like to take on?

TP: Something very gritty and layered and dynamic. My favorite role to date, which has already been on screen, was Alice from Closer. I love that play, I think it’s a complex character, it’s all very layered and grounded in reality. Natalie Portman was phenomenal in that film. If I could find a character in that same vein, I would be very excited!

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GQ: Any idea as to why the zombie genre is experiencing such a renaissance right now?
Teresa Palmer: 
A big part of it is that Hollywood is cyclical. It constantly comes back around to these genres that we have been interested in over the last 40 years. But I think there’s something quite fascinating about the idea that we could potentially be headed towards the apocalypse, and so people are interested in exploring what that would feel like, whether or not there could be an outbreak and people could turn into zombies. They want to see how the humans can get together and face this head on.

GQ: In Warm Bodies you fight a lot of CGI zombies. Was that hard to do acting-wise?
Teresa Palmer: 
We had stunt guys who are dressed head-to-toe in green outfits as stand-ins. I felt sorry for them but they were actually feared and very scary and threatening in a weird, green way. But then, other times, Nick and I would be acting against nothing. There would be someone yelling out “You’ve just been shot!” and you’d have to have a reaction, or, “The zombie picks you up around the neck and you can’t breathe! Struggle!” and you’d have to just mime it, basically. It’s hard, but that’s what we do.We play make believe. You just have to do it in the best way possible and Nick and I laughed our way through it and tried to stay as genuine and as authentic as we possibly could despite the circumstances. But I think we definitely both had many takes of particular moments in the film.

GQ:  Usually if a lady character is going to have an illicit romance with a paranormal creature these days, it’s with a vampire. But you have a zombie boyfriend. What are the perks?
Teresa Palmer: 
Well the great thing about having a zombie boyfriend is that they don’t talk back. As women that’s so desirable in a man. And the zombies in our film are pretty sweet. They want to keep us safe and reconnect and be in love and they’ll do anything they can to protect us. Who doesn’t want that? I think that’s a very appealing thing.

GQ: John Malkovich plays your overprotective Dad. Tell us about him please.
Teresa Palmer: 
John Malkovich is fantastic. He definitely set up a father-daughter dynamic between us, but I also just think that’s his way. He’s so sweet and caring and he’s a gentle man and he has a crack-up sense of humor and really loves to laugh and make jokes. He has all these favorite youtube videos and really all day he playing them for me and impersonating them.

GQ: What are John Malkovich’s favorite You Tube videos?
Teresa Palmer: 
Um… He likes that one “Sitting on the Toilet”? It’s just this girl who’s sitting on the toilet and she’s singing “Sitting on the toilet, sitting on the toilet.” She just does that for about ten minutes. That’s one of his favorites. He’d run around singing it on set all day. His other favorite is Australia’s party-boy Corey Delaney. He’s this  Australian teenager who wears a hat and sunglasses and he’s thrown the biggest party Australia’s ever seen and is really cocky about it. Then he refuses to take his sunglasses and his hat off and apologize to the people whose houses he’s trashed. He’s just so funny. Then the woman’s asking him to take off his glasses and he’s like “No, I’m not taking them off cause they’re famous,” and John would impersonate that to a tee, accent and all.

GQ: You grew up in Australia right?
Teresa Palmer: 
I did in Adelaide, South Australia.

GQ: How was that?
Teresa Palmer: 
It was great! I loved it. I had a very outdoorsy childhood. My dad lives on ten acres of land and has endangered Australian species so I literally got the quintessential Australian upbringing—or what people think would be the quintessential Australian upbringing: I would hang out with kangaroos and yabba dabba doos—I just made that last one up. Everyone always thinks I just make up the names because they sound so phoney.

GQ: Did you always plan on going into acting when you were growing up?
Teresa Palmer: 
I didn’t really plan on it. It was just a dream, definitely, but coming from Adelaide, South Australia I never thought it could be a reality. I started to pursue a teaching career and then I fell into my first acting job and I kept on getting more acting work and it was only until recently that I realized this is probably going to be my career. I feel very blessed and fortunate to be doing this.

GQ: What were you going to teach?
Teresa Palmer: 
Drama and English were my strongest subjects when I was in school so that’s what I was trying to focus on as a teacher.

GQ: When did you officially move to the U.S.?
Teresa Palmer: 
2007, I moved. That transition was definitely difficult and isolating and I didn’t know anybody here. I had to learn how to drive on the other side of the road and do my own washing and take care of myself and it was so lonely, but I’m glad I fought that averse feeling. I grew so much as a result and now I have perspective and realize what an integral time that was for me. I’m so happy I went through all that.

GQ: And what is up next for you?
Teresa Palmer: 
I have a film called Knight of Cups coming out. It was directed by Terrence Malick. I love that film. It was amazing. I got to work with Christian Bale who’s obviously an incredible actor. Working with him was like going to the best acting school possible. I’m in a film at the moment. It’s directed by this fantastic guy called Mark Webber, who’s a great director and his film, The End of Love, was at Sundance last year. He was doing an experimental film. It’s blurring the lines of reality and picture. My family plays my family, we shoot in Adelaide, South Australia and a lot of real elements of my life will be in the film too.  It’s called The Fun in Forever.

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“I’m an actress, and I have a movie coming out called Warm Bodies. I’m really proud of it—essentially, it’s a movie about how love can breathe life back into people. It is definitely a wacky concept [a zombie-human love affair], but the director, Jonathan Levine, pulled it all together and ended up making a great movie. I’m excited because I fought hard for the role—I went to a bunch of auditions and meetings and I felt really connected to the material. I thought it said so much in such a unique way—there are these really subtle messages about society and about love and about the power of human connection.

In addition to doing that, I have a website called Your Zen Life, which I started with my friend Phoebe [Tonkin] a few months ago. Basically, it’s an online scrapbook where people can come and share their passion about wellness and health—it’s a community for encouraging each other to live our happiest, healthiest lives possible… I’m really into healthy living any way I can. Australia, where I’m from, lends itself to a healthy lifestyle; it’s a very outdoorsy place. We all grow up running around outdoors and eating fruit in the summer…and I’ve become even more health-minded since I moved to Los Angeles. There’s a huge veganism community here, and people are very aware of that kind of stuff. I am not vegan, myself—I call myself ‘sea-gan’ [Laughs] because I still eat things from the sea, but I don’t eat any dairy or other animal products. I keep saying I’m transitioning into veganism, but basically, I’m a vegan until I feel like eating fish!

People think I’m a hippie—and I’d like to think I connect with the quote-unquote ‘hippie’ lifestyle—but no, I’m not really. I’m not all about free love and you can have sex with every single person, you know. I definitely have boundaries. [Laughs]  But I do like to dress a little hippie-ish, and in my beauty products, I’m all about the more natural, the better.

First of all, I always use an oil on my skin—either avocado oil or something like argan oil is very good, too. I like trying all different kinds, but there’s a sort of thickness to the avocado oil and a scent that I like. I got mine at Whole Foods; I love the beauty department at Whole Foods. And I like oils because my favorite look for my face is dewy, and an oil will make you look glowy…and you don’t have to wear nearly as much makeup over it. I’ve actually been using it since I was 15 years of age: I would go to school, I wouldn’t put any makeup on, just some oil on my skin—I was just using my mom’s cooking oil at the time! [Laughs] Since then, I advanced up to coconut oil and now I’m using avocado oil, which also helps get rid of redness or any little dots. Or if you’ve got a pimple, it gets rid of the scars. It’s great.

In terms of my routine, I cleanse and moisturize my face twice a day—I’m really religious about it. In the morning, I’ll use a foaming cleanser, and then at night, I’ll use either sweet-almond or avocado oil to take off my eye makeup, just a tiny bit. And if my eyes are still puffy after I clean my face with cold water, I’ll get caffeinated tea bags, soak them in water, freeze them, and take them out 15 minutes before I’m doing my makeup or getting it done for an event. You put the bags on your eyes and the caffeine gets rid of the puffiness—oh, my poor, puffy eyes. [Laughs]

I really love the no-makeup makeup look, which is why I usually use a tinted moisturizer. I like how thin they are and how natural you look. Then, I use a Concealer Stick from Artistry, which is a beauty brand that I’m the global face of, on any blemishes and under my eyes, because I get quite dark circles; it’s hereditary. I’ve tried to fix it with my diet—adding things to my diet, taking things out of my diet, different makeup and face creams, whatever—but it is, unfortunately, something I have to live with. I also try to eliminate salt as much as I can, since salt makes you puff up and my body tends to hold the water, and I see it mainly in my face. Before a photo shoot or a press junket, I do not eat anything with salt in it… I once read an interview with Julianne Moore where she talks about it, and she called it ‘sushi face.’ Like, when you go and have sushi the night before, you wake up with sushi face. It fits! A ‘seagan’ with sushi face—that’s not too appealing. [Laughs]

Anyway, I always fill in my eyebrows with some eye shadow and pencil because I have a mega gap at the end of my brows. And if I’m doing makeup-makeup, I’ll use the Artistry Escape to Paradise Palette. It has everything I need: cheek, eye, daytime to nighttime. The gold shade is really nice around your eyes, and you can use it to add shimmer or highlights. I’ll even use the gold on the tops of my cheeks—a tiny bit, dusted over the peachy-rose shade. A multi-tasking palette is essential for me, since I can get kind of lazy with my makeup regimen; I don’t like taking more than fifteen minutes to put it on. So, if I can just whip out one palette, do my eyes, do my cheeks—which his exactly what this Escape to Paradise palette is—I can get it all done quickly.

What else? I always curl my lashes. I only discovered it a couple of years ago, but now I feel naked without my eyelash curler. I don’t’ have very long eyelashes, so it’s really important for me to do before mascara. I do the top and bottom lashes—I think it opens them up and add definition. For my lips, I usually make my them slightly more pink than what they are naturally, but only one or two shades; I like subtlety.”

—as told to ITG

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