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WWD: How did you wind up becoming friends?
Analeigh Tipton: We bonded over Moksha yoga in Montreal, where we filmed “Warm Bodies.”
Teresa Palmer: In our down time we wanted to get some physical activity in, so we decided to do this great form of hot yoga that actually started in Toronto. Analeigh just texted me that there’s now one in L.A., so we are yoga buddies here, too.

The movie is quite action packed. How did you train for it?
T.P.: There was a lot of running. And I now know how to shoot a shotgun. We are not damsels in distress. We know how to fight the undead. I’m glad that Hollywood seems to be embracing these strong female characters.
A.T.: At the same time it wasn’t a statement either. They were still super girly. You can be strong and still feminine. There is a scene where I’m supposed to be watching TV and taking apart and putting together a gun, which I can now do with my eyes closed. It felt so good that I would sit around and just play with my gun.

What’s up next for both of you? 
A.T.: I have a film called “One Square Mile” with Richard Jenkins and Kim Basinger, and I did my first lead this year in “Two Night Stand” with Miles Teller.
T.P.: We all knew a lead was just around the corner ’cause she’s so fantastic in this movie and a hilarious comedienne.
A.T.: Aaaw, thanks.”
T.P.: It’s true. After “Warm Bodies,” the next film I did was “Knight of Cups.” It’s a Terence Malick movie [with Christian Bale and Natalie Portman].
A.T.: Didn’t you get that role when we were on set?
T.P.: I didn’t get the role I originally auditioned for but they ended up making another part for me. It was completely improvised. No script, no idea what the character was, what I was wearing, or my name. We just started rolling. And I just wrapped a film called “Parts Per Billion.” It’s about the last few days of the world and it follows the story of three couples and how we’re dealing with this impending apocalypse.

What do you dream of doing next?
A.T.: Every time I read a script I’m surprised. There are roles I didn’t know existed. But I haven’t done a period piece yet, which I’d like to try.

How did you begin acting?
T.P.: Growing up in Adelaide, Hollywood was like a distant dream. I made a low-budget Australian movie [“2:37”] at 19 and it ended up premiering at Cannes and changing my life. I was at university at the time studying to be a teacher.
A.T.: I moved to L.A. to be a writer and I sort of fell into acting.
T.P.: I read her blog during the shoot. It’s so intensely poignant and she sees the beauty among things that people often overlook. And she’s funny. She was going to write a rap skit for us to do on the movie.
A.T.: It was something about cuddling…
T.P.: But nobody else really thought it was funny. She’ll have to finish it so we can do another project together.

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Warm Bodies is a romantic horror movie that’s told from the point of view of a zombie – did we miss anything?

It’s not easy to pigeonhole, is it? It’s not one genre, but many mashed together. It’s very refreshing – a quirky take on the classic love story. Telling the story from the point of view of the zombie hasn’t been done before.

It offers a new spin on Romeo And Juliet, with the undead and living as the Montagues and Capulets …

Yeah, I love that it is a different take on the zombie genre, too, with the zombie getting a chance to be loved – it’s very endearing.

My character Julie meets [zombie] R (Nicholas Hoult), who is a weird, nurturing being and they organically strike up this romance.

Julie starts off petrified and then fear turns into curiosity and then that turns into romantic feelings.

So, if you’re a romance fan you get that with the action and the zombie-horror. I hope the zombie fans are open-minded!

Julie’s a strong character. Do these types of roles inherently appeal to you?

Yeah, definitely, I’m so excited Hollywood seems to embrace these strong independent characters. I love playing women that are strong and sassy, it’s something I am connected to.

And I love the action element to these movies. In [sci-fi thriller]  I Am Number Four I played a character who was dedicated to helping save the world! I got to do a lot of my own stunts, as well.

Sounds like a fun day at the office …

I love learning all these skills as part of what I do as a living, shooting guns and zipping around on wires.

What new talents do you have on your CV now?

I am a skilled gun handler after going to a gun range 30 times for this movie.

I had to be very comfortable with guns, knowing how to put them together, shoot them and then take them apart.

I don’t know many people who know how to do that!

Was it fun playing out a zombie romance?

The relationship between R and Julie is very representative of how it does feel when you are with someone for the first time – you do feel tongue-tied, the guy does try to listen and everyone is a bit awkward.

And Nick [Hoult] is a very nuanced actor, he knew how to portray zombie emotions through body language and his eyes – he said so much without being able to express himself verbally.

What sort of set does director Jonathan Levine (cancer comedy 50/50) run?

He sets this beautiful tone on set that is fun and open and collaborative.

He plays a lot of music and jokes around, and that was integral to our movie – it’s a fun movie and that energy and fun translates onto the screen.

Music plays a key role in the film with songs by The Black Keys and Bruce Springsteen – what sort of music did Levine play on the set?

He played a lot of his own music, underground American rap like Mobb Deep and The Roots, which was great for me and [The Daily Show’s] Rob Corddry, who grew up listening to that sort of thing.

It was edgy music that made you feel very cool, so we felt we were making a really cool, unique movie.
Is John Malkovich, who plays your dad, as scary as you’d think?

I was pretty intimidated to start off with [when I knew] he was going to play my dad.

It’s funny because he’s not an intimidating force at all. Watching him on set is the best acting school you could ask for.

He’s hilarious and light-hearted, incredibly humble and generous, and has a cracker sense of humour – really not what you’d expect!

Are zombies the new vampires?

There seems to be a lot of zombie films popping up right now, and there’s things like The Walking Dead [on TV].

It’s a genre people are always intrigued by and there are some members of society who think we are really headed towards some sort of zombie apocalypse, which is interesting in itself.
You’re a joint first ticket holder for the Port Adelaide Power footy club – does that confuse people in Los Angeles?

No one over here knows what Aussie rules is!

When I talk about being the joint ticket holder they say, “You mean soccer?” “No!” “You mean rugby?”

“No!!” For me it is second nature, I grew up going to the football since I was five.

I love watching the sport but it’s hard to watch it in LA. I try and catch games when I can.

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Another Vampire Diaries standout is headed to the potential spinoff series. Daniel Gillies is set to star opposite Joseph Morgan and Phoebe Tonkin in The Originals, which will be introduced as an upcoming episode of Vampire Diaries that will air April 25, serving as a potential backdoor pilot. All three are reprising their roles from the original series as the spinoff is keeping the three-lead — two vampire brothers and a girl — formula of Vampire Diaries. The only difference is that the female lead, Hayley (Tonkin), is not an ordinary teenager like Vampire Diaries‘ Elena but a werewolf. In addition to his recurring role on Vampire Diaries, which he has played since Season 2, Canadian-born Gillies also stars on the Canadian medical drama Saving Hope. If The Originals goes to series, he will do both shows.

Written by Vampire Diaries co-creator/executive producer Julie Plec, The Originals centers on the Original family of vampires, as Klaus (Morgan) returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans — a town he helped build centuries ago — and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel. Elijah (Gillies), intent on helping his self-destructive brother find redemption, must side with Marcel’s enemies in order to keep Klaus in line. Plec will write the backdoor pilot episode and executive produce Originals with Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo for Alloy, Warner Bros TV and CBS TV Studios. Gillies is repped by APA and KLWG Entertainment.

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