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Teresa Palmer Talks Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is just around the corner in preparation of its release, here are few Question and Answer with Teresa Palmer (Becky Barnes) .

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice opens in theaters and IMAX July 14, 2010.

Q: What can audiences expect from this film?
A: It is a roller coaster with cool special effects. It is like the experience you have watching one of “The Pirates of the Caribbean” films, but instead of pirates it is sorcerers with magic. There are no boundaries with magic. The sorcerers can do whatever they want to do and that is what makes it so cool because it’s so limitless. You will see the most incredible, outrageous things, things that you have never seen on film. That is what makes this movie so exciting.

Q: Please describe the character you play in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”
A: My character in the film is Becky Barnes. Jay Baruchel’s character, Dave, went to school with Becky when they were kids. Dave always had a bit of a crush on Becky when they were young, but Becky just considered him a friend. Ten years later they are reunited at the same university, but Becky is a little bit lost and in a weird funk. She has not been too successful with guys. All of a sudden Dave steps into her life and he is this really endearing, sweet person. She starts to see something really wonderful in him and he gets her involved in this whole new world of magic. It is a big adventure and she’s excited by this new world.

Q: Do you have anything in common with your character, Becky Barnes?
A: I try to put a little of my own personality into each role that I take on. I am fairly bubbly and so is Becky. She is also a tough chick and I think Australians are very tough women. So I have that toughness in common with her. Both of us embody that grit quality.

Q: Describe Jay Baruchel’s character, Dave Stutler.
A: Dave is such a great character and Jay is just so good in the role. Dave is the teaching assistant for Becky’s physics class in college. During one class he does this big experiment. It all goes wrong and the experiment blows up, causing gross stuff to land in Becky’s hair. It is actually a very sweet scene, but Dave is a bumbling mess around Becky. I always like that type of character because you are always rooting for them. It is so awful, but sweet to see them being so awkward around the girl that they like. Jay plays that character so well and you just can’t help but fall for Dave.

Q: Describe the tricky relationship between your character, Becky Barnes and Jay Baruchel’s character, Dave Stutler.
A: Their relationship definitely focuses on the magic of first love and that experience of falling in love. My character sort of represents the audience because the audience has no experience with magic and neither does Becky. Basically, the guy who she’s falling for is a sorcerer with super powers. Obviously it is difficult for her to wrap her head around that fact. Becky goes from being in total shock to finally saying, ‘All right I accept you.’ It is a really endearing relationship. They are an unlikely pairing, but they end up being perfect for each other.

Q: You and Jay Baruchel have great chemistry on screen. What was your working relationship like during production?
A: It has been such a wonderful experience working with Jay on this film. He was always making everyone laugh on the set. During production he always had a big smile on his face. He was obviously enjoying his job. He was always bringing new things to each scene and helping me with improvisation. He is really brilliant and an immense talent. He is hilarious, funny and just a good person.

Q: There are some amazing special effects in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” Did you find that aspect of the production challenging?
A: This is the first film that I have ever had to deal with so many special effects. It is so exciting, but you have to be very conscious of what you are doing. You may need to set something down a certain way because it is going to burst into flames or you have to hit certain marks because the CGI people are going to come in later and put a plasma bolt shooting from your head! [LAUGHS] So it has been interesting to balance concentrating on doing the work, playing the scene and keeping in mind the special effects that will be added later.

Q: What was it like to shoot the film in New York City?
A: There is a magical energy about New York City. It just feels alive. I think it is the perfect location for our film to be set. We shot on the beautiful New York streets, parks and we have scenes on the top of iconic skyscrapers. I feel like I have grown as an actress, being in New York for six months shooting this film. It is the sort of city where dreams do come true and the film definitely lends itself to that.

Q: What was it like to work with the legendary actor, Nicolas Cage?
A: Nicolas Cage is such a huge movie star and I’ve been a big fan of his for many years. One time during production he was sitting next to me and he was talking to me about film, his love of acting and his expectations for his life. All of the sudden I had one of those surreal moments. I can’t believe I am talking to Nicolas Cage! Who would have thought this was ever possible? He is so warm and is very unaffected by the incredible level of success and fame that is in his life. He is just endearing and funny. There was always a positive vibe on set when he was around and it was great.

Q: What was it like to work with Alfred Molina who plays the villain Maxim Horvath?
A: Alfred Molina is probably the funniest person I’ve ever met in my life. He is always doing the most outrageous things and cracking up all the time. You can’t help but be in a good mood around Fred because he has such a bubbly, wonderful energy and brings that to set every day. He obviously loves what he does and that is so refreshing because a lot of actors do that brooding movie star thing.

Q: Describe working with the internationally acclaimed actress Monica Bellucci?
A:It was pretty incredible to be on the set with her because I had just seen her film ‘Irréversible.’ It is an incredible piece of art. I loved her performance. She is absolutely fearless. To meet her in person was pretty surreal. One of the first things I said to her was, ‘You are so beautiful.’ [LAUGHS] Monica humbly responded saying, ‘That’s a very lovely compliment.’ I felt like such an idiot, but I still like getting star-struck because I feel like it keeps me grounded.

Q: What is Jon Turteltaub like as a director?
A: Jon is incredibly talented and is a big bundle of laughs. A lot of directors stick to the script. As a director, Jon encourages you to do whatever feels natural and to not be locked into playing a scene a particular way. You feel liberated to try different things and to not be embarrassed if it doesn’t work. That support is really important when you are acting. It was a wonderful experience.

Q: What was it like to work for such a renowned producer such as Jerry Bruckheimer?
A: I was certainly excited to do “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” because it is such an epic movie and Jerry Bruckheimer was involved. Jerry is a real visionary and I love that about him. It is very refreshing that he is so hands on and in the trenches every day. It was nice to come on set and see Jerry sitting behind the monitor. Jerry is also an incredible photographer. When he was on set he would pick up a stills camera. You would be acting in a scene and he would be taking the pictures. He is really talented.

Q: You are originally from Australia. Where do you now call home?
A: I am originally from Adelaide in South Australia, but I am now based in Los Angeles. I tried to do the commute thing, but not only is it financially taxing, it is also an 18-hour trip from Australia to Los Angeles. So I ended up making the permanent move to Hollywood about three years ago. Los Angeles can be a really scary place if you are all by yourself. You are thrust into this whole different world and it makes you grow up incredibly quickly. I now feel very settled and I have great friends. Before I felt home was Australia and now I think I have really made Los Angeles a home, too. I love it here.

Q: Do you have any advice for young people?
A: I think the coolest thing is to just be yourself. If you are a dork, be a dork. Everyone sort of tries to conform. I think if you are honest with yourself and be who you are, that people will appreciate it. I think it is cool if you can stay true to your own personality.