January 29, 2010

Meet Annabeth from The Lightning Thief Movie

Pjato_130 OK, people, the Percy Jackson movie is just 2 weeks away. The Lightning Thief (rated PG) is coming to theaters on February 12. Yay!! Between now and then, we will be bringing you interviews with some of the cast. . . starting with. . . Annabeth played by the 23-year-old actress, Alexandra Daddario. I know, Annabeth is only supposed to be 12-years-old in the book, but we have to remember what author, Rick Riordan says: “Try to enjoy the story without getting too worked up about any differences.” (For more on that subject, read our movie vs. book comparison.) So for right now, let’s meet Alex with an open mind, ok?

Q: Were you a fan of the Percy Jackson books before you were cast?

Alexandra: I actually had not heard of them before the audition. I read the first book before my screen test and loved it. I’m glad that I got introduced to them because they’re amazing.

Q: Do you have a favorite character besides your own in the books?

Alexandra: My character’s pretty great. I mean Percy is of course a great character. Poseidon is a great character as well. The gods are very interesting and the great thing about Greek mythology is the gods make mistakes, they’re more human. So they do mischievous things and they have arguments and get jealous. So some of the gods are very interesting, Ares especially. In the movie he’s a very fun character.

Q: What’s the best memory that you’re going to take away with you after this experience?

Alexandra: There’s a lot. This movie completely changed my life in a great way. It’s a once in a lifetime movie and working with some of the greatest people that you can work with. Chris Columbus [the director] is amazing. So many wonderful actors. Besides learning so much, from all the different people I got to work with, it was just a really fun experience. The sets are huge and epic, the visual effects are incredible and when you make a movie like this, the movie is so fun and we had so much fun making it just because we had so much wonderful stuff to work with.

Q: There are absolutely die hard fans of this. Did you feel any pressure about living up to their ideas of your character?

Alexandra: Not really. I hope — I take that back. I do in that I hope that I do the character justice. I love the character — I love Annabeth. I had a lot of fun playing her and I think that people will be happy when they see the movie even though it is different in some ways than the book. I think that Chris has made a really really great film even with the changes and I hope that I’ve done the character justice and I hope that people love her as much as I do.

Q: How would you describe Annabeth?

Alexandra: She is a great combination of strength and weakness I think which is interesting because what you see her as at first is just very tough and very strong, and you start to see that she has this sweetness and this weakness underneath that. Which I think everybody does. So even though she’s half god, she’s also very human and that makes her a lot of fun to play because you get to be really [tough] and do awesome sword fighting and jumping out of trees and archery, and then you also get to play the soft sweet side of her that misses her mother and is struggling to be happy just like everyone else.

Q: If you woke up one morning and you were a demigod, what would you do?
I don’t know. I guess I got to experience everything that a demigod would get to experience just by doing this movie — sword fighting and wearing armor and running through the woods and stuff like that. I can’t imagine. I mean I’d love to go to Olympus, to really see real Olympus. And meet the gods in person.

Percy_jackson_armor Q: Did you do a lot of your own stunts?

Alexandra: Yeah. When I first got there I sort of — I’m not that awesome in real life so you’re a little intimidated at first. “Can I pull all this off?” But once you get into it and the people that I got to work with, the stunt people were really incredible, you get exactly the right tips and tricks and I think I pulled it off. It becomes a lot of fun after a while.

Q: What was the most difficult scene to film?

Alexandra: A lot of times when you have an ensemble cast like this, there are scenes where the movie is so huge and there is so much other stuff going on as far as visual effects and sets and shot set-ups and things like that so sometimes there’s not much to do. Even if you’re in a scene you might not have lines or you might just be in the background. That’s actually the most difficult to do, just spend a day where you’re standing there or doing one thing and not really getting to do much.

Q: Was there a favorite scene or a favorite costume?

Alexandra: I loved doing the stunt stuff. We went up to Lake Alouette in Vancouver and we filmed right on the lake and it was just beautiful. It was a beautiful summer day and I had this scene where I basically fight off five guys and we’re all dressed in armor — of course in real life I never would have been able to win that particular fight but we choreographed it wonderfully and it was a lot of fun. You get to just dress up in this great armor and kick butt all day. So it was a lot of fun.

Q: How heavy was this armor?

Alexandra: Not that heavy. It didn’t have a lot of metal on it or anything. It was a little bit tight at times but it looked awesome.

Percy_jackson_group Q: When you think of Brandon and Logan [the actors who play Grover and Percy], what is the first thing that comes to your mind?

Alexandra: They’re funny. I actually am a very lucky girl. Working with Logan and Brandon was a lot of fun. They are great actors, very focused, very talented and they’re very lighthearted so they find humor in a lot of things. So it’s a very awesome experience to work with them.

Q: Is there an obstacle in your life that you have had to work to overcome?

Alexandra: Well there’s so many actually. I mean there’s just so many things. No matter how difficult something may seem at the time, if you stay positive and look forward and work hard, you will achieve whatever your dreams are I think. I worked very hard to be an actress and sometimes it was very hard and you get rejected a lot and you go for long periods of time without working and then all of a sudden something comes along that can really change your life that is exactly what you always wanted. It doesn’t mean that everything becomes perfect, but as long as you work hard and don’t get discouraged if there’s something you want or believe in. My nerves, I mean a million times I was so nervous I literally used to get panic attacks. Especially on screen tests. My first screen test I was seventeen and I flew out to L.A. and I went into the room to read for a TV pilot and it was like an audience of network executives and I had a panic attack and couldn’t breathe and I didn’t get the part, needless to say and I was very upset and very discouraged. Sometimes things happen that can teach you. You make a mistake and you learn from it and then you don’t make it the next time. And then my next screen test was a lot better, because you learn to think differently so that you don’t have a panic attack in the audition room.

Doesn’t she sound so nice? Completely humble and sweet. And I like that she totally respects how awesome Annabeth is. Age difference aside, I think she will make a great Annabeth. What do you think? Let me know in the Comments.

And be sure to come back next week ’cause we got interviews with Grover and Percy too!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Interview by Marie Morreale
Photos courtesy of 20th Century Fox

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  1. Dude dude dude

    I like both but Percy and annabeth should be older in the book and it should be more alike it shows way too much drama between annabeth and Percy that should hold of til the third and Luke should be with Thalia (thuke & percabeth)

  2. ceci

    sorry alexandra, I don’t think you’re right for annabeth. I’d rather have some blond, twelve year old play her. ):
    I really tried to like the movie but i really didn’t.

  3. Luke

    I really loved the series and I loved the movie.I can’t wait until The Sea Of Monsters comes out.I think Annabeth is my favorite character.It really didn’t really bother me that in the movie Annabeth has brown hair,and in the book Annabeth has blonde hair.I really just liked the movie and series because both movie and books are just too good for words.

  4. Eunice

    oh my! you can’t make a movie the sea of monster yet! you have to make like this here it gose………
    glover can’t get in troble!you need ooooppppps! sorry I can’t think about it. well I know in the last olympians it’s ….no! WHY DID YOU AND ANNABETH kissed!

  5. Eunice

    Percy! I know you have a lots of girlfriend bla bla bla bla bla! And you sing bad! He he he he! bla bla bla bla bla bla bla! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

  6. Cherrybelle Rocks!♥

    Please don’t be dissappionted you guys! Annabeth is Annabeth…I know she’s supposed to be blonde but wouldn’t a brown-headed girl like Alex look better than a blonde? Alex is so pretty it doesn’t matter if she doesn’t have blonde hair…you can’t try to make her dye her hair and she can’t help it her natural hair isn’t the same in the book…IIII wish I had hair like Alex even though she’s not blonde.

  7. flapnforjoy

    i mean, really? a 23 year old brunette playing annabeth, who is supposed to be a 12 year old girl with blonde curly hair? really? and a black guy for grover, who is white and has brown curly hair?i mean , come on. and for percy, some random 17 year old who is definetly not the one to play percy. i loved the series. it is totally awesome. but the movie producers totally ruined it!i am so mad!

  8. koala

    Well, the movie didn’t exactly match my dreams, but it was still really good. Rick Riordan even said that he hasn’t even seen the movie. He wants to stay with his imagination.

  9. Annie

    I think Alex would be a great actor for Annabeth. I mean, have you ever seen someone with blond hair and gray eyes? If you have then good for you.And would you want the person to play Annabeth to be really young and hasen’t been a actress for that long yet?I would rather have someone that dosen’t even look like Annabeth than someone that does and do a really bad job acting Annabeth. I wish Alexandra all the luck playing Annabeth.

  10. Gella1596

    I watched the movie now and a big thumbs up to Alexandra Daddario, Logan Lerman, Brandon Jackson and other casts. The movie was really great!!! And by the way, Age doesn’t matter for Alexandra Daddario. Even if she’s already 24, it doesn’t mean she couldn’t be Annabeth Chase. Alex did a great job. I hope they would finish the book until The Last Olympian. More cheers to the movie and books!!!!!!

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  12. Hunter

    Don’t like the books are you kidding Lukas. I still wish them to make more percy movies but there were AlOT of changes. Not to spoil but it looked like luke die at end of movie. still great though. thanks percyj99.
    P.S. did not think about age diff. ;)
    P.S.S. I love the series 2.

  13. olivia

    Answer this for me. what the heck are they gonna do for the second movie? they never mentioned kronos, luke died, and persephone doesn’t live with hades in the summer. duh. I know no one cares about my opinion because i live in wisconsin, and am too “POOR” to matter, but some people had good chances of being in the movies that are the right ages, and there dream was crushed because 20 year olds got the part. Tell chris columbus to get it right, and good luck making the other movies, because you guys will be too old.