At this weekend’s WonderCon, I was able to sit down with Maggie Grace (Lost) for an extended interview. The reason she was attending the con was to promote Luc Besson‘s high-octane outer space thriller Lockout that also stars Guy Pearce. In the film, Pearce plays Snow, a man wrongly accused of conspiracy to commit espionage. His one chance at a pardon comes when he is tasked with rescuing the president’s daughter from a maximum security outer space prison facility when the inmates take control. Lockout is the feature directorial debut of James Mather and Stephen St. Leger and it opens April 13th. For more on the film, here’s a five minute clip and our recap of the WonderCon panel.
Since my interview with Grace covered a number of her upcoming projects like Taken 2 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, I decided to break it up into two parts. In today’s installment, Grace talks about the success of the first Taken and what the sequel is about. In addition, with Grace playing Irina Denali in the final Twilight movie, she describes her character, what it was like to work for Bill Condon, what the fans have been like, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch and look for more with Grace tomorrow.
- Talks about the surprise success of Taken
- 1:00 – They wrapped production on Taken 2 a couple weeks ago. They shot a lot in Istanbul, and some interiors in Paris. Says the pace will be the same as the first film.
- 2:30 – Describes the plot: “It’s more of a personal vendetta this time.” Says it’s not the plot that people expect.
- 3:20 – She has a bigger part in Breaking Dawn – Part 2 than Part 1. Says it was a trippy thing to come onboard something that’s already come to fruition in a big way. Describes Twilight as more stylized than she’s used to, with the makeup and the effects.
- 4:30 – Compares the fandom surrounding Twilight to Beatlemania. Says luckily Robert Pattinson bears the brunt of the fandom.
- 6:10 – Respects director Bill Condon for adapting all the details of the book in the movie and managing the scope.
- 7:15 – Describes her character, Irina Denali, who she says is more misunderstood than a true villain.