Adelaide Clemens & Kit Harington Video Interview On 'Silent Hill 3D,' Their Deepest Fears
In Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, the sequel to the 2006 film based on the Konami video game, Australian actress Adelaide Clemens portrays Heather Mason, who, as her 18th birthday arrives, discovers that she shares a connection with the alternate dimension of Silent Hill, along with a young man named Vincent, played by Kit Harington. “I mean it’s funny, well, Heather’s experience of losing your mind is the most frightening thing to me,” Clemens told Uinterview exclusively of the role. “So yeah, it was pretty easy for me to get freaked out when I had to go there.”
Born in Brisbane, Clemens, 23, broke into television at 17 when she guest starred on an episode of Blue Water High, a popular teen drama in Australia. She then starred on the children’s series Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji. Clemens garnered critical and popular acclaim for her work on the series Love My Way, where she earned a Best Newcomer nomination for a Logie Award, the most prestigious award in Australian television, in 2008. The following year, she had a role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. She will next be seen in the highly anticipated The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.
Harington, 26, is best known to American audiences as Jon Snow on HBO’s Game of Thrones. However, the London native has also worked on the stage — portraying Albert in the West End production of War Horse and Ed Montgomery in Posh — also premiering in London. Among his upcoming projects are The Seventh Son, based on the popular children’s book The Spook’s Apprentice and starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, and How to Train Your Dragon 2.
The actors appreciated the education they got in the ways of thriller filmmaking on Silent Hill. “It’s sort of a blessing in some ways that [director] Michael Bassett was so adamant that things were visceral and real and you could reach out and touch them,” Harington told Uinterview exclusively. “It helps you as an actor, I think.”
- Q: Did you see the first film before shooting Revelation 3D? - Uinterview
- A: AC: I was familiar with the first movie because Radha Mitchell was in it, and I’m always a huge fan of hers. Then I watched it again with a closer eye. KH: I genuinely liked the first movie. I thought it was kind of surreal and fantastic. AC: Very beautiful. The aesthetic and sound is what stood out to me.
- Q: Was it challenging to work on a film with so many special effects? - Uinterview
- A: AC: I found it was a blessing because [director] Michael Bassett was adamant we have in-the-flesh kind of costumes and monsters. Most of the time, it was wonderful. We could just kind of interact and not only were the monsters frightening, but they could also like deliver a wonderful performance. For me, the most challenging scene was when we switched to CGI and the mannequin monster is one of the real monsters that are CGI. You really kind of had to use your imagination. KH: Same thing. It’s sort of a blessing in some ways that Michael was so adamant that things were visceral and real, and you could reach out and touch them. I did very little CGI work on this at all which is unusual now, but I think it makes the movie what it is.
- Q: Do you have any fears in common with your characters in this? - Uinterview
- A: AC: What scares me personally? I mean it’s funny, like Heather. Well, Heather’s experience like losing your mind is the most frightening thing to me. So yeah, it was pretty easy for me to get freaked out when I had to go there. KH: I’m terrified of medical procedures. Syringes, operations, so that whole element of the film of lobotomy or being wheeled on a gurney, that wasn’t hard to be scared of because I find that freaky in everyday life. I don’t have medical procedures every day, but generally I don’t like that kind of aspect of life.
- Q: What projects are you both working on right now? - Uinterview
- A: KH: I’m filming Thrones season 3 at the moment, which is going to be fantastic, it’s going to be incredible, I personally think. Also, I just finished a film this year called The Seventh Son. Again, a kind of fancy, medieval film with Jeff Bridges, which is going to be fantastic, I believe. I’m doing a voiceover for How to Train Your Dragon 2. AC: Oh! KH: Yeah, have you seen the first one? AC: Yes: KH: Fantastic movie. That’s me. AC: I just finished shooting a series called Rectify, which is the first scripted series for the Sundance Channel. It’s the makers of Breaking Bad. It’s a southern tale about a man who’s been on death row for 18 years, and he’s released because of DNA evidence. That was extraordinary and beautifully written and eerily, eerily beautiful in a way. Then The Great Gatsby, I worked on. I just had a small role in that. I’m playing Catherine, middle sister, and Parade’s End is an HBO/BBC period drama. It just aired in the UK, but I think it’s coming out in the U.S. soon.
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