Brenton Thwaites & Odeya Rush On ‘The Giver,’ Taylor Swift, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges
Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush, the stars of the new Phillip Noyce film, The Giver, may be young to carry a big film, but they had a lot of help from some Hollywood heavy-hitters. Thwaites, who plays Jonah, goes against his futuristic society by refusing to take drugs that inhibit his emotions. “We find love throughout the film. It was important for us to make it clear that love is an emotion that we don’t have in this community,” Thwaites exclusively told uInterview. “It’s been stolen from us.”
Both Twaites and Rush played alongside Jeff Bridges, Merly Streep and Taylor Swift. “I learned a lot in those couple of days we shot together,” Thwaites said of working with Swift. “I mean it was great, we had a lot of time off set to play guitar, hangout and do whatever.” While the stars of the movie had their chances to jam out with two country music stars, they also were taught some life lessons along the way. “Jeff always told us not to take life too seriously and to enjoy it,” said Rush. “And Jeff knows how to enjoy his life in the time that he works on set.”
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RUSH: I didn't read it growing up but I had read Louis' books, and I read it after I read the script. I mean, my character is 12 [years-old], in the book so it's kind of hard to imagine yourself playing it, but I think reading it helped me a lot with approaching this character. THWAITES: I'm much the same in I read the book, the screenplay took me to the book in preparation for my first audition. And once I read the book I kind of said to myself, 'Wow, this is a dream.' You know, it's a license almost to feel such an array of emotions. So it was a great challenge.
THWAITES: Well, we find love throughout the film. It was important for us to make it clear that love is an emotion that we don't have in this community. It's been stolen from us. We take injections every morning so we don't feel the extreme negatives and the extreme positives – if you will – of the world... of human emotions. And so when I stop taking my injections I start to feel a sense of love, and I guess that is returned when your character stops taking her injections. And that's what we fight for.
THWAITES: Yeah, it was a fun scene. It was quite technical, I learned a lot in those couple of days we shot together. We're in the same space at different moments in time and so it was an interesting... I mean it was great, we had a lot of time off set to play guitar, hangout and do whatever. You know, while they'd spend hours trying to perfect these camera moves that had to be specifically mapped by a computer. One with me in the take, one with her in the take, and that's about all I know of my technical knowledge. But yeah, it was a fun couple of days working with Taylor.
RUSH: I think jamming with Jeff because he plays guitar he sings, and Brenton would play and sing, and I sang. When Taylor came she also played with us like he said. So I think those moments were really fun. Jeff always told us not to take life too seriously and to enjoy it. And Jeff knows how to enjoy his life in the time that he works on set.
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