I actually think the star of this film is the directing, and I think Pete… he always surprises me. He just loves what he does, with a real passion.
And that’s because he wants to see it. He wants to experience it. And I think that’s what a really great director does. I think he’s pushing the envelope, in a good way, so that film keeps growing. So that what film stays alive.
Honestly, he’s a big kid. He fell in love with film making when he was really young, and that was a passion that he still has and he still wants that. And you need to be like that, because this is a very unforgiving business, not just in terms of critically.
Well, the thing that satisfies you is when somebody has seen your movie and has enjoyed it. That’s ultimately the greatest satisfaction that you get, because you’re entertaining people.
You’re in the entertainment business. It’s not something indulgent. You have a responsibility. But also I’m making movies because I was a kid who loved watching movies.
I am a kid who grew up loving fantasy movies, loving special effect, so the reason why I make movies is because I just had such a great time, the escapism, the experience of going into the cinema.
So when something I’ve made, when somebody reacts in the same way as I used to react to movies when I saw them when I was young, that’s really satisfying.
Pete’s an extremely funny person. It’s not a bad day, going to work with him.
Peter works in a very chaotic manner so I was often feeling like, ‘What the heck is going on? I don’t understand up from down at this point. I don’t know where my character is, what she’s doing, what I’m supposed to say.’
And the schedule would change everyday, the script would change everyday, and it was very difficult to keep up with.
Every once in a while I would turn to Orlando [
] and say, ‘Was it like this on Rings? This is insanity.’ And he would say, ‘Yeah, don’t worry. Peter knows what he’s doing.’