Last year at the Cannes Film Festival, just weeks before his romantic drama “Remember Me” was to begin filming, Robert Pattinson declared that his yet-to-be cast leading lady would need “to be literally inspirational.” A tall order, for sure, but one “Lost” star Emilie de Ravin embraced whole-heartedly. With several high-profile projects coming up this year, including a return for the final season of “Lost,” MTV News has dubbed the 28-year-old one of its 10 to Watch in 2010. We recently caught up with Emilie who dished about her juicy role opposite Hollywood’s leading man of the moment.
As we mentioned, Emilie wasn’t cast in the role of Ally Craig until just weeks before “Remember Me” began shooting in Manhattan, and as the actress remembers, the whole thing was quite a whirlwind experience. “They’d been looking to cast my role for a while, looking at a lot of different girls,” Emilie explained. “I read the script three weeks before they started shooting. I flew to New York to test with Rob and we immediately got along and had instant great chemistry, which is not an easy thing to come by. Obviously you’re acting, but you want to have that connection with somebody. We had it. And I was thrown into a wardrobe fitting that same day.”
Though Emilie had a sense of Rob’s skyrocketing popularity thanks to his work in a little film called “Twilight,” the actress didn’t realize its full force until the two began shooting last summer in NYC.
“Probably 90 percent of the film we shot on location, mainly in Manhattan, and having the paparazzi and fans coming to watch, it adds, um, another element. You have to focus much more.
“There were a lot of crazy moments where you’re filming on location and you’re waiting for people to get out of the shot,” she continued.
“People don’t want to move. Rob and I would laugh about that. There was a scene where we’re on a date at a carnival, and it was very exposed to media, paparazzi and fans. We were rehearsing, and you become so self-conscious of people watching you, and we both stopped and looked at each other and were like, “Wait, what are we doing?”
You’re taken out of your work mentality with hundreds of people watching you when you’re just trying to figure out your scene.”
The chaotic shooting conditions were made a little easier having a good friend in co-star Rob. “It was so great being able to work with someone you immediately get along with and is incredibly talented and is driven to make the film as good as we can,” Emilie said. “Having someone you can go and talk with about a scene, and it’s all very casual and easy, that made filming such a delight having a friendship level and a commitment to the script. The way Rob and I developed our relationship onscreen was very natural, and just seeing what happened with scenes, what happens in the moment.”
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