Are you a big fan of Vampires?
“I’ve always been a fan of Vampire movies, just because they play upon that whole taboo aspect of blood as the light force, which really transcends gender. So when you see someone going for their prey, it doesn’t matter if they’re male of female, older or younger, it’s just the blood they are after.”
How do you approach doing research for a character in a video game like BloodRayne? Do you just play the game over and over?
“I little bit. I wanted to incorporate some of her signature moves, but because it’s a prequel some of the things that she does in the game are modern and wouldn’t be right for a period film. But you really want to go into something making it your own character because she lacks all the Human aspects in the game, and that’s what I really wanted to play on the film, really conveying that personal aspect and the pain and what she feels, and being part of this lack of society of where she’s not quite human, she’s not quite vampire – she’s kind of stuck in between. And she’s immortal, and how is she going to deal with this forever?”
Why do you think people are interested in movies with heroines who were originally created as video game characters?
“I think it’s seeing strong women in physical roles that are actually believable in it, that can pull it off, using weapons. With this, the swords were long, they were heavy, they were uneven in weight, and you’ve got to be a pretty physica
What was it like working with Ben Kingsley?
“He was amazing in every sense of the word. He was very approachable. I remember the first time we all had dinner, and I don’t really get starstruck, it’s more like you want to see how accessible someone with that status is going to be. I’ve worked with actors of great note, like Sir Ben and Pierce Brosnan, who immediately are warm and friendly and talk about their kids and family and their life, and how they got to be where they are. Sir Ben was very helpful, and I got a lot from him professionally and personally. He said he’d always wanted to do a vampire movie, and I guess his son, when he heard that this film came about, and that I was going to be in it, said, ‘You should do this, she’s cool.’”
Will there be a BloodRayne sequel?
“Uwe and I have toyed with the idea, and the great thing about doing a prequel is that we have almost two centuries to do sequels.”