I am absolutely clueless…I swear
But, you already knew that if you read Champagne Living. There are things that I get (I get Paris, I get great food and I get wines), and others that I feel like I’m out of the loop on. I am embarrassed to say that I didn’t think I actually knew who Hannah John-Kamen was….until Mr. S told me that she was in Game of Thrones. He remembers those things…I still couldn’t place her. But, that didn’t matter much, because as Ghost in Ant-Man and the Wasp, she made an impression on my that I will NOT forget.
Here’s what she had to say, when we sat down to chat with her.
On being a part of the Marvel Family now
It was amazing. I was so excited to join the Marvel Universe, but it was also daunting. It’s overwhelming. It’s a huge responsibility to take this amazing character off the comic book page and be the first person to introduce it into an incredible movie with incredible cast members, which, you know, they’re heroes in life. They are legends. So, it was amazing, and very exciting.
What helped to channel the rage to be able to play her on screen
It’s the words. It’s the scene. It’s my scene partner. It’s the whole situation. It’s the stakes, the stakes are so high, and I think that’s what Peyton has done an amazing job of. He guides you so well. And with this film, you’ve got that balance between, romance — there’s a love story, fatherhood, parenthood, action, high-octane drama. You know, he taps your funny bone. It’s hilarious. But, then also it’s heartbreaking, and you literally are, as an audience member, jumping between the two, it’s amazing. So, to channel that kind of, serious objective that my character has in the movie was a continuity from beginning to end.
On doing her own stuntwork
I’ve been doing my own stunts in my career for a really long time. I think it’s really important to do as much as you physically possibly can, because the character is what you bring to it, it’s not just emotional. It’s also physically, especially in this Marvel Universe. We all have different powers. We all have different styles of fighting. So, it’s important for you to bring yourself and what you want, what the character is with the movements, and the fighting, even if there is any comedy in the fighting or if there’s a moment you want to add. So, that was really, really fun. I love kicking ass.
On what she’s like girls to take away from her character
I want them to come away and just basically go…Yeah! With me and Evangeline, I want young girls to go,we can be badass, and I want them to have our action figurines and actually play with them and go — do you know what? I can be strong just like they are.
On working with Paul Rudd
He is hilarious. He was really fun, but also he’s very respectful. As actors we respect each other’s scenes and the stakes in the scenes. We goof around when, when we goof around, but then when we’re on, we’re on. So, it was really easy to work with Paul. I was nervous. I was star struck and, oh, my God, it’s Paul Rudd from Clueless… who hasn’t aged, by the way. It’s crazy. I want to know what he’s having. So,yeah, you kind of have to put all of that out your mind and you just focus on, on the scene and the stakes and the objective of the scene. They’re such great scenes. They are written so well. It was really an easy job to have that and to have amazing actors opposite you as well and to respect each other and also have fun.
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