Video:Anita Briem Interview - Journey to the Center of the Earthwith Rebecca Murray
Icelandic actress Anita Briem plays a guide who helps Brendan Fraser's and Josh Hutcherson's characters find their way back from a terrifying trip hundreds of miles below the earth's surface in 'Journey to the Center of the Earth.'See Transcript
Transcript:Anita Briem Interview - Journey to the Center of the EarthRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the Los Angeles Film Festival and New Line Cinema/Warner Bros Pictures' World Premiere of Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Anita Briem ('Hannah')
Tell me about working on this. The fantasy element you have to use your imagination a lot on this movie. How tough is that?
Anita Briem: "Luckily I enjoy using my imagination so for me it was a joy. Not only do we get to go to the center of earth and really take all the liberties that we want, which is a crazy and dangerous ride when it comes to this mind - but you'll judge for yourselves but also the expansion of the imagination that comes with working in a completely new medium. We were working in live action 3D. When I first saw the first pieces of the film I was absolutely blown away."
Even being there on the set, it still blew you away when you saw the actual product?
Anita Briem: "I said, 'It must be good,' because even looking at yourself on screen, I was completely captivated by the story, by the spectacular visual forum that is quite mind-blowing."
How difficult were the stunts for you?
Anita Briem: "My character Hannah is a tough, tough cookie but I wanted to make her a tough, tough cookie. Luckily I have some experience on the physical side. I trained in like hand-to-hand combat from like when I was a child. And I trained in broadswords and other kinds of weaponry so that was something that I very much sort of rooted in Hannah as a character that had sort of grown up in the treacherous highlands of Iceland. Which came in, actually, very handy because the boys turned out to be useless. I'm like, 'Thanks very much. I guess I'm going to have to save the day again.'"
The boys are useless. That's how most men usually are, right?
Anita Briem: "Yeah, just come to me if you need your life saved."
Working in the 3D environment, was that difficult for you? Are there things that you have to do differently as an actress when you're working around this new technology?
Anita Briem: "Working in 3D really opens up another world of possibilities. Because as an audience, when I saw it for the first time I was so thrilled and excited by it because it's creating a new relationship with the audience that we haven't seen before. It's creating an intimacy. It's allowing the audience to be a part of the story in a way that you've never experienced before."