Exclusive Q&A: Dianna Agron

Mimi ON Jun 10, 2011 AT 12:25 am

Dianna Agron at the premiere for I Am Number Four

Dianna Agron at the premiere for I Am Number Four

Dianna Agron is best known for her character Quinn on the hit Fox television series and BATD favourite, “Glee,” which recently received a (Golden Globe® Award and an Emmy®!). She was most recently seen in “The Romantics” alongside Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, and Josh Duhamel. However she also starred in “I Am Number Four” earlier this year alongside Brit actor, Alex Pettyfer.

We’ve managed to grab her for a quick Q&A about the film, so keep on reading to see what she has to say for herself!

Q. How does it feel to be involved in “I Am Number Four”?
A. It’s fun; it’s so different. I saw the trailer for the first time, and it’s so interesting to see it come to life and see the effects come in, because those weren’t happening when we were there.

Q. With both “Glee” and this movie, you film a lot in a high school setting. Can you give us a comparison?
A. I love that you asked that because they are very different worlds. In “Glee” we’re all such extreme characters and I think it worked so well for the show. And for “I Am Number Four” it’s more the feeling of outsiders and kind of the lonely boy or girl at school and the small-town feeling. So everything is just a lot more intimate.

Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron in I Am Number Four

Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron in I Am Number Four

My character Sarah is an old soul; she’s explored this fish bowl and just wants to see what’s out there, especially because she’s an artist. When she finds John [Alex Pettyfer], he’s her counterpart in that way. They understand each other so much, so quickly that they let all their walls down and they challenge each other and go on this wonderful journey. It’s night and day, the two projects, and especially a lot of times it literally is night and day! We’re in night most of the film. We’re clearly in the day during “Glee.” I think that they were great to have opposite each other.

Q. What was your biggest challenge making this movie?
A. What I thought was going to be the biggest challenge, which actually halfway through I realised I loved so much, was being almost entirely on night shoots. At first I thought, this is going to be so interesting and so different, because you go to bed at about six or seven in the morning, sleep until one or two and then you’re back at five or six at night. And it actually was so refreshing and I discovered that I really liked it. But at first it was so different than the schedule I’ve been on, that I was having a difficult time with it.

Q. Did you have to do a lot of stunts?
A. Not too many. I fell from a building and I ran. But it was great to see everybody else and what they were able to do. It’s kind of incredible to see all of the wire work and then to see the lack of it all, once you watched the film. I love that image of Alex jumping off the cliff; it’s so cool.

I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four

Q. Did you feel like an outsider like your character Sarah when you were in high school?
A. I did. We had some really sophisticated kids at our school and I never quite felt like I had a handle on what exactly it was that I wanted. I was in honors classes, so school was really important to me, and I liked getting good grades; I liked learning. I was on the yearbook staff and I love photography, which is something that my character Sarah and I share, and I liked getting to know a varied amount of people at our school.

Q. In the movie you seem to be a tomboy. What kind of person are you?
A. It depends on the day! I think that the reason I love acting so much is that I always have been this person that loves dress up and imagination and exploring different worlds. Being from San Francisco, people have a very eclectic wardrobe there and I also worked at a clothing boutique. The owners were these awesome women and they had such knowledge of fashion, and their clothes varied from very Stevie Nicks-ish to very classic, and, and so throughout the years I have learned to finesse a multitude of options, but I definitely had some great people on my side showing me the way.

Q. When did you meet Alex Pettyfer? In the casting process?
A. We didn’t meet in the casting process. In fact, I didn’t meet him until the night before we had our tailoring. We got along so well; he was open and so excited about the movie and it just really surprised me. I never try to judge somebody; you can’t look at a picture and make assumptions. But he really surprised me by how mindful and insightful he was about why he was so passionate about this project. I think he looks amazing in the film. I think it shows his hard work.

Q. Is there a role that you really want to do?
A. I think anything fantasy-based. I would love to do something like “Lord of the Rings” or a Tim Burton film. I fell in love with Narnia and all the Hobbit books when I was a kid; that’s what got me interested in reading and got me interested in stories and characters and things like that. So a role along those lines would be fabulous.

“I Am Number Four” is released on Blu-ray and DVD from 20 June 2011.

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