Stars of 'Beautiful Creatures' put doubts aside for high-stakes roles

BY GEORGE LANG glang@opubco.com Published: February 15, 2013
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Sold on the screenplay

The screenplay did the trick, and not just with the two young leads. The script for “Beautiful Creatures” attracted prestige-level actors for the supporting cast, including Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis and Emmy Rossum.

“For me, when I read the script, within the first pages I knew I wanted to do it,” Ehrenreich said. “I knew from the writing. I think you can tell really fast.”

Ehrenreich said he actually relished the idea of being in a huge hit that could launch a franchise, mainly because it could create positive buzz for his career, and with three more novels in the series ripe for adaptation — “Beautiful Darkness,” “Beautiful Chaos” and “Beautiful Redemption” — the potential is there.

And neither actor necessarily had a problem with Stephenie Meyer's “Twilight Saga” or the films based on it, but the sudden rush of attention that engulfed stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson — much of it focused on their personal lives rather than their acting — was a turnoff for Englert and Ehrenreich.

“It means hairdressing salons and the magazines on the stack there,” Englert said.

That resistance to the paparazzi machine, LaGravenese said, will serve his stars well.

“This generation, I have a great deal of confidence in and faith,” he said. “It's like the post-celebrity/reality TV generation. These young people want to do really interesting things.”

Ehrenreich said, “You can be a celebrity without being an actor, and you can be an actor without being a celebrity.”

Travel and accommodations provided by Warner Bros.