Following last week’s interviews with Hostel: Part II director Eli Roth and special make-up effects supervisor Greg Nicotero, here’s a yap with actress Lauren German who plays Beth in the movie. Look out for an interview with Heather Matarazzo in the next coupla days. Hostel: Part II is out now. Click here to watch the trailer.
What attracted you to this project?
Lauren German: I read the script and liked the character. Eli did a wonderful job of creating three female characters that are so different from each other and specific. I liked the character Beth, and I liked the story, so I auditioned.
What did you like about the first Hostel?
I thought the first Hostel was fun. You are watching these guys having a blast. I could relate with that feeling of being away from home, with worries for the moment forgotten, and you just want to indulge; enjoy your surroundings. The first Hostel embodied that feeling.
What did you enjoy about doing a horror film? Would you do more?
I had a beautiful experience shooting this film. I was blessed to be able to work in another country, and see that part of the world. I would do another horror film if I read the script and felt that I could play someone different from the characters I’ve played before – like any script.
Tell us about Beth. She’s heroic at the end, don’t you think?
I liked Beth because I felt she thought about things more than the other characters. I got the sense that she was very aware, and that the wheels in her head were always turning. I also liked the fact that she was a bit shy, or reserved. I thought it would be a good challenge. I do think she is heroic, because she saves her own life. She fights for her life.
Was it difficult to identify with her?
Beth is a privileged girl: from an affluent family on the East Coast, but I never thought that she had an easy upbringing. I didn’t picture her having a bad childhood either, just not perfect. My childhood was not perfect, but I am blessed to have gone through the things I have. I have lived a life, it has made me who I am.
How physically demanding was the role?
It was very physically demanding. My body was usually sore from something I had done the day before. And the stress of the film would surface in my body
The friendship between the girls feels very real, how did you build that? Did you know each other?
I think we clicked as a group. The three of us felt so comfortable with each other right away. We had a couple weeks of rehearsals, we spent that entire time getting to know one another. I did know Bijou Phillips, we have worked together a few times. I adore Bijou.
Did the special effects inhibit your work process?
For me, no, it didn’t. I didn’t have many special effects to deal with in most of my scenes. If I did, it went smoothly. I loved shooting the ‘axe scene’, it was a throwback to my softball days!
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