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.
D&CFilm: 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.
D&CFilm: 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.
D&CFilm: 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.
D&CFilm: 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.
D&CFilm: 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.
D&CFilm: 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
D&CFilm: 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.
D&CFilm: 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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