Friday afternoon in Los Angeles, the cast of “Superman Returns” assembled for interviews with the press. CBR News now presents the first in our series with actress Kate Bosworth, who plays Lois Lane in the film. Bosworth was relaxed during the interview and looked gorgeous, as you might expect, wearing a low-cut blue and black wide-striped dress.
Did you have any fears going in, playing such an iconic character like Lois Lane?
When I was first offered the part, it was my first fear because really the iconic notion of it is nerve wracking, but what was most nerve wracking for me was the investment and passion the fans have for this film. I just wanted to do my best and honor them and how they view the film.
Did you read anything about what they thought of the casting of a blond as this new Lois Lane?
I don’t ever read that stuff, to be honest, for the same reason as I just said. If I had read all that stuff – why? Why would you read that? You go and you do your job. You’re cast for a reason. You have to trust the people who cast you and the people around you. With this film you have Bryan Singer who is such an incredible filmmaker and a very dear friend now of mine. You have to trust that and you have to trust yourself, most importantly. I think all actors are insecure, I can say I certainly am, but you just have to go in and trust yourself. I think if you read all that noise – you want to honor the fans and do your best – but if you read all that, it probably wouldn’t be good for your performance.
You say you’re insecure – why are you insecure? You’re in “Superman Returns,” how could you possibly be insecure?
I think that’s a very funny question because, well, it’s kind of a presumptuous question to ask because you don’t know me. It’s a vague thing to ask considering you don’t, but I was insecure because, well, I think almost all artists are insecure. I don’t ever watch myself and think, “Wow, that was great! I hit it out of the park!” I’ve just begun my career. I’m 23. I’m still learning. I feel like I’ve just come out of the gate.
Really? Even now after working on this film?
What are those insecurities then? What specifically do you fear now?
One of the things I love most about this job is I don’t feel you can ever master it. I think you’re always learning and you’re always growing. Even when you think you’re at the top of your game, there’s always something else you can do and learn. I think that if I wanted to fall into a niche where I knew I was really good at something, I could do that and feel secure there. But I don’t want to do that. I want to do things that will challenge me and I will be scared to do because I’m not the best at it, but I certainly want to do it to have that experience and to challenge myself and to be seen in different ways. I could sit there, do a cookie cutter job in a certain way and probably make money from it and do what people expect me to do, but that’s not what I want to do. If you don’t do what you want to do in life, then what’s the point?
Have you seen the final cut of the film and do you feel it’s quite different from the shooting script?
No. I saw the film yesterday for the first time and it’s funny because I really hadn’t seen anything, and that was by choice. I never watch dailies. Even when I came in to leave, Bryan wanted to show me some scenes and I said, “Nope! Don’t show me anything! I want to see it at the end when all is said and done.” So, it’s exciting for me to be able to see it because I think I was the only person directly involved with the film who had a fresh pair of eyes.
The main reason why I was most excited about joining this film is because this is Superman and that’s so exciting and so great. Another main reason is Bryan Singer. He’s been one of my favorite directors of all time. The third thing most exciting to me was, well, I was nervous to sign on because I hadn’t read the script. It was very top secret. When everyone was cast, no one had read the script. They came in with two scenes to read that may or may not end up in the film, so it was very vague. Then, when I was offered the role, I had to go in and sit in a room on the Warner Bros. lot and they locked the door – I’m not kidding you! I’m not exaggerating! – and I sat there by myself with the script! I had been offered the part and I thought, “What if it’s really bad? What would I do then?” So, I was very nervous, but then I read it and it was such a tremendous script. What was most important to me was that it had a story and it wasn’t just a whole bunch of things exploding and looking cool and flash. It had a tremendous heart from the very beginning and I knew that was very important to Bryan to have it come across in the film and I really think it does.
Are you involved in the sequels?
I hope so. I’m signed up for it.
Can you tell us a bit about how Brandon struck you when you first met him and how he turned out to be as an actor?
I met Brandon for the first time when he had the role already and I came in to screen test. I was very curious to see how he was as a person, but also to see how he was going to play the role. As I said, I was given two scenes – one was Lois Lane with Clark Kent and one was Lois Lane with Superman. So, when I went into the room, I was very curious and excited to see how he was going to play both parts. I think, like many people, I was sort of skeptical in a way. I was going in hypercritical. I thought, “How is anyone really going to be able to pull of Superman today?” So, I started to read with him as Clark Kent first and I thought he was really, really good. And I thought, “OK, that’s Clark Kent, but I want to see how he plays Superman.” We went to the Superman scene, which is the roof top scene where a lot of different emotions were going through my character’s head, as well as his. I remember being in the middle of that scene and realizing in the moment that I had become totally lost in just reading with him, in a white, bare, sparse room with the tri-pod video camera and a couple of people sitting around and watching and that’s when I realized he was going to be tremendous in this film.
Was it tough for you to work so far away from home for such a long period of time?
It was in the way that I missed my family and friends, but it was such a time of real independence for me that I loved being in Australia.
How did you express that independence? What did you do?
Well, I was 22 when I went over there and I was living on my own with my dogs. I had my own apartment. I had never been on location for so long on my own. When I went away on location before, I was younger and I’d usually bring my Mom or friends because I was nervous to be on my own. This is the first time where I was really embracing that independence. Obviously I was playing a Mom who was getting married and I was ready to embrace feeling like a grown-up and I had such a good time being there. I had a great time.
Did you grow up knowing Lois Lane and the Superman comics? What was your first exposure to the character?
I didn’t grow up reading comics. My first exposure to Superman was when I was about six or seven. The film had already come out when I was born – I was born in ’83 – so it was on VHS [laughs] and I watched it with a friend who lived across the street, my best girlfriend, and we were very into film, even at that age. We loved watching movies. She was sort of my movie buddy. So, we watched “Superman” and were really excited. It’s one of those films you just want to be in. When you’re a young person you just fantasize about being Lois and being carried across the city in the same way you want to be Wendy in “Peter Pan.”
Could you talk about changing your whole look for this film, what with coloring your hair?
Well, I was a brunette in “Wonderland.” When you change your hair color you can be shocked by how different you look. [Changing my hair color] certainly helped in creating a character and feeling like a different person. I loved it.
What’s next for you?
It’s a small film called “Seasons of Dust” that takes place in 1935.
So, you’re going back to a more independent style of film?
Yeah, it’s definitely independent. It’s directed and written by Tim Blake Nelson.
Look for more interviews, as well as a quick review of the film, on CBR later today.
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