Thursday, January 23, 2014

Zoey Deutch for Just Jared's "Spotlight of the Week" (Photoshoot + Interview)

Zoey Deutch is perfect in pink in this new pic from the latest edition of the Just Jared Spotlight of the Week photo series.


The 19-year-old actress was photographed by Justin Campbell in some super chic and floral themed looks from Burberry Prorsum and Dolce&Gabbana.

+ Read Zoey's interview below!

Zoey's interview with Just Jared:

Just Jared: Tell us what drew you to Vampire Academy. What was so special about this movie, since there are quite a number of vampire shows and movies?
Zoey Deutch: I don’t really feel there has been a big vampire film recently, although it’s a subject and a genre that has definitely been explored and in some people’s eyes perhaps overdone. I haven’t done extensive research, but I don’t think there’s been too many vampire films as funny as this. It’s always funny when people ask me why I was attracted to it because what most people wouldn’t understand is… I don’t go out and go, “Oh I want that part,” and then all of a sudden I get it, you know? I’m constantly auditioning all the time, even while I’m working, to get a job that I like.
Most people are kind of struggling because they’re taking jobs to make money. But in this instance, it all came together in a way that I feel very fortunate. I loved the character – it’s a kind of bad-ass heroine who uses her humor as a defense mechanism, as a means of survival. And for some ungodly reason I got the part, so that’s how it all came to be. It came to fruition.

JJ: What was your favorite scene to film?
ZD: The action sequences were the scariest. I was very, very careful about making sure that I wouldn’t hurt anyone else. And we had a great stunt team behind us. I was a dancer when I was younger so that certainly helped me. My body and muscle memory were able to perform.

JJ: What did you prepare for most, action scenes or emotional scenes?
ZD: I would say that I prepared more for the emotional stuff because I couldn’t prepare for the action stuff because half of it, I would be taught the action sequences like ten minutes before, which is even more terrifying. I’m like, “How the f–k do you use nunchucks?” I really have no idea. That was definitely interesting.

JJ: Do you have a favorite prop from set?
ZD: I love, I loooooove props, but [the director] Mark [Waters] wanted it to be pretty prop-less. So I didn’t really have too many props, unfortunately.

JJ: So you didn’t steal anything from set?
ZD: I did. I stole a towel that said, “St. Vladimir” which is the school, and I’m just revealing that now. (laughs)

JJ: What’s your favorite off screen moment?
ZD: It was so long, I can’t pick one. We were all pretty… I have a weird balance of being completely aware of everything that’s going on and needing to basically be my own A.D. (assistant director), understanding exactly what’s going everywhere and at the exact same time – just being a total goof and having fun with everybody.
I know Mark Waters consciously made an effort to keep my energy very high. As you know, I’m an extremely hyper person. So I was working 16, 17 hours a day for four months including night shoots while being aware of everything, being hyper. And then I made sure that I would go out on weekends to maintain a stable and happy mind opposed to just working all the time. I was exhausted, so I can’t really think of one specific instance, but it was a great experience overall, for sure.

JJ: Can you think of one though? (laughs)
ZD: Oh! This isn’t a favorite memory, this is just a really funny memory. I had to train during lunch, because we were working such long hours. I wouldn’t have time in the morning or afterwards to weight train and stuff, which needed to be maintained throughout filming, even though there was virtually no time at all. So we would try and make time during lunch.
Instead of going in my trailer and training with my personal trainer, I did it outside on the ground, with a towel, just to f–k with everybody while they were eating lunch. (laughs) Just to torture them and be like, “Look what I’m doing!” Push-ups, sit-ups, weights. And it was raining too! That was funny. Everybody teased me for a long time after that. It was my revenge for them being able to relax and have lunch. I was like…

JJ: “I’m still working!”
ZD: Exactly!

JJ: Describe your Vampire Academy co-stars in one word. Sarah Hyland.
ZD: Well, you know, I’m going to say the worst one for Dom [Sherwood] because his description for everyone was like, “Beautiful, fun, loving,” and then mine was energetic. So you know what Dom, here’s your answer! Let’s go! Let’s do this thing. Sarah Hyland, hilarious!

JJ: Olga Kurylenko.
ZD: Perfect woman.

JJ: Cameron Monaghan.
ZD: Mercurial.

JJ: Danila Kozlovsky.
ZD: The counterpart to Olga, perfect man.

JJ: Lucy Fry.
ZD: A sense of wonderment.

JJ: Claire Foy.
ZD: Inspiring.

JJ: Ashley Charles.
ZD: Cracks me up.

JJDominic Sherwood.
ZD: Party boy.

JJ: Do you have a funny story about “The Crow”? Dominic said to ask you about it.
ZD: Dominic? Who’s the crow? Oh my god, that’s not me. What is he talking about? (pauses)
Ohhhh! Okay, okay, I know what he’s talking about… I’m losing my mind. (laughs) It wasn’t a crow, it’s a raven. WRONG, DOMINIC! (laughs) We were shooting Vampire Academy in London, and we shot a couple scenes with two live ravens. If anyone knows anything about that specific bird, they are extremely intelligent creatures. One of the ravens was bored and didn’t want to do it anymore. The raven was like, “Oh this is such an easy job for me, I don’t want to hit my mark anymore. I want to do something else.” It would play games with me! It would make noises at me, and I would do it back. It would hop to one side, then hop to the other side. That’s what I was doing in between takes while I was shooting with the raven. So that’s my story. And everybody was so impressed with this raven hitting its mark. I never get any credit for hitting my mark. If it’s so goddamn smart, why can’t I get any credit?

JJ: (laughs) Three options, kill, marry, screw. Dominic Sherwood, Cameron Monaghan, Sarah Hyland.
ZD: Oh my god, you’re a very bad person! (laughs) If you did all girls, I’d be okay with that. How about we do Sarah, Lucy, and the raven.

JJ: No raven!
ZD: Marry Lucy, screw Sarah, and kill the raven.

JJ: There’s no raven!
ZD: Shhhhh!

JJ: Kill, marry, or screw. Izak RappaportChris GalyaHeather Catania.
ZD: Hahahahaha okay, I’ll do that. Marry Heather, screw Izak, kill Chris. (laughs) Just because circumstantially, I feel like I’m not going to get in trouble for that one because Chris has a girlfriend and I have a boyfriend (Avan Jogia).

JJ: Okay, topic change. Were you named after anyone?
ZD: My sister actually named me. My mother was having the talk and telling her, “Okay, you’re going to have a sibling. I don’t know if it’s going to be a girl or a boy.” And usually kids have a pretty bad reaction. My mom was quite nervous and my sister said, “Oh yeah, that’s Zoey,” and walked away. My mom was like, “well, that was a really crazy, frightening moment. I guess my child’s name is Zoey.” Whether I was a female or male, I was going to be named what I am. And it means life, so does my Hebrew name.

JJ: How about [your middle name] Francis, is that named after someone?
ZD: Yes, someone in my family. My mom’s a really bad speller, it’s supposed to be Frances, but on my birth certificate it’s Francis, like the male version. (laughs)

JJ: Could you tell us about your farm you live on, and all of its animals?
ZD: Yeah. I have horses, chickens, koi fish, an African grey parrot, a Maine Coon cat, a bunch of rescue dogs, a desert tortoise, and a giant bunny rabbit creature. It’s funnily enough, the most difficult out of all the animals to take care of, so high maintenance. His name is Samson, I rescued him from a music video shoot I was doing. Not rescued it, but I just took it home.

JJ: Did you start off with a lot of animals, or did it start with one and it just grew into this farm?
ZD: Most recently, we’ve added quite a few. But we’ve always had horses, and fish, and dogs. Then it kind of expanded from there. I’m really, really hoping for goats as the next venture in our animal hoarding careers.

JJ: What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
ZD: I think giving, or being given permission, to do or feel the way I do, and not be told to do anything otherwise. I feel very lucky to be surrounded by people who at least, from my perspective don’t try to change me. I think as an artist, that’s wildly important and vital in a creative and growing process. And that goes for love as well, with family, with relationships, or with friends.

JJ: Explain your job in three sentences to your eight-year-old nephew.
ZD: Bipolar. Oh wait, three sentences? I still love my boyfriend or husband even though I’m making out naked with this other person on TV or in a movie. Sorry my job is bipolar. I would love to come to your birthday.

JJ: What is fame to you?
ZD: Bullsh-t. I don’t really get it. I’m not one of those people, I think you know. I don’t understand it. It’s kind of fake, it’s all subjective to the situation in that specific time. I don’t really know where the line between fame and celebrity comes into play.
I mean, some people have an easier time getting into a room if they’re famous. Some people have better opportunities if they’re famous. If for instance, I always get the question, “What’s going to happen if your movie is going to be a big hit and you’re going to be famous?” I’m like, well, I guess there are things that suck about that, and it’s kind of bullsh-t. But it’s awesome because that means the movie did well and people enjoyed it. In that way, I can understand it. Other than that, I think it’s quite silly.

Read the rest of her interview HERE

You can also check out all BTS photos from the shoot HERE


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