An Interview with Jay Russell and Alexis Bledel
- Monday, October 21, 2002
H: I took my 16 year-old son and his girlfriend to see this movie and afterwards I asked them if they would drink the water and they both said they'd drink the water in a heartbeat. With the 'youth oriented' culture that we have today, do you think this movie sends a good message for young kids about enjoying life and living it to its fullest?
J: Yes! And that's been the really exciting and fun part for me is to follow kids out into the lobby and hear kids debate this very issue. One of our first previews I remember, two girls got into a shouting match in the lobby and they were arguing and one girl said "No that's the whole point! It's not good to live forever on this earth." Debates like that are very exciting, and I think young kids will want to discuss it.
H: I think the movie works because it allows the parents to tell the kids, "Here's what life can offer you", like William Hurt does with Winnie.
J: William makes an amazing case for the cycle of life as it is and as it should be in the scene in a rowboat with he and Winnie. It's a very powerful case that he makes. He says that their family are like rocks stuck in a stream and the stream is flowing past and they can never move and that's a very tragic thought. And he urgently is trying to convince her to live your life now and do positive things now and don't worry about death worry about your life as it is right now and live that to its fullest! And you know, I think there's a misconception that kids aren't interested in movies that are thought-provoking and have themes that are rich. I think that's wrong because I've sat with kids in previews and you have those worries that kids are never going to sit through a movie that doesn't have explosions or car chase scenes, but they do. They'll sit and enjoy this kind of movie. I mean you could have heard a pin drop in the screenings I sat in. And then again, the debate afterwards--that's exciting. That means that kids hunger for thought-provoking movies, and I like that.
H: Well thank you so much for making these kind of thought-provoking movies for the whole family. I love the way you make a movie.
J: Well you're welcome and thank you!
My next interview was with the star of Tuck Everlasting who also happens to co-star on the WB television show, "The Gilmore Girls", in the role of Rorie. Alexis Bledel is a sweet and beautiful 22 year-old young woman who has the mannerisms and looks of the 17 year-old she plays in the movie and on TV. Although she's not a 'seasoned' interview and as chatty as others I've interviewed ,I found her to be charming, cordial and in a way, unaffected by the celebrity status that she is gaining with her first feature film.
Holly McClure: What did you enjoy most about playing this character?
Alexis Bledel: Ummm, I liked playing someone who was rebellious, because I've never gotten to do that before because it was something kind of different.
H: What did Winnie teach you about yourself?
A: Hmmmm…I don't know what she taught me. I think the things she would have taught me I've already learned at her age, so I think I taught her a few things. ( She smiles with that plucky smile she's famous for on "The Gilmore Girls".)
H: Did you like playing a period piece and someone who lived in a different time when life was definitely slower?
A: Yeah, I liked it a lot. It made me think, What are we doing? What's the rush? We should realize that more shouldn't we?
H: This is kind of a Romeo and Juliet romance with an ending that may be disappointing to young teens. I took my son and afterwards we talked about the film and I explained how there are things kids and teenagers just don't know yet. Do you think this movie will send a message to young people to enjoy life more?
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