Watch out for the hothead of the Clearwaters, Leah that is. Eclipse’s Julia Jones sat down with LimeLife and discussed her new role as the only female wolf of the pack, Leah Clearwater. Julia chats about working with Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart, and how she can relate to “Leah” herself.
: We heard that there were open casting calls for Eclipse. How exactly did you score the part of Leah Clearwater?
: The casting director I’ve had a relationship with for a number of years. She actually just called us up and I went in and auditioned for the director David Slade and for her, and came back about a week later and read for some people from Summit and David again and some of the producers. And then I waited for about a month before I heard anything, and you’re right, in that time they were doing huge casting calls and going up to Canada. I think they accepted tapes from anybody so really anyone in the world could put themselves on tape and potentially be seen by the casting people.
: Okay, so basically you were tapped on the shoulder to audition for the biggest cinema craze of our time. What kind of relationship did you have with the Twilight series at that time?
: It’s interesting because I hadn’t read any of the books before I got the audition. I of course was aware of it, I have good friends who have been – I think “obsessed” is the right word – for quite some time. (Laughs.) Then when I got the call for the audition, I actually had a very serious visceral reaction. My heart started beating fast, it’s a very unusual thing but I think on some level I think I sort of felt like I knew that this was going to be something important and probably life-changing.
: What did you bring to Leah’s character? Did you relate to her?
: The heartbreak is a very universal emotion and most of us have felt that – I have. So that was clearly part of it. But also just being so caught up in what’s going on in your world emotionally that you can’t connect to the outside world, that’s something that’s a hard thing. Anytime you go through something dark and painful, it makes you want to just withdraw from the world, except you can’t. I explored what that’s like a lot when I was preparing.
One of the fun things that I got to bring to her was just being a tomboy and hanging out with the boys. I was always a huge tomboy growing up and I was always competing. I was the only girl in my football league, and they were so mean to me! (Laughs). And so a lot of that was easy to draw on.
Julia seems sweet as pie, I sure hope she can pull off the smug sassiness that is Leah Clearwater. Check out the full story over at LimeLife