Kruger and Ronan talk working on ‘The Host’
By Cindy Pearlman March 27, 2013 2:58PM
DIRECTOR: Andrew Niccol
STARS: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel
GENRE: Action, Adventure, Romance
RATED: PG-13 for some sensuality and violence
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours and
Updated: April 29, 2013 11:52AM
LOS ANGELES — Every inch of Diane Kruger has been measured for movie roles, but this was ridiculous.
“You’ve heard of made-to-order dresses? As a creature, I needed made-to-measure contact lenses,” Kruger said.
The actress plays the Seeker in the film adaptation of “The Host,” the sci-fi novel by “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer.
In this world, human bodies are being inhabited by aliens that have arrived to take us over, fix our environment and end wars.
The giveaway is their aqua eyes, glowing with a halo. Thus the lenses.
“You can’t see in the contacts,” Kruger said. “People would come up from the side and you just couldn’t see them. At night, you couldn’t see anything.
“It actually helped with the performance. These aliens walk in a strange way and have this laser vision. When your real world is blurred, it’s easier to act strange.”
Co-star Saoirse Ronan was no fan either.
“I hated those contacts,” Ronan moaned. “I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to act because I couldn’t see.
“I guess it was a lot cheaper than putting rings in our eyes digitally afterwards.”
Kruger, 36, laughed at the ironies of alien life on Earth.
“All of the aliens wear only white outfits, so apparently aliens have figured out how to do laundry,” said the “National Treasure” and “Inglourious Basterds” star.
“They also drive shiny chrome Lotus cars that never seem to get a spot on them.”
The German-born Kruger said she was excited about working with Meyer, one of the film’s producers.
“I really liked ‘Twilight.’ It appeals into my inner teenager,” she said. “I thought it would be really cool to be part of the Stephenie Meyer cool kids club.”
Meyer was a presence on the set.
“She has an opinionated view of the characters, but she’s not a control freak,” Kruger said. “She just wants to make sure that you don’t play it one-note.
“Meanwhile, Andrew (Niccol, the director) has a very precise idea of what things should look like. He could do 18 takes to move a piece of paper.”
Next for Kruger is an FX series, “The Bridge,” about U.S.-Mexican border wars, and an Abraham Lincoln film produced by Terrence Malick.
“I play Lincoln’s stepmother when he’s a little boy of 6 and after his mom died,” Kruger said.
“She was the one who convinced his dad he should go to school and gave him his first books.
“It’s a simple movie. No makeup. No contacts. I was in heaven.”
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LOS ANGELES — Though “The Host” is a creation of “Twilight” scribe Stephenie Meyer, Saoirse Ronan said what drew her to the project was the chance to work with director Andrew Niccol of “Gattaca” and “The Truman Show” fame.
“I didn’t go into this thinking it would be some big franchise,” she said. “I just wanted to do this story.”
It’s one of several movies Ronan, 18, will star in during the next year including “Mary Queen of Scots,” Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut in “How to Catch a Monster” about an underwater town, and the Wes Anderson film “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
On the latter, “the entire cast had dinner together every single night,” Ronan said.
“I’m sitting there with Wes, Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe and Bill Murray. At that moment, everything is a bit too surreal for me.”
Best known for “The Lovely Bones” (2009) and “Hannah” (2011), the 18-year-old Dublin native has love scenes with her co-star Max Irons, whose character loves her in human form, and Jake Abel, whose character loves the alien possessing her.
“I’m swing-dancing and kissing in the rain up against a trailer,” she said. “It was a bit racy.
“There was a little boy who plays my brother in the film. When we did the love scenes, I told him, ‘Go into your trailer. People will be making out soon.’ ”