On Friday we had the pleasure to speak to Jake Abel and Max Irons, stars of the new movie The Host! The Host was originally a book written by Twilight author Stephanie Meyer, but is a bit more sci-fi and less romantic vampires. The movie comes out March 29th and from the sneak peek we got, it looks incredible! We asked Max and Jake a few questions about the movie and Hollywood in general, and here are their answers!
If you could be the Host in someone else’s body that is living today who would it be?
Jake: Max Irons, There beat you to it, can’t say me now.
Max: I wasn’t gonna say Jake! I was gonna say Jay-Z, I don’t know why, he’s cool I like him, we’ve got no one like him in England.
Jake: Uhh Blue Ivy, you’d make a good dad. I’d either grow up and be super talented or super useless because my expectations are so high. Think about it, you ever think about it? That kid has got a lot…
Did you act out the characters as they were in the book or did you put your own spin on them?
Max: I read the book before, what I think is best to do is to take what you want and what helps you from the book and then the script becomes your bible. You’ve all kinda got to be on the same page because there were scenes and there were characters and moments that were lost, and scenes and moments and characters that were kept and focused on. So I think the script has to be your thing.
Jake: I think Andrew Niccol (the director of the movie), I think he sort of took the strongest points, of each person and boiled them down. In the end I think the movie is a bit stronger, which I like. But still as sensitive.
Was it a hard industry to get into when you started acting?
Jake: Yeah the cards are always stacked against you and it’s funny you work for your SAG card, which allows you to do essentially credible work. Uhh to get a SAG card you have to do work, but to get work you have to have a SAG card. So you really everyone’s different, you really have to MacGyver your way into it. And once you’re in, you still have to work your ass off because it’s an accessible industry now, there’s a lot of people doing it, there’s a lot of young guys that look exactly like us doing it and you have to be better than them every single day. And sometimes it doesn’t matter, you know. Like if Max and I are auditioning for something it does not matter….
Max: I mean I’ve had too tall, too skinny.
Max: Yeah but it’s highly competitive, and as you said you have to be on top of things because you know there’s an army of kids ready to take your spot at any moment.
What drew you both to the film? Was it the sci-fi or drama elements?
Jake: It wasn’t so much sorta what it was, as far as genre goes. I know for me it’s always the script and the filmmaker. That’s always my start-off point, if those things entice me then it only helps that someone like Stephanie Meyer as successful as she is, and as sweet as she is sweetens the pot. When Saoirse Ronan is attached, I will always say yes, and I’ve been wanting to work with Andrew Niccol for some time.
Max: For me it was kinda the survival aspect, I think that becomes Jared’s focus and you know what even Jared and Melanie’s relationship is romantic from a third person point of view but from his point of view it’s really not. You know he’s lost a girl, she’s come back, he’s lost her in a completely unimaginable way and it’s a real struggle, and I thought, that’s an interesting problem to play for a character. And I really couldn’t think of any other film or book in which there’s been that problem. Where the physical form of the person you love is in front of you but you can’t touch them, you can’t hold them, you can’t love them, you can’t talk to them in the way you did. I thought that would be an agonizing thing, consequently a nice thing for an actor to get to do.
An actor and a model, 27-year-old Max Irons stars in The Host, based on the novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer.
Directed by Andrew Niccol, it tells the story of an alien race that invades Earth and the bodies of humans
My mum discovered I couldn’t read when I was eight.
I went to the local state school, and she came in one day to do reading classes and we all had to stand up and read a paragraph of a book. When it came to my turn, I was tearing up and just making up the story. Mum realised I had a problem and took me to a lady who diagnosed me as dyslexic. After that I went to a school where they had a department dedicated to dyslexia, and that changed everything.
My dad has made me proud, but I also wonder if he’s completely insane.
He worked three years flat out and then took a few years off to restore a castle in West Cork, Ireland. It was literally a pile of stones falling into the sea. Absolutely beautiful, but the sort of project any normal man would have walked away from. Not my dad. It’s amazing; you have to hand it to him. He absolutely knows what he wants and he does it regardless of what anyone else thinks.
As a child I’d get given parts as a tree.
As I got older the parts got bigger, and at 16 I was given a script to read on stage. I couldn’t do it. I then realised that I just had to be more prepared than anyone else. I’d have to know my lines and other people’s lines. I’m not embarrassed by it. In auditions, I’ll ask in advance for the script or I’ll explain that I can’t read well off a page. If you’re just open about it, I find people totally understand.
Kevin Spacey terrified me with a giant inflatable lobster.
As a kid I don’t remember being surrounded by celebrities. My parents aren’t like that. They have a few friends in the business, but I never thought of them as famous people. Kevin Spacey was a great friend of my mum’s and he came to stay after he’d been working on a movie, and he brought me back a giant inflatable lobster. When I saw it I was so terrified I burst into tears. I never associated him with being famous; I only ever associated him with that terrible lobster.
I was mortified when my dad took up driving a horse and trap.
I was about 15 or 16 – I was extremely self-conscious, I wanted girls to like me, and there was my dad riding around Oxford in a horse and cart. Awful. Now it makes me laugh.
My parents told me never to expect the success they’ve had.
Both of them firmly believe this business is largely based on luck. When I said I wanted to be an actor, they both told me to be under no illusions and to never think that my life would be like theirs, because they’d been lucky. I think it was very good advice.
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.– What if everything you love was taken from you in the blink of an eye? “The Host” is the next epic love story from the creator of the “Twilight Saga,” Stephenie Meyer.
When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about – Jared (Max Irons), Ian (Jake Abel), her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and her Uncle Jeb (William Hurt), proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.
This morning, Max and Jake dropped by the show to give us a preview.
“The Host” opens in theaters nationwide Friday, March 29. For more information, click here.