J-14 caught up with Georgie Henley to talk about the action behind the latest installment of The Chronicles of Narnia series, her character Lucy Penvensie, and a very cool stunt gone wrong! The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is in theaters now!
J-14: Can you tell us what people can expect from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader?
Georgie Henley: I think it kind of takes the best elements and wraps it up into more of a punchier kind of film. I just think that it's got a lot of that Narnia magic that people kind of look forward to, but it's also really funny and there's still that action side to it. So, I think people are really going to enjoy it. I think they're in for an experience!
J-14: What would you say was the hardest scene to film?
GH: I think definitely a lot of the water scenes were very difficult just because it's very technically challenging for the camera crew and lighting crew to get all these different elements kind of working at the same time, and also quiet physically tiring. A lot of the time it was outside, so you got Australian heat beating down on you and then you're in a tank full of water and treading water for quite a while.
J-14: What was it like working with a green screen and all the characters that weren't really there? Was that hard?
GH: It's kind of mind-blowing to see it all on a big screen, but I think it kind of brings back the fact that you know it was quite difficult interacting with all the creatures that practice makes perfect. You kind of become more accustomed to it, and I think after seeing Reepicheep in the second film also gives you more of an idea on how he's gonna look and how he's gonna react. We have a stuffed toy, which is really cute.
J-14: How do you think Lucy has changed and come into her own in this movie?
GH: Lucy deals with a lot of problems that a lot of teenage girls kind of go through in their adolescent years and I really wanted kind of to do that justice. It's quite a difficult topic to kind of get across, but I think she definitely becomes more human and more vulnerable in this one cause you kind of see a little bit of a darker side to her. She's still very sweet and very endearing and very loyal and everything, but you do see more of a different side to her, which I think comes out in most teenage years in girls and I think I got to explore that a bit more.
J-14: Do you remember any embarrassing moments you had on set?
GH: I remember today I was doing a fight sequence with some sword fighting and I forgot to duck, so I kind of got punched in the face by a grown man by accident! It was quite embarrassing! I mean it was very painful at the time. I got a black eye!
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