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Emily Browning and Jena Malone Interview
Emily Browning and Jena Malone Interview
Jena, Abbie [Cornish] said that because you were playing sisters there was a bit more of a competition between you and her about the dead-lifting and stuff like that and she said you came out on top. Is that true?

Jena Malone

Well, I mean I hate to say it, but ...

Emily Browning

Oh, you came out on top! 235 pounds, this one can dead-lift. I don't know what that is in stones.

Jena Malone

And I think Abbie got to like 225 or something.

Emily Browning

So close.

Jena Malone

Just a little bit more. It was kind of incredible when we first started out because we're all different heights and weights, and Abbie was, we were thinking of kind of like welter-weight. Heavyweight - lower – lower weight? What's the lower weight?

Emily Browning

Lightweight? [Mocking voice] Lightweight!

Jena Malone

Lightweight. Because we're like three different sizes – Abbie's tall, she's a little stronger, I'm like medium, like middle build.

Emily Browning

I'm tiny.

Jena Malone

And she's a little tiny one. And so there was never really like any competition in the beginning -

Emily Browning

Because we were all aware of where we were.

Jena Malone

Yeah and they would be like, 'Alright, you're on the 50 pounds, I'm on the 70 pounds, she's on the 90 pounds,' and obviously I knew I couldn't be on the 90 pounds because I was not there. But slowly but surely I started inching my way and I started hopping on her 90 pounds.

Emily Browning

We all found what we were best at as well – you know, we all found areas we excelled in. I don't feel like there was any serious competition. Friendly competition but it never left the gym, it was never like, 'Ooh, I'm gonna dead-lift so much more than you tomorrow,' it was so not like that.

Jena Malone

It was just exciting to be able to feel like I wanted to push my sisters and I wanted them to push me and bring out my best. And to be able to see them beat their own personal best every single day through like hard work and dedication, I mean, it's kind of really incredible, it's so rewarding.

Emily Browning

And also, when you were working to that 235 dead-lift, we were all standing around and cheering you on.

Jena Malone

Oh my God, you guys were so supportive.

Emily Browning

We were just like, “GET IT, JENA!” We were all just yelling, we were so rowdy.

Jena Malone

And I was oddly into dead-lifts, I don't know why, I really got into it. I liked it. They didn't even really want me to go that far, I was just like 'Alright, I'm doing it ...'
So the pay-off to all that is the action stuff you do in the film. So what was your favourite action scene that you did?

Emily Browning

To film or to watch?
Let's say both.

Emily Browning

It's so tough.

Jena Malone

[To Emily] What's the thing that you – sorry, I'm going to sort of reiterate the question because there's an interesting question in that. What is the thing that you feel you were able to do in the film that you wouldn't have been able to do without the training? That you're most proud of.
It was intense, people don't understand just how much detail and what goes into those scenes...
That is a better question. Thank you.

Emily Browning

I don't know. What's your thing? I'll think about it.

Jena Malone

Erm, definitely the wire-work. I mean to be able to hang upside down, use the core strength, to be able to manipulate your body.

Emily Browning

Yeah, I agree. In the bunker, in World War I, there's a part where I jump up and I'm sort of on my side and I slash down and everyone's like, 'Oh, that's your stunt girl' and I'm like, 'No, that was me.' It was so weird – I was hanging on my side in these wires and then there was one wire behind me, they would drop that so that I would spin and then I would have to slash with my sword and everyone just assumes that it's a stunt person and if I hadn't had the training it absolutely would have been. That was the kind of thing that kills you and tears you apart, but it's the best feeling to be able to do that, so that was really great. In the train scene when Jen's upside own, she was upside down - that wasn't a trick. You were upside down and shooting a real gun.

Jena Malone

Yeah. Yeah. I mean, that wasn't that hard, but you know ...

Emily Browning

Yeah, but it looks like it's so unbelievably cool.
But you're jumping up against a giant samurai though ...

Emily Browning

Mm-hmm. That was on wires as well, that was me. Yeah, that was crazy, that was ridiculous. That was when my little brothers came to visit the set for two weeks, while I was doing the samurai stuff and you know, I had them there with Zack, cheering me on, while I was just jumping around, being an idiot. I mean the wire stuff is such a thing of balance – all of those wire moves -

Jena Malone

Balance and strength, for sure.

Emily Browning

Yeah, totally. Or like that one move where I just jump up to the samurai, because I was just jumping onto a giant green it took maybe two days to perfect that. Like two days, maybe five hours a day, trying to get that jump perfect. It was intense, I mean people don't understand just how much detail and what goes into those scenes.
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