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Emily Browning and Jena Malone Interview
Emily Browning and Jena Malone Interview
You're wearing some pretty amazing clothes and costumes. Was it difficult to do the action scenes in those sometimes very short skirts?

Emily Browning

It was the very first time, because we'd trained for so long just in sweatpants. The very first time I remember I think we suggested we should have a day of training in our costumes, because it was so different. And the first time it was weird, it was like, 'Okay, I'm wearing a skirt, I have to be aware of angles that [I wasn't aware of before...']

Jena Malone

And Michael Wilkinson was super-collaborative. I remember asking him, 'I'm going to need elastic here, this needs to move here, I'm going to need my mag over here, I'm going to need another strap here, this needs to have some cotton strips.’ So it's like, you figure it out, you know? It was kind of exciting to be able to like see how much you could get away with.

Emily Browning

Your costume was the most intensive anyway.

Jena Malone

I mean, mine was like so many layers. I was covered head-to-toe in fishnets, like underneath.

Emily Browning

And the first time, the fishnet was too heavy and remember, you were like a Christmas ham.

Jena Malone

I know! Underneath my clothes my entire body was criss-crossed, I was like, 'Oh my God'.

Emily Browning

That's what's amazing about Zack, because he's so respectful and wonderful and collaborative, that sort of attitude flows down into the whole crew, so there were never any sort of battles between departments of like, “No, this is about costumes” “No, this is about props.” Everyone was so in on it together. Everyone totally understood. The wardrobe was beautiful and amazing but Michael, our costume designer, totally understood that we had to move in it, that was crucial. We had it all figured out, we had so long to train and sort everything out that by the time we were in there filming it was all pretty smooth sailing.
They were telling us that they cut the burlesque sequence that you trained for?

Jena Malone

It's not cut, it's in the end credits, but it's definitely not the length that it was. But I think people will be excited to see the Director's Cut.
Was that harder than the stunt stuff?

Jena Malone

Er, absolutely. Pole dancing was the hardest thing that I learned. I got the most bruises, cursed the most, hated it the most. It's like an Olympian sport, the amount of strength you need. I remember after doing it and I walked in to Logan and I'm like, 'Logan, what have you been training me for? I can't even pole-dance! If I can't pole-dance, I can't do anything, you know? It's so hard!'

Emily Browning

Your bruises from the pole dancing -

Jena Malone

It was the size of Africa on my thighs.
So you [Emily] didn't feel left out when they were all doing the dancing sequences and you weren't?

Emily Browning

I did. But when they were doing the dance sequences, I was training, learning my choreography for the samurai fight. They got to do the dancing, I got to do a lot of wire-work, which I really love, like flying around, it's kind of amazing. But also I felt part of it, because we had this big theatre, like one of the sound stages was actually the theatre.

Jena Malone

Yeah, we called it Dance Week. Like Em would be working on her samurai pieces in the day, shooting them, and then each night the theatre would be converted to the set of each girl's dance and so it would be like eight hours of Em working with the samurais -

Emily Browning

And then I would wrap and I would stay to watch their dances.

Jena Malone

And everyone would come and support and watch these dances and it was kind of incredible.

Emily Browning

Yeah. Every girl would go. We would get in a little golf cart and whoever had their dance we'd pick them up from hair and make-up and bring them whatever they needed and we'd all drive to the – you would drive, generally – Jena was like 'Vroom' on the golf buggy – and we'd take them to the stage and watch their dance. I remember at one point that my fight scene and I think Vanessa's dance were going to cross over and they were going to split it into two units and I nearly cried, because I was going to miss it.
The first time, the fishnet was too heavy and you were like a Christmas ham...
You're playing really sexy characters, vulnerable, powerful. Do you think it's a good role-model for girls your age?

Emily Browning

Yeah, because I think it's cool to see, you know, because women can be all of those things – sexy and vulnerable and sad and happy and tough and strong. And I think it's cool to see that it's not just like, 'This girl is purely sexy and that's what she is.' That’s what objectifying a female is, so I love the fact that these girls can play all of those elements.

Jena Malone

I mean we live in a great long lineage of amazing female action stars, that's not anything new. But what is new is that it's five young women together working as a unit. Besides, what, Charlie's Angels, which was a very different idea, this is five young women coming together to survive an oppressive situation, using their minds and what a beautiful thing to give a young woman, saying that you have all of the tools you need. You don't have to be the best cheerleader, you don't have to have the best boyfriend, you don't have to have the most money – you can make it just with this, you know, if you're willing to sacrifice everything you have for friendship and dedication. I think it's a really incredible message.

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