“I definitely don’t think I would have been ready at that time to handle that crazy attention,” Browning, who went on to star in ‘Sucker Punch,’ as well, said.
She furthered, “People knew that ‘Twilight’ was going to be successful but I don’t think anyone guessed that it was going to be as huge as it was.”
In fact, Browning thinks that had she auditioned for and won the role, and was then subjected to the ancillary fame and other assorted pressures, paparazzi flashbulb glare and media spotlight that came with it, she might be on a very different path now.
She reasoned, “If that had been me, I might not even be acting anymore because just thinking about the way they were constantly hounded by people after that film makes me feel anxious. I don’t think I could have handled that. I’m pretty happy with the choices and decisions that I’ve made. I don’t really have any regrets in that sense.”
Emily Browning, while initially drawn to the film for the historical story, says that she was also drawn to her character, Cassia, because she “didn’t want to be this kind of girl that gets rescued.”
“I’m glad that Cassia is able to stand up for herself,” she says.
The first official poster for Pompeii has been released and it features Emily’s character Cassia. Check the awesome poster out below:
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While Emily Browning was front and center kicking ass in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, for director Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster epic Pompeii, she’s more on the sidelines, trying to flee a forced marriage to Kiefer Sutherland’s character while also trying to reconnect with her true love, played by Kit Harington. If it sounds like she’s playing the typical love interest in a big budget disaster film….it’s because she is. However, during a group interview on the Toronto set earlier this year, Browning told us she gets to “go head to head with Kiefer,” and she’s part of a number of action scenes. In addition, she talked about filming on the practical sets, what it was like work with Harington
Question: Your character is in a compromised position in this movie, talk to us about how you get into this position where a senator has a crush on you?
EMILY BROWNING: (laughs) Well, um, it’s sort of not really ever revealed how Corvis and Cassia know one another, she’s been in Rome studying and she comes back and sees him and is freaked out, so obviously they have a little run-in in Rome and she’s grossed out by him. I think that’s kind of what attracted me to Cassia is the fact that she has been brought up in all this privilege but is really not interested in marrying some dude who has a bunch of money and she… I guess she’s a little bit… she’s a little bit sort of hardened at the beginning, like maybe she’s had a lot of attention from these kind of guys and she’s just really not into it. And it’s me meeting Milo and realizing that woah I have feelings for a boy that softens her up a little bit. But, yeah in a sense I guess… well, I wouldn’t say that the volcano eruption is lucky for her (laughs) but it kind of does get her out of, it gets her out of a very compromising position, because she, obviously she’s in a place where it looks like she is going to have to marry him to save her family, to protect her family.
And really hard to fall in love with Kit Harington?
BROWNING: So difficult, he’s hideous! (laughs) Um, no, it’s weird actually because we started hanging out when we were first shooting, but we didn’t film a scene together for like the first two weeks. So by the time we had to shoot the first scene where we were like you know, all gaga over each other, we’d become kind of like… I mean I think he’d already met my boyfriend by then, we’d become sort of like bros. So the day before that scene I was super nervous, like ‘ah now it’s weird, we’re friends and we have to pretend to like each other it’s kinda strange’ but I think we did all right, I think we managed.
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As expected, God Help The Girl will be making it’s debut at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. You can check out all the other movies showing at Sundance on Variety. They also added a new still from God Help The Girl: