Rachel Hurd-Wood Interview
Rachel Hurd-Wood Interview
Was there any room for improvisation on set?

Rachel Hurd-Wood

To a degree. We did a load of stuff before actually filming, where we did improvs on scenarios that may have taken place, in order to establish our characters and the relationships between us. And that was really helpful, because – it sounds really actory and I don't know if I'm allowed to swear, so I won't say it, but -
You're allowed to swear.

Rachel Hurd-Wood

- wankery – a bit of a wankery thing to say, but we did a lot of sort of exploring how we would be as characters and you learned stuff about the character as you were doing it, genuinely. So that was really helpful, actually.
That was kind of my next question – obviously you were quite a tightly bonded group so how much preparation was there before shooting started?

Rachel Hurd-Wood

I think we had about a week and a half. Or I had a week and a half, they had two weeks or something, because I got there later. So there was time for us all to get to know one another, to do sort of stunt training, dirt-bike training, personal training just to get fit and stuff. A lot of improv and work with Stuart and all that.
Had you met any of the cast beforehand?

Rachel Hurd-Wood

No. Some of the others knew one another because the Australian film industry is quite tight knitted with regard to actors and stuff. A lot of them have gone to L.A. now, but a lot of people knew each other or knew of each other. I was a kind of a newbie because I was a Brit.
And have you all kind of stayed in touch and stuff?

Rachel Hurd-Wood

Absolutely. I'm really good friends with all of them. I see them all quite frequently – Phoebe and Caitlin especially, because they both live in L.A. and so I get to see them whenever I'm there. It's so weird to think that I've only known them a year and a half. I feel like I've known them forever – they're really, really good friends.
What's your next project?

Rachel Hurd-Wood

I did a film called The Last Furlong, it's just been changed to the title The Hideaways, which is premiering at the TriBeCa Film Festival, so that is that and otherwise I have nothing else coming up to film, I'm just sort of waiting on what the next good move would be.
I like a character that I feel I could relate to in some respect, even if it's totally off the wall...
What do you look for in a script, usually?

Rachel Hurd-Wood

An interesting story, something that really captures my attention, which is usually something a bit different or off-beat. I like a character that I feel I could relate to in some respect, even if it's totally off the wall, you know, something that you can find in it that you feel like you could do really well with.
Can you think of any recent roles that you would have liked to have played?

Rachel Hurd-Wood

Things I didn't get – is that what you're trying to say? Are you trying to wind me up?
No, no, no, no!

Rachel Hurd-Wood

I'm kidding! Probably, yeah. But I don't really want to talk about it because then it would make me sad.
Are you a big film fan yourself? What's the best thing you've seen recently?

Rachel Hurd-Wood

Yeah! Well, I only just watched Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and I absolutely loved that. I watched that on a plane to India and that was incredible. So, yeah, I'm really into older films at the moment. But, what did I re-watch the other day that I love? In Bruges or something. I love that film, it's great.
What about more recent films?

Rachel Hurd-Wood

The King's Speech was fantastic. I loved that.

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