Rachel Hurd-Wood Interview
Rachel Hurd-Wood Interview
British actress Rachel Hurd-Wood first shot to fame during 2002 with her role as Wendy Darling in the film adaptation of Peter Pan. Following on from her big screen debut, she then went on to feature alongside Rupert Everett as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC’s version of the Case of the Silk Stocking, with Alan Rickman in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, and next to Ben Barnes in Dorian Gray. Moving away from the world of period drama, her latest role sees her heading off into the Australian outback to defend a small town from an unknown invader.

Recently in London, she spoke to View’s Matthew Turner about her role in Tomorrow, When the War Began, and how she bonded with the rest of the cast.

What's the film about and who do you play?

Rachel Hurd-Wood

The film is about seven teenagers that go camping in the Outback over the Australia Day weekend and when they come back they find that their town has been invaded by a foreign army. And the film is about their decisions, the moral implications of what they should do, whether they should fight, whether they should hide, stay put. I play a girl called Corrie McKenzie, who's one of those teenagers.
You wouldn't have known that it was his first time directing. He was so switched on and so aware of everything...
What attracted you to the project and how did you get involved?

Rachel Hurd-Wood

I got sent the script to read, to audition for and I'd actually read the books when I was in Australia, when I was 12. And I just thought it was really well adapted – it was a really exciting script to read. It was a page-turner, so that's always a good thing. Sometimes, you read a script and you can't remember what it was about half an hour later, but this really stuck in my mind and the character really stuck in my mind, because she's really loyal and a really good-hearted girl and her reactions are all very real. You know, sometimes you watch it and you go, 'Oh, you just wouldn't do that' but I think with this film, with all of the characters, it's very real and that was what I found really enticing about the story.
And are you on board for any possible sequels?

Rachel Hurd-Wood

Erm, I don't know. I can't really answer that because you'd have to watch the film to sort of know – but I don't know. Put it this way: I think they're making a second one, I don't know whether I'm going to be in it or not.
Do you have a favourite scene in the film?

Rachel Hurd-Wood

I think watching the scene where we are all running around in the river and having a lovely time would be my favourite, just because it was so much fun to film. We all got on so well and it really reflects all our relationships with each other. So that's fun to watch back because it's good memories. It's like looking at holiday photos.
What was the hardest scene to film?

Rachel Hurd-Wood

The hardest scene to film, I think was probably the end scene, because Corrie's not very well at this point and that was a really full-on day and everybody had to be – I mean, always we were focussed but we had to be especially focussed, everyone was at high emotions, so that was quite hard.
How does Stuart Beattie compare to other directors you've worked with?

Rachel Hurd-Wood

I would say that Stuart is brilliant. I've been fortunate to work with a lot of really, really talented, wonderful directors and Stuart is absolutely wonderful – you wouldn't have known that it was his first time directing. He was so switched on and he was so aware of everything. And also, he's a lovely human being, he's very compassionate and anything any of us were going through, he was there for us, no matter whether it was professional, personal or whatever. He's a really good person and a great director.

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