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  • Asa and Hailee, wonderful to meet you, aka Petra and Ender in Ender's Game. Now you guys

  • have great chemistry in the film. Did you hit it off straight away?

  • No. I'm kidding we totally did. Um your like what. We had so much fun yeah. Almost immediately

  • the whole cast got together so well. We had space camp the first week before filming where

  • we all bonded immediately. Yeah I think that really comes across on camera, the fact that

  • we were so close and such good friends with everyone really meant that we could push it

  • further and yeah we had a lot of fun.

  • Tell me about space camp. What does that entail?

  • Oh man. That was like a week of just an incredible learning experience. I actually was, I came

  • a bit late into that. You were there with everybody. We were taught everything from

  • how to march and how to salute and we learned different cadences. We learned really technical

  • things from astronauts and just incredible things you wouldn't even think about when

  • you're reading the script. So it all was really helpful and really played a part in making

  • a great film.

  • And you had a boot camp as well. Is that correct? Was this painful? Was this grueling?

  • I think the most grueling and painful part was waking up really early. But once we got

  • into it we had fun. We did, there was about a hundred of us including the extras and the

  • cast. We were all being marched down this hallway because we had to learn how to march

  • and salute, all the stuff you would learn in a military camp. Literally if one person

  • messed up that was it. Everyone was down on the floor. Twenty push ups.

  • No. Obviously the whole host of young actors. You say you got on really well. Were there

  • any pranks on set?

  • Yeah there was. There were a few. There were more of just like sort of messing around with

  • each other. There was one big prank at the end that kind of, got us. Yeah it did. It

  • had to do with Gavin and a bunch of people and its a really complicated story. But there

  • was a lot of kind of, scaring each other around corners. Just random fun stuff. Fooling around

  • yeah.

  • Now I think for me, one of the most exciting parts of the film was the battle room. Its

  • basically zero gravity, laser quest. How did you simulate that weightlessness? I hear about

  • something called a lollipop.

  • We did yeah. The lollipop is one of the rigs they use. They had about six different rigs

  • for different movements. Because of course one rig cant do everything you need and it

  • was incorporating looking like zero gravity. We had an astronaut come in and showed us

  • videos because often its stereotypicalised as being very slow and sluggish. In reality

  • its nothing like that. So we had that, we had our lines, we had. I had an accent to

  • worry about. We had our green screen all around us. We had so much fun but it was hard work.

  • You did a good job. Going into that though, you do have to put on those suits. Now they

  • look a little bit tight. Your obviously channeling it right now a little bit. How did you get

  • in? Were they easy to get on?

  • No. There was two pieces, there was the legs. Oh, no firstly we had to wear under armour.

  • Under armour underneath it. Underneath it. Then we had the leather leg rubber things

  • which you pulled up. They came up around our waist and over our shoulders. Then we had

  • the jacket which zipped up, now at that point we were like, (short of breath). Then we had

  • the gloves and the boots, helmet. We were kitted out. We had baby powder on standby

  • just to be able to get into these things. But yeah.

  • Nice little Ross Geller moment there.

  • Obviously Earth in this film is quite a verdant utopia. Its very beautiful, its very lovely,

  • its worth fighting for. What would be your ideal planet? What would it look like? What

  • would it smell like? What would it be populated with?

  • For me an ideal planet would have to be pretty diverse. Because you don't want one thing.

  • You don't want a planet that's full of just skyscrapers and fast cars. You want a planet

  • which has a bit of everything you want. You want the cities for the nightlife. Then you

  • want the jungles, you want the deserts, you want the mountains. I think Planet Earth has

  • got it pretty good in terms of diversity. I was going to say yeah, kind of like what

  • it is now. I think its interesting too to watch this movie and see the possibility of

  • the future. But I sort of love what it is right now.

  • I think that's good. I think that's a good way to be. If we like how it is then we've

  • got nothing to complain about. Thank you so much guys.

  • Thank you.

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