“Oh, it’s so difficult to fall in love with Kit, he’s hideous!” says Emily Browning, laughing. “No, it’s weird actually because we started hanging out when we were first shooting, but we didn’t film a scene together for the first two weeks. So by the time we had to shoot the first scene where we were you know, all gaga over each other, we’d become… 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.”
Browning, who is best known for Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and the female action pic Sucker Punch, says she was a little bit sad that she didn’t get to participate in any of the fight scenes. “There are some pretty cool scenes in the chariot with me and Kiefer where it gets pretty intense and violent. There are big explosions and everything, but I don’t get to have a fight scene and I’m kind of jealous when I see the boys doing that. When we did Sucker Punch I was so into the training. I loved doing it, so seeing them getting to train every day, it makes me wanna do that kind of film again where I get to fight. I’m a little bit envious of it! But even though I loved the training I do remember that thing of working out for seven hours a day. In a way it’s a bit of a relief to not have to do that. Also the crazy diets they’re on, we didn’t really have to do that for Sucker Punch thankfully, but the stuff they’re eating! They eat kale and chicken and that’s all. And it’s funny because usually it’s the actresses on the set of a film that are watching what they eat, but on this we all couldn’t care less, but the boys are like ‘how many calories is in that?’ No that’s too many calories, they can’t eat that!
The only fight scenes Emily has are of the verbal kind with Kiefer Sutherland. She says despite her character’s hatred of him on screen, she loved hanging out with him off screen. “He’s so entertaining. He’s a total comedian. It’s a really friendly, jokey cast. And I’m so far from method it’s not even funny. I couldn’t stand that thing of not interacting if you don’t like each other on camera. Obviously, it works for some people, I mean, I think Daniel Day-Lewis is doing ok! But for me, I feel like things just work so much better when you’re comfortable with them. There are scenes where he has to like, throw me around and be quite rough and it’s nice to end of that scene and say, ‘Oh well, let’s go have a cigarette and chat!’”
"Ran into Kit Harington at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. All around awesome evening"