Our Interview With The Star-Crossed Lovers
It's obvious from this interview that Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth have amazing chemistry. They love to tease each other and even finish each other’s sentences! Despite the tragic fate of their characters, playing star-crossed lovers was a lot of fun.
This idyllic duo actually met for the first time at the Met Ball, which is very fitting for these thespians, since Romeo and Juliet meet at a ball in the original play. Douglas said, "I knew I was going to be testing with Hailee in London, so I waved at her from across the room and we hung out. It was awesome."
Young Hailee made quite a splash in 2010's True Grit at the tender age of 14. Now 17, she takes acting seriously. When asked about the hardest part of being a young celeb, she said, "I haven't really had an experience that I can say has been difficult. But times are changing and with social media, there's a lot going on. A lot of people have a lot of different opinions, but I think it's really important to stick with what you love. Don't lose sight of why you're doing it."
We asked the Shakespearean sweeties what they hoped the audience would take away from this new telling of an old story. Douglas said, "I just want people to enjoy it. For people that wouldn't normally give this story a chance, they think, 'Oh, I've studied this in school,' I'm excited for them to enjoy it. I think they really will because of the themes and it's the original love story. Like today you have Twilight and all those kinds of things, all of those stories are based on this original love story from hundreds and hundreds of years ago."
Douglas admits he gets bored easily, but found tackling Shakespeare to be a whole new challenge. He joked that the biggest challenge was working with Hailee, which made the raven-haired beauty squeal.
When we asked what three things American audiences should know about Douglas, he replied, "I'm English, my mother is half Spanish and half Dutch, and I used to play the trumpet." Good to know, Douglas!
Romeo and Juliet opens in theaters Friday, Oct. 11.
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