Eloise Mumford: What everyone's getting wrong about Fifty Shades of Grey
Will fans of the Fifty Shades trilogy love the movie as much as they loved the books?
Eloise Mumford, who plays Ana's fearless sidekick Kate Kavanagh in the upcoming film adaptation, sat down with SheKnows to tell fans a little more about what to expect when the famous story hits the big screen. One thing we can be sure of? The first movie, which opens in theaters this weekend, is going to be just as good as the books.
"I think fans are going to be really happy with the film compared to the book," Mumford dished. "The writer, E L James, was heavily involved in the process, and I think everybody across the board was really concerned with making sure the fans love the movie just as much as they love the book."
One thing that will be missing? Some of the dirtiest scenes. But according to Mumford, that doesn't hurt the story at all.
"I think, for me, it's more so a love story," she said. "We all have different aspects to our relationships and we all have different aspects to our love stories. I think that in having Sam Taylor-Johnson, who's an incredibly artful and beautiful director, it's so much more about the love story."
That doesn't mean the story is going to skimp on the kink, but Mumford said the show can go on, even with a few of the X-rated scenes removed.
"At the heart of that is two people falling in love and figuring out how to love together when [they] come from different worlds," she explained.
Pulling off such an intense love story will definitely require real chemistry between the lead actors, Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. Rumors have been flying that the two don't even like one another and that their bickering left their onscreen chemistry lacking. But Mumford was ready to put those rumors to rest.
"Obviously, I wasn't involved for any of the really sexy stuff, so I can't really speak to any of that because I wasn't there," she said. "I will say that they're both incredible actors, and from everything I could see, they had perfect chemistry, so I don't think anybody needs to be worried about that."
So now that we have a better idea of what to expect, who should fans go see the movie with? Your partner? Family? Friends?
"It depends on how comfortable you are with your friends and family," Mumford said, laughing. "It's going to be a great Valentine's Day. I think it'll spark a lot of conversation if you go with your lover. I think it'll be a lot of fun if you go with your friends. My parents are going to it, which I'm super excited about."
Fifty Shades is even encouraging fans to turn the movie into a girl's night out with a giveaway on their website. No matter who you decide to see it with, Mumford said, the important thing is that Fifty Shades is going to be a lot of fun.
"I'm incredibly excited. I can't wait for it to come out," she said. "It's so cool to be a part of something that's such a huge phenomenon. It's rare to get the opportunity to be part of something that everybody's so excited about, so I feel really grateful for that. It's pretty awesome."
Will you go see Fifty Shades when it hits theaters this Friday? Who will you see it with? Head down to the comments and share your thoughts.
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