Autumn Reeser talks about her role in this highly-anticipated sequel and more
Lost Boys: The Tribe has been one of the most hotly anticipated straight-to-DVD releases in recent memory. The film tells a new vampire story set in a present-day California beach community and will hit the DVD and Blu-Ray shelves on July 29. I recently talked to one of the new film's co-stars, Autumn Reeser about her role as Nicole in the new DVD, and here's what she had to say.
We're both about the same age. Was The Lost Boys something that you caught when you were in high school, like I did?
Autumn Reeser: No. I actually didn't see it until they offered the role to me. I had never seen it and then I watched it to see what all the fuss was about because everyone loves it so much. It was great. I really enjoyed it.
What initially drew you to the project and your character, Nicole?
Autumn Reeser: I kind of thought of it as a journey from girl to woman and, in addition, I thought it would be cool to play a vampire. That was a huge motivating factor for me. I really wanted to do that. It was so fun.
It seems like this has the same sort of tone from the first one. What sorts of things are similar from the first one and what things can we expect that are different?
Autumn Reeser: There's still vampires (Laughs). I basically play the Jason Patric character from the first one. Instead of it being two brothers dealing with all of this, it's a brother and sister duo. I fall in with a group of vampires and my brother has to figure out how to save me before I feed.
So, with Tad (Hilgenbrink), did you get together before filming a lot? It seems like you have a pretty close relationship in the movie.
Autumn Reeser: He's great. I don't think we met until we were already in Vancouver and were going to shoot. We had about a week of rehearsal time. We really bonded like a brother and sister. He's fabulous. He's just a great guy and I enjoyed working with him and Angus (Sutherland).
What was the vibe on the set like? Was it pretty playful or serious?
Autumn Reeser: Oh yeah. It was the boys club. We were doing a vampire movie. Mostly, on movie sets, most of the crew are men so it's like, 'More blood. Pour more blood on this.' And it's me going, 'Less, less!' It was great. Everyone had a good time. P.J. Pesce, the director, just brings an amazing energy to the set. He is a fabulous director. I really enjoyed working with him. He's very positive and he always dresses really snazzy.
That's usually different from most directors.
Autumn Reeser: Yeah!
P.J. has had some acting experience before too. Is he more of an actor's director?
Autumn Reeser: Yeah. He's really fun to work with because, for one scene where all that was written was, 'Nicole wakes up a little different,' he was like, 'O.K. I want it to be like you're a junkie and you're hungering for something. You need your fix.' That's great. That's something an actor can really sink their teeth into, haha, no pun intended. It's just fun. I like that he challenged us like that.
So how long was the actual shoot?
Autumn Reeser: It was a little less than two months. Yeah, pretty standard. It's nice shooting in Vancouver. It's so close to Los Angeles, relatively. Vancouver was absolutely beautiful. It was so beautiful.
Yeah. I haven't been up there yet, but that's all I hear when people come back from there, that it's just gorgeous up there.
Autumn Reeser: It is. It's like this big city and you get all this nature and it's right by it. It's really special.
So when you guys started this, was it always planned for a direct-to-DVD release, or was there ever plans for bringing it to theatrical?
Autumn Reeser: It was done through Warner Premiere, so Warner Premiere is dedicated to... they release most of their movies on DVD. Some of their movies they'll release on the big screen, but I think they do like 10 or 15 movies a year and I think four of them go to the big screen and the rest go straight to DVD.
Especially on our site, theres been such a buzz about this movie. The comments are off the charts and there's definitely a fanbase for it.
Autumn Reeser: Oh, it's interesting when you tackle something like this, you tackle anything where the original was a cult classic, you're just kind of expecting that it's going to be controversial, the remake. There are going to be people who see it, or don't see it, who are going to go into it, ready to hate it, because they're so angry that someone is making a sequel.
The stuff on our site has been mostly positive. There have been a few here and there like, 'Why are they doing this?' or 'Why are they doing another one?' but, for the most part, whenever we run a story on it, there's always a lot of comments and a lot of people can't wait to see it.
Autumn Reeser: Yeah, that's what I've heard, mostly. I did a Brady Bunch Movie years ago and it was kind of the same sort of thing. You get a lot of opinions like, 'Oh, this person doesn't look like Cindy. This person doesn't sound like Greg.' It's funny how quickly people want to jump on a bandwagon with that and with this, I hope people want to jump on a bandwagon of, 'It's awesome. I hope they make a sequel.'
How is Corey Feldman like to work with? Do you have any favorite stories with him from the set?
Autumn Reeser: He's fabulous. He's a real professional. He's been doing it, he's been acting his entire life. He's a real pro. He's just a great guy to work with. He comes with a lot of ideas and he's a family man, has the cutest kid ever, and he's just a real great guy.
So do you have a lot of scenes with him in the movie?
Autumn Reeser: No, I don't think I do.
Is there anything you can tell us about American Mall or Possessions?
Autumn Reeser:American Mall comes out August 11. It is a movie musical and I play the villain, Madison, whose a spoiled fashionista whose father owns the mall. It was so much fun. I finished that this last February and I'm really excited for it to come out because it's really good. I'm also going to be in an upcoming video game, Command and Conquer: Red Alert. I just finished that yesterday.
Oh. So what do you voice in that?
Autumn Reeser: Actually, it's a live-action. There's live-action characters in it and I play Commander Lucette. I'm a commander for the allies.
So they put you in the motion-capture suits and stuff like that?
Autumn Reeser: No, it's all live. Basically, I'll pop up on your screen and tell you what to do. It's like you're talking to me on a little video watch or something, so I pop up and talk to you about our objective, and so forth. Yeah, it was awesome.
So, we've heard about the possibility of a third Lost Boys after this. Is there anything you can say about that?
Autumn Reeser: Oh, I don't know anything about that. I doubt that my character would be in it. She's probably had her fill of vampires after this movie. She probably moves away from that town (Laughs).
We had an interview with Corey Feldman and he said there was talk about it.
Autumn Reeser: Oh, I'm sure he and (Corey) Haim would be in it, I'm sure. No, I don't know anything about it.
So is there anything that you're eyeing up for the future, or are you just waiting for the whole strike thing to go down?
Autumn Reeser: I was just told of a possibility of something this morning, but I can't really talk about it. I'm doing an episode of Pushing Daisies that will air in October. It's awesome.
Finally, The Lost Boys has become a modern classic over the years. How do you think the fans of the original classic will react to this one?
Autumn Reeser: I hope they'll love it. I hope they'll get a bunch of friends and they'll all sit down for a fun night to watch it together. It's scary and it's funny and I think they'll have a great time.
Excellent. Well, that's about all I have for you, Autumn. Thanks so much for your time.
Autumn Reeser: Awesome! OK, bye.
Lost Boys: The Tribe hits the shelves on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 29.
Dont't forget to also check out: Lost Boys: The Tribe [Uncut], Lost Boys: The Tribe [Blu-ray]