Camilla Belle Interview - 10,000 BC Movie at Wonder Con
How did Camilla Belle feel when she had to react to animals that were not real?
How do you get into this character with the hair, the makeup, and everything?
Camilla Belle: "It was actually a really refreshing experience for me because usually in modern films you're getting your hair blown out every day, getting some nice makeup done, wardrobe. But it was actually really fun to get dirty every single day. I don't even know why, but it was just a different experience and everything different is fun. We had to get the fake tan spray about once a week to get dark, and the lenses I had to wear and our wigs and the placement of dirt... It wasn't so unattractive; we could make it look somewhat good."
She is the love interest.
Camilla Belle: "Exactly. She has to look good, obviously."
What is it like working on a project like this, because this is a lot bigger than what you usually do?
Camilla Belle: "Definitely. It was an experience I was not accustomed to. When a Stranger Calls was somewhat of studio film, but still just me in a house. It was not on a big scale, so this was very challenging. We were gone for six months. There was 500 crew members; I didn't know who anyone was most of the time. But luckily the cast was the most amazing group of guys - I was the only girl - and we had the best time. We really became a small family."
So they didn't pick on you and there weren't practical jokes?
Camilla Belle: "No. We really did become a close-knit family. We were really fortunate to have that."
Working on these locations, Roland (Emmerich) was just saying that the set had snow when there wasn't supposed to be snow. What was that like?
Camilla Belle: "It was a nightmare. Especially New Zealand, that was the hardest, I think, because it was so cold. We were there and then it would snow and they had to rewrite to adapt to the snow. And then on days they were hoping it would snow for continuity, it didn't snow. They had to rewrite for that. It was kind of a nightmare. But I have to say it was beautiful, stunning. Steven (Strait) and I were just saying that a lot of times it looked fake. It didn't look real because it was so beautiful."
Did you have to do much green screen or did they have stuff there on the set you were supposed to be reacting to?
Camilla Belle: "We were really fortunate because there wasn't a lot of green screen in the movie. I shot maybe a week max on green screen. That was it. It was really wonderful because we were working on location so it made everything even more realistic, even more personal. And then with the animals, they were fake. That's the only thing, but I didn't work too much with them. I was kind of lucky."
How tough is it to react to a fake animal on set?
Camilla Belle: "You feel really silly. All the camera guys are there just kind of laughing. And then when they say, 'Cut,' we just had to burst out laughing. You feel really dumb running from things that aren't there, reacting to an animal that's not there. So you feel really silly a lot of times."
This has been described as a Romeo and Juliet type of romance. Does that fit the relationship you two have?
Camilla Belle: "I guess it's Romeo and Juliet in it's the ultimate love story, and in a sense it kind of is because they should not The old mother of the tribe doesn't want Evolet to be with him because he really is the runt of the tribe. She wants him to be with "
Steven Strait's a runt?
Camilla Belle: "Somewhat, because he's not a capable hunter. He's not the macho man of the tribe. He's kind of just a little guy who can't really do much. So she wants her to be with the great hunter of the tribe. But ultimately their love overpowers everything else."
When you get a script like this and it's such a huge, massive production, are you scared of that type of thing?
Camilla Belle: "There's obviously a little bit of anxiety before you do a film like this. I think signing on you get a little bit nervous. 'If it doesn't do well, what will happen? It's a huge budget, so much is relying on this film.' But you just have to, at the end of the days, jump into it and not think about those things. And once you're filming, you're not thinking about anything except for your day-to-day job and what you're doing the next hour. You really don't think about that once you're filming."