Get ready to start seeing a lot more of Kim Bubbs. The Canadian-born actress appears in two highly anticipated films set to hit the big screen in the near future: this week's release 'The Thing,' which serves as a prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 cult classic of the same name, and 'On the Road.'
Bubbs stars alongside Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley and Bella herself, Kristen Stewart, in 'On the Road,' the much buzzed-about adaptation of Jack Kerouac's famous novel. Moviefone caught up with the budding star to find out more about 'The Thing' and what it was like working with Hedlund in 'On the Road.'
What sparked your interest in 'The Thing' initially?
I thought that it was a brilliant idea to prequel John Carpenter's film. 'The Thing' provided a great opportunity to see what happened at the Norwegian base because it's shrouded in mystery. We don't know exactly what took place there. And I liked the fact that there were two women in this one.
How did it affect the dynamic while filming, having another woman on the team?
We had a great time. Mary Elizabeth [Winstead, of 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World'] is amazing. She's so professional and talented. We had such a great time as an ensemble cast as well. Everybody got along. It felt a lot like summer camp.
How does this compare and lead into John Carpenter's version?
Well, there was a lot of care taken with this film because Carpenter's version is a cult classic and we wanted to respect that. The special effects were done by hand and there was a lot of puppetry in Carpenter's version, and that element is in this film, which is great. Our film and his are definitely from the same universe. While it has the same type of feel, it is also a film that can really stand on its own.
So it may appeal to an audience beyond original fans of 'The Thing'?
Oh, absolutely! One of the things that's really interesting are the elements of paranoia, isolation, not knowing who to trust -- that whole psychological element is really intriguing and compelling to watch.
What was it like shooting? I heard that you had a pretty elaborate set in Toronto...
Yeah, it was amazing. It was so impressive to see all of the work that the special effects team did. We did some work with green screens, but a lot of the puppets and the stuff was on set, so it was really awesome to interact with it and see all the artistry behind it.
Without giving too much away, can you describe the puppetry a bit more and the types of effects we can expect to see?
The creature has to make sense for both films, so you will see some similarities between certain creatures.
How did you get involved with 'On the Road'? That sounds like a cool project.
Yes! It's a really cool project, and it's a total departure from 'The Thing.' It's based on Jack Kerouac's famous book, and shot in seven locations throughout the world. In that film I play Sal Paradise's -- played by Sam Riley -- real, true gal. At the end of his adventures he decides to change his life and settle down with Laura, who is my character. Great cast. The director is Walter Salles, who directed 'The Motorcycle Diaries.' I think it's going to be a really exciting project coming out next year.
There are a lot of big names in the movie, like Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund. What was the dynamic like on set?
Most of my scenes were with Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley, who are fantastic. They're amazing. This is a film that really toured around, just like the book. The funny part is that shooting 'The Thing,' we were wearing snowpants in May, June, and we were boiling. Then shooting 'On the Road' it was December and I was in a strapless ball gown. It was quite funny.
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