Despite the fact that show business is mostly a lot of make-believe, acting and directing in films is still a tough job, because it's not merely about a person pretending, but making an audience believe in some fictional, fantastical reality. Peter Jackson has excelled at that since his earliest days, and his aptitude for creating believable fantasy has only appreciated in recent years. In his latest film, an adaptation of Alice Sebold's acclaimed novel The Lovely Bones, he takes us on a journey with a girl who's stuck between this life and the next one, and convinces us that her efforts to escape and move on are compelling, even if they're not stricken from concrete reality.

Part of the film's success in doing this must be attributed to the actors in the film, including Saoirse Ronan, who plays Susie Salmon, as well as a supporting cast that includes Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, and Rose McIver. Cinematical recently spoke with the cast at the film's Los Angeles press day, where they discussed the challenges of bringing the film's transcendent but often tough subject matter to life.