Getting to chat with Paul Rudd once is pretty cool but getting to chat with him a 2nd time is pretty awesome, especially when he is joined by his beautiful co-star Evangeline Lilly. From the moment they step inside of the room, they are smiling, cracking jokes and eager to chat with us (I wonder if they realized how eager we were to chat with them!
Paul Rudd & Evangeline Lilly
Having previously spoken to Paul Rudd’s co-stars Michael Douglas & ______ along with the film’s director Peyton Reed, I could immediately see why they thought so highly of him. Considering his fame and the fact that he was now Ant-Man (and a great one at that), he is completely humble.
Evangeline Lilly was glowing (and it wasn’t because she is 7 months pregnant…and looking fabulous, I should add). She possesses so much confidence, she is one smart woman and she is quite funny (though I get the feeling she doesn’t think so).
Their chemistry on screen was fun to watch but even more so in person. I can’t wait for you all to get to see it for yourself when Ant-Man hits the theaters on 7/17.
Actually, when asked if they connected right away, here’s what they had to say:
Evangeline Lilly: Oh we fell in love. [LAUGHTER]
Paul Rudd: Yeah we got on right away.
Here’s more from my Exclusive Ant-Man Interview with Paul Rudd & Evangeline Lilly…
Do you feel any pressure or a certain amount of responsibility from working on a Marvel film and being Ant-Man?
Paul Rudd: There’s certain things that if I think I stopped and thought about, could be overwhelming…we don’t have any control over a lot of stuff, so I just figure I’m going to focus on doing the part as best I can and let the other things just kind of happen the way they’re going to happen and hopefully I’ll be able to adapt.
I do realize how many people are interested. I know how passionate the fan base is for Marvel films and these characters…it’s been a whole new experience for me…thrilling and maybe just a little bit, overwhelming [LAUGHTER], a little bit.
Thoughts on her character being a strong female
Evangeline Lilly: What I think is important is that woman, first of all be a woman and not a girl, and that she also have all the dimensions of a male character who can kick butt. I think a lot of the time what happens mistakenly in men’s very, very meaningful attempts to make strong women, they make them strong in the way that they relate to, which is wrong.
I think that female strength has many more dimensions…a lot of our strength comes from our vulnerability, our compassion, our maternal instincts and I don’t think that those things should ever be labeled as weaknesses. I think that’s one of the things that I always look to put in and infuse these characters with, the sort of moments where you suddenly realize underneath that very hard facade, underneath what she’s trying to project to the world, because she feels she has to survive or she has to do what she needs to do, is a little girl within all of us that needs love and wants to give love in order to receive love and I think that’s what we’re all doing. That’s the human predicament is how do we give unconditional love and just not losing sight of that.
Most Memorable moment while filming?
Paul Rudd: I remember the first time walking onto the set in the suit. The first time I ever put it on at a fitting was thrilling and I felt like I was 10 years old. Every single time after that, it was “whoa, I can’t believe this, it is so cool”.
When we shot the scene where I discovered the suit for the first time…and to go from the tent to walk on set and the camera department and everyone stopped and saw Ant Man for the first time was totally exciting. And I’ll always remember that.
Evangeline Lilly: That’s the hardest question. I had a moment when I was doing a scene, a very intense emotional scene with Michael Douglas, where for the first time since I had attached myself to the project, the penny dropped and I was like I’d better bring it. I’m working with Michael Douglas and he’s a living legend…It wasn’t until I was working with him and witnessing the sort of magic that is the legend of Michael Douglas and what he brings to a film set and how he performs and what he does to the energy in the room when he performs that made me suddenly sit up and take notice.
What do you think the main theme of the movie as far as the parent/child relationship?
Evangeline Lilly: I think redemption really is a big theme in the film. I think redemption between father and daughter is the powerful theme that really anchors the film emotionally.
Paul Rudd: I like this idea that we’re dealing with all of this craziness with a suit that shrinks you down and controlling ants and all this kind of stuff and yet this constant thing with parents and children is the stuff that makes the movie more than just visual spectacle. It’s the thing that I think everyone will relate to.
What’s it like working on an action film compared to a comedy?
Paul Rudd: I always felt like it was going to be funny because they are good with levity…with this one, I knew that the action was going to be really good. I knew the visuals were going to be crazy good. I also knew that there was this relationship that Scott Lang had with his daughter and that there was the relationship that Michael Douglas has with his daughter and that this whole thing with parents and children, that that was going to be really the thrust of the film which is relatable and empathetic and something that you can hang the whole thing on and that’s pretty dramatic. So, that’s really what I focused on, figuring humor would be there in the end.
Evangeline Lilly: That said, he did not stop improving and cracking jokes…there wasn’t one scene, no matter how serious, where you didn’t make me break character. [LAUGHTER] I kept asking him what am I supposed to do with you do that? Do I riff with you? Do I shut up and let you do your thing? I am so out of my element ’cause you are so comfortable in that comedic space and he being the sweetest man alive as we all know, you were always like “I’ll just do what you say, do whatever you want”. [LAUGHTER]
…even Michael Douglas can riff an improv. [LAUGHTER] I was the only person on set who wasn’t improving.