I remember thinking, 'Wow. There's much more to this woman than I'd thought.' I then saw her do this where she was in a classroom giving a hard time to these boys. She was funny as all hell!
I knew in that moment that the girl could act. I've worked with actor-musicians before. Tim McGraw is a big country star in the States who was in The Kingdom and Read next •. She was nervous and she came with no entourage. She looked me in the eye and said: 'Please protect me and make sure I'm good. I will do anything to be good. Don't go easy on me.
Don't stop until you feel like you've got it.' She meant it and she never stopped.
There was no diva crew or glam squad. All she had was a hair girl with her, which is more than reasonable - everybody on set has a hair girl with them! She's not the lead. I wasn't going to ask her to carry a film.
Having acted a lot myself I think I understand how to work an actor a bit differently to other directors. I was very conscious of easing her into it.
As she became more comfortable I gave her a bit more to do and she took it. She has a prominent role in the film and does a great job.
She's riding a wave right now! As told to Kevin Perry.
Parents need to know that Battleship (inspired by the classic Hasbro board game) is the kind of summer alien adventure that, like, features a doomsday alien invasion that only a select armed forces group can fight against. As you'd expect, there's a high body count -- mostly due to all of the building- and ship-destroying explosions that the aliens -- though not much gore.
Many high-tech weapons are used, one female character dresses somewhat suggestively, and the language can be occasionally salty -- 's--t,' 'bitch,' and two cut-off exclamations of 'motherf--er.' Although the effects-heavy action is filled with scenes of targeted violence, there are ultimately some positive messages about rising to the occasion and overcoming your fears.