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Amanda Crew on Charlie St. Cloud

Published July 28, 2010 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Universal Pictures
Charlie St. Cloud is named after the male lead, but there’s a juicy female part in it too. Amanda Crew plays Tess Carroll, a local sailor who gets Charlie to open up after the death of his brother.

Amanda Crew Meets Charlie St. Cloud


“What I was drawn to in the character was the fact that it’s really hard to find strong roles for girls my age,” Crew said. “A lot of the time, it’s just the pretty girl who serves as the love interest, and that’s it. What I loved about this character was that she’s such a strong, independent woman who knows what she wants in life. She’s unapologetic about it. She has these goals and she’s going to go for it. I think that’s a great role model for girls. Even myself, I admired this character. She’s going to sail around the world by herself. She’s brave and ambitious.”

That’s all acting, and it was a struggle for Crew. “I do come across as very similar to the character, in that I know what I want in life, but the part about the character I struggled with the most was the unapologetic part. I’m Canadian and Burr [Steers] was like, ‘Stop apologizing’ and I was like, ‘I’m sorry. Okay, I’ll do it.’ I came out of the film and carried some of the character with me from this experience in a positive way. I’m just trying to carry that strength with me, for the rest of my life. I definitely connected with the fact that she has goals and she set out to accomplish them. I’ve always been a very goal-driven person. That was definitely a part of her that I could connect with. I just have to work on the apologetic side because I’m Canadian. We apologize for everything.”


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While Crew was filming the movie, Abby Sunderland was attempting her own round the world journey in real life. “She got lost. I admire anyone who can do that trek, especially at that age. It’s crazy. My sailing coach that worked on the film was telling me that these people who sail around the world have to be a little bit crazy to do it because you’re spending all that time by yourself. You’re not talking to anyone and there is a schedule. You sail for four hours, and you can sleep for 20 minutes, and then you sail another four hours, and that’s for weeks on end. That’s all you’re doing, and you’re eating dehydrated food. It’s so physically demanding, but also mentally demanding. I’m sure that would mess with you a little bit.”

Between the sailing and the drama, Charlie St. Cloud was a serious movie. At least, that’s what you’ll think when you see the finished film. The sailing stuff was always a disaster with me. Zac [Efron] picked it up really quickly, but I”m not very athletic. We did a lot of sailing training, and we had personal trainers to do a lot of weight training in the gym, but I’m a klutz. I had bruises all over my body, through the entire shoot, just from falling over. Before the screen test, a friend of mine who’s a professional sailor was like, ‘Come up to San Francisco. We’ve got this amazing boat and we’re doing a practice run.’ So I was like, ‘Sweet, bikinis and champagne!’ That’s what I pictured sailing to be, but it’s not. It’s a sport. My job was to run from one side to the other, which you would think is easy, but it’s not. I slipped and fell on the deck so hard, and had this massive bruise down my leg and arm. So, I showed up to the screen test, the next day, with bruises. They were like, ‘What happened?’ and I was like, ‘I went sailing. I swear, I’ll be good, if you hire me.’”

Charlie St. Cloud opens to theaters on July 30th.

For the trailers, posters and more movie info, go to the Charlie St. Cloud Movie Page.
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