USA Today has debuted three new stills from Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters featuring Zoey Deutch as Rose, Danila Kozlovsky as Dimitri, Lucy Fry as Lissa, and Sarah Hyland as Natalie. Deutch and director Mark Waters also spoke about the project, including Rose’s personality, what drew them to the project, and one duster wearing Russian.
Summing up Rose in one word: “moxie”:
Vampire Academy director Mark Waters sums up his half-human, half-vamp heroine Rose with one word: moxie.
“She’s got a lot of personality, and that fun, brassy energy is what makes Rose interesting,” the filmmaker (Mean Girls) says of the character played by Zoey Deutch in the movie, adapted from the first book of Richelle Mead’s young-adult series by Waters’ brother Daniel (Heathers).
Rose may be a very pretty girl but she’s got a lot of testosterone, Waters adds. “She has a wicked sense of humor and is openly sexual — when she likes a guy, she goes after him. It’s not at all like the shy, demure creatures you’ll meet in the YA novels.”
Vampire Academy‘s “sisters before misters” policy:
And while both Rose and Lissa have love interests, Vampire Academy has more of a “sisters before misters” vibe than its ilk. “The person they’re running after at the end of the movie is each other, not the guy,” Waters says.
Still, Rose is a teenager with hormones and she’s definitely got the hots for her mentor Dimitri, played by Russian actor Danila Kozlovsky.
“For Zoey, she was quite smitten with him in reality, and treating him in the god-like manner they refer to him in the book wasn’t much of a stretch for her,” Waters says.
The Waters brothers return to high school:
While Waters was loathe to return to a movie “where I heard locker doors slamming,” he and his brother found ways to pump Vampire Academy with subversive comedy a la Mean Girls and Heathers.
“We have this great juicy drama dynamic, where the stakes are particularly high, but that didn’t keep us from wanting to inject some of the humor that comes from teenagers trying to get along,” Water says.