Interview by Rafy Mediavilla w/ Peacock’s “Vampire Acadamy” stars Kieron Moore, Andre Dae Kim & Andrew Liner. Where we spoke about their characters, the fight scenes, and Julie Plec adaptaion. Out Now On PeacockTV!
From executive producers Julie Plec & Marguerite MacIntyre comes a story of friendship, romance and danger. In a world of privilege and glamour, two young women’s friendship transcends their strikingly different classes as they prepare to complete their education and enter vampire society. One as a powerful Royal, the other a half-vampire Guardian trained to protect against the savage ‘Strigoi’ who threaten to tear their society apart. That is, if Royal infighting doesn’t do the job first.
How much of the source material did you already know or how much of the source material did she give you when you’re coming into the series with your characters?
Andre Dae Kim:
So I started reading the books after I booked the show. You know, I was aware that the show was based off these like novels and I started going into the afterwards and you know, to be to be fair, Julie and Margaret gave us a lot of room to play, a lot of room for our own adaptations to come in and a lot of room for our characters to grow the way we wanted. But I think all of us in the cast and I think I can speak for all of us in some ways wanted to keep the essence of who our characters were in the books on the show. So that was very vital for us. And again, Julie is such a veteran in this game and she’s so experience and Marguerite as well, and as they just gave us such a great playground to play with and explore. So I’m really grateful for that. Yeah.
Trust, you know, you, you just know that again from the amazing resume and this and this and this world and this energy. So you felt it was a relaxation, which is something it’s quite interesting to say how anxious I was and how excited I was. On the merger feelings for taking on such a big responsibility occurrence of the people love. But yeah, I think that that collaboration element and no idea so silly to ask it was all a supportive system and we really molded these characters together using the blueprints from the books, you know.
The movie and everything like that. We have that material as well, but we’re making something different, so we were able to go and ask them questions. Marguerite and Julie were both very adamant. Like, Guys, if you have any questions or you want to know anything, come talk to us like you pick our brain. And if it helps, it helps, like that’s the best. So that was something that was important.
If you guys could switch places with other cast mate, which one would it be and why?
Okay. I think I would switch. I think I would switch with Jesse Zeklos. I think he is so funny and so snarky and no care in the world, and that would be so fun. Also, because you can be a bad person and not really, you know, like, that’s awful, but it’s so fun. So, yeah, probably. Jesse. Definitely not Demetri.
And trust in question is a difficult one, I think. So my brain, from reading the books, I really like the Christine character. I’m going to say from our story. I’ll be a popular queen. How can that not be great. I think I’d make a fantastic queen.
Honestly, I would love to play Sonya’s character. I mean, first of all, Jeanette plays it beautifully and amazingly, but I just think she’s so interesting, she’s so quirky, she’s so mysterious and so ways to like. I love that character, that one I’ll give in that, you know.
This series is very demanding physically. How did you guys prepare for the action scenes specifically?
Yeah, I, I think that, you know, once I got the part, Karen and I started DMing each other on Instagram talking about it like, what’s the flight style? What’s this? What’s that like? Oh, tell me your information. I’ll tell you mine. And we were both kind of super, I want to say, obsessed with it in a way. I’m obsessed. And I was, you know, I think I’d put on, like ten or ten, 15 pounds of muscle. Yeah. To ha to embody Mason for these flights and then. Yeah. I think getting, getting the choreography and everything Oscar Fernandez was doing the choreography and Alex was just running the show really. And working with Cassie was just a dream.
And again, we did have an early conversation. I was speaking to one of the show, big time friends, Jeff Shotzi. And I was surprised of the outcome. I was like, please let me prepare for this before I come to Spain in any way I can. And I come from a boxing background I boxed all my life so the transition was quite a I’m not going to say easy for me, but it was definitely something of a muscle memory, I guess.
And there’s a limit of pushing myself. I’m used to, I guess. But yeah, I think that. Introduce me. Well, to the choreography which we had an amazing stunt team. Oscar, Alex, Cassie, everyone now is just a dream to work with. They kept us safe. They kept us in shape. The cats are sharp. And then on top of that, there is the. Added pressure. Dmitri’s mentally quite physically imposing so and a lot of the guys on the show so I just I was in the gym whenever I wasn’t on set and if I wasn’t at students I was in the gym.
Andre Dae Kim:
Yeah. I mean, I was working out all the time. I mean, these doctors don’t know what it’s like to be a mariah. No. I mean, these guys took the physicality of it and really ran with it. I’ve never seen two more dedicated actors in their to their roles. And I’m people are going to be impressed and a little bit drooling, I think, over these guys when they see them on screen. But they did a really good job and I think the physicality really shows.
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