Read Shockya's exclusive interview with actress Kim Bubbs, who plays geologist Juliette in the upcoming sci-fi horror movie ‘The Thing,’ which is set to hit theaters on October 14, 2011. The film follows an investigative team as it discovers and studies an alien craft that lands at its research site in Antarctica. The film, which was directed by Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr., serves as the prequel to helmer John Carpenter’s 1982 movie of the same name. The actress, who has made a name for herself appearing on such television movies as ‘A Near Death Experience’ and ‘Her Only Child,’ discusses with us, among other things, why she was attracted to the role of Juliette, and how the prequel is different than the original film.
Written by: Karen Benardello
Shockya (SY): You portray Juliette in the upcoming horror film ‘The Thing.’ What part does Juliette play in the study of the alien craft?
Kim Bubbs (KB): Juliette is a geologist at Thule Station, the Norwegian base in Antarctica. She, along with her colleagues, takes part in the initial study and retrieval of the alien craft and its specimen. This is new territory for all involved, and she gathers scientific data to better understand this new discovery.
SY: What was it about the script that convinced you to take the role of Juliette?
KB: I thought the idea for the prequel was an excellent opportunity to explain what had happened at the Norwegian base. In (John) Carpenter’s film, we witness the horrific aftermath and can only imagine what could have occurred. Our film delves into uncovering what took place and explains the mystery. I also loved the fact that there are two women this time around, and that both of them are intelligent and strong.
SY: The film serves as a prequel to the classic 1982 movie of the same name, which was directed by Carpenter and starred Kurt Russell. The premise of the two films is virtually the same, except the original featured a dog having the ability to take over other bodies, as opposed to the alien in the prequel. What other characteristics makes your film unique from the original?
KB: The great thing about this film is that it not only serves as a prequel to Carpenter’s movie but, it also has its own true identity as a film. It’s viewed from a different perspective and it solves pieces of the puzzle created in the 1982 film. Of course, since it has to make sense as a prequel, there are many similar elements to Carpenter’s version, but it is very much its own film.
SY: While preparing to portray Juliette, what type of research did you do?
KB: I read several books written by scientists working in Antarctica, such as: Mountains of Madness: A Scientist’s Odyssey in Antarctica by John Long. It gave me insight into his work on the continent and the challenges scientists face there due to the weather and the isolation. I also watched films, and Werner Herzog’s documentary ‘Encounters at the End of the World’ is a great film that really gives you a sense of the landscape and what life is like for scientists living in Antarctica.
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