EXCLUSIVE: Zoey Deutch Talks ‘Vampire Academy,’ Love and Halloween

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It’s not every day that you get to talk to the young woman who’s playing the heroine in one of your fave YA book-to-movie adaptations. But hey, it happened to me as I got to chat with the beautiful Zoey Deutch, who plays lead Rose in Vampire Academy.

Let me preface the Q&A by saying that she is, perhaps, one of the sweetest young acts — if not THE sweetest — I’ve had the chance to interview. And funny, too. (In fact, we should probably be best friends.) She even appreciates the term I only recently learned from @BloodIsFamily, fang-girl. “Fang-girls! I’ve never noticed that; that’s hilarious. That’s so clever. I’m going to start using that,” she says.

Okay, now for the part you’ve all been waiting for. You’ve read our interviews with Dan Waters and Richelle Mead. Now find out what Zoey had to say about Vampire Academy, as well as Comic Con, her co-stars, love and even Halloween!

How was Comic-Con?
Zoey Deutch:
It was very fun, thank you for asking.
Was it different than when you went for Beautiful Creatures?
Zoey:
It was and it wasn’t. I think the difference is that I — the biggest difference is that I wasn’t as nervous; I knew what to expect — you know, the fear of the unknown; when you don’t know what’s going on, that’s much more nerve-wracking. So I actually had a really good time. I was with Lucy [Fry] and Dom [Sherwood] and Sami [Gayle], which was a blast.

I actually just finished the Vampire Academy book series. Have you read them?
Zoey:
I haven’t read all of them, but I kind of made that a conscious decision to do so just because, as annoying as this may sound — I assume as most actors do — I have a fear of anticipation when I’m acting, so when you have the gift of owning perhaps six of your character’s diaries essentially, it can be a little bit over-stimulating, and therefore I might anticipate certain things. So, I’ve made the conscious effort to not, but I’ve read a few and I love them. Which one’s your favorite?
My favorite? Well, I’m very Team Adrian, so my favorite’s the one right before Last Sacrifice I think. So, Spirit Bound?
Zoey:
Most people I know, their favorite is the second to last.
Yes! Yes, that’s the one. So you gotta get there.
Zoey:
I know. Hopefully when we do the movie.

I feel like every time I look, VA gets compared to Twilight, but it’s so not the same. Can you briefly explain how you character’s such a bad-ass perhaps in comparison to Bella?
Zoey:
In no way will I ever talk against or be perhaps upset about it being compared because of the sheer nature of its success; it’s just telling — that people enjoyed it; that people felt something and continued to do so for movies and movies. Now, the only reason I think people get annoyed when it’s compared is because they’re just very different stories. In terms of my character, Rose, I think the biggest difference is that she’s an extremely active person opposed to passive. She doesn’t sit there and wait for things to happen, like perhaps many young adult novel lead characters. Therefore, she’s much more — she’s seeking out information and looking for a solution as opposed to it just coming to her if that makes sense.

The Weinstein Company/Summit

The Weinstein Company/Summit

I’m assuming there’s probably a great deal of stunt work in the film…
Zoey:
Yeah, there was. I trained about 3-4 months before we started shooting, in the gym mostly; fight training as well, which is a lot of boxing and some martial arts. Then, I went to London and we had only two weeks of stunt choreography, which I wish we had more time because, in a lot of ways, that was the most important part of the process. I learned so much. I felt very lucky to have had a dance background because that kind of muscle memory kicks back into gear. It was so much fun for me.

Did you suffer any accidents while training?
Zoey:
I slightly… I twisted my ankle, I didn’t sprain it. I twisted my ankle actually the same day Cameron Monaghan broke his hand. Separate injuries. But other than that, I was very lucky. Cuts and bruises and whatever, but if I came out of shooting this movie without a few dents and scrapes and all that, I was doing something wrong.

Was your training pretty similar to Danila’s?
Zoey:
We trained together for a few weeks in LA, but he went back to Russia, and continued his training there. Essentially, we had a very similar diet. And, as opposed to cardio, it was a lot of building muscle as opposed to losing weight. So as much protein as we could possibly consume, as well as a lot of lifting weights, and push-ups, pull-ups…

The Weinstein Company

The Weinstein Company

One of your fans sent us a question and wants to know if he calls you by your Russian nickname, like Dimitri does Rose.
Zoey:
Oh, actually, he pronounces my name ‘Zoya.’ I love it. It’s really sweet.

Would you date a guy like Dimitri in real life?
Zoey:
I don’t know. I’d have to cross that bridge when I get there.
Do you lean more toward the mysterious/quiet types, or more humorous?
Zoey:
I find humor to be the most attractive characteristic, but I certainly won’t cancel anything out, considering when you love someone you love someone, and sometimes you just can’t explain it.

If you could have a bond with anyone from the cast — where you could see everything that he/she saw — who would you want that bond with?
Zoey:
Hmm… Yes and no to Dom Sherwood. He gets himself into some hilarious situations, so I would just be constantly entertained. It would be a struggle to not intervene and to not embarrass him all the time, but that would be wildly entertaining. I’m gonna get in trouble by him for saying that. :laughs:

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Instagram (@zoeydeutch)

Along with bonds, there are also elements in the VA world. Which one would you not mind having in real life?
Zoey:
I wouldn’t want any of them. Most stories circle back to the idea that people are happier as humans and they’re not meant to be different in that sense I guess.

You’re actually part of our search for Favorite Celebrity Tweeter (along with the rest of #VAfamily). Who are some of your favorite people to follow on Twitter?
Zoey:
OMG, Chrissy Teigen, Rob Delaney… Science Porn, National Geographic. I’m a very nerdy tweeter. In terms of people, who else do I love?… I follow a lot of designers. There’s a [Twitter] called @chanelthick, which is hilarious, and the name is, like, ‘k,’ on it and I find it hilarious. It’s just all ridiculous things that 13-year-old [...] girls say that are really embarrassing and hilarious. [Editor's note: Zoey also added that she loves to follow us @teen, too. How cool are we??]

We actually posted a trivia quiz about you. But what’s something that fans probably don’t already know about you?
Zoey:
I think people know that I love food, but maybe people don’t know that I cook a lot.

And, finally, what are you planning for Halloween?
Zoey:
That’s a great question. I was just discussing that with people last night. I’m not sure. I think I’m going to a couple of my friends’ shindigs, but the question of all questions — what am I going to dress up as? — that is to be determined. It’s a very high-stakes, pressured question to ask. I love Halloween.

Vampire Academy hits theaters on February 14, 2014! Are you counting down the days? Check out the stills and on-set pictures in the gallery below, then tell us all your VA-related thoughts in the comments below!


Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

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Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

The Weinsten Company

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

The Weinsten Company

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

The Weinsten Company

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

The Weinsten Company

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

The Weinsten Company

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

The Weinsten Company

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

Twitter (@VAOfficialMovie

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

Twitter (@VAOfficialMovie

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

Photo: Twitter (@ZoeyDeutch)

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

Photo: Twitter (@ZoeyDeutch)

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Photo: Twitter (@Sarah_Hyland)

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

Photo: Twitter (@ZoeyDeutch)

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

Photo: Twitter (@Sarah_Hyland)

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

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Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

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21 Responses to "EXCLUSIVE: Zoey Deutch Talks ‘Vampire Academy,’ Love and Halloween"

  1. Teen.com
    tiffany says:

    I find it extremely unerving that zoey has not read all the books. I would rather have an actor who is able to truly love the role because they are just as obsessed with the series as I am. How does she expect to truly inderstand her character. Rose is extremely complicated and not as simple as the lines in a script. I will be devestated if she ruins the role.

  2. Teen.com
    Ela says:

    omg nikki i just want to know where sould i get a dairy and what if made a dairy called . tales from a not so cool gmasynt !!!!!!! it would be cool right hey i’m just saying it could happen(right)??????????????????

  3. Teen.com
    Carlos says:

    I love Dork Diaries too. I have all the books including how to dork your diary. It would be the best thing ever if they made a Dork Diaries movie and i peyald Nikki. Speaking of Nikki i dressed up as her for our school book parade

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    Sam says:

    JK Rowling told Alan Rickman of what happens to Snape to HELP HIM PLAY HIS FUCKING CHARACTER.

    THis girl makes fun of the fans and has not even read the books—and her excuse about not wanting to ‘read the characters diary’ is invalid, because she’ll have to READ THE SCRIPT BEFORE FILMING BEGINS anyway, so she will know what happens in advance regardless. Basically she doesn’t even have enough respect for the author, the character or fandom to invest a few hours reading the source work.

    • Teen.com
      VAFan says:

      Um, unlike David Yates, who directed the last 4 HP movies, (he hadn’t read ANY Harry Potter book), the director of VA – Mark Waters – has read VA, and not only that, he made ALL the actors read the first book. You obviously didn’t get Zoey – she READ the first book, so that she’s better prepared, but she didn’t read them all in order to capture the character better. For example, if she had read all the books, and knows what happens to Rose in the later books, she wouldn’t portray Rose well in the FIRST BOOK. And that was the deal with all actors… They read only the first book for the first movie. If they get to make the second one – they’ll read the second book and stop there. If they get to make the third one, they’ll continue with the third book and so on… Got it now?

      • Teen.com
        Sam says:

        UM– did I reference the director or the actor? Yeah. That’s what I thought. In order to grasp the characters complexities and the growth she undergoes and how it needs to advance, the entire series must be viewed as a whole so the adaptation is accurate.

        I worked in PR and marketing for years doll, I know how the process works. But cute how you tried to correct me. Too bad it was an epic fail.

      • Teen.com
        Catie says:

        Wow I don’t think “Sam” actually read the interview or “VAFan” reply and should take a step back and chill before continuing to bash people with arguments that make no sense. VAFan mentioned both director and actor and the only people in the franchise who HAVE to read the whole series should be the writers so they don’t miss anything that becomes important later on, the rest of the crew and cast are perfectly in their own right to read one book per movie if they want to even do that much!

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  8. Teen.com
    Sammy says:

    This movie looks really good!

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  10. Teen.com
    Daphne says:

    “Team Adrian” THERE ARE NO TEAMS IN VA!

    • Teen.com
      Anguhluh says:

      This is true!!! Comrades= Dimitri fans. DreamWalkers= Adrian Fans Pyromaniacs = Christian Fans, GingaNinjas = Mason Fans

      • Teen.com
        Mario says:

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    • Teen.com
      Hanna says:

      Thanks, Daphne! I was thinking the same thing.

      We don’t have Teams, we’re the VAfamliy (:

      I’m a Comrade AND DreamWalker at the same time, btw…

    • Teen.com
      Kaitlin Cubria says:

      Aww, what I really meant was that Adrian’s my favorite character (well, one of them), and since his part’s probably the biggest in Spirit Bound, that’s why it’s my favorite book in the series.

      Don’t worry — I love me some Dimitri, too ;)

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        Crys says:

        Thank you for this awesome giaaewvy. Vampire lore/myth is a fascination of mine. Violet Midnight’ will allow me to enter Emma’s world of being a vampire hunter. I look forward to reading up on Emma Martin, vampire hunter.Jasmine L. Albitos recently posted..

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