8 Things Kaya Scodelario Told Us on the Set of The Maze Runner

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So many treats from The Maze Runner, it’s probably hard for you fans to keep up. Nevertheless, we’re still gonna share as much as possible with you because we’re ob-SESSED! As you probably know, we went to the set of the Dylan O’Brien-led film one week prior to the end of shooting. There, we got to chat with literally everyone, including the lovely Kaya Scodelario.

You may recognize the beautiful 22-year-old English actress from Skins, in which she played Nicholas Hoult‘s younger sister, Effy, but you’re about to see her in a whole new light as she brings the only female in The Glade, Teresa, to life on the big screen. Read on to find out what she told us about her character’s relationship with Dylan’s, the intense training sessions, portraying a strong female character and more!


Being the only girl in the film, what was it like the first time you got on set?

"Terrifying. Absolutely terrifying. Not only is it my first big American film, but it's a full cast of boys, so I was like, 'Oh, I’m gonna be the girl. I'm gonna be all emotional and they're gonna hate me. And I'm gonna complain about the bugs, and they're gonna think I'm stupid' and all these things, but one of my best friends back at home is a boy and I've kind of been brought up around boys, so I'm quite comfortable with them. The first thing I actually said to them when I met them was that I was really gassy on the plane. And I think that kinda gave us a nice even level, and we bonded really quickly — with all of them."

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Did you read the book before you got the script?

"I hadn't before I heard about the project. Once I started hearing about it, I read the first book, The Maze Runner. I didn't wanna read the whole trilogy purely because these kids have no memory. They don’t know what's happened, or what is going to happen, so I thought it'd be best just to stick with the first one and I absolutely loved it."

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What's different for Thomas and Teresa’s connection in the movie vs. the book?

"I think that they know they've met each other before. They have memories; fragments of memories from before that they know no one else has. So they know that they are connected somehow. We've tried really hard to focus on their relationship being a friendship; a connection that could possibly become more. But in this movie, it doesn't. We didn't want it to be a cheesy love story because these kids are trapped in a maze and they're trying to get out. That’s the most important thing. We wanted to keep that real. So the focus is on them trying to work as a team; to work out why they're important, why they're different and what that means for everyone else."

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Were you involved in the survivalist training the guys took?

"I was involved. My involvement really consisted of watching the boys do it. But I did join in a little bit. But my character arrives, and then the next day they escape, so... But I did get into — I learned how to make a raft. I jumped around a bit and we did some drills, and we actually camped out in The Glade overnight, which was the best experience. That was the best way to understand the nature and the animals and the noise. Just us — me and 15 guys and two survivalists in the middle of Louisiana. What could go wrong? There was a thunderstorm — that's what went wrong. From 3 o'clock in the morning, none of us slept, but I was terrified. I've never been so scared in my life. I've never seen lightning that looks like strobe lightning in a night club. It was unbelievable. We don’t have storms like that in England. I was convinced that we were going to flood and drown and die. They all looked after me and it was fine. We made it out alive."

Photo: 20th Century Fox

You always play such bad-ass female characters...

"I could never play just the girlfriend or the conquest or the two-dimensional female roles at all. I was raised by my mother alone. She's one of the strongest women in the world. So for me, it's very, very important to show it — and especially that young girls can be inspirational; they can be strong and they can do stuff with their lives."

Photo: E4

Are there any actors you’re dying to work with?

"I take my inspiration from everyone I work with. My favorite actors are people that I've worked with. The Skins kids, all of them, every single one, are my favorite actors because you learn so much from them. I really respect certain people's careers. I really respect Jennifer Lawrence's career, Kristen Stewart... But I think — I look forward to working with unknown people and people that are just breaking through and that have that kind of fire for it and haven't necessarily had the money or the education or the parental connections to get into the industry, and I think that's great. Half of these guys [gesturing to the Maze Runner cast behind her] are now my favorite actors. They're incredible, and I didn't know of them two months ago. That's what’s cool. That's when you meet actors that really give you something."

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So many stunts in this film! Do you do 'em yourself?

"I do! I don't have any crazy, crazy stuff to do. That was one of the things that attracted me about the project. I've never been a sporty person at all. I don't exercise, I eat s*** food, I’m awful. I read the script and I was like, 'Can I physically do this without passing out?' But I thought, 'I wanna do that. I wanna push myself to be running around all day with a load of boys and hold my own.' And I feel like I have; I feel like I've done quite well. There’s been a couple of times where I've been like, *moans* 'Take me home.' But they've all kept me going; they've all said, 'You can do it.' They've never made fun of me; they've never tried to put me down or tried to say, 'You're the girl. You're not good enough.’ They've been so supportive. With the whole cast, they all wanted us to do really well. So I feel like I've got to do all the action stuff."

Photo: 20th Century Fox

And can we please talk about your comfy wardrobe?

"I had long conversations about the outfits at first and I was like, 'Please, don't put me in shorts and thigh-high boots and a tank top. It's not about that.' And they've been great. They've sort of been like, ‘No, we have to think about this. She’s just come up from the book. We'll have one outfit.' And this [motioning to her attire] is her outfit. And it’s comfortable, it's light, but they're not trying to make me look sexy, which is great. Like no makeup, dirty all the time, which I love. Five minutes in the morning getting ready. I can stay in bed for an extra half an hour, it’s great. They wanted to have a very natural look to their surroundings. We all kind of blend in. Especially when filming in The Glade, which is all outside. We all sort of fit into the environment. So that was what was important. We get dirty every day. No glamour."

Photo: 20th Century Fox

The Maze Runner hits theaters on September 19. Have you read the James Dashner book? Are you planning on seeing the film? Let’s talk about it below!

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