Actress Leven Rambin tries not to let expectations get to her when it comes to her work in ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’.
The fantasy movie, which opens in Singapore Thursday 29 August, is reportedly touted to be the next big franchise movie after the ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Twilight’ series.
A 'Sea of Monsters' movie poster featuring Leven Rambin
Speaking over the phone from her home in Los Angeles, the 23-year-old, who had a starring role in 2010’s ‘The Hunger Games’, told inSing: “I don’t really think about it.
“I know that there’s a loyal following for the books and people have a lot of expectations for this movie, but I never let the added stress and anxiety take over me. I think we did a really good job in ‘Sea of Monsters’ and the fans will definitely be pleased with the result.”
Based on author Rick Riordan's bestselling fantasy adventure books about Percy Jackson (played by Logan Lerman), the half-human, teenage-delinquent son of Greek god Poseidon, the first big-screen adaptation, ‘Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief’ (2010), earned a respectable US$226 million (S$290 million) worldwide, against a US$95 million budget.
In the sequel, Rambin portrays teenage demigod Clarrise La Rue, daughter of Ares, the god of war.
What pleases Rambin is seeing more strong female characters in films especially fantasy ones. She feels that it is important as it breaks some gender stereotypes in Hollywood.
“I love seeing young women being able to do more in these films than just being girlfriends or looking pretty. Being able to play such strong characters makes me a role model for girls, so that they’ll see that they, too, can they can take charge, be tough and be more than just girlie girls,” she said.
She said of her character: “Clarrise is essentially a bully… and not a very nice person. In a way, she is Percy’s rival and wants to be the best camper, go on the quest, save the camp and take all the glory for herself.”
The “glory” is to get the mythical Golden Fleece, in order to save Camp Half-Blood, a Greek demigod training facility. She and her camp-mates’ set sail on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted, deadly waters of the “Sea of Monsters”, known to humans as the Bermuda Triangle.
Director Thor Frudenthal explained: “Clarisse is insecure, and that’s why she has such an attitude. It’s her insecurity that someone is going to best her or embarrass her that drives her to feel the need to bully people.”
Rambin told inSing that she sees a little of Clarrise in herself. “I’m definitely aggressive when it comes to my life and career. Like Clarrise, I’m driven, but what sets us apart is that I’m not mean.”
Leven Rambin with the rest of the cast at a fan event in Pasadena, California
FAN OF CO-STAR
The actress has also grown considerably close with her co-stars and she cherished the chance to work with Logan Lerman, who plays Percy Jackson. She is also a fan of his.
“I’ve always wanted to work with Logan and I think he is extremely talented, smart and grounded. I’ve learnt a lot from watching him work and working him work,” she gushed, letting a little of that “girlie girl” side show.
“Although it was fun working with the rest of the cast and doing the action scenes, the most challenging aspect of the movie is making the world realistic and making the audience feel like they want to be a part of it. Not to mention, making it a bigger and better movie than the first one.”
Rambin started her career at age 13, as a series regular on US daytime TV drama, ‘All My Children’. She played a young teen with Autism Spectrum Disorder, landing her two Daytime Emmy Award nominations.
She later went on to get roles in ‘CSI: Miami’, ‘One Tree Hill’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ on TV.
On the big screen, apart from ‘The Hunger Games’, she also played the wife of young American surfer Jay Moriarity in the biopic of his life, ‘Chasing Mavericks’ (2011).
She said: “While growing up in Texas, I always knew that I wanted to be an actor. When I was 13, I was at the right place at the right time – my parents believed in me enough to send me to auditions.
“I worked really hard to be actor and even gave up school to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Luckily I got a job when I got here and it’s what I’ve been doing ever since.”