Kate Bosworth for “Superman Returns”

As a teenage star in Blue Crush, beautiful Kate Bosworth became an instant star. Now at a mature 23, Bosworth is at the top of her game, flying around with Superman in one of the year’s most anticipated films. But she hasn’t changed a bit, as Paul Fischer discovered when he caught up with her in Los Angeles.

Question: Talk about playing such an iconic character as Lois Lane.

Bosworth: You know what, when I first was offered the part, it was my first fear because really I mean, the notion of it is nerve-wracking but I think what was most nerve-wracking for me was the investment in passion that the fans have for this film and I just wanted to do my best and honour them and how they view the film.

Question: Did you read anything about what they thought of the casting of the blonde as this …

Bosworth: [laughter]

Question: character and was there any fear on the part of the fans that you wouldn’t …

Bosworth: You know I don’t ever read that stuff to be honest just for the exact reason that I said my nerves were all in a crazy way because if I’d read all that stuff why? Why would you read that? You know you go and you do your job, you’re cast for a reason, you have to trust the people that have cast you and people around you and in this film we have Bryan Singer who is such an incredible film maker and a very dear friend now of mine, and at that point you’ve got to trust that and trust yourself most importantly because I think that all actors are insecure. I can say I certainly am and you’ve got to go in and trust yourself. I think if you read all that noise although you want to honour the fans and then do your best, if you read all that and get caught up in it then I think it probably would not be good, it wouldn’t be good for my performance.

Question: You know, you say you’re insecure. Why are you insecure? It seems a little dysfunctional to me but how could you possibly be insecure?

Bosworth: Well, I think that that is a very funny question because it’s sort of a presumptuous question to be honest because you don’t know me and it’s a kind of vague thing to ask considering you don’t but I was insecure because I think almost all artists are insecure. I don’t ever watch myself and think “that was great; I hit it out of the park”. Never.

Question: No?

Bosworth: Never! No, I mean I’ve just begun my career, I’m 23 and I’m just learning.

Question: But you’re successful already though.

Bosworth: I feel like I’ve just come out of the gate.

Question: Even now? Even still?

Bosworth: Absolutely.

Question: What are those insecurities then?

Bosworth: I just feel like, one of the things I love most about this job is that I don’t feel like you can ever master it. I think you’re always learning, you’re always growing and even when you think you’re at the top of your game, there’s always something else that you can do and learn and I think that if I wanted to fall into a niche where I knew I was really good at something I could do that, I could feel secure there. But I don’t want to do that. I want to do things that challenge me and I will be scared doing because I’m not the best at it but I certainly want to do it to have that experience and to challenge myself and be seen in different ways. I can sit there and be a cookie cutter in a certain way and sit there and probably make money from it and do what people expect me to do but that’s not what I want to do and I think if you don’t do what you want to do in life, then what’s the point.

Question: Have you seen the final cut of the film and did you feel it was quite different from the shooting script?

Bosworth: Actually I saw the film yesterday for the first time and it’s funny because I really hadn’t seen anything – and that was my choice. I never watched them, even when I came in to see dailies, Bryan wanted to show me the other scenes, and I said, “No, don’t show me anything, I want to see it at the end when it’s all said and done”. So it was exciting for me to be able to see it because I think I was pretty much the only person that was directly involved in the film who had a very fresh pair of eyes. The main reason why I was most excited about joining this film is because it is Superman and it’s so exciting and so great. Another main reason was Bryan Singer. He has been one of my favourite directors of all time and the third thing that was most exciting to me was that I was nervous to sign on because I hadn’t read a script. It was very top secret. When everyone was cast, no one had read the script. They came in with two scenes to read. It may or may not be in the film but it was kind of something to do with Superman so it’s very vague. And then when I was offered the role I had to go and sit in a room on the Warner Brother’s lot and they locked the door, and I’m not kidding you, I’m not exaggerating, and I sat there by myself with the scripts and I had been offered the part and I just thought, “Oh, what if it’s really bad and I’ll have to deal with you know, what am I going to do?!” And so I was very nervous and I read it and it was such a tremendous script. What was most important to me was that it was a story and it wasn’t just a whole bunch of things exploding and looking cool and flash. It did have a tremendous heart from the very beginning and I knew that was very important to Bryan to have that come across in the film and I really think it was.

Question: You mentioned you don’t want to do cookie cutter roles but are you involved in the sequel?

Bosworth: I hope so, I mean yeah.

Question: You signed off for a sequel?

Bosworth: Yeah.

Question: Can you tell us how Brandon struck you the first time you met him and how he turned out to be as an actor?

Bosworth: I met Brandon for the first time when he had the role already and I came into screen test and I was very curious to see how he was as a person but to see how he was going to play the role because they, as I said, I was given two scenes. One was Lois Lane and Clark Kent and one was Lois Lane and Superman so when I was going into the room, I was very curious to see how he was going to play both and excited to see that, and I think like many people I was sort of I don’t know, I was sceptical in a way, what I mean, I was going in sort of hypo-critical. I thought, “How is anyone really going to be able to pull off Superman nowadays?” I really, I was curious, and I went in and I started to read with him as Clark Kent first and I thought, “He’s really, really good, he’s playing this really well.” OK, well Clark Kent, I want to see how he plays Superman, as the second one, but he was, I was impressed how he played Clark Kent. When we went to the Superman scene, which is the rooftop scene so there was a lot of different emotions going through my character head and his and I remember being in the middle of that scene and just realising in a moment that I had become totally lost in just reading with me, in a white, bare, sparse room with a tripod video camera and a couple of people sitting around watching, and that’s when I realised that he was going to be tremendous in the film.

Question: Was it tough for you to work so far away from home for such a long period of time?

Bosworth: You know what, it was in the way that I missed my family and my friends but it was such a time of real independence for me that I loved being in Australia.

Question: You’re expressly independent, what did you do?

Bosworth: You know I was 22 when I went over there and I was living on my own with my dog, and I had my own apartment and I’d never been on location for so long on my own. When I went away on location before I was younger and I’d usually bring my Mum or a friend because I was nervous to be on my own and just feel grown up and this was the first time. I was really embracing, you know, obviously I was playing a Mum who was getting married and I was ready to embrace feeling like a grown up and I had such a good time being there. I had a great time.

Question: Did you grow up knowing about Lois Lane being in Superman comics? What was your first exposure to it?

Bosworth: You know I didn’t grow up reading comics. My first exposure to Superman was when I was about 6 or 7, the film had already come out when I was born, and I was born in ’83. So it was on VHS and I watched it with a friend who lived across the street – I was in San Francisco and a friend of mine lived across the street, my best girlfriend. And we were very into film even at that age – it’s sort of funny – but we loved watching movies, she was sort of my movie buddy and we watched Superman and we were very excited and we all wanted to … it was sort of one of those films that you just want to be in. You know when you’re a young person you just fantasize about being Lois and being carried across the city, you know, the same way you want to be Wendy in Peter Pan. You know what I mean?

Question: Can you talk about changing the whole look with your hair and everything and how it felt to be a brunette?

Bosworth: Sure. I was a brunette in Wonderland so it wasn’t hard. When you change your hair colour you can be pretty shocked into how you look. You look completely different but it certainly helped in creating a character and feeling like a different person, same as when you put on a completely different wardrobe would. Yeah, it was great, I loved it.

Question: What’s up for you next?

Bosworth: It’s a film called Seasons of Dust. It’s very small, takes place in 1935 in Oklahoma.

Question: So you’re going back to kind of independent-ish roots?

Bosworth: Yes, certainly, it’s definitely independent. It’s written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson.