The Friday Diary: That Time We Met Alden Ehrenreich
Every Friday, from now until the premiere, Caster Girls and The Beautiful Creatures Movie will be writing about our set visit to ‘Beautiful Creatures’. We’ve chosen to write our set pieces candidly, as the fan girls that we are. We hope that you enjoy, and that you love them just as much as we do. We have the first part, and to read the second half, head over to Beautiful Creatures Movies.
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There are certain moments that change your life. This is the beginning of the set visit that changed ours.
Let us set the scene. It’s a hot and extremely humid day. We obviously haven’t packed correctly, because everything we put on, is suddenly sticking to us like glue. We swear that we didn’t over eat. It’s New Orleans, and it’s hot and humid. Yes, that whole looking good thing is going out the window.
Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment invited us to the set of Beautiful Creatures, and we have to say we were kind of shocked. After all, we are just fan sites. We love a book, and we promote it. We talk about characters and the actors that play them. We post about what they are doing, the authors of the book, and anything else we can find. When you start a fan site, you do it for the love of the books. You don’t expect anything else.
What we were about to experience gave a new meaning to appreciating the fans.
It was about a fifteen minute van ride from our hotel to the set of Beautiful Creatures. It was the second to last day of filming, and we had no idea what they would be filming. That fifteen minutes was spent wondering what we would ask, who we would meet, and hoping that WB and Alcon would not regret allowing us this opportunity.
We were met by the set by Dave, who was the set publicist. We will affectionately call him ‘The Deliverer’ until the end of time. Lost in a sea of international journalists, he found us and automatically said, “ You’re the fans?”
Now, is that a question you answer honestly, or you shy away from? We nervously answered, “Yes.”
Dave’s face lit up with a smile. He was excited to see us.
“We’ve been waiting for you.”
Well, Dave, we had been waiting too. We had been waiting to meet the people that were bringing some of our favorite characters to life.
The first thing Dave took us to see was the dining room of Ravenwood Manor. Um, one word… AMAZING! Though only a chair remained, he explained to us the setting, what it was like and how the floor actually spun. We were ready to volunteer to let it spin, but he didn’t offer. So, we stood quietly, taking it all in.
“Quiet on the set,” we hear someone say. We looked to the left, then to the right. What set? Where were they filming? Oh, that was the magic that laid behind big wooden doors.
The set of the Caster Library, was an oven. It didn’t matter how hot it was, because that set was amazing. When we read the books, we can both agree, we thought the library was black with boring rows of books on each side. We realize that we have a severe lack of imagination. Don’t judge us.
The set was alive. The stairways, the intricate carvings, the books that laid there. Dave walked us over to video village, where he sat us down to watch filming.
We took up a seat in the front row. We weren’t about to miss a thing. One thing that we have learned from set visits, is that you should soak in every moment. Of course it didn’t get past us that there was a prop wall behind us, and it had to be from the Wate house. Why? Lila Wates diploma was on the wall.
“Ethan,” we hear. Oh yes, that’s Alice Englerts voice. We almost squealed, but figured that would be highly inappropriate. We’re professionals, right? But, what we are is professional fan girls. So a little squealing is okay.
We looked up at the screen, and saw a fresh faced smiling man. Oh Alden Ehrenreich, the moment you ate that banana, we knew. There was no doubt in our mind that you were the boy that we fell in love with reading Beautiful Creatures.
“OMG, he’s so Ethan,” we said in unison.
We stared at the monitor, and smiled. We couldn’t take our eyes off him. And all the kid was doing was eating a banana.
Dave gathered us up, to take us outside because Alden would be available to talk to us shortly. We stood up, straightened our shirts, and headed out the door. We turned to each other and we smiled. He’d have to forgive us, because we were horribly nervous.
Alden walked in the tent, smiling. The boy should wear glasses more often. He was drool worthy, and yes, we were star struck. He sauntered over to the table, with grace and poise. It wasn’t his first interview, but we tell you he treated it like it was his first one.