"I never wanted Clary to be a victim," Lily Collins said about her character. "It's really important to show her strength, but allow vulnerability." She continued, "I just wanted to make sure that she kept that youthfulness about her, but at the same time is a young, strong and empowered woman."
Robert Sheehan who plays Clary's best friend Simon added, "There's a lovely comedic tone that goes alongside the very serious and dire situations that happen." Alec, played by Kevin Zegers, said, "He's [Alec] a pretty beloved character and I wanted to do as much as I could to bring this guy to life."
An action movie like this DOES take a lot of work. "I trained 3 months prior to filming," Lily shared, "then every day during or before filming we had to train. So by the end of it, I was just exhausted!" And Kevin told us they are just about to start production again, "We start the second one in a month, so we've been training again for the last couple of months."
Joining a film based on novels that already has a fan base can be difficult sometimes. "It was a bit of a negative reaction," Jamie Campbell Bower said about first joining the cast, "but there was a book compiled of people with signs saying 'Jamie is Jace'. It's incredible." And as for Lily, "I read some blogger reviews and it couldn't have been more positive."
Don't forget to catch Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in theaters on August 21.
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