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(L -r) ALDEN EHRENREICH as Ethan Wate ALICE ENGLERT as LenDuchannes AlcEntertainment's supernatural love story “BEAUTIFUL CREATURES” Warner Bros. Pictures

(L -r) ALDEN EHRENREICH as Ethan Wate and ALICE ENGLERT as Lena Duchannes in Alcon Entertainment's supernatural love story “BEAUTIFUL CREATURES,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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Updated: February 19, 2013 8:08PM

The director of “Beautiful Creatures” basically had to beg Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert to star as the doomed but hopeful couple in the film, based on the teen book series about a guy who falls in love with a witch.

Neither wanted to be the next Edward and Bella.

She’s the daughter of famed filmmaker Jane Campion. He’s a kid Steven Spielberg discovered at a bat mitzvah.

The two most reluctant franchise stars sat down to discuss their own definition of magic.

Q: Is it true that both of you turned down on the biggest youth projects around?

Englert: “The problem was we didn’t want to do the movie we were originally pitched. It was described to me as ‘Twilight’ meets ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Not to denigrate either of those, but making something that had been made before isn’t appealing to me. A few pages into Richard [LaGravenese’s] script and I could see that this was its own thing.”

Ehrenreich: “I was on the fence, too. I hadn’t read these books and frankly I didn’t want to do a movie in this genre. But this one had wit, humor and intelligence. I knew that we wouldn’t just be floating through this one. I loved that our conversations on this huge movie were no different than the talks I had on any number of smaller, less commercial films.”

Englert: “It also avoids those cringing, sappy moments.”

Q: How can witch/mortal love become identifiable to kids?

Ehrenreich: “The characters are so specific. We get into fights. We love each other. We hate each other. We have a real relationship. It’s much better to show young people a real relationship. The heat comes from the friction of real problems.”

Englert: “They love each other, but they can’t be together. But they are together despite all of it. This relationship has hiccups and fights. I think when they’re not together it’s much more romantic. And I love that the fantasy isn’t what keeps them apart. There’s friction from normal life.”

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourselves.

Englert: “I grew up on film sets and learned a lot about the process of making films. It was great because I didn’t just hang out at the craft services table but watched my mom write and edit films. Around 14, I decided that I wanted to be an actress and I knew it would take years. I’m patient.”

Ehrenreich: “I grew up in Los Angeles and started acting in plays as a kid, but not professionally until I was 14. Then I got my first part in ‘Tetro.’ I’m just a normal guy who had this idea that I could act. We’ll see what happens after my first big studio film.”

Q: Do you worry about Kristen Stewart/Robert Pattinson type of fame?

Ehrenreich: “It really hasn’t happened yet. Frankly, I think we would be lucky to have that problem. The first hurdle is for people to love the movie. Then perhaps we will enter the celebrity realm. ”

Englert: “The only appealing thing about fame is then you have this incredible creative control over your life. You can make scripts happen and work with the best filmmakers. I wouldn’t mind being allowed to do what I always wanted to do.”

Ehrenreich: “It would be nice not to just be on the list, but be the entire list.”

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