‘Vampire Academy’ star relied on Epsom salts, ibuprofen after fights
By CINDY PEARLMAN For Sun-Times Media February 9, 2014 7:38PM
Zoey Deutch in VAMPIRE ACADEMY. Weinstein Co. photo
Zoey Deutch knows that finding your inner vampire hurts.
It’s not so much the bloodsucking as the kickboxing training, combined with a little bit of jujitsu, that had her black and blue.
In “Vampire Academy,” Deutch plays a Dhampir, which means she’s half human and half vampire. “She doesn’t need blood to survive. She can eat a cheeseburger. She can go out in the light. But what really makes her different is her innate ability to fight.”
This brings the daughter of actress Lea Thompson and director Howard Deutch to her bruises.
“I’m sure I was a lot of fun to deal with after all that fighting on set. I invested in Epsom salts. I gave the salt people probably a billion dollars,” she says. “I have no idea if it worked or maybe it was all that ibuprofen. Hard to tell.”
“Vampire Academy” is based on the best-selling novel by Richelle Mead and directed by Mark Waters (“Mean Girls”). Deutch, 19, plays Rose Hathaway, who must protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal fanged creatures known as the Strigoi.
“Her main function is to protect her best friend,” she says. “She can see her friend’s thoughts and dreams, which helps. Rose is also very strong-willed, which is something I love.”
Deutch, best known for TV’s “Switched at Birth” and the film “Beautiful Creatures,” says that the role didn’t just come to her. “I always laugh because people assume an actor’s life is so glamorous. It’s not like I get handed 400 scripts. I auditioned for this because I loved Mark Waters. Who isn’t a fan of ‘Mean Girls’?”
Once she got the role, she was sent for three months of training to build muscle mass. “Now, I feel confident in my own self-defense abilities,” she says. “I hope that nobody mugs me, but I could do a few moves.”
She has a few theories on the never-ending fascination with vampires in this post-“Twilight” world.
“I think people love the idea that some people are not as they appear. It’s either that or we all have this fear of dying and would like a little immortality,” she says.
Deutch’s acting life did not begin as a child. “My parents wouldn’t allow it. There was no chance my mom would allow me to become a child actor,” she moans. “At 15, I started to bug them again.”
Though her mom starred in three “Back to the Future” films and her dad directed “Pretty in Pink” and “Some Kind of Wonderful,” she didn’t choose this career because of all those fun moments on her parents’ sets.
“As everyone who ever visited a set knows, it’s the most boring and exhaustive experience. You eat a lot of Doritos and drink sodas. I didn’t want to necessarily visit my parents at work. I would just be there all day bugging them.”
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