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6th Anniversary: New Layout

How time flies! It seems like yesterday that Absolutely Sophia Myles had been celebrating being online for half a decade and already another year’s passed. For the occasion I finished coding a new layout for the website.

A while ago members of the messageboard had the opportunity to create a layout for the site. In the end only one was submitted – but what a gorgeous layout this is! Luna designed the graphics – many thanks! – which in turn highly influenced my coding. I’ve been going over everything so I think it should all work – but please let me know if you encounter any problems.

What else is new? In the sidebar I replaced the random quotes by Sophia Myles with new orginal ones. Enjoy!

It was also time to change the poll question. Since January 2, 2009, 766 of the site’s visitors have answered the question ‘What’s your favourite character?‘. The result was overwhelmingly clear: 515 people (or 67%) chose Beth Turner from ‘Moonlight‘. The other top choices were Isolde (‘Tristan & Isolde‘) with 18% and Reinette (‘Doctor Who‘) with 9%. But only 1% or 10 people prefer the character of Kate Breck in ‘Hallam Foe‘ to all others. See all results here. As of now there’s a new poll open for voting in the sidebar: What kind of movie would you like to see Sophia in next?

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An anecdote from the ‘Underworld’ set

I came across an interview with Bill Nighy about ‘Underworld: Rise of the Lycans‘. In it he shared an anecdote of what happened on the set of the first installment (2003):

Does six hours of makeup help you get into character?
“Nope! It doesn’t help in any way whatsoever! It’s just aweful. Luckily, I only had to do it in the first one. I never have to do it again. ‘Pirates,’ the future, is computer generated. I didn’t have to wear any of it. It’s all computer generated and that’s the future and I’m very happy. They put me in a prosthetics truck with these very nice guys who for six hours apply with industrial adhesive chunks of latex to your body so that you can barely move. They then put contact lenses in and fangs, then nobody will have lunch with you any more. Literally, Sophia Myles in the first one who was supposed to have lunch with me before she saw the makeup, she actually said ‘Bill I can’t really…’ she was backing away because she freaked out. And in fact they got a model of my body; an electronic version of me and they showed it to Sophia just innocently and she went up to look at the head and then they turned it on and it sat up and its mouth fell open and she nearly had a heart attack. And they have it on video, they were very pleased with themselves that they’d scared Sophia so bad.”

Source: Movie Jungle. It’s certainly nice for one of the stars of the Underworld films to acknowledge and mention Sophia!

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Anna Friel mentions Sophia

You may remember that in a number of interviews Sophia Myles has stated that she’s good friends with fellow Brits Anna Friel and Lena Headey, who’re also staying in LA. Now the star of Pushing Daisies, Anna Friel, mentioned Sophia too. From a new interview with MediaBlvd Magazine:

I’m friends with Ben Chaplin and Sophia Myles, who was on Moonlight, and Lena Headey is on Terminator. Me, Lena and Sophia used to always go for the same jobs in England, and we would cross each other at auditions. Here, we were all filming on the same lot and we became really lovely friends.

Which reminds me I really have to catch up on the new season of Ned and Chuck.

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‘Outlander’ Production Notes

Right in time for the Film Festival Locarno the Production Notes for ‘Outlander‘ have been released. Here the Sophia-relevant parts:

Director Howard McCain
„We really did attract a great cast,” affirmed McCain, „all of whom are in it for the right reasons. From Jim Caviezel and John Hurt to Sophia Myles, Jack Huston and Ron Perlman, they all liked the script, not because it was a monster movie, not because it was a genre movie, but because of the underlying story.”

„Sophia Myles was ideal for Freya because she brought a sense of grit and edge and she inhabited this historical world well. I had seen TRISTAN AND ISOLDE and loved Sophia’s performance,” said McCain.

Sophia Myles
„It’s curious how I seem to get offered a lot of royalty!” said Myles, who has played a princess several times previously, including TRISTAN AND ISOLDE. „But Freya’s different. She gets her hands dirty. She gets to fight the Moorwen, which delighted me when I read that in the script. She’s more masculine than any other character I’ve played, and that I get to deck Jim with a roundhouse is impressive, but then again, I’m surrounded by so much testosterone in this film. The boys are great. Jack has become my best friend, Jim has been great, showing me up all the time with his push-ups, and then there is John Hurt. Just to be in the same room with him is a privilege.”

About her director, Myles said, „Howard has been fantastic. We instantly connected. He sees the vision and he knows what he wants. It’s been a mud bath at times, but the harder it is on the day, the better it looks on the screen, so I was prepared to put up with all the muck.” Myles said that when she read the script, she never envisioned Freya as a blonde, her own color, and had always harbored a wish to be a redhead, if only for a brief while. She convinced McCain to try it out and it worked beautifully with the personality of the character.

Co-Star Jack Huston
Huston thoroughly enjoyed the cast of OUTLANDER. „Ron Perlman is just the epitome of cool. Sophia is a sweetheart, and Jim is a great actor with an amazing intensity which is perfect for the character.

Sophia’s costumes
It was Freya’s dresses which truly showcased Hanson’s talents. Using Fortuny „Delphos” pleating and laundering fabrics so they appeared hand-loomed, the gowns for this Viking princess are deceptively simple. For the emerald gown Freya wore in Shield Hall, Hanson reversed the cloth, and suddenly the smooth gold flecks had a whimsical unevenness to them. The gown Freya wore for the funeral scene is the most elaborate: a garnet-colored fabric with a heavily embroidered ceremonial cloak is complimented by a fur piece over one shoulder. The belting, buckles and footwear, while not necessarily period correct, contribute to the primitive sophistication.

Read the full Production Notes here. Oh, and I’ve replaced that new still of Freya and Kainan kissing with an even better HQ version. Enjoy!

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Alex about Sophia

In a recent interview with MediaBlvd Magazine ‘Moonlight‘ lead Alex O’Loughlin also gave an elaborate answer on his working relationship with Sophia Myles and their on screen chemistry (Read full interview):

Sophia and I spend a lot of time together and we’re great mates. She’s really fantastic to work with. I’m Australian and she’s British, and we have similar sensibilities and a similar sense of humor. We grew up with the same TV. We have a lot in common. She’s easy to get along with, which makes a big difference, when you’ve got to spend 18 hours a day with somebody. But, as far as our relationship goes, in comparison to Mick and Beth, it’s very different. There is no tension between Sophia and I. We’re colleagues. We’re not lovers. We have our separate lives. People talk about on screen chemistry. We work together, and those two characters have this really fantastic chemistry. I see it, when I watch the show back, but it’s not tangible in real life. When you put it on film, it’s there.