Co-stars Alice Englert and Alden Ehernreich talk the pitfalls of fanaticism, the subtleties of accent, and subverting the cliché. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, based on the novel of the same name, is a tale of star-crossed love between, entwined fates, and not accepting destiny at face value. They play supernatural caster Lena Duchannes, and anything but mere mortal Ethan Wait, the former a stranger in the small southern town Gatlin, South Carolina, but whose family is both distrusted and feared locally, the latter is a Gatlin native, mourning the death of his mother and dreaming, figuratively, of leaving Gatlin for a life of adventure in the outside world, and dreaming literally about a mysterious woman who looks a whole lot like Lena. Secrets are revealed, the past intrudes on the present, and sweet-sixteen becomes anything but as Lena, a caster seemingly pre-destined for the darkness, approaches that milestone birthday. The film co-stars Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, and Eileen Atkins. It was directed by Richard LaGravenese from his own screenplay based on the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Englert’s previous work includes GINGER & ROSA, directed by Sally Potter, and will soon be seen in Roland Joffe’s SINGULARITY. Ehrenreich has been seen in TETRO and TWIXT, both directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the latter having its own supernatural under- and overpinnings. He will shortly be seen in STOKER, as a young man with romantic leanings much different than those to be found in BEAUTIFUL CREATURES.