Alexandra Daddario has appeared in films like Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and the indie horror movie Bereavement. Trey Songz, on the other hand, is a successful musician making his feature film debut. Both of these youngsters fight for their lives in the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie, Texas Chainsaw 3D, which is a direct sequel to the original. We recently spoke to stars about the film, their favorite slasher movie and the key to survival in the horror genre.
What was it like acting in your first movie?
Trey Songz: It was definitely a memorable experience. It’s something I will never forget. It was a blessing to be part of such a huge franchise. There was such a supportive young cast that I could learn from, with a director that was willing to be very patient with me. To have a role where the movie didn’t weigh on me as a person was also great. Alex [Daddario] had the job of a character that she had to go into a different mind space. Ryan isn’t really that deep of a person. He’s just there for her and sometimes he’s there for the other girl too [referring to Tania Raymonde] [Laughs].
Alexandra, we get to see your character evolve into a bit of a badass by the end of the film. But you’ve kicked ass in other movies as well. Working on all these projects, which has been your most badass moment?
Alexandra Daddario: During Percy Jackson, I had a sword fight with Percy and that was the first time that I got to do a full fight and it was the first time I got to do stunts for a film. I felt like the biggest badass in the whole world that I was kicking this guy’s ass. It was really empowering and fun and cool. That was a really cool moment for me. I love playing these tough stuff characters and I find that it’s something I don’t get to be in real life.
You mean a guy with a chainsaw doesn’t chase you down the street?
Alexandra Daddario: No, I mean I’m a little softer spoken in real life. I get to access a totally different part of myself. That’s really cool.
Which was the most intense scene for you?
Alexandra Daddario: The van scene, definitely. We were in closed quarters. It was claustrophobic. Tania and I were both screaming. But she’s an amazing actress and person, and I fed off of her energy. And you’re just getting more and more scared, and there’s a chainsaw coming at you. And you’re getting sprayed with blood. It was very intense. But I think that’s why that sequence is so terrifying.
Did you guys see the original film before you started production?
Trey Songz: We both actually watched it before we filmed, but after we had gotten the roles. I watched the film three times during the shooting of the movie. We didn’t always watch it together. It brought a different value to what we were a part of. It made me more honored to be a part of the film and that there was so much homage paid within this one.
What do you think the key to survival in a horror movie is?
Trey Songz: Well you can’t be black [Laughs].
Alexandra Daddario: I think you need to be the protagonist.
What do you think is the fatal flaw?
Alexandra Daddario: Well, you wouldn’t expect Leatherface to come out of the basement and attack you with a chainsaw. You’d be like, ‘No don’t go in there,’ but as a character you wouldn’t be scared. But don’t go anywhere alone. If you feel nervous at all, don’t keep going. Turn around and go back.
Did you guys have a favorite movie growing up?
Trey Songz: Nightmare on Elm Street.
Alexandra Daddario: My mom use to take me out into the country. We watched The Birds or Psycho. And then we’d go to bed and it would be completely silent. I had nightmares and was completely terrified and couldn’t sleep.
Which do you think is scarier, suspense or gore?
Alexandra Daddario: I think suspense is scarier. I think gore is a different kind of fear.
Trey Songz: Like Saw is one of my favorite movies and that’s all about the suspense… and gore.
What drew you guys to this movie?
Trey Songz: For me it was John Luessenhop, the director. He went out of his way to make sure that I understood how interested he was in me. Not to say that I was totally uninterested. I’m such a perfectionist with my music. I was in the middle of recording my album, and I had a break coming up. I was just coming off tour and I was recording an album. And every other movie that I’ve turned down had been because the role wasn’t right or I didn’t have time. This movie just happened to be shooting within my four-week vacation. John is a sweetheart and he came to my studio and told me his life story. He was there ’til four in the morning, talking about this movie. After reading it, and having a conversation with him, I went for it. This movie isn’t based solely upon me. The failure or the success is not on my shoulders. And a lot of artists, when they transition into film, they allow that to happen. They put themselves in situations where they put the whole weight of the movie on them. They have to carry the movie, and I had a cast that carried it with me.
Alexandra Daddario: I was just excited to be a part of such an iconic franchise. I really liked the role and the strength of the character. And I thought it was the right time to do a horror film.
Trey, do you think you’re ready for a more emotional role, a bigger role?
Trey Songz: When that role comes I’ll be ready for it. It’s all about timing and where I’m at. Because I truly do love music.
So you’re not going to go all Queen Latifah or Will Smith on us?
Trey Songz: I’m not saying that that’s not a possibility, but you look at the time that it took them to get to that point. You look at the roles that it took to get to that place. And how meticulous they were, and the decisions they made. I want to look at it in that same way. I recently just shot a movie and I’m only in it for 25 minutes, but it’s a character that makes an impact. It’s all about decisions for me.
Texas Chainsaw 3D is in theaters now.