Zoë Bell - Interview
Zoe Bell says working with Cate on the stunts and action has been a real collaborative effort.
“She’s been amazing and wants to be collaborative,” says Bell. “Which is always our hope ‘cause I feel like that’s when you get the best, when all departments are aiming to make the same movie. She’s clearly an expert in her field which has been amazing for me for my own personal reasons. I’ve been just absorbing sponge-like the whole time. But she seems really comfortable with me being considered the expert in my field, and between the two of us we’re going to make the baddest Hela there is.”
Zoe revealed that Cate needed a little time to get used to the amount of action in a Marvel film.
“It was early on and it was one of the bigger fight scenes. I won’t speak too much about it, but she had other prior arrangements so we didn’t have a lot of time with her. I think there was a minute where she was just like, ‘I don’t think I can do all of this.’ So we kind of showed her the bits that we absolutely needed her to do, and then once she felt comfortable with it then she actually was like, 'All right, give me a little bit more. Okay, I can probably do that.’ Once you take away the onslaught feeling, then people realize they’re more capable, and she’s far more capable than I think she gives herself credit for.”
Portions of Hela’s costume – including her cape and her famous many-antlered headpiece – are created almost entirely through CG, which Zoe says she and Cate had to work around in their performances.
“It has been a bit of a consideration for us in terms of our movements and stuff but because it’s been so collaborative between the departments there’s also an element of, 'You guys should just do whatever it is you do and we can work around it.’ It’s my job to work around Cate to make Hela look as amazing as I can. And then it’s their job to work around what they have in the physical world to embellish on it and make it look amazing.”