Yesterday, Kaya and co. attended a screening of The Maze Runner in NYC, hosted by Teen Vogue and Twentieth Century Fox. I’ve also added some photos of the Maserati Quattroporte Zenga Limited Edition Celebration from earlier this week, whom she attended the event with Benjamin Walker. Be sure to check out the photos below:
Kaya Scodelario came to prominence in the notorious U.K. TV series Skins, a show that took the morality out of young adult dramas. But the 22-year-old actress does have her limits: “I love watching Game of Thrones, but I keep seeing my friends naked on it,” she says. “I’m like, ‘I don’t need to know what you look like.’ ” It’s a philosophy she applies to her own career. “I believe there are some things meant only for you and the person you love. In any case, my mom is too traditional—she’d get the wooden spoon out and smack me up!” Scodelario, who was raised by her Brazilian mother on a North London housing estate, calls her mom the strongest woman she knows. “We come from a very humble background. A lot of my paycheck from Skins went to paying the bills and getting us a new sofa,” she recalls. “My house now is a shit-hole, but my mom’s is lovely.”
Scodelario’s sense of reserve initially made her question her first big Hollywood role. When the script for the highly anticipated teenage blockbuster The Maze Runner thudded onto her doormat, she wondered, “Am I going to be in some weird love triangle?” Luckily, that’s not part of the adventure story. “It’s purely about survival,” she explains. “These young people are trying to work out where they are and who has put them in this forest.” Scodelario was slightly intimidated when she first arrived on set and realized that she was the lone female among eight men, but it didn’t take long for her and her castmates to become friends. “I like to have fun,” she says. “I’m also a bit of the crazy one. All my friends are boys. I was bullied a lot by girls in school. There was also too much drama and demands.”
Scodelario recently wrapped production on the 18th-century fantasy drama The Moon and the Sun, in which she plays the princess daughter of Pierce Brosnan’s Louis XIV. “Brosnan is one of the greatest people I’ve ever met,” she says. “He set me up with my boyfriend, telling me that my co-star liked me.” That co-star is American actor Benjamin Walker, who, along with plenty of plum film roles, keeps bringing Scodelario across the Atlantic.
I found out on Twitter just how popular The Maze Runner was. When I mentioned I was interviewing the cast at WonderCon, my feed was flooded by wonderful, enthusiastic Gladers, with whom I’ve remained friends all year. So when 20th Century Fox had the cast come to the studio lot for another Q&A, I was very enthusiastic to see them again.
Dylan O’Brien plays Thomas, a teenage boy who wakes up in The Glade with no memory except his name. He learns fast through Gally (Will Poulter), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Minho (Ki Hong Lee) how the maze that surrounds them works. Wes Ball directs the film adaptation of James Dashner’s book. Here is the Q&A with the cast. The Maze Runner opens September 19.
Q: So, you guys kind of know a world now without adults. How do you think it runs better, with or without adults?
Will Poulter: That’s an interesting one. Yes. It’s weird. I mean the age range in our cast was kind of crazy. So, I guess the youngest guy on set would have been..
Dylan O’Brien: Blake [Cooper]
Will Poulter: Blake. He was playing Chuck. And he was 13 or 14.
Kaya Scodelario: He was 12.
Dylan O’Brien: He’s 13 now.
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