By Fred Topel | Image property of Universal Pictures
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World chronicles the title character’s battle with seven evil exes of his new girlfriend, Ramona. Meanwhile, he hasn’t quite broken up with his previous girlfriend, high schooler Knives Chau. Newcomer Ellen Wong plays the film version of Knives.
Ellen Wong on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
“What was key I think, and it came to me even at the very early stages when I even put myself on tape the very first time was that Knives is just so liberated and genuine and free and open and honest,” Wong said. “That’s just who she is. Throughout the whole film, everything that she goes through, it’s her first time going through it so you really can’t put too, too many layers behind it because those feelings are real. They’re raw. They’re untainted. She hasn’t really experienced the harsh realities of this world yet so she doesn’t have that guard up. I think that’s really key to playing true to Knives.”
Scott is Knives’ first love. She doesn’t quite handle this craziness that well, but she comes out the other side as a more mature woman. “I think for Knives it’s that she falls in love with him because he’s different. He takes her to this sort of new world. He takes her on a journey and shows her so many new things like music, different people to hang out with, places to hang out. She wants to be on this journey and she’s at that point in her life where she’s ready for that change and Scott’s the one that’s taking her down that road so she falls in love with that. I think she’s just infatuated by the fact that he’s just so cool. He is who he is and he doesn’t really care. He’s kind of nonchalant and like whatever. He’s not obsessed with studying and all these other things that she’s so used to so she just wants to go on this journey with him.”
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
The film takes Knives on a slightly different journey, but the outcome is the same. “I think they’re still pretty similar. Definitely the ground story is there and the arc is still there. We really wanted to try to stay true to the comics. I think the thing is what’s key about each of the characters is that we showed their growth and that was the important thing to pull from the comics and put that onto the screen because that’s what it really is. It’s a coming of age tale. That’s what Bryan [Lee O’Malley] created and that’s what Edgar [Wright] wanted to also emulate as well. I think that was what we were really more focusing on because it was the more important thing to show the world.”
For her first movie, Wong was spoiled on Scott Pilgrim. “It’s funny because I’d be on set like, ‘Yeah, this is how it’s like to shoot a movie.’ And everyone’s like, ‘Ellen, this is not how it’s like to shoot a movie. You’re going to get so bored when you do any other film shoots because it’s not how it’s like.’ The intimidation factor was there because I had no idea what to expect. I was just kind of going with it but I needed to also believe that Edgar saw that character within me. I think a big reason why I was able to go through this too was just the amazing cast. Everyone on this was just so inviting. It made the work environment so comfortable and so great and I wouldn’t have been able to do that if it weren’t for all of them. And it was really important I think too, that part when we all had that time to train together was really important because I was able to be me and just be comfortable with everyone so when it came down to shooting, we were just doing it. We were really doing it so it was good.”
Scott Pilgrim vs The World opens to theaters on August 13th.