Natalia Tena Talks Tonks in Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows Script with LA Times

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Jul 08, 2009

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Actress Natalia Tena (Tonks) is the subject of a new interview from LA Times blog Hero Complex. In this interview, the actress speaks of her upcoming role in the Half-Blood Prince film, as well as her upcoming work on the final two Deathly Hallows films. Noting that she is set to start filming Part One of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows next month, she describes her reaction to first reading the script for the film. Quoteage:

“I’ve read Part One and it’s brilliant, I wasn’t so sure about the last
movie but this one I was like, “Yeah, they got it spot on.” I’m
re-reading the book right now. I started having insane dreams again.
Whenever I start a Potter film, I get these dreams. The last dream I
had I was in a war and the sky was blotted with broomsticks and I
couldn’t find my wand. It was so intense. I always have mental,
intense, war wizard dreams when I’m doing the films.”

Speaking further in regards to the script for the final films, Miss Tena describes her feelings about the quality of the work by saying “I like the last because it’s trial times. You really
get a sense of what everyone is worth. There’s a point where Ron leaves
and I was like, “Wow, Ron actually isn’t up for it for a bit.” Also, I
really got a sense in the script that while Harry is important, it’s
his mates that do a lot. Actually, if he didn’t have these two mates
he really wouldn’t be winning. He needs everyone to believe. It’s quite
an interesting concept because then you ask, well, is it
interchangeable? Could it be anyone else that could have been the
Chosen One?”

The actress continues, speaking of her reaction upon first reading the final book by saying she found it “very intense.”

“Suddenly you see my parents in the book and my mom is
supposed to look exactly like Bellatrix. It was intense. And I love the
fact that Tonks is pregnant. That she got married in the middle of all
this chaos. It’s like she thought it would be a really good idea to get
married and get pregnant and keep fighting.”

The interview then turns to discussion of filming the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. On this subject, Miss Tena gives her thoughts on the Attack on the Burrow scene that was added to the film.

“I think they wanted to keep Tonks in it somehow. In the
book, she’s very depressed all the way through until she finally she
gets with Lupin, that’s when she gets her normal hair color back. In
the film, they just had me looking very strange with Lupin and that’s
why her hair is a bit dark [instead of her favorite pink] and short,
though they don’t explain it. In “Half-Blood Prince’ a lot was edited,
and actually I thought a lot of stuff was added in unnecessarily. But I
haven’t seen the film yet, so for all I know it works out well in the
end.”

She goes on to note that many of the stunts she wanted to do herself, saying, “They wanted to get stunt doubles and I was like, “No, I want to jump
through fire!” Sometimes you do feel a bit stupid. I remember standing
with David Thewlis [who plays Lupin], and it’s 3 in the morning, and
going, “Yeah, David, fight invisible fire snakes.” It’s like basically
dancing to nothing. You do feel a bit stupid at times, but it’s funny.”

The complete interview with actress Natalia Tena can be read over on the LA Times website.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince arrives in theaters July 15th.





41 Responses to Natalia Tena Talks Tonks in Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows Script with LA Times

Avatar Imageplacebowiz says: niceAvatar Imagehorsepatronus64 says: Wow she's so funny! Invisible fire snakes?Avatar Imageplacebowiz says: nice!Avatar ImageAmy Darlene says: i really love her enthusiasm for the character she really captures Tonks for me and I love that she is ready to give justice to such a cool catAvatar ImageAvangelis says: yayAvatar ImageBookwormjules says: "Like a lot of people, I love a bit of blood and gore. I was a bit sad that Tonks didn’t get a death scene in the book! I was really hoping that Bellatrix would kill me in mid-air while I’m stabbing her with a wand" I laughed at that part. Now that is something I'd love to see! A huge epic battle between the two, and to see Tonks (and Lupin) Death scenes. Tena has the perfect personality for Tonks, I just wish the movies did a better job at showing it. Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: She really got glossed over...Avatar Imagethe_spectacle says: I agree that she has the perfect personality for Tonks. A bit worried that she said ' a lot of unnecessary changes were made in HBP' but I'm sure it will still be good.Avatar Imageluba says: I love her, she just know soo much about the books, she's a real fan.Avatar Imagedragontowncorsets says: *squee!*Avatar ImageSnufflieSocks says: I absolutely love her.Avatar Imagebudb says: I risk getting the reputation as grumpy, but when an obvious fan such as Tena can say "In “Half-Blood Prince,” a lot was edited, and actually I thought a lot of stuff was added in unnecessarily. But I haven’t seen the film yet, so for all I know it works out well in the end." then, I shake my head and lower my expectations. Yep, I'll still go, I'll still buy the dvds, and I'll buy the extended versions with all the deleted scenes put back in when those finally come out. But I really do want the films to be as brilliant as the novels....not identical, not scene for scene, just brilliantly done is all.Avatar ImageClariceCuri says: Natalia is great!Avatar ImageLuce_depp says: It's wierd that she is exactly like i imagine Tonks would be?!??! She even speaks like her! That wolf cubs line was great!Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: I love her :) And I love her war wizard dreams. I've never had one, but I'd like to :DAvatar Imagebadger666 says: Lol. She's so funny. I'm so annoyed that they've been cutting all the cool Tonks scenes in the movies. She's such a fun character, but in the movies she's pretty much nonexistent.Avatar ImageTonks_charms says: eeeeee! I love tonks and shes super cute in the role and talking about it! and I feel the same way about it abot her not being it in enought and its strange that they kept her hair brown if they are already together. Its like they dropped the ball a bit. But I glad she enjoys Tonks as much as I do, ya know she really cares about the role :) Rock on! Avatar ImageTonks_charms says: eeeeee! I love tonks and shes super cute in the role and talking about it! and I feel the same way about it abot her not being it in enought and its strange that they kept her hair brown if they are already together. Its like they dropped the ball a bit. But I glad she enjoys Tonks as much as I do, ya know she really cares about the role :) Rock on! Avatar ImageMugglejeff says: Tonks needs more scenes,Avatar ImageLiderc says: She definitely seems like a great character, she could be fleshed out a bit more and be much more memorable. Avatar Imagekira902k says: Huh. It sounds like she doesn't think the 6th movie will be that great. And I was starting to think that it might actually be okay. Well, we'll see. I rewatched 5 the other day, and I finally identified my reason for hating it: the screenwriter. He's just...awful. Avatar ImageWolfyWizard says: Natalia is the perfect Tonks!Avatar ImageMySweetheart says: wow, she's so funny and wacky!!Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: awesome I love Tonks. Nat play her so well.Avatar Imagedeadtree says: this interview is hilarious, but her comments about HBP have me a little worried about the film...Avatar Imagedeadtree says: this interview is hilarious, but her comments about HBP have me a little worried about the film...Avatar Imageclabwag says: @horsepatronus64 I assume by "invisible fire snakes" she would be referring to the Burrow attack. ;) I love Nat Tena, she really has a sense of humour and overall feel which exudes fun. I do wish they hadn't squashed her part down as Tonks, but I suppose in the long run she doesn't really have a huge impact on Deathly Hallows even (I don't want to sound like I dislike the character, because I love her, but it's true).Avatar Imageroby_boh says: Ok, now I'm really scared about what they're going to do about Tonks and Lupin in the 2 finale movies! It's so sad taht they decided to delete almost EVERYTHING that I like about those 2 characters.. But she really is the perfect Tonks (also her initials are the same!) Avatar Imagebellyrox says: That was a great interview!! Natalia Tena is such a great actress to play Tonks, its a shame that Tonks is hardly in DH. Looking forward to seeing her performance in HBP!Avatar ImageLulaL says: I feel like Tonks has really been minimalized in the movies so far. I know you can't get everything into a couple of hours, but . . .Avatar ImageLulaL says: Maybe they'll release some deleted Tonks scenes.Avatar ImageMissDracothan says: Wizard War Dreams!! She's so into it! Great!!Avatar ImageMatea says: she's so awesome! the coolest person ever! she dreams about being in a wizard war? thats just.. so awesome!Avatar Imagebeewell says: Great interview! She is such a good Tonks. Too bad she doesn't have more scenes but at least we get to see her.Avatar ImageNymphadoraMae says: I love the character of Tonks and I love Natalia Tena who plays her. Its deff a shame they cut some of the scenes out. I love the Lupin and Tonks romance in the books!Avatar ImageHattFerg says: She is a laugh! Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: lol!! Harry Potter dreams!!!!!!!! I often hav Harry Potter dreams(which r v intellectual), Twilight dreams (they r guuuud :D) and Lord of the Rings dreams(which r nightmares). I dont often get these but when i get them i remember them!!Avatar ImageKC Nox says: I love that she dreams about wands and brooms lol!!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: I do wish that Nat was given more screen time in HBP, i'm glad that she likes playing Tonks! :)Avatar ImageNymphadoraMae says: Natalia's awesome for Tonks. She seems so lovely. Pity she doesnt get a bigger role in HBP!Avatar ImagecrazyforSeverus says: Natalia Tena is my favourite Harry Potter female actress. She's awesome. I totally agree with her about too much being cut and keeping unnecessary stuff in the Half-Blood Prince. I really hope that means there is more Tonks stuff in the deleted scenes, I absolutely love her. Can't wait to see Natalia in the 7th!

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