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Diego, what was it like making your feature film debut in Rock of Ages?
Diego: Shooting this movie was the best time of my life. Everybody has been saying, ‘It was crazy hours.’ I don’t have anything else to compare it to, but if I could relive the whole experience again, I would just stay in those five months forever.
It was very humbling and an amazing learning experience and I just hope that every other movie is like this.
I was disappointed that you didn’t dance more in this, Julianne, were you looking for a project where you didn’t dance?
Julianne: There were probably two or three scenes that were cut out where I was actually dancing. There was a fantasy scene of Drew where I’m dancing for him in his mind, and it was a great dance. There was also an amazing duet number between Tom and I, it was called Rock you like a Hurricane.
All of those will be on the DVD, so you’ll have to see it then. I was a little bummed that I didn’t see as much dancing, but it was cool, because people have seen my dancing and I got to use more of my voice and my acting in this.
Can you about working with Tom? Were you surprised that he had such a strong voice?
Diego: He’s got a really, really good voice, and not only his vocals, but his performance, that’s not really something that you can teach someone, to be a rock star and to move like that on stage.
He’s a movie star, he’s a rock star, there’s nothing he can’t do, and the coolest thing was watching him on set, he was treating this movie like it was his first movie and his last movie.
He was so excited and it was so inspiring to see a veteran like Tom, the biggest movie star, work that way and be so humble and so thankful.
For you, these songs are oldies. What was your relationship with this music?
Diego: My parents only listen to eighties bands, so growing up, when I was eight years old, my favorite bands were The Police, Queen and U2. I’d be talking to my friends, saying, ‘Guys, do you know who Freddie Mercury is? He’s awesome.’ They were like, ‘Freddie Mercury? We’re listening to Britney Spears!’
So before I auditioned for this movie, I knew every single song. They’re timeless songs, they have epic melodies and I really hope that this movie brings some of that back to today’s pop music.
I asked Julianne about the accident she had on the set while she was doing the musical number with Tom Cruise – click hear to listen to her answer.
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You can buy the CD with the music from the film, Rock of Ages, at Amazon here.