Jacqueline MacInnes Woodís beauty is easily matched by her outgoing, positive nature. A veteran of the one of the greatest acting training grounds, the soaps, The Bold and the Beautiful, Wood is serious about her calling.
At 24, Wood has worked extensively in television, and makes her feature film debut in Scott Qualeís Final Destination 5, 3D the latest in the hit horror franchise.
Her character Olivia, a smart mouthed beauty who wears glasses, is caught in a spine chilling, stomach churning situation that will make viewers squirm in their seats!
Monsters and Critics spoke with Wood in Toronto.
M&C: Iím going for the big hit right away. Your scene in the eye doctorís office is just brutally uncomfortable to watch. How on earth did you shoot it?
Wood: When I read the script I thought ďThereís no way they can do this, are they allowed, is this CGI? Makeup?Ē I know the first time we shot was from 6 p.m. to 9 am, in the morning and that speculum went in and out of my eye 70 times.
They numbed my eye, you had to be emotionally there and then eye drops in my eye, and speculum in and crack it open later one they put a large contact lens the size of a quarter that they sliced through. We did that over and over again. The fear that you see? Thatís my fear. Itís your eye.
It would be freaky on your body but thatís your EYE. Anything could go wrong. Luckily there was a doctor on the set. But still. Yeah.
M&C: How did you keep your cool?
Wood: I donít know, it was one of those things where I had to. There wasnít much moving around. There was one time when I had to be emotionally there and present and I accidentally clawed the speculum and it popped out of my eye.
My eye was numb so the contact popped up and I could just see slices on my eye. I was frozen. I thought I sliced my eyeball because it was numb and second, it popped up the sliced contact. Crazy.
Everyone watching in the 3D tent, theyíre watching while this being shot and theyíre like Ö aaah! It was intense. My mum said ďI need a shot of vodka, duct tape, I canít see this!Ē I said I wanted to be hands-on but I didnít know it would be to that extent.
M&C: Have you ever had eye surgery?
Wood: I have never had eye surgery and Iíve blocked that question out of my mind, maybe in years and years and years if Iím over it, if I had to, I couldnít. Iíd probably start immediately clawing at my face. [Nervous laughter]
M&C: There are a lot of focal characters in Final Destination 5. So thereís not a lot of time spent getting to know each character a lot. Did you create a background for her?
Wood: For sure. There are a few scenes in there that are cut thatís how it is for a movie but you still no matter what, have to go from A to B. Itís not like sheís some random girl out of nowhere.
I had to give something to it. My own perspective. Itís different compared to soaps. Theyíre very detailed. Stephie has a tear on her left side, a tear of happiness trickles down her face. Wait a minute! Hold on! I need a tear of happiness coming down my eye! Hold on!
In Final Destination you donít have that description. I had a page of her and you get to play with it. I felt with the whole laser eye surgery, I didnít get why she wanted it. Sheís a confident girl and sheís alright with herself, and honest. But she wasnít trying to hurt anyone.
Sheís just honest, thereís no filter there and she just jabs at you. It is what it is. My own thing that I put in was that the glasses thing was a total insecurity. So she wants to forget about it. And maybe after everything thatís happened, she needs to get her eyes done because death may be stalking her! Just in case!
And she has to be able to see. She doesnít want to drop her glasses. Sometimes you see scenes go from here to her and youíre like wait a minute, you have to make it work. We had 110 pages for 3 months. I wasnít even in so many of them.
M&C: Were you a fan of the Final Destination films?
Wood: I was 12 years old and I loved the first one, weíd rent it I was such a fan. I like older movies like back in the day itís all about suspense, and the wide shot, and coming in, whatís going to happen. You donít know where itís going to go. And you have that shock and awe. Nowadays itís not like that. People want the satisfaction right away!
They need to have something happen over and over again. And Iím not the biggest fan of ďLetís watch someone cut their leg off for five hours!Ē Itís not for me. The whole thing with me about Final Destination was I liked the suspense.
In a weird way, people could die (the ways they do in the film). On that show A Thousand Ways to Die, the producer didnít even know that but there was a person who died texting. They needed to get acupuncture on their back.
The masseur was going to the front and the phone rang and she reached for the phone and she rolled over and she died. She fell of the table and she died. So thatísí what Iím saying. Thereís no ďWell, it could happenĒ. It did happen.
M&C: Thereís so much that happens and so many characters. Itís really packed.
Wood: I had two scenes on the bus that are but okay Steve was brilliant and worked don Avatar. Iím not hard on myself, I give what I can. So yeah, some scenes were cut but it was put together and turned out well. They know what theyíre doing but you just cross your fingers that it wall works out completely. I watch and go ďWell thatís not in itĒ but itís like okay, it still works.
The suspense is good. Itís a quick ride and then itís over! I love how they put little bits of dark humor and the relationships with the characters. Its quick but you do see the dynamic of each character, and then they heightened it again, they raised the bar. Itís hard to think there are so many ways to die, but obviously there are a lot.
M&C: You were on Bold and Beautiful has been cancelled. But so many soap operas are being canceled. How much does it change the acting landscape?
Wood: Itís tough, itís sad that people have their jobs theyíve had for years. Guiding Light started on the radio. Itís such a big cast but essentially itís cheaper now not to pay a full cast that large, and have a cooking show which is one set, one person, it makes it easier. Now TV shows are reality based and people are taking that route.
Itís tough to know if it will be tough for Canadians to get into the US. There is always a turnaround for shows, whether theyíre pilots, whether they go or they donít. Pilot season is still huge. My show, thank God I have my green card now, but my first show got me my work visa, pilots are going to bring you in and you should be okay.
But you just donít know. Lots of reality, thatís tough. Itís tough for everybody. People used soaps in a way for training, you do seventy pages a day of dialogue, itís unbelievable, shoot 8 Ė 12 episodes in four days, with one take and we knock it out.
For The Bold and The Beautiful we do air in 106 countries. Itís prime time.
In South Africa I had an autograph signing and we thought a couple hundred people would show up. Twenty thousand people showed up. We went to different places and they were packed.
Itís different for The Bold and The Beautiful because we might get picked up in other places, you just donít know whatís going to happen. Itís tough for everybody, the turnout of movies, the 3D thing, people can start there too.
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