USA Today Talks to ‘Young Stars’

USA Today has posted an article about the five main actors in Prince Caspian:

The young actors have obviously formed a tight bond — a “surrogate family,” Popplewell says — talking over each other just as real siblings might.

They have many tales from their time together on set. During a weekend spent surfing in New Zealand, where much of the film was shot, Skandar unwittingly made filming more difficult for himself. The fair-skinned actor neglected to coat the back of his legs with sunblock and got a nasty burn.

Like a real brother, Moseley wasn’t about to let that go by without further torture. “Will would run up behind me and smack the back of my legs,” Skandar says.

“A year and a couple of months later, I still have a tan line,” he says. “Do you want me to show you?”

But Moseley has a sentimental side, too. He was disappointed to find out there were no plans for a wrap party, so he took matters into his own hands and organized one.

“I went ’round with this big microphone on set to everybody and said, ‘There’s going to be a wrap party tonight!’ ” It was decided that as long as he organized it, a certain amount of money would go toward drinks. “So I had to stand around the door all night doing the wristbands, making sure everyone had a good time.”

“It’s probably the only thing he has ever organized in his life,” Popplewell teases. “Will is not the most organized person.”

Changes ahead

All the excitement surrounding the film’s opening is a bit bittersweet for the foursome, however. They know only the younger actors, Georgie and Skandar, will return for the next installment, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which begins filming in November for May 2010 release.

Georgie says she’ll miss having Popplewell and Moseley around for comfort and reassurance.

“I don’t think Skandar’s the cuddliest!” she says.

“We used to torture him with group hugs,” Popplewell adds.

“Normally, I’m the most annoying one,” Georgie says. “So it’s going to be a shame for Skandar when Anna or Will aren’t around to shut me up.”

But the elder stars have their own plans for life after Narnia. Moseley, who is from Gloucestershire, says he’d like to find a place in London and continue to pursue acting. He just turned down a film role, being selective about his next part. “It’s always about my instincts,” he says. “I really don’t know genre-wise what that’s going to be.”

Popplewell is almost finished with her first year at Oxford; she’s studying English literature. (“I should be writing an essay right now,” she says.) But she, too, intends to keep acting.

For the younger actors, Narnia will take them to the high seas on a voyage of discovery and encounters with magical creatures.

“That’s going to be a fun shoot on a ship in the middle of nowhere,” teases Moseley.

“I think Will and I are going to have to come and visit,” Popplewell says. “We can be centaurs.”