As an actress who spent her own formative years playing the sort of roles that Jennifer Lawrence now lights up with her effervescent glow and every girl charm, Elizabeth Shue knew that the actress was destined for great things, not least when they worked together on horror movie ‘The House At The End of the Street’.
A fan of the genre, Shue said, “I definitely like to be scared, and see horror movies, you know I loved ‘Silence of the Lambs’," adding: "I like there to be a psychological element to the horror and I think that’s in ‘The House at the End of The Street’.”
Elizabeth plays Sarah, the mother to Lawrence’s independent teenager Elissa, and it seemed that as their characters went she had a hard time determining which was mother and which was daughter, saying of her character Sarah: “Her flaw is in many ways that her daughter is more grown up than her, and over the course of the movie she’s trying to make up for that.”
Elizabeth Shue starred alongside Jennifer Lawrence in 'The House At The End of the Street' (Photo: Dan Jackman/WENN)
Yet it seems that the casting was also fortuitous, as Lawrence is according to Shue an “abnormally mature” actress for her age. When asked about whether she, as an actress who’s played teenage protagonists in the past had given Lawrence any advice Shuhe said: “Jennifer could have given me advice, she’s abnormally mature and talented,” adding: “I think mid-way through filming she got cast in ‘X-Men’ [First-Class], you could tell she was going to the top."
The movie follows mother and daughter as they move into a new neighbourhood which has one dreadful secret, that the house at the end of the street (hence the title) harbours a lonely young man Ryan (Max Thieriot) living in it whose parents were murdered by her sister, constantly blurring the lines between a sense of danger and dread and the possibility of a redemptive relationship with Elissa.
This apparently gave rich material for the future Hollywood Princess, as the actress, star of ‘Back To The Future 2’ and ‘3’ said: “It’s also a first love story because you see Jen’s character falling for this kid, but there’s also a sense of danger there in what’s going on.”
On her co-star’s biggest success so far, a starring role in the movie adaptation of literary phenomenon ‘The Hunger Games’, Shue, who’s also known for her role alongside Nicholas Cage in ‘Leaving Las Vegas’, turned to her children for knowledge, saying: “No, I wasn’t surprised at all (that ‘The Hunger Games’ was a huge success) when your kids get really obsessed and excited about something like that you know it’s going to be huge.”
'The House at The End of the Street' is in cinemas now.
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