The concept of creating your fantasies into actuality, whereas vacationing on a good looking tropical island, was first conceptualised within the 1970s collection Fantasy Island.
That TV present ran for seven seasons, and – though it was gleefully campy – it carried the notion that realising one’s fantasy got here with a worth.
This premise can be on the centre of the brand new movie Fantasy Island, impressed by the TV present. However there may be nothing gleeful concerning the movie because it falls squarely into the supernatural thriller style.
Starring Michael Pena, Maggie Q and Lucy Hale, Fantasy Island comes with the tagline “Watch out what you want for”, illustrating how fantasies rapidly flip into nightmares for the characters within the movie.
In case you’re nonetheless not too satisfied concerning the movie, nicely, neither was Q, at first.
In a phone interview from London, the 40-year-old shared what modified her thoughts: “It was a means of me first studying the script and truly being impressed… with its darker twist, of what it means to have a fantasy fulfilled – whether or not your life goes to be higher and whether or not that makes any sense in actuality.”
The second issue, she mentioned, needed to do with who they have been going to forged.
“Michael Pena is an actor that I respect very a lot… I didn’t know him prior, however I beloved his work. So that they had hooked up Michael already, and I used to be the subsequent individual that they wanted to connect. I beloved that they have been casting folks that have been extra about being the proper actors for the movie.
“My last straw was actually assembly the director (Jeff Wadlow) and seeing if his imaginative and prescient was one thing that I agreed with, or one thing that I favored… And I used to be actually impressed that he had a lot ardour and was very motivated to make one thing totally different than a normal fare.”
In Fantasy Island, Q performs Gwen Olsen, whose fantasy has to do with remorse, of the paths she had not taken and letting her life go by. Though Q believes that having some regrets as a wholesome journey to changing into a greater individual, she was interested in discover Gwen as a result of the latter is overwhelmed by guilt and remorse.
“Individuals have a look at ladies as emotional, delicate, empathic and powerful… we’re all of that, they’re what make ladies unimaginable. But additionally one of many flaws of being a girl is that we tackle loads.
“We don’t launch lots of what we supply, and that’s extremely unhealthy as a result of we’re not designed to carry our grief and our trauma. With a view to to take care of it, it’s a must to share, it’s a must to get it out, forgive your self and transfer on.
“That’s the lesson you get with this character… to find the basis of the ache, actually research the place the ache is coming from and make issues get higher.”
For Q, she is all for making issues higher. Born in Honolulu, situated on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, the Pan-Asian magnificence grew up surrounded by nature and animals. Whereas discovering her footing within the appearing world in Hong Kong, Q transitioned to a plant-based weight loss plan after studying about animal situation within the trend, meals and leisure industries.
At this time, she’s equally referred to as a humanitarian and animal rights activist. She can be vocal on her love for the planet and oceans, which led her to create the activewear firm QEEP UP, that produces outfits constructed from 100% recycled supplies pulled from the ocean.
In keeping with Q, she enjoys all of the roles she has taken on, an actress, a businesswoman and an activist.
“It has been actually just like the second wave of challenges in my life, to have the ability to make enterprise work and have a profession outdoors of moviemaking that’s tied to my passions, and the voice that I’ve created from being in films.”
When requested about her fantasies, naturally, they must do with what she is most obsessed with.
“Nicely, two issues, ” she answered. “Private fantasy No.1 is to alter the folks in energy who’re making the selections that harm the environment. I received’t title any names, however I’m certain you may guess the folks in energy who do not need the rights of the atmosphere of their hearts.
“And my second fantasy is – if there have been no penalties – that I may liberate animals from struggling. I might launch all of them from zoos, circuses and animal-testing amenities; I’d let all of them out. That’s my fantasy.”
Fantasy Island opens at cinemas nationwide at present.