SAN ANTONIO - In the new film “Beautiful Creatures,” a teenager named Ethan (Alden Ehenreich) longs to escape his small, backward southern town. When a mysterious new girl named Lena (Alice Englert) arrives, she seems to have stepped right out of Alden's dreams. As their relationship blossoms, they uncover dark secrets about both their families and their hometown.
As Alden's love of Lena grows, he pulls away from both his trusty best friend Link (Thomas Mann) and Bible-thumping mean girl ex Emily (Zoey Deutch). I sat down with Mann and Deutch (who is the daughter of '80s superstar Lea Thompson) last month in Dallas after a screening of the film, where we discussed the challenge of taking on a character already established in the minds of readers, playing normal humans in a supernatural world, and why guys shouldn't be afraid to see “Beautiful Creatures.”
"Beautiful Creatures" opens on Valentine's Day.