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Carla Gugino and Malin Akerman, who play mother-and-daughter costumed heroes in the upcoming Watchmen movie, say that they spent some time together off of the set to work out the dynamics of their on-screen relationship. Important, since the two actors are only a few years apart in age. Akerman explained,

We probably had about three weeks to sort of just hang out together and get to know each other, and we definitely just got along right away. Like [Gugino] said, we have a lot of similarities in our lives and in our families that sort of brought us even closer. So we could relate these characters to things that have happened in our lives and sharing those with each other so that we knew, when we were doing our scenes, where that was coming from.

In case you’ve been under a rock for the past year, Akerman plays Laurie Juspeczyk, the daughter of Gugino’s 1940s Minutemen era costumed hero Sally Jupiter (aka Silk Spectre). During the main timeline of events in the story, Laurie is in her twenties, while a now retired Sally is in her seventies.

Gugino, who is not yet 40, and had to wear full prosthetics to pull off a convincing senior citizen, was surprised when Snyder approached her to play the 70-year-old version of the character.

When Zack first said, 'I would love to talk to you about playing this character,' I thought, 'Well, this sounds amazing, but in the graphic novel, especially, there's so much more of Sally Jupiter [as an] older [woman] than there is [in her youth]. We have the flashback to the rape and a couple of [other] brief moments, but [not much else]… So I thought, 'That's interesting. I would think he'd want a much older actress,' And, ultimately… in a way sort of showing the passage of time and how we come from the '40s to the '80s, he ended up adding in a lot more images of her as a young woman… I think you need to see Sally Jupiter shine in her own right so that you can understand why she tries to impose [being a masked hero] on Laurie.

Beyond their similarity in age, the two actresses said they had an emotional bond that worked to their advantage when playing mother and daughter. Gugino explained,

There wasn't that much screen time to really establish that relationship, either, but I think any daughter [would say] that their relationship with their mother [is] complicated on some level, probably like any son and their father. ... I mean, it's just an intense, complex thing. So it was great to be able to have the chance for us to talk about all of those elements in our own lives, because it does bring things to light.

8.3.08 Source: Sci-fi Wire

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