Tuesday, March 8, 2016

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: Alexandra Shipp on Storm’s Mohawk, Black Panther Connection, and More

Photo from Collider

Some insights into the new X-men movie and this version of Storm...

Can you tell us a little bit about Storm? Or, this Storm – your Storm.

SHIPP: My Storm in particular is kind of a, well yeah, she’s the past derivative of Halle’s Storm. This Storm is a little bit different because you’re meeting her in Cairo. You’re seeing kind of a little bit of where she comes from. You’re seeing all the pain that she’s gone through. It’s not like she’s in the mansion having a great time. She’s so different from all of the other kids because they come from families. They come from some sort of love and support whereas Storm hasn’t had that since her parents died in that plane crash into the house when she was like 5.

It’s like, she’s kind of just all really messed up and the only mutants that she knows are bad mutants. The only mutants that she knows are the mutants who use their powers for stealing, or protecting thugs or whatever. It’s not like, “Oh, we’re going to save the planet”. It’s like, “Forget the planet, I need money so I’m going to distract you with some wind and then I’m going to pick pocket you.” She’s in survival mode so when she meets Apocalypse, she’s kind of like hit this revelation where she has been struggling to feel like she belongs somewhere.

Are you going to do accents?

SHIPP: I am. I’m doing a Kenyan accent. I’m also speaking Arabic, which is cool.

Can you talk about how Storm interacts with some of the other younger mutants? Does she see them as kindred spirits or does she see them as enemies?

SHIPP: Yeah, I think she sees them as children. Storm is a different kind of smart. She’s had to survive, she’s a bit street smart so I feel like if and when she makes it to the mansion, it’s going to take a little time for her to warm up to these normal white people. You know what I mean. She’s been in Cairo, she’s been fighting, and her life is just so much different. She’s so much more street smart and there isn’t a, she didn’t go to school, really. She didn’t have a lot of the same things that they had. Maybe there is even a little bit of animosity and a little bit of jealousy because of that. We haven’t explored that yet, but I’m hoping that we can in the next movie.

Check out the rest of the interview (along with some more pics) at Collider:


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