"Alita comes from a place whre she's a weapon"
What can you say about Alita’s journey?
Alita comes from a place where she’s a weapon, she’s a war machine. She was trained – you don’t have feelings, you don’t have family, you don’t even have a material body anymore. But then she meets Christoph’s character; to be able to have that relationship with someone, to be able to have a father, is something completely new to her. It’s really beautiful.
What training did you do?
I trained for five months with a man named Keith Hirabayashi who actually plays Sub Zero in Mortal Kombat. He is an amazing person, an amazing sensei. He trained Zoe Saldana for Avatar. He is brilliant; and what we did was some Muay Thai, some kickboxing, some Eagle Claw, which is Kung Fu, and staff work… really toning the body with a well-rounded array of martial arts. Basically, it’s a mind-body-and-soul experience.
How did you cope with the mo-cap suit?
I really liked it. I took to it rather quickly. I’m a very physical person. I did gymnastics, dance, martial arts and swimming… I really like physical stuff. So getting into the suit felt like second nature to me. It felt like a gymnastics uniform.
What did you think when you saw yourself as Alita?
I was shocked. I kept repeating: “That’s me!”… I didn’t know what to expect. When I saw how much of me they put into her, I was pleasantly shocked. And it was more than I could’ve ever imagined or dreamed of. It’s never been done.