In Taken, Maggie Grace plays the 17-year-old Kim, who sets out to follow U2's European Tour with a friend, and ends up kidnapped and forced into the slave trade. ReelzChannel spoke to the actress about her role in the action-thriller, a dramatic turn from her last movie, The Jane Austen Book Club.
ReelzChannel: So tell us about the character you play.
Grace: Kim, Brian's daughter, is obviously very young and, I think, sheltered. Naïve. I mean, she's been raised recently with a lot of money, not always. Certainly, she's very shy, and has been sheltered a lot.
RC: Were you excited to work with Liam Neeson?
Grace: In December, right before I read the script, I started watching a lot of movies at Christmas. I always have a little time off to do that. [And I thought,] "I should make a list of people I wanna work with some day, people I really admire." And on my actor list, Liam Neeson was, like, top. And right after that I read the script. So, I thought that was a funny coincidence. I think he's wonderful.
RC: How was it working with Pierre Morel, the director?
Grace: I like Pierre a lot. He's very thoughtful. You can tell he thinks a lot about how he's gonna communicate something, which is appreciated. I like that he does his own camera operation. I think that's cool. I mean, especially, with this movie -- so much depends on how it's shot. And he's obviously really, really wonderful. So, he has a very specific idea of camera movement.
RC: What was it like to work in Paris?
Grace: I loved shooting in Paris. I was so excited to find out I was coming here, and for so long too. We're staying in this hotel that's literally a palace. So, I feel very, very lucky to be here. And I have a couple friends my age here that are very kind and showing me the city, some of the more local spots, so I'm not always such a tourist.