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Deadpool: Brianna Hildebrand Explains Negasonic Teenage Warhead's Powers & Role

Deadpool - Brianna Hildebrand as Teenage Negasonic Warhead
Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead

Would you like to do more comic books stuff in the future, in this universe?

Brianna Hildebrand: Yeah. I would definitely… I really enjoy the stunts of the movie. Even though it has been the most difficult part, it’s been the most fun because that’s what makes you a superhero. So it’s cool being like, “Yeah! I’m so super right now!” So I would totally do more.

Can you tell us how you first came across this role and your thoughts on the first time you ever read the script or a description of the character?

Brianna Hildebrand: Well, with the role I was super excited that she was actually described as gothic for some reason. I guess because it’s… I don’t know. I like to tap into that. But also, when I read the script the first time, I died. And ever since then, like even now reading the script I still laugh at it. It’s hilarious. Actually, when I auditioned for it her name was like Cathy and they didn’t tell me much about her, aside from the fact that she was super apathetic and gothic. So it was kind of like fun to come up with her myself.

How has it been working with Morena Baccarin and the rest of the cast?

Brianna Hildebrand: It’s been great. I haven’t worked with Morena yet. But working with Ryan has been awesome. He’s really funny and cool and someone I used to look up to growing up.

Big fan of Ryan's comedies?

Brianna Hildebrand: Oh, yeah. Absolutely. He was like my childhood crush. I Photoshopped myself into a picture with him and everything. This is real life. So I was super excited to work with Ryan. He’s cool. And the rest of the cast is amazing, too. Gina [Carano] is hilarious. And Ed is also really cool. So yeah, I love everyone. It’s great. Coming to work doesn’t feel like work.

CGI Colossus Costume in Deadpool Movie
The new, all Russian, all CGI Colossus

So far, has it been mostly action or is there a lot of dialogue? Who do you interact with most outside of Colossus?

Brianna Hildebrand: Deadpool. It’s been kind of action-packed. I would say half action-packed so far, anyway, for me. My character is not very longwinded. She’s very short.

Are you shooting today?

Brianna Hildebrand: I’m not shooting today. But my last thing that I worked on was the day before yesterday. It was in the scrapyard. It was right when Negasonic Teenage Warhead gets under this plane wing and blasts up with Deadpool on top, like takes him somewhere else type thing with her detonation.

When did you decide you wanted to be an actor and how did you find this role?

Brianna Hildebrand: I moved to Los Angeles about a year and a half ago and I aspired to be a musician. I’m a musician—I sing and play the guitar. But my managers kind of halfway talked me into going out for some acting stuff and joining an acting class. I was like, “Sure. Why not?” I don’t think I ever really made the decision to be an actress. I ended up falling into this, which is a great thing to fall into. I was like, “Wow! OK! I guess I’m an actress now!”

So it’s still pretty new to me. I’m getting used to it. I love it. It’s fun.

Can you see yourself doing more and playing this character again if there are sequels down the road or similar opportunities?

Brianna Hildebrand: Yeah, absolutely. That would be the greatest. I would be grateful for that.

Is there a female superhero that you would like to play at some point in the future?

Brianna Hildebrand: Oh. I don’t know. I haven’t even thought about that.

Catwoman from Batman Arkham Games
Catwoman from Batman: Arkham Games

Or one you liked a lot?

Brianna Hildebrand: I used to love Catwoman. But, you know. We’ll see. That’s fun to think about.

One last question. This is Tim Miller's first full-length feature - what's it like working with him?

Brianna Hildebrand: The director? He’s great. He’s very straightforward, which I appreciate. There’s no beating around the bush. He’s like, “Well, you could have done it this way. That was bad. This is how it should be.” You are like, “OK. I get it.” But Tim is hilarious. He’s fun. It’s never personal or anything.

More: Exclusive Interview With Deadpool Director Tim Miller

Tim Miller directs the film from a screenplay by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. It is produced by Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Ryan Reynolds, starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, Gina Carano, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Leslie Uggams.

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Deadpool opens in theaters February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.

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