All for One

TFK chats with Gabriella Wilde about The Three Musketeers, now playing

Oct 20, 2011 | By Vickie An
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Alexandre Dumas’s classic novel The Three Musketeers is getting a modern 3-D update on the big screen. The movie follows the legendary royal guards—Athos, Porthos and Aramis—as they try to stop an evil plan to overthrow the King of France. Joining them on this quest is young, hot-headed D’Artagnan (played by Percy Jackson star Logan Lerman), who aspires to be a Musketeer himself. Will the four heroes save the day?

Hollywood newcomer Gabriella Wilde plays Constance, the Queen’s loyal best friend and D’Artagnan’s crush. TFK spoke to the actress about the film. Read on to find out who her favorite Musketeer is, and the challenges of riding a horse in a dress.

TFK:

How would you describe Constance’s personality?

GABRIELLA WILDE:

She’s intelligent and innocent, but she’s not naïve. She always has a plan, and she’s very loyal to the queen.

Constance (Wilde) is intrigued by D'Artagnan (played by Logan Lerman) and his adventurous spirit.
ROLF KONOW—© 2011 CONSTANTIN FILM PRODUKTION GMBH, NEF PRODUCTIONS, S.A.S., AND NEW LEGACY FILM LTD.
Constance (Wilde) is intrigued by D'Artagnan (played by Logan Lerman) and his adventurous spirit.

TFK:

There have been many versions of The Three Musketeers over the years. What makes this one different?

GABRIELLA:

It’ll be different in a lot of ways. This one has a bit of everything in it—action, romance, drama. They’ve casted an actor to play D’Artagnan who is actually the age of the D’Artagnan in the book. Logan is the right age to play D’Artagnan, unlike the actors who play the character in other Musketeer films. It’s also in 3-D. So, it’s definitely a new take on it.

TFK:

Speaking of 3-D, are you ready to see yourself pop out from the screen?

GABRIELLA:

No, I don’t think so. I’m not even ready to see myself on the screen, let alone pop out of it!

TFK:

What do you think it is about the Musketeers story that can be told over and over again?

GABRIELLA:

It’s an amazing story. It’s a classic novel, and when you’ve got a story that’s so brilliantly written, people aren’t going to get bored of it.

TFK:

There’s a little romance between D’Artagnan and Constance. Why is Constance attracted to him?

GABRIELLA:

She’s intrigued by him because he’s everything she isn’t. She’s never met or spoken to anyone like him before. She’s a very inquisitive girl, so she’s very excited by everything that he is.

TFK:

With so much action going on, were there any mishaps on set?

GABRIELLA:

Sadly, I didn’t get to sword fight in the movie, but I’m sure the boys had some mishaps. Their fight scenes were very elaborate. I’d be surprised if they weren’t a few.

TFK:

Constance doesn’t get to join in any of the action?

GABRIELLA:

I do, just not with a sword! It was a lot of fun. I had some horse-riding training, and there were a lot of explosions and things like that. It’s fun to play that side of her as well.

TFK:

For the film, you got to wear some beautiful traditional dresses from that time period. How did you like being in such extravagant costumes?

GABRIELLA:

It was very traditional and keeping with the time, so I wore proper boned corsets with the petticoats and everything. They were amazing, but very uncomfortable!

TFK:

Did you have to ride horses in the dresses?

GABRIELLA:

I did. I had two weeks training before we started filming so that I could learn to ride in the dresses and in the corsets. It was interesting. I already knew how to ride, so that bit was fine. But when you put the dress on, it adds a totally different dimension to it.

TFK:

Constance would choose D’Artagnan, but who is your favorite Musketeer?

GABRIELLA:

Athos. I think maybe you’ll agree with me when you see the movie.