Ella Purnell Dishes on Flying in 'Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children'

Ella Purnell Dishes on Flying in 'Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children'

Ella Purnell flies as high as a kite in this still from her new film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

The 19-year-old actress spoke with WWD recently about the new film, her character and more. Check it:

On the film’s appeal: “I fell in love with the idea of how this whole thing has been built on just a couple stray photographs that [author] Ransom Riggs found. [The script] is funny, it’s a bit sad, it’s a bit dark, it’s very gripping. Something happens every step of the way, and you’re so emotionally invested in all these characters. I think it’s just a hugely relatable movie with a great moral.”

On her character, Emma Bloom: “My character can manipulate air basically — in the book it’s fire, but in the film it’s air — so she does that in all these creative ways. She can breathe underwater, help other people breath underwater, she can create a tornado with her breath. The main thing is that she flies, so I spent so long in a harness and wires up in the air. They got a wind machine out, and I actually felt like I was blowing back Samuel L. Jackson [the film’s antagonist].”

On becoming an actress: “There was never a point where I was, like, I want to be an actor the rest of my life. What I love about this job is it’s literally a different day every single day, isn’t it? One day you’re a nurse, the next day you’re in a band — you can just make it up. I’m just a big kid and that’s really what this job is — just playing dress up every day.”

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children hits theaters on September 30th.

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