In the fantasy-adventure movie Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, the son of Poseidon and his friends must work in tandem to save the world (again). The cast reveals that the best parts of making the movie included the opportunity to reunite with one another.
"It was like going back to summer camp a bit," says Alexandra Daddario, who plays Percy's crush, Annabeth. "It was great because you're with your old friends so there's a familiarity. You're very comfortable around them and you have people to rely on and lean on if you're having a bad day. Even if you're having a good day you have someone to share it with."
For the first movie, the cast had to go through "boot camp", or a rigorous training course that prepared them for the extreme stunts. However, for this movie, the actors didn't have to go through boot camp.
"On the first movie, it was our first time preparing for such a big action film, with all the wire work and fighting, so we did a lot of training," says Logan Lerman, who plays Percy. "But getting into the second one felt pretty comfortable. It didn't really need too much preliminary training but throughout the whole movie we're constantly preparing for new fight scenes, wire scenes, flying scenes or water scenes."
The cast shot on Lake Ponchartrain, located in Louisiana. Many scenes involved a lifeboat –Percy and Annabeth must cross the mystical and extremely dangerous Sea of Monsters, located in the Bermuda Triangle.
"We didn't have to get wet, which was nice. But we were on the boat a lot and it was a pretty small boat. And it was really hot," says Lerman. "It was in the summer time so it was just the heat. But other than that, it was beautiful."
Daddario, laughing, adds that while filming, she learned she was prone to seasickness. Nevertheless, the cast had great fun revitalizing their characters even off-set. "In our downtime we learned a lot of the choreography. Our training before really helped us jump back into it," Daddario says.
Hold on to your hats (or helmets, shields, and swords) and get swept away by the waves of adventure in this movie. Be prepared for all the action and mythological pandemonium in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, coming to theaters August 7!