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journeying through space to their new home, two p engers are awakened from hibernation nearly a century too soon.

chris pratt; jennifer lawrence

jennifer lawrence and chris pratt star in columbia pictures' p engers.(p o: sony pictures)

interviews with actors and directors are almost always conducted as part of a media tour in which they sit for hours of interviews with various outlets.

some handle it better than others.

i’d seen chris pratt’s hilarious instagram posts from the media tour with jennifer lawrence for “p engers,” their new film in which they play people stuck together on a spaceship after their sleep pods malfunction — her face was always blocked or not visible in some way — so i figured they’d be fun to talk to.

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they were.

they talked about the film, about working together, getting to know each other and, for one nice weird moment, worked the titles of each other’s films into the conver ion. our interview began with lawrence saying, in the bounciest, fakest voice you can imagine, “hi! it’s jennifer lawrence and chris pratt!”

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question: it sounds like i won a contest.

lawrence: you did!

pratt: you did.

lawrence: you get absolutely nothing.

q: well, i get to talk to you guys. it sounds like you’re doing a good job of defeating the drudgery of a media tour.

pratt: (laughter)

lawrence: aww, thanks. well we have each other, so that helps.

pratt: this is true. i’ve actually been looking forward to this press tour just so i get a chance to hang out with jen again every day.

lawrence: me too. i wouldn’t be able to make it if i wasn’t laughing every minute (laughter in background).

"p engers" stars michael sheen (from left), jennifer

"p engers" stars michael sheen (from left), jennifer lawrence and chris pratt promote the film in los angeles on dec. 9, 2016.

 (p o: emma mcintyre/getty images)

q: i do wonder sometimes what it’s like to answer the same questions for the millionth time.

pratt: it doesn’t hurt when you’re proud of the movie. maybe there’ll be one day when i’m out promoting a movie i just hate, and that’ll be really hard. but this movie i’m really proud of, so i actually enjoy it.

q: ok, no spoilers, but i think it’s fair to say the movie isn’t exactly what it seems from the trailers.

pratt: i think that’s just right. … i always said this movie it’s best just to say, “jennifer lawrence, chris pratt, ‘p engers,’ it’s really good, you have to see it.” and if that’s all people have to know and it was enough to get them to come out, that would be perfect. because i think the experience watching this movie, going on this journey, is best enjoyed with the least amount of information about the story as possible.

q: i think it’s also fair to say that any good story has to have tension.

pratt: i think it’s safe to say these two characters, due to a mysterious malfunction, they both wake up and as they’re falling for one another they’re interrupted by the imminent collapse of the ship, but also by uncovering the truth. things are not as they seem, but there’s elements of mystery and elements of suspense, and a foreboding, ominous feeling as we move through this movie. something isn’t right. and i think it’s ok to say that, because you start to feel that almost immediately anyway.

red alert on the avalon for jim (chris pratt) and aurora

red alert on the avalon for jim (chris pratt) and aurora (jennifer lawrence) in "p engers."

 (p o: sony pictures)

q: is it different when it’s mostly just two characters in the whole movie?

lawrence: it’s definitely different from an ensemble, because in an ensemble you’re not opening and closing on-set. but it’s actually a lot less lonely, weirdly, having only one other person, because chris and i just really leaned on each other. because it was a really tough shoot, a lot of long hours. i really enjoyed it. i had a blast. he made me laugh. he’s one of my closest friends now. but i enjoyed the intimacy of it, which is unexpected because it’s such a huge movie.

pratt: i feel the same way. the practical differences, if i’m doing “guardians of the galaxy” there might be one or two weeks that i’m not working because they’re focusing on other storylines, or there might be days that i’m not available, or there might be days when i’m doing something on the other side of the spaceship and drax is doing something on this side and we’re focusing on drax today. but it wasn’t like that with us. we were in everything. it is a different experience, and i’ll tell you what, i’ve heard these stories of people who make these iconic, epic romantic stories and they have this amazing on-screen chemistry, and you find out that they secretly hated each other. what a nightmare that would have been. it was just the exact opposite of that for us.

lawrence: yeah, it could have been a nightmare.

pratt: it could have been a nightmare, but it wasn’t. we worked 15, 16, 17 hours a day, and i’d be like, “oh man, i guess i’ll see you in five hours (both laugh).” i never wanted to say goodbye. it was really nice.

lawrence: it would be so awful, too (if they didn’t get along). i really depended on him. making me laugh is funny and everything but he’s also such a hard worker and positive guy. he’s really inspiring, not just to me, but to the whole crew. making this movie was a joy because of him.

pratt: aw. you just had to say “joy.”

lawrence: “joy.” you can get it on apple tv.

pratt: i was always able to find a silver lining on this movie (laughs). but i stayed in shape, so there was a bit of a hunger game to it.

lawrence: you know, being up in space, we really were, once we found out there was something wrong with the ship, we be e…

pratt: the guardians.

lawrence: the guardians of the galaxy (both laugh).

michael sheen (from left), director morten tyldum,

michael sheen (from left), director morten tyldum, jennifer lawrence and chris pratt attend the premiere of "p engers" in westwood, calif., on dec. 14, 2016.

 (p o: valerie macon/afp/getty images)

q: when it’s just two of you and you shoot an intense scene, what happens when you cut? retreat to your corners?

lawrence: sometimes it can be draining and we’ll want to be alone, or quiet. i don’t remember ever feeling that way around him. normally i want to go up and laugh with chris or say something. it really depends on the scene. sometimes it’s draining, the other people, and you really kind of want to be alone to recharge. you kind of want to get out of a certain headspace, and laughing is really great.

pratt: yeah, and also, on normal movies you do find yourself having to p a lot of time, not only the vast amount of time between set-ups while they’re moving the eras or changing a light or something like that, but also while you’re not on- era. there just wasn’t a lot of that for either of us. we never were waiting on other actors, because it was just us in it. we’d laugh and fart around and eat craft service food. i’m painting a pretty good picture here.

q: i talked to don cheadle once, and asked if on the set of an intense movie if the set is intense. he said no, those are funny sets, because you need a release.

pratt: you do a really good don cheadle, by the way (she laughs). you sound exactly like don cheadle.

q: but he said like on “oceans 11” he and george clooney would talk about darfur or whatever.

pratt: it sounds a lot like don cheadle’s a giant name-dropper (she laughs). but i think that’s probably right. you have to have that release valve. there’s a lot of intense moments in this movie, a lot of tension, a lot of action and adventure and all of those moments. the characters have to have some fun as they’re falling in love with one another in the middle of the movie, but for the most part it’s pretty intense and dramatic, so naturally our release valve was to sit around and crack jokes.

a publicist interrupts and says there is time for one more question.

lawrence: that wasn’t me. (he laughs.)

chris pratt stars as jim in columbia pictures' p engers.

chris pratt stars as jim in columbia pictures' p engers.

 (p o: sony pictures)

q: so both of you are doing pretty well, but presumably you couldn’t always be so picky with roles. how do you pick now?

lawrence: (coughs) i swallowed my spit. for me, as soon as i started working i was on a sitcom when i was 16 ("the bill engvall show"), so i actually could be a little choosier because i had a steady paycheck, which is really rare for actors, which is great, because that kind of saved me from doing anything i didn’t really care about.

pratt: i feel like it hasn’t even been till the last four or five years that i’ve been able to make choices. i’ve always been at the mercy of other people’s choices. now i feel like there’s a little bit of pressure involved in this, but i have access to the very best properties. so if i was in real estate, i’d be like, “oh yeah, that house on the beach with the 10 acres and the bird sanctuary? yeah, give me that house to sell.” it’s a little easier to sell the very best properties, and with something like “p engers,” a movie that’s set up and is going to have jennifer lawrence, it sells itself. it’s an amazing piece of property, and to be part of it and to be able to be the one helping to sell it is an honor.

it’s not so much what you’re willing to say yes to. you’ve just got to be willing to say no to things. there’s been some projects that’ve come along that i’ve said no to, even though they would have been life-changing for me, for my family. it would have meant decades of our lives that we would have been able to retire, maybe a decade earlier or two, because these movies would have been such big checks, and i would just say no. for me, it e down to having a really good mana ent team in place and people i trust making these decisions. if it was just me, i probably would have been three movies and out, and they probably would have been the three worst movies you’d ever seen (she laughs). i’d be fishing somewhere. i’m playing the long game.

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q: so you have help.

pratt: you have people to help. you’ve got to know what to say no to, and you’ve got to surround yourself with good people who care not just about the paycheck that’s coming in, but a vision for what you want to do and say as an artist.

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