What is it like to meet and befriend your favorite superhero? Ask Christina Wren, who reprises her role as Major Carrie Farris from Man of Steel in this month’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring alongside a celebrity-studded cast that includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Jesse Eisenberg.
Pulse chatted with the New Jersey native about her most recent project, her very own production company and…hummus.
Long Island Pulse: You starred in Man of Steel back in 2013. How did you land the role of Major Carrie Farris?
Christina Wren: The way that I joined in was kind of crazy. I was in a hummus commercial that Zack Snyder [Man of Steel director] saw and so I got this crazy email from a casting associate at Warner Bothers asking me to audition for an untitled Warner Brothers project. I sent in some tapes and it turned out to be Man of Steel so that was a pretty incredible kind of Cinderella story.
Pulse: Did you believe the email was real right away?
Wren: My first thought was: This has to be some friend playing a joke on me. I really did. I thought, What jerk made up an email address? No way. My boyfriend at the time, who is now my husband, he said: “You know, you have to respond to this.” So, yeah, sort of on the off chance that it would be real, I sent in the tapes and thankfully it was real and I was excited about it.
Pulse: And now you are in the sequel.
Wren: To be brought back for the sequel is definitely really amazing. I love the crew and the story so much and I’m such a big superhero fan, particularly Superman. And Batman versus Superman? I mean, you can’t have two more awesome superheroes in one movie! And then throw in Wonder Man. The Justice League to me really is the coolest band of heroes.
Pulse: So you were a fan of comic books to begin with?
Wren: I was. I was particularly a fan of the Christopher Reeve Superman movies and I would watch Lois & Clark and all of the classics.
Pulse: How was it to work with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Jesse Eisenbergsuch?
Wren: Amazing. It’s really neat to see them work. They all have different processes, like every actor does, and I feel like in a room with so much talent…it just causes everyone to rise. From the director and the execs down to every artist on this project. The writers, the cinematographer, everyone is really incredible and so you just have this sense that you’re in the presence of great talents and I think everyone is really trying to rise and make sure that they meet it. Also: these characters and these stories are so iconic and they mean so much to everyone [so you also feel like it’s important] to rise to meet them because obviously fans have huge expectations and their hearts are deeply involved and deeply invested and we want to bring it to life in a way that everyone is pleased with.
Pulse: You also have your own production company, right? Is working behind the camera something that you’d eventually want to pursue even further?
Wren: I do have my own production company. You know, my background is mainly in acting. I’ve done it since I was a little girl and I think that’s what comes most naturally to me, but I also really love working behind the camera and being a part of the mechanics that bring it to life. I love being able to choose the kind of stories that I want to tell and the kind of sets I want to put out into the world and I really love offering opportunities to other artists.
Pulse: You already worked with some of the industry’s greatest. Anyone else on your “must work with” bucket list?
Wren: Definitely! Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are definitely on that list as far as women that I admire who are performers and writers and producers. They wear a lot of hats and I think that what they do and what they represent as women who support each other is so wonderful.
I would love to work with certain actresses. Marion Cotillard I think is amazing. I would love to work with even a lot of the younger actresses, I think they are killing it right now. I think Shailene Woodley is amazing.
As far as other creators, I really would love to just get a chance to watch a lot of other multi-hyphenate work. The Amy Schumers and the Lena Dunhams, the people who are working across multiple platforms, and just to get to see how it works for each of them because everyone has a slightly different process and you know it would just be neat to see how they pull it off.