Meeting the Family; Interview: The Narnia Kids Up Close

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Meeting the Family; Interview: The Narnia Kids Up Close


Giles, Jeff, Newsweek


Byline: Jeff Giles

The Pevensie children couldn't have been better cast. William Moseley plays Peter, who must lead an army. Anna Popplewell plays cautious Susan. Skandar Keynes is devious Edmund. And Georgie Henley is openhearted little Lucy. On the set in New Zealand, the cast gave one of its first interviews to NEWSWEEK's Jeff Giles.

It's nice to see kids. I miss my own children.

SKANDAR KEYNES, 14: You don't want me --trust me!

You had a birthday recently. What did your castmates give you?

SKANDAR: Lots of stuff.

ANNA POPPLEWELL, 16: We gave him a huge surfing rucksack and DVDs and stuff.

WILLIAM MOSELEY, 18 [Laughing ]: We also added something very, very... polite.

SKANDAR: No, no, that's the end of the story!

ANNA: William and I had a bit of a joke.

SKANDAR: I think I hear my mum calling.

ANNA: Georgie's and my costumes have all this long, authentic 1940s underwear. One day we were hot and complaining, and I said, "Oh, I've got so much underwear on!" Skandar had this look on his face like he was not comfortable.

GEORGIE HENLEY, 10: It was a very uncomfortable conversation.

WILLIAM: Skandar has girls' disease, which is a, um, mild form of hating all women.

SKANDAR: No, I don't! Just people who are older and scarier.

ANNA: Anyway, ever since, we've teased Skandar about his phobia of women's underwear. So for his birthday we chose the pinkest, tackiest, smallest G-string we could find and wrapped it in pink tissue paper. …

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