The Girls of Summer

Alexis Swerdloff // PHOTOGRAPHED BY GEOFFREY KNOTT
Above from left: Brie Larson, Ellen Wong and Mary Elizabeth Winstead

The average "movie event of the summer" does not generally do it for us. But Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, director Edgar Wright's visually insane acid trip of a blockbuster, is an exception. Based on a comic book series of the same name, the film is about a boy named Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) who can only win over the girl of his dreams by defeating her seven evil exes. Here are three of the film's badass leading ladies, played by three up-and-coming actresses who are definitely doing it for us. 

Who: Brie Larson 
Plays: Envy Adams, Scott Pilgrim's ex-girlfriend-turned-famous-pop-star 
On her costume: "The shoes were the real kicker. They were sewn to fit my legs exactly, but I was working out so much that when the time came to wear them, my calf muscle was bigger so they had to Vaseline my legs into them! It took three people to get them on and off. So hilarious. So worth it." 
Edgar says... "Brie plays the ice queen card magnificently. She also doesn't blink in any of her shots at my request. I think Brie thought me mad when I first laid down the 'no blinking' rule, but it looks amazing onscreen."


Who: Ellen Wong 
Plays: Knives Chau, Scott Pilgrim's ex-girlfriend-turned-obsessive-crazy-person 
On working with Michael Cera: "I was really nervous on the first day, but it worked out because the scene I was doing was the one where Knives meets Scott's friends for the first time and she's super nervous. I was standing outside waiting for Scott to open the door, palms sweaty, heart pounding. After the first take, Michael opened the door and peeked his head out and told me I was doing a good job and to keep it up. It was such a relief to hear from someone that I was doing OK." 
Edgar says... "Ellen auditioned for me three times and was brilliant. It was only on the second time that I actually glanced at her résumé and saw she was a green belt in taekwondo. I was intrigued by this sweetfaced young lady being a secret badass-- and she is. She could kick your ass."


Who: Mary Elizabeth Winstead 
Plays: Ramona V. Flowers, Scott Pilgrim's true love 
On rehearsals: "We'd come to work, have physical training in the morning, go off to kung fu training, have a couple hours of rehearsal, always rotating from one to another -- it was like going to the coolest school ever." 
Edgar says..."Mary had been my choice for Ramona for almost two years before we started filming. She has a very sunny disposition as a person, so it was interesting to get her to play a version of herself that was broken inside. She's great in the film because she causes a lot of chaos but remains supernaturally grounded."


Stylist: Alicia Simpson Hair: Adriano Morassut Makeup: Sheri Stroh (all for the Plutino Group) Brie, Ellen and Mary Elizabeth wear dresses by BCBG Max Azria. Jewelry by Rita Tesolin.

★ SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD OPENS ON AUGUST 13TH. ★

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