'Cabin in the Woods' stars on working with Whedon
Kristen Connolly and Anna Hutchisonat the Opening of "Cabin in the Woods" at SXSW.
April 13th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

'Cabin in the Woods' stars on working with Whedon

Joss Whedon doesn't just have fans among the world of geeks.

Three of the stars of his new film, "Cabin in the Woods," also think the "Buffy" impresario is pretty awesome. Anna Hutchison, Jessie Williams and Kristen Connolly sat down with CNN last month during SXSW and shared a bit of what it was like to work with Whedon, who co-wrote the horror film.

"You learn a lot as you go," Williams said. "I learned a lot about the hype around him, and how rightfully he deserves it. He made it fun."

The trio play a part of a group of friends who venture on a trip to said cabin in the woods for an experience that turns out to be not quite what it seems.

Williams said working with both Whedon and co-writer/director Drew Goddard helped, given the long hours and physically taxing scenes, which often involved running and lots of blood.

"[Whedon] is hilarious," he said. "The passion that he brought to the project, both him and Drew kept our spirits high."

Not that all of that bloody acting wasn't fun. Hutchison recalled how she arrived on set one day to discover a stunt double who she said ended up being pretty bored.

"I was like 'Oh no, I was a Power Ranger, I've done stunt training," the actress said. "I made sure that girl was very, very chilled out. I think she was just kind of hanging out at craft services."

The group joked about how hard it has been to keep details of the film secret so as to avoid spoilers. Pretty tough, given that they've been waiting three years for the project to come to the screen. But they have sworn not to ruin it for fans.

"It's definitely more fun to see the film not knowing anything," Connolly said. "It would be mean for us to say anything."

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  1. Thanh Roussin

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  2. jonas

    Loved the movie!! It took some fun and original paths. Only bummer was that it wasn't long enough! Want more!!!!

    April 20, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. joe m

    I'm sorry, but this movie sucks, with a capital S.

    April 16, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Derrick

    This movie isn't just horror. This is a Sci-fi, horror and fantasy movie at its best.

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    April 16, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Saber

    Joss- Come on man! There's a need for another Firefly or Serenity installment! Nathan Fillion needs to dawn is Space Cowboy costume again!

    April 16, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ned

    That one to the right doesn't look too bad. She could use a boob job though.

    April 15, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. bigshotprof

    Hold on CNN. You got this interview at SxSW and held onto it until this weekend? Do I sniff a little quid pro quo?

    April 15, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. gah

    wish there were more like whedon in hollywood and less like michael bay

    April 14, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. janna1976

    I saw it. It didn't suck. 🙂 Intelligent humor, highly original, and great for anyone with a wicked sense of humor. And this is coming from someone who has been vastly disappointed in most horror films for decades. Don't pre-judge this one. It's hilarious fun.

    April 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nojenk

    Let me be the first to say it will suck. Horror movies are the lowest form of cinema. Especially today's scary movies. Sorry. Pass.

    April 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      The film is currently getting 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and rave reviews by the critics. The genre of a film doesn't determine its quality, the quality of film-making does...

      April 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scifygirl

      Actually, I saw the movie and it was great!! I really like pretty much anything that Joss Whedon does though. This movie had great twists and turns in it. Going in I thought it was going to be like all the other cabin movies. Teenagers go into the woods and a guy with a knife terrorizes and kills them. However I was awesomely surprised with the concept of the movie and it had a great cast. Don't knock it until you see it. The movie was great. (:

      April 18, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |

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