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March 15, 2014 at 3:20 am

Interview with The Book Thief’s Sophie Nelisse!

Interview with The Book Thief’s Sophie Nelisse!

I’m a Fox Home Entertainment Insider and received The Book Thief without charge, as well as an invitation to this special blogger brunch.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

The Book Thief came out on DVD this week from Fox Home Entertainment.  I was scheduled to go to a blogger brunch with the star, Sophie Nelisse, last week but unfortunately was sick and unable to attend.  Krista, from NYCTalon.com, covered the event for me at the absolute last minute and I am so grateful!  Be sure to click the link and check her out!  So, I now give you Krista!



It’s not every day that I get invited to have lunch with the star of one of my most favorite movies this year! Recently, I was very lucky and happy to join star of The Book Thief, Sophie Nelisse, this past Thursday at Norma’s at The Prime Meridian here in NYC.


Sophie starred in this year’s hit book-to-film feature, The Book Thief. The Book Thief, written by author Markus Zusack, narrated by Death, details the childhood of Liesel Meminger in a neighborhood of rural Germany during World War II. I’m not going to spoil it all for those of you who haven’t read the award-winning book or seen the movie – but the book is fantastic and the movie was much-awaited. I for one finished the book in a couple days, I couldn’t put it down, so I was thrilled when I heard that it was headed to film. The movie, starring Sophie Nelisse as Liesel, and Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson as Liesels adoptive parents  Hans and Rosa Hubermann, tells an equally intense story. Now, as of March 11th, you can also own The Book Thief, as it’s just been released on Blu-Ray & DVD!

Sophie, having just finished a morning of interviews (I was told), arrived to lunch with a bundle of energy. Upon arriving she revealed that she loved traveling, having done a fair bit of it for The Book Thief, and that New York City was one of her favorite places to go to – I knew I liked her already! 😉

Over hot cocoa, french toast, quesadillas, and a styled fruit bowl from Normas, Sophie mentioned that she was most definitely a picky eater, a fact that drives her father crazy;


“I like all the bad stuff” she said smiling. Sophie hopes that young people who watch The Book Thief will also read the book and see “that there is hope in bad situations”.

Asked if she received any advice from the actors she worked with, she replied “Not really, I mean, I learned so much just by watching them, just how focused they are and how they get in and out of character. I mean, sometimes, well – Geoffrey gave me this little trick to concentrate where you take the two fingers in the middle of your hand and you have to change them [she demonstrates]. Apparently it helps you concentrate.”


Sophie has an interest in crime and thrillers and hopes to one day write her own script, until then you can look forward to catching her on her next project The Great Gilly Hopkins, and in The Book Thief! Sophie was the sweetest and I can’t wait to get my hands on the DVD!


Thanks Krista for covering a great event!  Check back tomorrow to enter to win The Book Thief on BluRay/DVD Combo!

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