april cover: sucker punch

abbie, emily, jamie, jena, and vanessa- collect them all!

by nylon

April is our birthday month, and this year, NYLON turns twelve. So we figured we should celebrate a milestone with another milestone - for the first time ever, NYLON releases five separate covers for the issue.

They star the cast of Sucker Punch, a spirited group of Bright Young Fiends who slashed and scorched their way through the adventure movie to become Hollywood's latest It Girls.  (In alphabetical order, they are Emily Browning, 22; Jamie Chung, 28; Abbie Cornish, 28; Vanessa Hudgens, 22; and Jena Malone, 26.)

Luke Crisell and Natalie Shukur joined the starlet's coven in Los Angeles, and asked them about this very special movie...

What were some of your first impressions of each other?

JENNA:  Abbie was a badass, I was scared of her... I didn't really know Vanessa's work that well at all, so I did have some preconceived notions.  I wasn't concerned, I just wasn't sure.

EMILY:  Warner Brothers were surprised that we all got along.  It was magic.  I only met everyone after they were cast.

VANESSA:  I remember walking in the very first day, and Jena is stretching her back from side to side, and I remember looking at her like, Damn! Look at the back on that chica!  She was so cut!  I was blown away by her back muscles.  I was like, 'Okay, I'm a little bit intimidated, I must admit.'

And the physical training...

EMILY:  It's completely empowering to realize you're so much stronger than you thought you were.  But I just remember the first night, getting home, calling my Mum crying, like, "I can't do this!"  Like, throwing up a few times the first week.  And then by, maybe, the third week it was a total turnaround.

JAMIE:  Zack Snyder put us through the training because, on the film, he didn't want us to be hot chicks pretending to do stunt work.  He wanted us to actually be able to do it and be strong.

ABBIE:  One night I was having dinner with Bradley Cooper and he was like, 'If [the cast of the A-Team] had played paintball with [the cast of Sucker Punch] you would have kicked our butts."  It's like, "Yeah, we know."

How did you feel when you saw the movie for the first time?

VANESSA:  My adrenaline was kicking, my energy, my spirits were so high that I literally felt like I had just walked out of a rock concert... When I saw it, I was literally like, Woo, yes!  I can do anything! Yay! Go women!  Like, I feel so empowered.

EMILY:  I had a very tame and mild love scene with John Hamm... I think it's great for this young girl to actually take control of her own sexuality.  Well, the MPAA doesn't like that.  They don't think a girl should ever be in control of her own sexuality because they're from the Stone Age... So essentially, they got Zack to edit the scene and make it look less like she's into it.  And Zack said he edited it down to the point where it looked like he was taking advantage of her.  That's the only way he could get a PG-13 [rating] and he said, "I don't want to send that message."  So they cut the scene!

And hey, Jamie, weren't you on the Real World?

JAMIE:  That was a fun college experience.  They're like, 'We'll pay your rent for three months, we'll send you off to an awesome vacation."  It totally beat serving cocktails at the local college bar.

There's lots more from all of the Sucker Punch stars.  If you want it, look for the April issue on newsstands or iTunes now - or subscribe and get all your NYLON issues early!